A third item from my Kiwi readers…
A newsletter for all members of Ethos Online Community – August 2014
Kia ora, everyone,
It feels as though spring is in the air in New Zealand, and that a much-needed change in the weather may well be on the way!
A rainy August does offer opportunities for more exploration and thinking. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative seems to be gathering momentum, with early adopters already seeing some interesting results, especially when there is a shift in pedagogical approach toward a more student-led learning experience. For example, Catlin Tucker, describes how enabling “students to use their devices in the classroom has been absolutely transformative” (source). She also mentions how equity of access to devices becomes less of an issue where a culture collaboration and sharing (including of devices) is cultivated. In fact, she shares that she prefers “the energy in the room when multiple students share devices. They lean in, they ask questions, and they have conversations” (source).
Other education institutions are at a slightly different place on their journey, and are working to implement change. Margaret Macpherson, shares a post (Using the future) about how she is working with a small team to help guide change.
I was also struck by one of the quotes Marg shares from a participant at a session she facilitated: “usually this sort of thing makes me feel like it’s too hard for me but this has made me feel like something I can do” (source). It’s interesting how much is captured in that one quote (and, admittedly, I am prone to reading too much into things!). At face value, it speaks volumes about the effectiveness of the approach Marg and the team are taking (awesome!)
What it also said to me, though, is, deep down in a lot of educators is the notion that they lead the learning and the change. There is often, I feel, little sense of teachers thinking ‘this is something my students can do, and I can be involved in that learning journey with them’. I suspect this has much to do with how, as a society, many folk perceive formal education.
As a result, and I could be out of line here, much of the pace of change in education seems to be dictated by the speed that educators change their thinking and approaches, rather than the rate that learners can adopt and run with such changes. It feels, therefore, as though the focus (as the folks with the power) is frequently on the educators, rather than the students – and this focus is often supported by parents, whānau, education policies etc, because this is what we perceive education to be.
What do you reckon? Would be good to read your views.
Welcome to new members – August 2014
The Ethos Online Community now has 324 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to August’s new members to the community:
Ali Hassan, is a developer from Punjab, Pakistan. Hopefully the information we share at Ethos will translate into being useful for development.
Angela Cameron, is interested in teaching in a BYOD classroom. Angela is a teacher based in Christchurch.
Catlin Tucker, is a teacher, Professional Development facilitator, speaker & author based in Santa Rosa, USA. Catlin has a vast amount of experience in many fields, especially in education and e-learning. Looking forward to your further contributions Catlin :).
Charlotte French, whose interests lie especially within developing active, engaged thinkers and learners who are confident articulators of their own ideas and thrive in a collaborative environment. Charlotte is a secondary teacher based in Lower Hutt.
Jenni Lemberg, is an advisor based in Nelson. Jenni is interested in using the community to enhance her work with teachers.
Kamal Bouskri, the CEO of myVLE.com, is based in Marrakech, Morocco. Kamal wants to stay in touch with learning and e-learning to enable him to share information and meet others in the industry.
Nicola Hildreth, hopes to find information from the Ethos Online Community members to take into her classroom. Nicola is a teacher based in Auckland.
Rebbecca Sweeney, a Professional Learning facilitator based in Wellington. Rebbecca is especially interested in how ICT enhanced learning and teaching increases engagement, equity, achievement, collaboration.
If you know of anyone who might like to be involved in the Ethos online community – or to contribute a guest post, please feel free to invite them using this link: http://bit.ly/VaJE9k.
Member Blog Posts
In this newsletter, as always we have some great featured posts. Please jump into the conversation and feel free to ask questions.
Featured blogger for this month, Catlin Tucker, gives us 5 tips for managing mobile devices in the classroom – just as the title suggests, this post looks at how these devices can be incorporated into a learning environment to enhance learning experiences, rather than a distraction, as many educators may see them. Some great tips and insights.
E-Learning: Its not just about technology is from Co-founder of myVLE.com, Kamal Bouskri. Kamal has done much research into the issues that stop or hinder institutions from successfully adopting e-learning. Kamal has kindly shared with us some of the feedback he has encountered. Very interesting, would be great to hear what others experiences with this are also.
Litiana Yabakivou shares with her a great experience she recently had, that not only shows how technology can bring people together, but how sometimes it can actually aid tradition and culture. Have a read here.
Collaboration and networking with a future focus is a great introduction to one of our more recent members Rebecca Sweeney. Rebecca shares with us her interests and experience around things such as effective teaching as inquiry, school leadership, collaboration within and between schools, school improvement, and research and evaluation. There’s also links to Rebbecca’s blog and a site she’s been working on which focuses on creating resources. A great way to get to know a new member and all they have to offer, thanks so much Rebbecca.
Using make the future is a great video and prezzi presentation used by Margaret Macpherson when giving a presentation on Future Focused Learning at Ashcoll – why enable e learning – moving to BYOD. Some great information on e-learning and its advantages; well worth a look.
Recommended Blog posts and Discussions
As always you have contributed a great variety of posts this month. Thank you. Here are some of the posts and topics that you may find of interest:
John S. Oliver posted this very interesting and informative infographic on decline in confidence in public schools.
Online or virtual communities of practice were a recurring theme in the Research stream of ULearn in 2011. One such presentation was given by Jocelyn Cranefield. Jocelyn was conducting research about the importance of knowledge as a driver of educational change. She wanted to find out what happened offline as well as online, the relationship between the spaces, and how knowledge crosses over. To take a look at her research and findings take a look at the post driving teacher change through brokering in an online community ecosystem
Janey Nolan, has crafted a wonderfully engaging read that looks into the importance of building relationships, how animals can help build trust, literacy, and the essential ingredient – team spirit. Please leave Janey questions and comments on the post, here.
Education future scenarios: Insight into different futures potentially facing education and learning from Yvonne Hynson looks at the Education future scenarios, which Yvonne indicated are “an interesting way to start thinking about the future education…[and] why we are using elearning”. Yvonne discusses the different models and how certain institutions may fit into them. A new and interesting way of looking at education; well worth a browse.
From the ever growing repository of videos (1,052 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.
Humans need not apply discusses the prevalence of machines and increase of these machines doing what were previously human tasks. Always an interesting topic, would be great to hear others’ thoughts or experiences.
The mere mention of unions often provokes strong reactions, and if you watch this video, Teachers’ unions vs. students (narrated by Terry Moe, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University), you are likely to come away with an opinion!
FCB Brasil and the CNA language connects CNA students in Brazil with Americans living in retirement homes. The meetings are carried out via an exclusive digital tool that uses video chat technology to bring the students face-to-face with Americans. Real, global connections and learning english takes a more indepth look at this with some glimpses into the exchanges.
From the page to the classroom: Implementing the common core state standards (CCSS) looks at the background of the CCSS as well as including footage from some New York classrooms trying to implement these standards through integrating complex English texts into their curriculum.
Practical guides rolling off the press has a heap of practical guides for digital learning content designers.Clive Shepherd has been kind enough to share his guides with us, which include help with podcasts, slideshows, scenarios, screencasts, videos and tutorials.
Always packed full of great articles, the latest issue from the Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning is now available, having been shared by Niki Davis.
Mind the gap: a digital repository of resources to support reflective teaching and learning is the result of the Ako Aotearoa Southern Educational Developers’ Groups initiative to invite folks to join them in developing a repository. There are resources on a large number of subjects including assessment, delivery skills, Māori learners, research skills and many more. Well worth a look.
Tangible benefits of e-Learning explores a number of case studies supported by JISC infoNet, the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and the Higher Education Academy to try and answer the frequently asked question, where is the evidence that e-learning makes a difference? Supported by an accompanying publication and a briefing paper” – available from this site.
Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities), including The 3rd year of Electronic International Interdisciplinary Conference (EIIC) taking place on September 1st. This event is virtual, which is a great opportunity for people worldwide to take part.
Here are the events listings for more details about some of the superb opportunities available.
Please feel free to add events to share them, or just let me know and I’ll add them :-)
Many thanks once again to, Catlin Tucker, Leigh Hynes, John S. Oliver, Kamal Bouskri, Litiana Yabakivou, Rebecca Sweeney, Margaret Macpherson, Janey Nolan, Yvonne Hynson, Clive Shepherd, and Niki Davis. Please keep your posts (including cross-posts), comments and recommendations coming :-)
Nāku iti nei, faafetai lava, and warm regards
Education consultant / Director
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