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Building a High Performance School – Communication and Barriers
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | June 13th, 2011 @ 11:48PM | 0 Comments
As long time readers of our blog will know I am working with a number of schools to support them in creating a culture of high performance learning. If you read back through the blogs you’ll find some of the earlier discussions we have had around becoming clearer about what was their actual vision for the school and what that would look like. We are now moving from the WHAT to the HOW. This...
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What house do you live in?
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | May 19th, 2011 @ 4:22AM | 0 Comments
It might seem odd to begin a blog post with this title but hopefully you will find that the analogy is quite apt. We all live in houses. However, the style, the quality, the fittings, the size, and the neighbourhoods that our houses are in are all different. It seems to be a trend in most countries that many people aspire to the larger house, the higher quality fittings, the expensive...
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The Right to Learn
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | May 12th, 2011 @ 9:58AM | 0 Comments
It's easy to confuse learning with schooling, but they are not the same thing. Learning is much broader and happens before we ever attend school, in the times in a student’s school day when s/he is not in school, and after we complete our schooling. Substituting one term for the other often leads to a misunderstanding of the value of non-school learning, the role of schools in a person's...
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Agile Pedagogy
Bruce Dixon | May 11th, 2011 @ 1:01PM | 2 Comments
After spending a good part of the past 18 months talking with teachers, and visiting schools across many countries, I’m challenged by the incremental nature of any change that has come as a result of the significant increase in student access to technology. It’s not that we shouldn’t celebrate any shift, even if it is small, nor that the rate of any transformation is as important as the...
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Time for a Revolution
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | April 6th, 2011 @ 3:07PM | 0 Comments
All around we see revolution. The world as we thought we knew it is rapidly changing. I’m not talking about technologically, I’m talking about politically. 2011 had become the year of revolution. Why is this happening? Is it just because technology has drastically magnified our ability to connect like-minded people, with dramatic results? Or is it something more? Well, I vote for...
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The Big Ideas Global 1:1 Summit
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | April 6th, 2011 @ 3:07PM | 0 Comments
This past June, over 80 policy makers and educators from around the world gathered in Maine to participate in the Big Ideas Global 1 to 1 Summit, hosted by AALF, the Maine International Center for Digital Learning (MICDL) and IdeasLab of Australia. The Summit brought together people involved in city, state or national ministries of education in more than ten countries, who are planning or...
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What Happens When We Get to 1 to 10 Million?
Bruce Dixon | March 8th, 2011 @ 3:04PM | 0 Comments
It seems not so long ago when our discussions around 1:1 were focused on individual schools that were seeking to pioneer the possibilities technology-richness might provide for our young people. We were looking for individual teachers possessed by a passion for the possibilities; individual hero leaders driven to explore new boundaries, and individual educational leaders who had seen a...
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Communicating The Way Mathematicians Do
Nils Ahbel | March 8th, 2011 @ 3:03PM | 0 Comments
I've been a mathematics educator for over 20 years and have always kept abreast of the latest technology. There are many excellent tools for investigating mathematics, but until recently all the available tools forced users to use the computer or handheld keyboard, which is clearly not the way mathematicians work. Unlike the subjects of English and history in which a QWERTY keyboard is an...
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2011: The Year of the Tipping Point?
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | March 8th, 2011 @ 11:43AM | 0 Comments
In years past, the tipping point in terms of 1:1 always seemed tantalizingly close. “We’re here, we see it, it’s happening,” we said, hopefully. It seems, though, that 2010 was really the year of moving forward. The recommendation that every student (and teacher) have at least one internet access device was one of the actions recommended in the recently released US National Ed Tech Plan...
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Developing 21st Century School Leadership
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | March 6th, 2011 @ 11:03PM | 0 Comments
I have realised over the past 6 months how few schools are actually clear about what their long term vision is. Part of the impact of this lack of vision and disciplined building of this vision is that schools can quite often be focussed on things that disperse their power and ability. They become like a thirsty person wandering in the desert – going from one mirage to the next. Teachers...
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