Is it Ethical?

A new introduction to DEC is the teaching of ethics. Most of the topics in the curriculum provide students with the opportunity to develop increasingly sophisticated knowledge and skills in moral reasoning. Children in the younger primary years examine topics such as being left out, sharing and bullying, while older children reflect on issues such as homelessness and child labour to help them consider the feelings and interests of others – one important aspect of moral reasoning. Other aspects include understanding consequences, having empathy, appreciating difference, recognising common capacities, recognising and acting on duties and giving equal consideration.

http://www.primaryethics.com.au/K-6.html

Advertisements

30 Incredible Ways in how Technology will Change the Face of Education by 2028

30-ways-tech

Read this on an EduTechnology site- rather interesting and scary all in one:

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, so much so that it’s challenging to grasp.

While there is little uniformity in technology, there are some trends worth noting that have spurred tangent innovation, including speed (a shift from dial-up top broad band), size (from huge computers to small handheld devices), and connectivity (through always-on apps and social media).

In fact, we have some to expect nearly instant obsolescence—smartphone contracts that last a mere 24 months seem like ages. Whether this is a matter of trend or function is a matter of perspective, but it’s true that technology is changing—and not just as a matter of power, but tone.

In 2013, technology has become not just a tool, but a standard and matter of credibility. While learning by no means requires technology, to design learning without technology is an exercise in spite—proving a point at the cost of potential. And it’s difficult to forget how new this is.

Fifteen years ago, a current high school sophomore was born.

So was Google.

It’s hard to recall what life was life before Google. In that 15 years, it has gone from a way to search the mess of web pages with your Netscape browser, to a ubiquitous digital brand that powers Android smartphones, hosts not just videos but full-on learning channels, stores all of your personal communication in the cloud, has leap-frogged Skype with Google+ Hangouts, and autocompletes your searches for you in an eerie kind of hive-mind. Oh, and Google Street View, virtual museum tours, and the most powerful way to find information known to man. 

In 15 years.

What happens to technology in the next 15 years may not simply impact learning in a typical cause-effect relationship. Rather, it might be the case that one absorbs the other, where information access, socializing ideas, and creative collaboration may be organic and completely invisible.

2014

Smarter MOOCs slowly correct the crude whenever, wherever models of the past, beginning to improve the credibility of eLearning.

Improved blended learning models provide schools struggling to justify themselves in light of modern access to information with new options—and a new purpose.

flickeringbrad-news

2015

Adaptive computer-based testing slowly begins to replace one-size-fits-all assessment of academic proficiency.

Learning simulations begin to replace direct instruction.

Game-Based Learning continues to be sparsely adopted, primarily used in project-based learning units and occurring on mobile devices with limited interactive inputs and screenspace that compromise game-based learning’s potential.

Apps will continue to supplement textbooks in some districts, replace them in others.

2018

Technology to promote early literacy habits is seeded by venture capitalists. This is the start of new government programs that start farming out literacy and educational programs to start-ups, entrepreneurs, app developers, and other private sector innovators.

Digital literacy begins to outpace academic literacy in some fringe classrooms.

Custom multimedia content is available as the private sectors create custom iTunesU courses, YouTube channels, and other holding areas for content that accurately responds to learner needs.

Improved tools for measuring text complexity emerge, available through the camera feature of a mobile device, among other possibilities.

Open Source learning models will grow faster than those closed, serving as a hotbed for innovation in learning.

Purely academic standards, such as the Common Core movement in the United States, will begin to decline. As educators seek curriculum based not on content, but on the ability to interact, self-direct, and learn, institutionally-centered artifacts of old-age academia will lose credibility.

Visual data will replace numerical data as schools struggle to communicate learning results to disenfranchised family and community members.

data-systems

2020

Cloud-Based Education will be the rule, not the exception. This will start simply, with better aggregation of student metrics, more efficient data sharing, and more visual assessment results.

Seamless peer-to-peer and school-to-school collaboration begins to appear in some districts.

Schools function as think-tanks to address local and global challenges such as clean water, broadband access, human trafficking, and religious intolerance.

Diverse learning forms begin to supplement school—both inside , including entrepreneurial learning, invisible learning, question-based learning, and open source learning.

Self-Directed Learning studios and other alternative methods of formal education for families.

2024

“Culture” will no longer be “integrated into units,” but embedded into social learning experiences, including poverty, race, language, and other trademarks of what it means to be human.

Dialogic learning through digital media will have learners responding to peers, mentors, families, and experts in a socially-embraced collaborative pattern.

Learning simulations begin to replace teachers in some eLearning-based learning environments.

Truly mobile learning will support not just moving from one side of the classroom to another, but from a learning studio to a community, whether physically or through a Google+ or Skype-like technology.

Personalized learning algorithms will be the de facto standard in schools that continue the traditional academic learning approach.

The daily transition from eLearning and face-to-face learning will more elegant, but still a challenge for many districts and states, especially those with considerable economic deficits. Among other changes, this will create minor “migratory ripples” as families move in response to educational disparity.

Portal-2

2028

Biometrics—the feedback of biological responses include sweat gland stimulation, heart rate, eye position, and other data–will provide real-time learning feedback not just for educators, but for-profit organizations for the purpose of analytics, market research, and ultimately consumerism.

Learning simulations begin to replace teachers, and some schools.

Diverse learning forms begin to replace school just as the old-model of content–>curriculum–>data–>personalized academic learning is honed to perfection.

Schools as we know them will now be outnumbered, no longer just supplemented by eLearning, blended learning, and self-directed learning platforms, but incredible learning simulations and full-on virtual worlds.

Remaining schools that refuse to adapt to new technology and cultural trends will cause splintering in some communities as the significant cost of technology integration increases socio-economic gaps.

Seamless Heads-Up Displays will equip learners with information, feedback of performance, and social data in real-time.

New certificates of achievement and performance that are social, portfolio-based, and self-selected will begin to replace institutional certificates, including college degrees.

World Autism Awareness Month

To mark World Autism Awareness month, I’m publishing this video called “Autism and Me”.
It explains about Autism for the general public from the perspective of a teenager. http://youtu.be/POIJG3qmV9Q

Special events are held throughout the world to mark the day. WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism and it is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Buildings around the world have recently been lit in blue to shine a light on Autism for WAAD.

 

Starjump: Helping GAT and Learning Disability Students

In relation to my previous posts about gifted students and learning abilities I have come across an awesome website to aid parents in helping their child or children.

Star jump provides parents with analysis tools to identify signs of giftedness or learning disabilities. There are also some interesting resources for the kids to explore!!

At the moment it appears that the site is still under construction. However, once the designers are complete I look forward to seeing more of what they have to offer in the future.

 

http://www.starjump.com.au/

Tips for creating a peaceful classroom

This set of principles for working with students in a classroom has been adapted by a couple of my friends in education. It provides a common-sense way of looking at teaching as a profession.

1. Have a genuine interest in your students. Greet students at the door. Learn about their culture(s). Offer praise and encouragement frequently.

2. Communicate classroom rules clearly. Enforce rules fairly and consistently. Consider each incident’s unique circumstances while making discipline-related decisions.

3. Be objective, no judgemental. Try to adopt the students’ perspective. Look at issues from a variety of perspectives.

4. Show that you are human. Be prepared to admit your mistakes. Use humour when appropriate.

5. Minimise the power differential in everyday communication. Avoid language telling students what they must, should or have to do. Instead explain the reasons behind your rules, requests and assignments so that students understand that these really are for their own good and safety.

6. Address problem behaviour directly and immediately. Unresolved conflicts and issues often recur. Addressing a problem early lessens the chance that it will arise again.

7. Take a collaboration approach. Maximise opportunities for student choice within the classroom. Consider the perspective that this our classroom, not my classroom. Actively solicit students’ opinions and perspectives.

 

** To all my followers and visitors:  my posts may become a little sparse as uni will be commencing again soon** Do not despair though, as whenever I have a chance I will drop by and keep this blog updated with cool hints, resources and my experiences.

Please continue to share your thoughts and like anything that you find helpful!