Friday, January 20, 2017

What will your classroom look like in 2017? Are you ready?

This is a question I asked at my uLearn workshop last year. AS John Dewey said"If we teach today's students as we did yesterday's.,we rob them of tomorrow" This year many students will be turning up fresh-faced in brand-new uniforms to their Year 9 classes. For a large number of them, using a device,choosing how they present their work, choosing the order they complete work is something they see as part of learning. And for me as an English teacher that includes cell phones, social media, blogging,and using a variety of web tools to explore the curriculum. Today I sat and watched Peppa Pig on the ipad with my 2 yr old grandson, face-timed his aunty so he could talk to her, looked through his videos on my phone with him and looked at the snap chat his Granny sent from Christchurch. What will school be like when he gets there in three years? Here's the blog post I wrote on this topic for "31days of Blogging 2015" And on a slightly different topic - I love this video where the poet questions society's view of success - worth a watch!            

Sunday, October 23, 2016

What will the world look like in 2028?

We still keep talking about what skills our learners will need for the 21st Century but we are already here.

This video carries on the ideas started by the "Shift Happens" series of videos by Scott McLeod and Karl Fisch. I saw one of the versions when Scot Mcleod was a visiting lecturer for one of my courses at the University of Canterbury. Here is a link to Scott's blog Dangerously Irrelevant  and  the link to the Wiki which gives the background to their series of videos.

One of the original Shift Happens videos from 2007  - worth a look to see what has changed.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Adaptable Mind

Inspirational video that really challenges us to think about the skills we need/our students need for living and thriving in the 21st Century. This is via Derek Wenmoths blog ( Derek's Blog )
(Get a coffee first - the video is 11mins long - "but it's worth it"

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

School Sux! Do our students really think this?

Thought provoking - Do we really know what our students think, know, need, aspire to?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

GenZ - They're in your classroom right now!

Why are some students not engaged in class? Are they not wired to learn? Does what we teach have relevance? have context? Are we connecting then to the content? Because for them context and connection are everything!

Characteristics of Gen Z

  • Have never known a world without the Internet or cell phones.
  • Tend to text instead of talk face to face.
  • Require constant and immediate feedback.
  • Are globally aware.
  • Are independent learners and self directed.
  • Have a sense of entitlement.
  • Are collaborative.
  • Are tech savvy.
  • Expect flexibility.
  • Make instantaneous plans and commitments.
  • Smart! Able to process massive amounts of information and new knowledge quickly.
  • Know that learning and new knowledge can be found ‘everywhere’, and so, may question the traditional hierarchical role of ‘knowledge holder’.
  • Sourced from Core Ed blog post by Janelle Riki-Waka
  • Check out her blog post about the Gen Z kids in our classes