3 articles from 2016
Technology in the classroom – as everywhere else – is just a part of everyday life. Apps are more powerful, flexible and easier to use. But there are so many, and recommendations are useful. Neil Jarrett is a teacher first, techie second: his ideas about tech in the classroom are worth listening to – he also keeps it simple. Blended and on-line learning is no longer a novelty, but some practice is more effective than others. If you are thinking about introducing on-line courses, learn from the experience of Rod Murphy at AIS Guangzhou, while Jackie Harden’s ideas about on-line safety are a great starting point.
Humans are competitive, writes Neil Jarrett. Learners are competitive. Appropriate challenges and healthy competition are motivational and gamification in the classroom is testament to this. Setting up an inter-school competition is the perfect way to introduce a fruitful level of competition and engage and inspire pupils.
Information management technology is inextricably interwoven into the fabric of most schools. At its best it allows schools to manage data efficiently and effectively for the benefit of students, staff, leaders and parents. At its worst it can be a source of frustration for all sections of the school community. Greg Martin shows how to ensure your system suits your needs.
Six essential steps to take: it’s all about people
With the growing competition for students and staff, it has never been more important for a website to be noticed and read properly by the people you want to reach. Andy Homden looks at what you should be doing to give your website the edge.
I was in a park in England with my children in the summer and I was a little mystified why so many students were flocking like starlings at sunset. My daughter knew what had them hooked to their digital screens – it was Pokémon Go. Neil Bunting has his eyes opened!
“Personalised Learning is hard” – (Michael Feldstein, 2015)
Neil Jarrett writes that personalising the learning of every student in the primary classroom is not easy. Until recently, he had frequently tried to juggle too many activities and rushed around attempting to support too many students. However, he has found a way forward.
Whilst we all recognize the opportunities the Internet offers, keeping children safe online is a constant source of concern often exacerbated by the gap in online proficiency between child and parents/teacher.
Encouragingly, Jackie Harden reports that support is available and easily accessible. If you feel able to recommend other sources of support, we would love to hear from you.
Is outsourcing the way forward for more schools?
Supporting university application is an increasingly complex and demanding service that all schools are expected to provide. Is there any support on-line that might help? ITM talked to Tim Laas-Nesbitt, Lead Mentor at Cialfo, the Singapore based university application specialists to explore the area.
The advances in technology witnessed in recent years have been likened to the discovery of fire and invention of the wheel, such has been their impact upon society. Education has largely embraced technological innovation. Its impact upon teaching and learning is undeniable and its momentum continues apace as evinced by the forthcoming GESS technological showcase in Dubai.
Ethical or cynical?
Educational technology, “edutech”, has been defined as “… the ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance using appropriate technological processes and resources” or, more cynically, as, “A set of expensive tools sold to schools purporting to improve learning but not actually proven to do so.”
Online for IB
The American International School, Guangzhou in China is one of an increasing number of IB World Schools offering some IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) subjects to their students via online courses.
Rod Murphy is the on-line coordinator at AIS Guangzhou. In the first of two articles, he explains how students at AIS get to grips with studying online.
For many years, children and adults alike have enjoyed LEGO to create all manner of wonderful imaginings. This toy, that enthralls and captivates the hearts and minds of many, has been a staple in households for decades and its enjoyment and educational value is seemingly limitless, as Maggie Green explains
From Challenge to opportunity “Wireless Headphones”
Two years ago I found myself in between “gym facilities”. The old gym was torn down and a new Sport and Community Centre was being built. All PHE classes continued in what we called “The Bubble”, a huge semi-permanent, inflatable tent located on the soccer pitches. There were no walls and often two classes were taught simultaneously. A single net divided the Bubble into different learning spaces. Instructing the students and keeping them focused was difficult; teaching using music was even more challenging for teachers and students alike.
Questioning basic assumptions and thinking critically about what many take for granted presents a challenge but can bring great rewards for the student in terms of self-fulfilment and preparation for life. The IB’s Theory of Knowledge component provides such a challenge and Anne Keeling looks at an online course which will make teaching ToK more effective in many schools
Flipping the class with Edmodo
Independent learning, virtual learning, differentiation and many other terms are sometimes used in discussions about how we best cater for the needs of students without considering how we make things work practically. Raheela Shaikh provides a helpful explanation of how she has developed her “Flipped classroom” style to make it work in practice.
Online learning, e-learning, virtual education and computer based instruction are just some of the terms used to describe the delivery of part or all of a course using a computer. Not surprisingly, the exponential growth of online learning is a source of lively debate and, it has been suggested, explains, in part, the increase in home schooling or home education in many countries across the globe*. Charlotte Seewald, Assistant Director at the University of Nebraska High School, identifies some of the key characteristics of the successful online learner.