This is a new, wonderfully inspiring talk by Sir Ken Robinson, in which he outlines three very fundamental drivers to the flourishing of human life and compares them to what is happening in education. We do believe, that even though during this talk, he is referring to America and the education system over there, there are many parallels to what we see happening in Malta. In particular we refer to the “de-professionalisation of teachers” issue as we concur with Sir Ken Robinson, that teaching in essence is a creative profession – one which drives, stimulates, and engages learning. If teachers, keep on being driven by tests, then their autonomy over ways in which they can stimulate learning, is stifled – what we are seeing today are the results of such a repression in creativity and the profession.
Come join this event, on Monday 20th May @1700 at the KSU Common Room. Students from the Faculty of Education, who have worked on their Group Applied Practical Tasks (GAPTs) are invited to showcase their work. If interested, kindly email us back so that we can make arrangements to display your project.
Kindly email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
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So what are the 8 characteristics of a 21st century teacher? Are they risk-takers, collaborators, and visionaries? Well, yes! Check out the image below to get a clearer picture.
Being connected is one of the most important characteristics of an educator. Connectivism is a way of living that goes beyond simply walking into a classroom and delivering a lesson. Any educator needs to be connected to peers, to experts, to learners, and to in turn support, the various connections that the learner can make, to be able to learn – whether learning is curricular or not, is not the issue here. It’s learning towards a better life, that is the crucial point.
See on edudemic.com
For us teachers and education leaders, this moment of rapid and radical technological change is not what we signed up for, is it? A trillion web pages; a billion smartphones; movies, TV shows, newspapers, and novels on demand, wherever we are, whenever we desire; near ubiquitous courses and coursework, with teachers, tutors, and technologies that let learners of any age learn whatever they want, whenever and wherever they desire. “Always on” access has created an abundance of learning potentials that scarcely existed even a decade ago.
The spirit of technology use, and being ‘NetSmart’ as Howard Rheingold puts it lies with the people and the ways in which the tools are exploited. It is rather useless to force an educator to “use the interactive whiteboard”. It is certainly not going anywhere near the “technology-rich learning”. To be able to start getting a glimpse at what it really means to teach with technology we have to change our way of teaching completely and focus first on our learners and on the activities that learners can do. I keep emphasising, technology is not about maintaining teacher control, but it is of giving the learners the freedom to learn, unlearn and relearn.
See on www.ascd.org
Revising that might more clearly articulate the differences between physical and digital communities, so a decent definition of digital citizenship then might be “Self-monitored participation that reflects conscious interdependence with all (visible and less visible) community members”
Do you consider yourself a digital citizen all the time? Even when you are teaching or learning inside a classroom? Why is it that students and teachers are still expecting to be told what to learn and how to learn it? What does it really mean to be a digital citizen? ….
See on www.teachthought.com
Making surveys and quizzes for PowerPoint presentations, e-learning courses and Learning management Systems can be extremely time consuming and laborious.
… a great resource with your PowerPoint!
Wow, Stephen Fry has an incredible brain. And he generously shares his thoughts from it, including all the secrets of life he’s learned through watching American reality TV shows, Facebook, and “pretentious” conversations with his friends.
….some insights into life’s perspectives from Stephen Fry – interesting to listen to, especially after the 12th minute as he describes his thoughts about education.
See on www.upworthy.com
First and foremost, student writing is improving by leaps and bounds. When I read their blogs (which, by the way, are mature, insightful, funny and engaging), I don’t find myself pulling my hair out over the careless mistakes they make in formal papers. Not every post is perfect, but the majority are well written and free of grammar and usage issues that I am so familiar with seeing in their other work. If they become sloppy, all I need to do is politely comment about it on their blog, and I don’t see it again.
If used correctly blogs are a great way to engage students with content which goes beyond textbooks. When setting up your own blog, remember that discussion and communication should be kept at the centre of your focus! Do not be afraid to create stimulating discussions with your learners, and letting your learners voice their thoughts about the subject.
See on www.edutopia.org