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reflecting on teaching, learning and technology in k-12 education

Last Build Date: Sun, 08 Mar 2009 10:08:49 +0000


Comment on learning management systems by Steve Hubbard

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 10:08:49 +0000

Hi Warrick, Toorak College is now using Scholaris as our LMS. We have replaced Blackboard due to the cost of modifying the program and its strong ties with USA education. Scholaris is the frontend to Sharepoint a Microsoft product. It has been well received by the students and staff. We intend to release it to the parents in 2010. The latest version is coming out very soon. It will have a few extra features that we have been looking for. Essentially a markbook - comment feature to allow parents to see how their daughters are goin at school. This could be the death of the end of semester report paper, folders, mailing, proof reading, etc. Continuous online reporting, something we have been investigating for some time.

Comment on What troubles me about a national curriculum by Observations & Developments » Post Topic » Education Reform: History and Politics

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 21:13:55 +0000

[...] technology in k-12 education [Msg What troubles me about a national curriculum]. Message posted to, C. E. (2005). Un-standardizing curriculum: Multicultural teaching in the standards-based [...]

Comment on Finland Rules! by Graham Wegner

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 03:10:25 +0000

I remember seeing a presentation from Terry Woolley, a former principal and curriculum director here in South Australia where he was analysing these often cited international testing results. He pointed out that he thought that considering our restraints, Australia does extremely well against the countries mentioned ahead of us, including Finland. He talked about several factors that give Finland the edge over us including a very phonetic home language, a monocultural society (nothing like Australia's refugee intake which has significant impact on our data), almost double the average funding compared to GDP and a comparatively small population. But this certainly isn't new to any of us who are wondering if our nation is willing to adopt any of the Finnish strategies or structures.

Comment on So not at work this week by Penny

Tue, 07 Oct 2008 04:07:41 +0000

Looks great. Isn't it nice to have school holidays. You seem to be making the most of yours. I seem to be stuck to the computer!

Comment on So not at work this week by Linda

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:43:54 +0000

SO glad to hear it!!