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Looking at the hearts, leaves and thistles of teaching and learning.



Published: 2015-10-27T17:37:59+13:00

 



On sharing the same space and good intentions

2015-10-27T17:37:59+13:00

“Inclusion requires new ways of thinking and being that are open to ambiguity, and require porous boundaries in the daily intra-active encounters with difference.” Bronwyn Davies [1] On the recommendation of a friend, I spent this morning listening to a...



Unboxing PIG

2014-11-03T00:57:42+13:00

Unboxing is the unpacking of new products, especially high tech consumer products. The product's owner captures the process on video and later uploads it to the web. Some consider the popularity of this practice is due to the ability of...



Take away the descriptors

2014-10-21T08:35:05+13:00

We are reckless jargon users in education. Just ask anyone coming out of your local supermarket what they think “effective pedagogies” or “student agency” means. Jargon is used to: exclude; disguise; imply expertise; and to market product. No one benefits...



The impact of sharing breakfast at dawn on teacher professional learning and development.

2012-04-01T16:00:35+12:00

I have little experience in presenting to breakfast adventurers - so when I was invited to talk to groups of educational breakfasters, I was uncertain about what the experience would be like. I will admit I was initially anxious about...



On feed left, feed right and finding your inner chameleon …

2011-10-16T08:57:20+13:00

Feedback, (and feed up and feed forward) is currently seen as “A GOOD THING” in education. Indeed Prof. John Hattie gives feedback an effect size of a formidable d=0.73 (Hattie in Visible Learning p173). Being seen as “A Good Thing”...



When you stare into the eye of a whitebait...

2011-10-07T10:49:48+13:00

The invitation to present to the West Coast Principals’ Conference at Franz Josef offered many unanticipated adventures. Peering out the window of the Beechcraft 1900D on my way from Christchurch to Hokitika I marvelled at the huge up-thrusts of sheer...



What kind of assessment for learning is appropriate in the age of Google and Wikipedia? Facebook and You Tube? Smart phones and text messaging? Twitter and blogging?

2011-08-30T22:52:07+12:00

Abstract: Claims for the transformative effects of e-learning on student learning outcomes imply changes in the nature of learning when learning is mediated by technology. If it can be shown that the nature of learning changes in a distinctive way...



Learning communities as cryptoforests

2011-03-23T14:46:04+13:00

Wilfried Houjebek’s Cryptoforestry blog looks for “forests in cities” and for “cities in forests” – a purpose I want to adopt as I travel around different places working with schools in New Zealand. He describes cryptoforests as a “cultural and...



On limiting learning and impairing comprehension with mobile technologies

2011-03-15T18:22:51+13:00

I’d guess there aren’t too many educators who are unaware of the research suggesting that using marijuana or drinking alcohol may limit learning outcomes. Using marijuana can impair short term memory and concentration and blood alcohol content (BAC) readings between...



On taking the pandas out of the NZ Curriculum

2011-03-06T22:00:51+13:00

The young man with the oversized WWF panda on his jacket was not in the least surprised by my response. I didn’t know that the NZ Government had taken “wildlife” out of the curriculum. “Not many people do”, he answered...



What would Zorro do?

2011-01-22T01:24:52+13:00

Sitting in the hairdressers' chair on the last Friday of summer I refuse the black mask and flat-brimmed hat but allow myself to be reverse wrapped in Zorro’s black cape - the many mirrored reflections of my fellow caped crusaders...



“The Master Switch”, digital citizenship, and WWIC

2011-01-18T17:49:43+13:00

There has been a not so subtle shift in what is promoted as pedagogically worthy in NZ ICTPD cluster schools in the past 12 months – a shift from helping students adopt cyber-safe practice online to helping students become responsible...



On table-sharking as "real" problem solving

2011-01-03T09:59:31+13:00

When Stanley was a puppy he loved to “table-shark” stuff that wasn’t his. And after sharking he would race recklessly around the house often spilling out into the garden to avoid his outraged pursuers. He is a much larger Labrador...



Pedagogical Promiscuity and "Assessment for Learning"

2010-12-22T10:41:58+13:00

What kind of “assessment for learning” is appropriate in the age of Google and Wikipedia? Facebook and You Tube? Smart phones and text messaging? Twitter and blogging? (after Manovich on Soft Cinema). In December each year futurists read the e-market-place...



Potalanoa (talking into the night) and conversational transience

2010-06-07T23:46:36+12:00

I meet all sorts of educators in the day job, but my opportunities to talk with them for any length of time are limited. I am a conversational transient. A conversation started with one educator in one place is abandoned...