Been a busy week or so for things coming through the RSS and in the different projects I am involved in.
Some of the more interesting ones….
Learning and Teaching:
* Another list of top 10's but interesting to note the alignment in the thinking that these have around specific trends. Comparing with the CORE 10 Trends for example – http://edudemic.com/2012/05/the-10-biggest-trends-in-online-education-right-now/. There are more and more references to this mag (for the ipad) assuming it is at the same sort of level as the Edutopia site which is a pretty meteoric rise.
* iPads v Laptops – short but good post outlining the benefits-pitfalls of each
* Alllanahs great google site on iPads in education. Have iPads you need to have a look here. Deal Extreme (dealextreme.com) is a good place to get some of this sort of gear and they do free international postage.
* Harvard Teaching for Understanding Framework. I came across this through some work in the Future Schools in Singapore. Similar to Inquiry but project based and more teacher directed. Some great reflective questions and resources. A site worth taking the time to browse around.
* The spaces we learn in are critical. The size of the bodies makes no difference to this truth but it is often only the smaller ones we think about. The Reggio philosophy for example has a specific focus on the physical classroom as a 'teacher' for chidlren. I have always had a fascination with this and the Learning Spaces space on the Enabling eLearning site has some great links and resources. Have a look if you are planning any upgrades ….
* quite a different view on learning. Good to challenge yourself a bit ….
* GREAT post about using data. The importance of collaboration in making OTJ's and for the learning of the team.
* tips and tricks with iOS. Slow to navigate but some geeky wee things
* Some people have just too much time on their hands!!
* Interesting new player in the ISP game in NZ. Very different pricing model and getting the squeeze from the big boys after less than a week it would seem.
* iPads and other tablets now account for 40% of the mobile broadband market globally. WOW! There has been talk of the inevitability of BYOD …. so it is happening even if it is not sanctioned by the school. I know our kids friends tether to each others devices to get around school filtering to get to facebook at break times for instance. There are increasing numbers of 'how to' and 'readiness' posts on the BYOD topic – heres another good one.
* speed up the reaction time of the home button on your iPhone – this worked!!
* Slow motion capture on the iPhone …. not actually tried it but sounds great for PE skills.
* There was a blog I used to follow ages ago with lots of these wee venn diagrammes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/02/28/the-six-enemies-of-greatness-and-happiness/ this is a snappy but still useful list of things to think about. With reference to rutts – I once heard them described as a grave with the ends knocked out … mmmm
* photography posing guide – the series of these are great! This is the couples one but they cover all sorts of situations. Could share with older kids to work on their composition and shortcut to 'what works' too.
* find free Kindle books – the good ones, the best sellers.
* A Blog title designed to get attention but some wonderfully funny and cleverly written posts – Stuff white people like
* creating success quickly as a key factor in development. Leadership Freak blog is a great place for succinct leadership tips. This is important in our work as Facilitators as well ….
* If you need something special in the clothing line and want to go custom made.