In 2009 I secured a 1st place in the Worldwide Innovative Teacher forum (Microsoft) held in Brazil and since then I have continued my work with leaders and teachers as we explore the relationship between innovative teaching practices and the attainment of the skills referred to as 21st Century skills. These skills aren’t just about employability but are equally about creativity, socialisation and the ability to participate and contribute to contemporary society.
The 21CLD (21st Century Learning Design) professional development package is built upon the findings of the global longitudinal research project http://www.itlresearch.com
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The first, much anticipated online professional development course, Online Spaces and Places as teaching tools (course code OSP2013) is now live and enrolling.
Online Spaces & Places: Introducing my 10 favourite classroom tested online tools for real time collaboration and sharing of thinking in public spaces for shared knowledge building. All the resources are packaged with ideas for real classroom teachers, video tutorials, real examples to explore , step-by-step guides and relevant links. Information on future courses HERE
To enrol in this course click HERE
“Keep leading, keep envisioning..you are one of the great resources of the world in this comtemporary Think Tank. Hats off to you!” Maureen (WI)
This 10 module, self-paced course has been designed by multiple National and International award winning teacher, curriculum writer, online community leader and self-proclaimed Online Education Adventurer, Mark Sparvell .
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1. Email Course Admin HERE (From here we can coordinate course invoice/ receipt/ access key).The current course OSP2013 is AUD $70 per person.
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What a treasure trove www.mmiweb.org.uk/publications/opensource.html is! You will find publications, links and lots of amazingly useful teaching and learning materials.
Enjoy the share.
(the following from the site)
There are many applications that are now available as open source. Not all of these are free to institutions but can be very useful if you are asking/expecting students / teachers to have access to software at home. Perhaps the most useful of these is Open Office than will do all the things that office will do but for FREE!
Below are some programmes that are open-source or free applications, there is a growing range of free stuff that you can use and develop – so why pay $£$£$? Some are available for windows, some for Apple and some for both. If you know of other open-source projects that you think would be of use to teachers please mail me or use the forum to let everyone know.
I came across this article http://www.pcworld.com/article/2020268/meet-microsoft-the-worlds-best-kept-randd-secret.html. It shows some of the amazing research and development concepts Microsoft are working on which may start to move into the market…seriously cool stuff! Enjoy your glimpse.
Thought this was a great read from Connected Principals- enjoy! Mark
As part of my district’s plan to realign our curriculum with the Common Core State Standards (which we are calling the C4 Project, for Cheltenham Common Core Curriculum), I will be developing a Toolkit for Principals. Each month, I will prepare a four-part package of resources and activities they can use both for their own professional development and as part of faculty meetings with their staff members. The four parts each month will be
- Think: a warm up article, blog post, or video to set the stage for a faculty discussion
- Share: two activities principals can use with staff members during the month in faculty or team meetings
- Test Drive: A key instructional practice that teachers can try out in their classrooms without expectations
- Explore: Links to other resources with more information for those who want to dig deeper
Though these kits will be geared heavily towards the particular needs of our own district, I thought others might find them useful, and so I’ll be posting them here. Enjoy, and please do give me feedback on what is working and what you’d like to see in future toolkits!
January Toolkit: Focus on Transfer
Before the next faculty meeting, begin by reading this article from Grant Wiggins’ Blog: Learning about learning from soccer.
Consider these questions as you read:
- What parallels do you see between soccer and the learning that happens in your classroom?
- What do you agree or disagree with in Wiggins’ post?
- BONUS: Write a comment on Grant’s blog with your reflection or reaction
Try one or both of these activities in a faculty or team meeting:
Transfer in Practice
- Bring one upcoming lesson from any class you are teaching, preferably in the next week
- Identify the transfer goal implied by the content and skills in the lesson. What is it that students will be using outside of school and in life beyond graduation? What is the “game condition” for this topic or skill?
- With a grade partner, plan an activity or project where students can demonstrate that transfer goal.
- BONUS: Try out the activity before the next faculty meeting.
Thinking about Understanding
(Adapted from an activity in the Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook)
Understanding is a key prerequisite (or at least a co-requisite) of transfer. So what do we mean when we say someone “understands” something? Think about these quotes, then in a small group write a statement that completes this phrase: “Someone who understands…”
Men just don’t understand women!
I didn’t really understand it until I had to use it.
Although I disagree, I can understand the opposition’s point of view.
She knows the answer but doesn’t understand why it is correct.
Each day this month, try one of these simple techniques for focusing on transfer in the classroom:
- Alert: Explicitly draw students’ attention to the transfer goal by pointing out how the skill is useful outside of school, or by demonstrating an example of how you have used it in practice.
- Predict: Ask students after a lesson to predict when the skill, concept, or topic would apply to something outside of school, or how their parents might need to use it.
- Connect: Talk about how this topic or skill connects to something they learned earlier in the year, something they will be learning in a later unit, or something from a different subject.
- Reflect: Ask students to reflect on their own use and understanding of the skill. What works? What doesn’t? How could you understand better?
- BONUS: Try one of these techniques yourself when thinking about your own planning and instruction, or share your own reflections in the comments below.
(Click here for even more techniques to try.)
Here are a few more resources on transfer that you can check out if you want to learn more or dig deeper:
- Learning and Transfer (click link on right for Chapter 3; from How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School)
Coming next month…
You may be asking, “This is all well and good, but what does it have to do with the Common Core?” In the next toolkit, we will make the connection explicit and explore how transfer plays a key role in successfully implementing the Standards.
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