Teachers unlock tweet smell of success November 12, 2012 Ainslie MacGibbon and Elisabeth Tarica.
WHILE our leaders nut out what innovations are needed to elevate Australia's schools into the top five on the international league table by 2025, something more collaborative is already happening – on Twitter.
Educators in Australia and around the world are finding each other on the microblogging network to converse, exchange ideas and conduct research. Some argue this grassroots conversation will contribute significantly to improving what goes on in our classrooms. Others question how this is possible in 140 characters.
A common misconception is that Twitter aggregates only banal snippets – what my pet dog just ate, for example – while the utility of the site as a professional tool is overlooked. Yet many educators were "early adopters", and a growing number use Twitter as an integral part of their personal learning network (or PLN). At times education-related topics – or hashtags, such as #edchat, #edfocus and #edreform – are among the most discussed topics on Twitter worldwide....
Triple J's Hack show on Monday, 29th October discussed Julia Gillard's Asian Century white paper. The blurb was as follows:
Will you embrace the Asian century? The PM says it's where you need to look for your future to get the best job. With a growing Asian middle class, Julia Gillard says Australia should position itself to take advantage but that means doing some serious work. We can't just rely on our minerals to get by according to the Asian century white paper, more of you need to learn Asian languages starting in schools and live and work in Asia. Plus all your calls and texts on whether we should embrace Asia to get ahead.
Have you heard of TeachMeets? Do you use Twitter? The article below provides some interesting insights into TeachMeets. It's worth looking into the value of Twitter as a teacher collaboration tool. It's great to follow other educators throughout the world and to learn from their ideas and experience. Have you attended a TeachMeet before? Was it a positive experience for you?
A teachers' show and tell: professional learning unplugged By Tony Loughland – Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Sydney 25 October 2012, 6.34am AEST
It’s been a long time since I have been in a pub at 10.30am but that’s where you would have found me last Saturday at the Great Northern Hotel in Chatswood, Sydney.
I wasn’t there to get on the punt or have a middy of black to settle the hippy shakes but to be part of a teacher professional learning phenomena called TeachMeet. Twenty teachers turned up on a cold, wet Saturday morning to learn from each other in a convivial atmosphere in the back room of a pub in front of the fire....
An interesting article and radio excerpt on the relevance of homework, particularly focusing on primary school students. The study found that homework has greatest value when it requires a social element. What do you think?
Study finds homework has limited value AM (ABC) By Rachel Carbonell New research has found that homework is of little value to primary school children, and students are regularly given too much.
Australian academics Richard Walker and Mike Horsley's new book Reforming Homework says homework for young primary school children is of little or no value when it comes to academic achievement. The book reviews international research on the subject and concludes that the quality of the homework that is set is more important than the quantity.
Associate Professor Walker, of the University of Sydney, admits that homework can be a touchy subject. "There's a lot of disagreement, I have to say. But the consensus findings would essentially be homework's not very beneficial for primary school kids, very limited benefits for junior high school kids, and reasonable benefits for senior high school kids," he...
I came across the story below. Some might say it is a 'feel good' story, but others may disagree. What do you think? Can you think of a teacher who inspired you? Why did they inspire you? Perhaps your story may inspire other teachers...
"Great teachers change lives" October 24, 2012 - 9:40AM Tanya Plibersek A couple of weeks ago, the Prime Minister launched a competition for people to tell the story of their favourite teacher.
My only problem was picking just one: I was a pretty odd and nerdy child, and the self esteem I got from the teachers who took an interest in me changed my life.
One of the things that all of my favourite teachers had in common was that they had high expectations of their students, and they well and truly went beyond the call of duty.
They were at their desks before school, after school, during holidays – for no other reason than a deep love of their job. They took on professional development opportunities that helped their students – like doing HSC marking or...
The following program was broadcast on Radio National on Sunday, 14th October 2012.
HOW CHILDREN LEARN BEST
Dr Judy Willis applies new knowledge in neuroscience to develop better learning strategies for children. She's found that using video games can be a powerful way to engage young people in effective and enjoyable learning, and mindfulness plays a part too. These techniques are also being employed in the Shaping Brains program in Queensland with some encouraging results.
Log in, tune out: Is technology driving us crazy? October 14, 2012 Jill Stark
Could being plugged in to social media be rewiring kids' brains?
THERE IS no down time for the digital native. Meals are photographed and shared online before the first bite is taken. A lull in conversation or a pause at the traffic lights are opportunities to check texts and emails. At home, with one eye on the TV, the other scanning Facebook, Twitter and Google, life in the clickstream is frenetic.
But some experts are starting to worry that the digital revolution transforming the way we live is also making us ill. For the ''always on'' generation, this constant overload of information could be triggering mental health problems. More worrying, they say, is emerging evidence that it may be causing structural changes in the brain.