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The Scourge of Low Expectations
Bruce Dixon | September 27th, 2012 @ 12:04PM | 5 Comments
How clearly can you articulate your expectations for what a technology-rich environment makes possible for learners? Do you remember the early days of computers in schools? When the pure novelty of a new software application caused excitement and ‘engagement’ from students? Many of us had little idea of the real implications, but we were all starting to understand that an unprecedented...
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Teacher Performance Frameworks
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | September 15th, 2012 @ 2:35AM | 2 Comments
I have been following with much interest the blogs, news articles and debates about teacher rating occurring in the USA. Part of my interest stems from the discussion that is starting to occur in Australia, driven by our Federal Government, about teacher performance and productivity. I want to say something upfront here … I actually believe measuring teacher performance is critical to the...
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TIGed's Exciting Fall PD Schedule!
Kate Gatto | August 10th, 2012 @ 11:01AM | 2 Comments
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is an online international charitable organization which serves youth worldwide through a multilingual online learning community (at www.tigweb.org) and innovative education programs (through www.tiged.org). These education programs are framed by the three pillars of global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and student voice in education. TIGed’s professional...
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What Do We Mean By Success?
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | August 8th, 2012 @ 10:52AM | 3 Comments
We learn a great deal from what others are doing. In this issue, we are focusing on several 1:1 initiatives in Latin America. Each of the initiatives are large and show a commitment at either the provincial/state or federal levels. There are a number of other examples of commitments to 1:1 at these levels – Australia and the state of Maine are two about which we hear frequently. But even this...
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Are you ready for the Australian Curriculum?
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | July 3rd, 2012 @ 9:53PM | 5 Comments
I thought I would provoke some discussion and thinking up front in today's blog. I want to be especially confronting to the status quo that schools are in at the moment because we have a belief ... opinion ... viewpoint ... that most schools are living in lala land about the Australian Curriculum. [Note: Lala Land is that land you go to when you put your hands over your ears and shout loudly...
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The Secret to Scaling and Sustaining Innovation
Bruce Dixon | May 16th, 2012 @ 11:51AM | 2 Comments
There is much to celebrate about what is happening in classrooms around the globe. There is less to celebrate in schools. My point? We’ve known for years that there are many innovative teachers out there, doing extraordinary things with their students, but why does it continue to be so hard to scale that innovation across whole schools? I would suggest the answer lies with benefit and...
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The Changing Role of Teachers
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | May 16th, 2012 @ 11:48AM | 4 Comments
A great deal of discussion and work goes into planning a 1:1 initiative. The vision is embraced, funding is found, budgets are developed, a communication plan for the school, parents, and the community is outlined and put into action. Finally, once everyone is on board for the big adventure, the infrastructure is put in place and the support services are ready, each student is given a laptop....
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Deliberate Practice and Skill Development
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | May 8th, 2012 @ 10:24PM | 8 Comments
One of the clear facets of the Australian Curriculum is the requirement for teachers to explicitly develop skills in the students. These skills include both the subject specific skills as well as what are now termed the general capabilities (another name for interdisciplinary skills). The challenge for teachers is figuring out HOW they are going to be more explicit about developing the...
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The 21st Century Planning Process
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | April 4th, 2012 @ 8:41PM | 3 Comments
I have this belief that the planning documents need to lead teachers through the thinking and behaviour you are trying to encourage in them. They are not just to capture information (although this is an important part of the process). How the teachers fill in the documents will tell you a lot about their current thinking. So when you look at HOW the teachers fill in their current documents,...
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The Learning Jigsaw
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | March 25th, 2012 @ 7:29PM | 2 Comments
This week\'s blog comes from Narelle Wood. Narelle is our Australian Curriculum expert and has worked extensively across a range of schools in supporting powerful learning in the literacy and English domain. ---- An indulgence of mine is jigsaw puzzles. I will sit for hours trying to complete a particular section and it has got to the stage where I have sat at the table for 2 days straight to...
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