Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
So, "e" is here to stay. Student-centered teachers are immigrants in our learner's world, and we don't have the right to say "no" to technology in teaching and learning. Let's work out how to best use it.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Last Sunday, his lecture was titled "Who's afraid of new technology?" (listen here). His comments are consistent with the current situation in many educational institutions, where too many teachers are spending time criticising new technologies, rather than embracing them. In the words of Rupert, "whinging about the technology will get you nowhere. The only way to deal with new technology that up-ends your job or your business model is to get out in front of it. Otherwise it will get out in front of you." He goes on to say that "in the future, successful workers will be those who embrace a lifetime of learning. Those who don't will be left behind."
How can we expect our students to thrive, if teachers remain stuck in their old ways? As this self-confessed Digital Immigrant tells us, it's time for change!
I'm looking forward to his lecture on 23 November when he'll speak about the need for reform in Australia's education system. He is sure to expand on his view that "we need teachers who inspire—not those who conspire to thwart change."
Friday, November 7, 2008
- Web 1.0 = the "read" web
- Web 2.0 = the "read-write" web
So, Web 2.0 is fundamentally about:
- participation, and
Now, how does this relate to teaching and learning?
Chickering and Gamson (1987), in their often-cited paper which outlines seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education, say that we should encourage interaction, reciprocity, and cooperation among students.
Do you see the obvious link? What an opportunity!
Which Web 2.0 tools should/do we use to connect our students? What's stopping us from doing so?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, positive psychologist and social theorist from Claremont Graduate University, proposed the concept of flow - a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work. That certainly sounds like an ideal state of mind for our students to occupy!
This is worth spending 19 minutes watching...
(Direct link to video)
How can we create an appropriate blend of "challenge and skill" to help our students achieve a state of flow?
Monday, November 3, 2008
Pronunciation: \ˈlek-chər, -shər\
Etymology: 15th century Middle English, act of reading, from Late Latin lectura, from Latin lectus, past participle of legere.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
"Good lecturers engage the students, they tell jokes and stories, they take questions from the students, they ask questions of the students and they proceed at a pace assessed by reading the mood in the lecture theatre." Dr Alan Finkel, Monash University Chancellor, June 2008.
The above comment was made as part of Dr Finkel's plenary lecture at the recent Australian Universities International Alumni Convention in Singapore. He went on to speak in detail about how technology is changing the way that we need to teach and learn, and that "in order for universities to be at the forefront, in order to be ultimately successful, there is no time like the present to be preparing for that future and testing the waters."
I thought that these comments from Dr Finkel would be an ideal first post in this, my new blog "RenewEd" - a place where I intend to question traditional teaching methods, openly share my thoughts and readings, and "test the waters" with new and adventurous uses of ICT in education. I'll be documenting my experiences, including the successes and failures, as I continue to explore new ways to engage my students over the coming years.