Gamification and school professional community

Community Capers

Many of you will also be thinking about how to further develop a professional community within your school. Shannan Retter had heard that I was interested in gamification of teacher professional learning and put forward her school’s Mission Possible as highly successful program.

Summer Schools, GIFs and Life Drawing

Jenny Connected

I have been enjoying Pat Thomson’s daily blog posts about her 5 day course on the Tate Summer School. Summer School Day 1. Summer School Day 2. Summer School Day 3. Summer School Day 4. Summer School Day 5.

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Can a high school drop-out find a job with Net-Map?

Net-Map Toolbox

Karen is an 18 year old high school drop-out with a criminal record for shop-lifting, some limited work experience at McDonald’s, a boyfriend she rarely talks to and no idea how she can start earning enough money to move out of her mother’s place and start a more independent life.

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At School, Collaboration is Cheating

Michael Sampson - Currents

Remember at school, "working together" was taken as cheating, and we got punished for that. I was talking with Nancy last week about collaboration, and one of the comments I made was how our educational system conditions us that collaboration is cheating. Once our young people hit the workforce, they have a lot to unlearn - and from their most formative years too - and a lot to learn afresh.

New Orleans High School Sousaphone Player

Portals and KM

Here is a 18" x 24" acrylic painting of a sousaphone player in a high school band that accompanied the Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line in New Orleans on February 5.

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A Social Theory of Learning, Schools and Landscapes of Practice

Jenny Connected

Should we teach trainee teachers about learning theories before we send them into school and let them loose on children, or should we send them into school and engage them in practice, before we introduce them to learning theories? So another question that was raised in the Academic BEtreat was - is a school classroom a community of practice?

School. On reflection.

Chris Collison

We spent some time with extended family over new year, and I overheard one of the younger boys, Ted, recounting his tales of mischief at school – and the subsequent punishments he had received.

Twitter for School Staff Professional Development


All school staff benefit from engagement with continuing professional development (CPD) – keeping up to date in their subject and curriculum area, and in teaching approaches and methods.

More Years of Schooling for Fewer and Fewer Jobs

How to Save the World

T his week’s (July 9/16) New Yorker has a terrific one-page summary by James Surowiecki of why so many job vacancies are left unfilled “for want of any sufficiently qualified candidates” while so many people (especially young people with university degrees) are unable to find work.

Social Media for Schools #NBN October 2016

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Hey there, teachers and school type people, tomorrow (Tuesday 19th October) I’m running some webinars with TTEDSC and NBN on how Schools can us Social Media Marketing Strategies. They might be generic or specific to your school.

Standing Old School Management on its Head

Portals and KM

In the age of social business and collaboration it is generally accepted by those who think seriously about management in the 21 st century that top down micro-managing is a useless relic of the industrial age. It is nice to see another study confirming this. Lindsay Korizak, reports on a useful study by Bill McCleave in: Getting Back to Management Basics: Communicating, Listening and Trusting.

Understanding Open Educational Resources: Information for Schools


I''m happy to announce that Dr Björn Haßler, Helen Neo, and Janet Blair, who will working with Leicester City Council''s DigiLit Leicester project to create guidance for secondary school staff, designed to introduce and promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) across city schools.

How Teachers can Manage Student Contact on Facebook

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Now you may be one of those teachers that doesn’t want to connect with students outside of your designated work hours at school. Teachers are “teachery” in school and “private persons” out of school.

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Connectivism in schools

Jenny Connected

The question has been raised again (by Allan Quartly in the Change11 Facebook group [link] ) about whether connectivism applies to schools. I was wondering whether anyone has been thinking about this course from a school’s perspective. From what I can see, a lot of the research seems to come from “adult” learning environments and then questions asked about why it isn’t being implemented in schools.

Reflective learning and metacognition Frank O’Hara style

Jenny Connected

Frank O’Hara is one of the New York School poets. Tagged: #modpo , Frank O''Hara , metacognition , New York School poets , reflective learning , reflective writing. ModPo #modpo Frank O''Hara metacognition New York School poets reflective learning reflective writing

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Educational innovation: schools vs homeschooling?


Within the current legal and political situation providing more flexibility and individualisation within the school system may contribute to proposed prohibition of homeschooling (because in this case ‘schools can cater reasonably good for everyone’).

Educating the under-privileged

Jenny Connected

This small school was founded in 1990 by P. Since its foundation, the school has grown and now takes about 70 children between the ages of 5 and 20. Whilst the school offers a basic education in all subjects, it specializes in the performing arts and believes in the power of art, music, dance and drama to transform the lives of these young people giving them a ‘voice’ and the confidence to use this voice to express themselves and develop their potential.

Educating the under-privileged

Jenny Connected

This small school was founded in 1990 by P. Since its foundation, the school has grown and now takes about 70 children between the ages of 5 and 20. Whilst the school offers a basic education in all subjects, it specializes in the performing arts and believes in the power of art, music, dance and drama to transform the lives of these young people giving them a ‘voice’ and the confidence to use this voice to express themselves and develop their potential.

Not back to school insights


As everyone around is starting (or getting ready to start) another school year, we do too, in a sense. Reestablishing household routines after traveling, painting shelves to make a new bookcase and trying to wrap free-range learning into a plan, readable for an outsider (we are going through a quality assessment process with Stichting Keurmerk Thuisonderwijs ).

The Living School: Expulsion


This looks fascinating : ‘The first session of  The Living School , a mobile project on questions of living together, will focus on the theme of  The Expelled , and will include presentations by Jane Rendell and Irit Rogoff.

Digital Citizenship


I also believe schools have a critical role to play and would like to see Citizenship education really get to grips with digital issues. Firstly, schools need to understand the importance of Digital Literacy for all staff members, as well as for all learners.

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Virtual high school reunion?

Endless Knots

My friend Bill writes, asking a question I'm also interested in as I can't make it to my important high school reunion this year. Anyone know? Hi Jessica, Have you ever heard of a H.S. class doing your virtual. meeting kind of stuff in lieu of going to the expense of flying or. driving from all over the place just to get to a disappointing town with few accommodations -- like Tenafly, NJ.?

Ken Carroll » Blog Archive » Linear and non-linear learning

Ken Carroll

About Ken Carroll « Stunted Skype, social networks and language learning » Linear and non-linear learning Obligatory pic of horrific looking 19th cen school that should add impact to the post. School knowledge is pre-determined by a centralized authority, and delivered in a linear format to a mass audience. Far too many school kids just stick to the script and fail to discover the rest. This learning life-skill should be a major focus of schooling.

Nohria new dean at Harvard Business School

Endless Knots

From the announcement* on the B-school's site: A scholar of leadership and organizational change, Nohria has. previously been the School's senior associate dean for faculty. Harvard University President Drew Faust just announced that Nitin Nohria , an insightful academic who early on recognized the importance of. networks to global business strategy, is the new dean of HBS. "He's an outstanding scholar, teacher, and mentor, with a global.

Mixing Old and New School Communication

Portals and KM

I trust the medical establishment will not abandon the old school ways of sharing information and I do not want them to. Tom Davenport recently posted a nice piece, Why 1.5 Is Greater Than 2.0 , that discussed the benefits of mixing old and media. Always the rock of reason, Tom wrote that asking which is better Web 1.0 or Web 2.0 is actually a false dichotomy. They complement each other. I would agree. Enterprise 2.0

Leadership porn

Ken Carroll

B-school professors pride themselves on scientific methods and empirical research. The book reveals something about the math and science mindset that dominates our schools and the business culture. Creative leadership Leadership b-school leadership pornThere’s a difference between looking at something and doing it. Their expertise is in objectively observing business, rather than subjectively doing business.

Icfai Business School's Effective Executive Interviews. us!

Endless Knots

We (not the royal - just Jeff Stamps and I) were pleased to participate in an interview on "Building High Performance Teams" for the May 2009 issue of Icfai Business School 's publication, Effective Executive. Quite distinguished company we're in: others in the series include, well, all the big business-writer-types. You can download the interview by registering.and the print publication is quite lovely too. I love this interview process.

Safety and the militarisation of schools


A couple of months ago I had to deliver something to a primary school during the day in term time. I certainly dislike the tendency to militarise our schools and see it as consistent with a culture of private car use and the development of gated communities.

School-run parking


David Hembrow posts about a school stopping ban in the town of Groningen, NL, which he says makes it illegal to stop with a car adjacent to the schools between 8 am and 4 pm on week days. As David says, 'By British or American standards, the rate of children being taken to school by car is already extremely low.' So when I look at the (altogether typical, but scary) images David offers of examples of parking outside a school in England, I find it disheartening.

Faith schools and cohesion


It puzzles me that people continue to defend faith schools, which to me are one of the most awkward embedded obstacles to cohesion in our society. Peter Hall draws attention to it and offers some interesting reflections here on Regen and Renewal : 'Many parents want their children to be educated in diverse schools, but get alarmed if there's a sudden surge in the numbers of one particular group.

More evidence that driving kids to school isn’t helpful


Quick heads-up for another Sarah Goodyear article in the Atlantic , discussing research showing an association between exercise on the way to school with ability to concentrate.

Taking lessons back to school…

Chris Collison

So, just for fun - what does a well designed lesson look like in a school ? . Let’s take a primary school lesson as an example (especially as I have a primary teacher conveniently sitting beside me right now!).

School grounds: ambiguously-public spaces


I was ejected from school grounds the other day, hasn't happened to me for years. Only ever at weekends of course, or during school holidays, when there was no-one around. A couple of other local schools, with grass running tracks marked out in summer, which is always useful, have long since been fenced and gated, so of course the spaces are largely unusued for a lot of the time.

School Educational Technologist Post - Job Description and Matrix


consultation with secondary schools, to create a new school post -. defined - will be of particular interest to schools who make use of ICT. Managed Service provision, although schools who provide their ICT. The overall purpose of the post is described as: To provide support to the school/college in identifying. To ensure the development and technical maintenance of the schools online presence, resources and activity.

Why I left China

Ken Carroll

One of the companies I’d founded – a chain of language schools, called Kai En – was going bankrupt. The problem came about after the US economy went south and the language school’s client-base dried up. At the end of 2009, I left China in something of a hurry. Let me outline why. There were

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Steve Hargadon: John Seely Brown on Web 2.0 and the Culture of Learning (School 2.0, Part 6)


tinkering education learning community

A Nice Holiday Gift for School Kids Everywhere


Like the title suggest s, the new law provides kids with healthier, more nutritious food options at school and gives free lunch access to a larger number of chil dren in need.

What not to say to a residential school survivor, and what to do.

Chris Corrigan

For something like 100 years, generation after generation of indigenous children in Canada were rounded up at age five and taken away from their families and communities and placed in residential schools, where they were taught English, taught western values and Christianized. Today we heard stories about residential school experiences, as we do anytime Elders gather.

Developing digital literacies in practice


I'm currently developing and rolling out a city-wide digital literacy programme across Leicester's Secondary Schools, as part of my role with Leicester City Council as ICT Strategy Lead for Children's Capital. Picture Credit: Scaffolding by Victoria Pickering.

Teaching with mobile devices: FAQs [part 1]

e-Moderation Station

So much better to put an implementation plan in place, get your stakeholders on board (admin, school directors, other teachers, parents,…) , and have the devices support the learning aims in your classes through good task design and effective classroom management.

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