Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Good video games

Last blog entry for the year. There are a number of links here which are worth a browse when you get a minute. I'll be reviewing some of this on staff day which is just around the corner (heh! heh!). This blog can be accessed via the school website under curriculum....

First, how about this for an early Christmas card?


Why clocks and watches in advertisements often read 10:10am????

Or check out MS Dewey - librarian of the future..... If you think Google is boring....

There's been an increasing amount of press recently on the positive use of computer games in learning. Read on!

NZ Listener article on computer games

This is a really well written article on video games and the positive learning principles contained in good games

Some more on using games

The internet is a great means of worldwide collaboration:

Flat World project Perhaps Year 10 - They have a shared assessment rubric Remember a collaboration between a class in Bangladesh and one in Georgia USA. Introductions from the pupils involved in the project

You'll find another collaboration here


How about passion based learning. This is really worth reading and thinking about.

Resize your digital photos online - cool tool:

How to understand your teenager. An introduction to Leet.

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Translation: do you understand leet? it's becoming the dialect of generation net.

It's what your kids are using when texting and messaging......

Wikipedia Information on Leet

An example of a leet translator - impress your teenagers!

Here again is the link to the Time Magazine article on the future for schools

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Learning in the Future

The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."----Alvin Toffler

I've been thinking about last week's link to the texting (txtng) article. Actually I've been thinking about texting and cell phones for a while. A lot of our senior and not so senior boys have them and of course we ban them from use in class. "Keep them in the bottom of your bag!"

Is this what we should be doing?

Aren't they a widely used communication tool which in fact we should be helping children use effectively and appropriately? Isn't teaching about appropriate use a better way than banning and zealous confiscation?? As phones get smarter, it is likely they will be able to be used for more purposes than text or voice communication. My phone lets me browse the internet and check my email and it's a cheapie! Maybe we should encourage children to use the technology appropriately and in a way which benefits their education. Rather than assigningt them the same status as chewing gum.

If you disagree, let me know (!) but also read some of the articles below which discuss the emerging shape of the learning environment.

As little as we know about the future for which we are preparing our students, it is clear that it will be a place that is governed by information. Accessing, processing, building with, and communicating that information will be a major part of our daily personal and professional tasks.

Being literate in this future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and do basic arithmetic. However, the concept of literacy in the 21st century will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3 Rs of the one room school house.
Building Digital Communication Skills for the 21st-Century Workforce

Classroom of the Future??? The virtual worlds of Second Life

Or how about this concept. Think about it for a few minutes. The thought that putting 9 year olds in a class of 9 year olds encourages them to think like a 9 year old whereas putting them in charge of a Zoo in a Zoo Tycoon makes them think like.... Very much like what Dorothy Heathcote was trying to achieve through role play. Could there be something in it??

The quote below prefaces an article in Edutopia called: Take a Chance . . . Let Them Dance Well worth a read!

"I heard a great story recently about a six-year-old girl in a drawing lesson. The teacher said this little girl hardly ever paid attention in class, but during this lesson she did. The teacher was fascinated. She asked the girl, "What are you drawing?" And the girl said, "I'm drawing a picture of God." The teacher said, "But nobody knows what God looks like." The girl said, "They will in a minute."

One reason for using Google Safesearch:

Our school internet browsers default to Google safesearch. If you don't use safesearch and look for information on Martin Luther King, the second site in the Google rankings is - looks ok from the url but is in fact a site maintained by White supremacists and is fundamentally evil. Now, most of our children will be using this version of Google at home. This is why we need to put enrgy and time into getting children to think about where they are sourcing information and critically analyse and verify what they find. BEWARE!

Moviemaking online here!
Online video editing

An interesting use for google earth! Try it. Anyone got a house shaped like a question mark?

And what do you think should be the 7 wonders of the modern world. Vote now before they decide on 7 July 2007

Blog of the Week:

Russell Brown's long running blog

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Web 3.0 and other stuff

Have a look at the picture above. What do you think it is?

This week's blog is titled Web 3.0 although most of us are still grappling with Web 2.0. I will be doing some intensive sessions on blogs in and out of the classroom in January; but meanwhile have a look at the article on Web 3.0 below.

CNN picked up on the news article that NZ students be allowed to use txt speak in NCEA exams. What do you think?

Another take on young'uns He's talking about young people and newspapers, but he could be talking about young people and education.

So Web2.0 is all about Blogs Pods and Wikis and reading and writing - what's Web 3.0? This article suggests it's where the web gets smart. No more sifting through 10 million hits... A Web guided by Common Sense..

Do not be afraid! Needs to be read by any baby boomer feeling technologically challenged.

Social bookmarking. Everyone keeps their favourites, but if you want to share hyour bookmarks - you know - sharing caring web! - one site you can use is . Have a look. I have a Wellesley bookmark site here. If you want to share a site let me know. Another web 2.0 application really, and I can imagine a class having its own site for sharing bookmarks related to wotk being done.

Papers from the Future Schools online conference

I like this - original advertising idea:

And if you are sick of email spam, here's a list of some of the people who are sending it to you.

#1 in a new series: Blog of the week:

Dishwashing 101 (sigh!)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Space Boggles

I know I have used this Carl Sagan quote before, but it relates well to the two links below.

'We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star that is one of 400 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering.'

I used the first of the links below with my maths group this week and it generated a very good discussion - some maths, some science, some philosophical.

It is really worth waiting for it to load up and viewing it - gives you a real appreciation of your place in the general scheme of things.......

Images from Hubble or alternatively, a tiny glimpse.

Interesting Websites:

Rona Books Blog [Eastbourne Book Shop]

African Art from the Jean Pigozzi Collection.

After watching the video clip above, you might want to do use the NASA Kid's Club with you class.

Maths Problem Solving.

Try Thinking Blocks online

Google has an educators area with lots of resources for teachers. Google for Educators

Oracle Education Foundation sponsor Thinkquest 2007 an international website competition for students from 9 to 19 years. Worth a look, but so are the archived Thinkquests from previous years. Great online learning modules. For example here's maths. More general catalogue here. This is such a fantastic resource!

Exploratorium site on Ancient writings featuring Archimedes. Another great Archimedes site here.

Friday, October 27, 2006

More Useful Sites

Remember you don't have to use the email version of this blog. Use the web site below to find this and all the other archived posts:

Websites of the week:

If you want to use a particular site with your class I am happy to post the url on the intranet so that your class can easily access it. Of course if you had a class blog, you could post the url there......If you want to learn or practise setting up a blog for your class, I am happy to do that during PD sessions on Wednesday afternoon. It is a very simple process (repeat after me!) - much easier than running a web page.

This is a really fantastic algebra site for children from Level 3 plus, I guess. Very easy to use, clear with careful (American) instructions. I'm putting on my maths page for my maths class to use. A must visit....


Or a fun, useful science site from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Lots of interactive activities.

This is a US site, but very good world wide data on earthquakes. From the Exploratorium:

The following is a mixture of interesting PD type links

Now a question to think about: Has handwriting reached the end of the road? Interesting Washington Post article which would be worthy of discussion. How much energy should we put into the teaching of handwriting? Why? Send me your comments on this one!

Hate video games? Perhaps they hold the key to the future shape of education. Video games can reshape education: U.S. scientists .

How do you podcast? If you are in the States you can do it with your phone....Take a look here..

In fact there is a conference in the US in which they give all attendees an Ipod nano with podcasts from the conference on it.

Earlier posts have mentioned the emergence of Web2.0. The next link will take you to a view of what that might mean in a classroom.:

What a Web 2.0 class might look like.

An illegal foreigner in Paris - slideshow of interesting photos - an illegal refugee's life in Paris.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Searching Again information has become increasingly digital and networked, its nature as a consumable has changed because its geography has practically disappeared as a limiting factor, and its availability has exploded because shelf space is no longer an issue. As a result, we are no longer limited to only the content that the media industry has decided to bring to us, and we are increasingly delving into the open, enormous, and rapidly growing content that knows almost no limits.....
D Warlick

One of the real challenges we face as educators is helping children make sense of the information they have at their fingertips. At the very least we should be teaching them that finding information is part of a process which will engage their thinking skills. It isn't rushing to Google with the first keyword they cn think of.
Consider this:

Type kiwiana into Google - 118,000 hits
Type kiwiana icons into Google - 10,700 hits
Type "kiwiana icons" into Google - 211 hits

This is pretty basic keyword procedure - working with the keywords before searching. Do we model this to children?
Try using Google Advanced Search for similar results. Or learn how to use Boolean Logic. More Google search hints here!

Jamie McKenzie covers a similar theme in his October newsletter. The article Managing the Poverty of Abundance is well worth a read.

FutureLab in the UK are running an enquiring minds project. As part of this they have listed digital tools which may be useful for learners in carrying out an enquiry. These tools are here, sorted into aims and objectives.

More pavement art!


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Class Blogs

Wednesday Afternoon PD 11 October - Setting up a Class blog

What could a classroom blog look like? It could take the form of:

  • A class web page with weekly updates
  • A blog covering a class topic / inquiry
  • Student blogs used as a vehicle for reflective writing

Blogs don't have to be open to the public - you can limit exposure to as many of few as you like.
Below are a handful of examples.

Year 2/3 Mapua School (near Nelson) This class also has a sticky notes page - great idea...
Or Our Lady of Lourdes school in Palmerson North Another couple from the same school: here and here .
A blog dedicated to the art of classroom displays
Or as a book discussion project - Secret Life of Bees
A Canadian Principal's blog
Or a New Zealand teacher using Flickr to share class photos.

Setting up a blog is easy. I am happy to help on Wednesday afternoon. Here are some instructions:
Edublogs - blogs for Teachers general blog site

Interesting Stuff:
What happens when you put a computer with a fast Internet connection into a wall and let slum children have access to it with no explanation whatsoever?

What is it? Click and see. (Carl Sagan again)
Pale Blue Dot

Interesting websites:

Excellent looking renaissance art site:

Been here before but it's quite fun - roadsign maths.

And a US site on nutrition for for kids.

And finally, a good summary of Web 2.0 and how it will impact teaching and learning.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Digital Learners

Does the technology drive the way we teach? I have always felt that it was important to have a strong philosophy in place before suggesting change - and I still think that is generally sound.

However we need to be careful that by doing this we don't unnecessarily lock ourselves into 20th century ways of teaching with a layer of ICT on top. In other words if we teach in much the same way as we did 20 years ago, perhaps we have to have a quiet look at how ICT is transforming the learning environment and whether there are ways we can better make use of this environment to the benefit of our learners. viz

  1. Flat Classrooms;
  2. Redefining Literacy for the 21st century
  3. Harnessing the New Shape of Information

George Siemens is a keynote spealer at a conference in Sydney in October. He is a leading theorist on the changing nature and needs of learning. This short interview is worth reading:

ICT will contine to transform the way we teach - our ways of teaching are going to change and we need to explore the new ICT's. thinking about ways they can be used to modify / improve our students' learning. To some extent, then, the technology has to lead the pedagogy. If you have a smartboard in your classroom, don't just think of it as another whiteboard which can be used as a projector screen - Use the pd which will come with it to think about and explore ways in which it can transform the way your class teach and learn.

A fair bit of work has been done on the current generation of learners. For example this NZCER Report is the first of a series which looks at digital learners and the things which influence their lives:

NZCER Report - Zooming in on Digital Learners: (80 pages!)

An American Report looks at similar issues. It's a bit shorter and specifically explores the issues of digital kids in text based classrooms.

Points from Listening to student voices.

  • Computer and internet use is growing
  • Students are sophisticated users
  • Technology is important to students in education
  • Technology is not an ‘extra’
  • In-school access to technology is limited
  • Home use dominates
  • In-school use is not integrated
  • Computers and the Internet are communications tools, first
  • Metaphors describe how students use the Internet for school: The Internet as: (This is interesting)
    • virtual guidance counselor
    • virtual textbook and reference library
    • virtual tutor, study short-cut, study group
    • virtual locker, backpack, and notebook
  • Technology has caused students to approach life differently; but adults act as though nothing has changed
  • Students desire increased in-school access
  • Students want to use technology to learn, and in a variety of ways
  • Students want challenging, technologically-oriented instructional activities
  • Students want adults to move beyond using the ‘Internet for Internet’s sake’
  • Students want to learn the basics, too

Interesting to see things from American (high school) students' points of view.

Relaxing on the beach.....

A Few General Bits and Pieces:

Wikipedia - accurate or not?? In December 2005, the science journal, Nature, chose 50 entries on various scientific topics from Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica to be peer-reviewed by an expert in the field. The study found that, on average, Wikipedia articles contained 3.9 errors per article while Britannica articles contained 2.9......

Digital Life extract from last Wednesday 19 Sept. Interesting content on:

  • the ANZ Bank email scam
  • Computer games for oldies
  • New mobile phones
  • Lonely Girl
  • Bigger Monitors
  • Use of Podcasts in learning - particularly at University level.

Right click and download or just click to play in media player

Special request - tactical advice for Sudoko:

Sudoku Help:

Handy Hint - Use Excel to create a timeline:



Instructions here.

If you're feeling poor, check this out!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Is Blogging like Jazz?

Is blogging like jazz? Hmm, not sure but here's someone who thinks it is:

With production week upon us, here is a Kiwiana icon - Hammond Gamble -he's been around almost as long as Bob Dylan and his new album is definitely worth a listen to.
Excerpt from Midnight
His website:

We talk a lot about Information Literacy. I'm not overly comfortable with the term (I think I prefer a term like information management?) Wikipedia has a page on it.

Looking for information requires a lot more then simply generating a quick couple of keywords. And it involves more than just heading to Google! The process involves a more thoughtful and discriminating use of information sources. (Try the Wellesley Search Pages or the Quick Search page.) There a any number of information management tools here which can help to focus a search.
They also need to have the ability to interrogate the information source, ensure the information answers the questions they are asking and be patient enough to verify the information.

An Information checklist for kids is below. It is a bit naive asking if the information is biased - isn't it always, and should they apply this list to all information sources? The idea is good though, and worth a look.

Websites for this week: Use of ICT in Mathematics. Music learning site - Learn about sound, music notation, text, and instruments in a fun, interactive exploration of musical repertoire. Although designed primarily for those aged 6-12, these engaging games allow both kids and adults to experience great music while learning music concepts in a stimulating environment.

And, finally Air new Zealand's daily specials page. New domestic destinations every day with some very cheap fares:

Sunday, September 10, 2006


One of my favourite scientists was a physicist named Carl Sagan who unfortunately died at an early age in the 1990's. He once said something which really puts us in our place:

'We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star that is one of 400 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering.'

This went down really well with the creationists!
He was also responsible for the cosmic calendar - a model of the life of the universe compressed into one earth year:

Find out more about Carl Sagan at Wikipedia
Similarly, this is an thoughtful presentation of the idea of reducing the population of the world to 100:
Speaking of Wikipedia, there are now over 5 million articles of which 1.3 million are English (480 in Maori). There are 229 different language Wikipedias.
There is an ongoing discussion about the accuracy of Wikipedia. The link below points to a reasonable opinion piece on why we should treat Wikipedia as credible:
If you doubt the accuracy of an online, collaborative encyclopedia (and you should, it's worth a read.

Some interesting papercuts! Possible classroom activity? More on the website below.

And finally. Point England School in Auckland produce a weekly podcast. Their web page is worth a browse:,871 If you have ITunes on your laptop, you can listen to their latest podcast:

Link to Inquiry learning (Steve's Link)

Friday, September 01, 2006

Searching for the Right Stuff

In the past week - was it Monday? - we were talking about searching the internet and I thought it was timely to think about the process we (and the boys) go through when we do this.

It is very easy to rush to a computer and throw the first words we think of into Google and then hit the first result for information. We need to teach children and model ourselves, a more thoughtful, considered approach.

We have an information process - it is worth looking at this and adapting it for our own uses.

Choosing keywords takes time and experience. We need to think about the right blend and combination. Booleian logic can help. These links provide some information on this:

We also need to encourage our learners to be discriminating. Always verify your information, whatever source it comes from, books or internet. Use the analogy of someone running into the class and saying that lunch was going to be early. Do you believe them? No, but you try to verify the information by asking someone else. We need to have a healthy mistrust of information.

Learners should practise thinking about the most useful places to find the information they need. Up to date information about countries of the world could be tracked down on the CIA World Fact Book.

If you require New Zealand information, try the developing NZ Encyclopedia Te Ara. And there are a couple of NZ history sites worth using: New Zealand History online and a site maintained by a NZ woman living in France: NZ History. The National Library has a growing collection of digital material including Timeframes - historical photos of New Zealand.

For worldwide biographical information try the Biography Channel and for New Zealand Biographies, try the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

And of course, the online collaborative encyclopedia, Wikipedia needs to be used as well.

Google images isn't the only way to track down graphics for your work. Teachers at Work has a good site with links to image databases.

Finally, I'm a great fan of providing online scaffolding so that learners can work at their own pace. Examples of this can be found with Webquests, Thinkquests and Jamie McKenzies "Slam Dunk" lessons .

If you have any questions about any of this, please talk to me!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Blogs again

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow."- John Dewey (1859 - 1952)

Could I talk about blogging - weblogging - once more?
Maybe a class weblog is the answer to running your class web site. It's very easy to set up and from there, very easy to update and maintain. You can add images and links easily and parents could easily add feedback! You could also use Flickr or MSN to store your class digital photos and link from your web page to there. Use the web!
Instructions for setting up an account to create an online photo album using MSN.
Let me know if you would like to try setting up a class website like this or have a look at these free blog sites:
Examples of classroom blogs:
In support of student blogs:
Western Australian Dept of Education site on Weblogs in the classroom:

Question of the week: How many Planets are there in our Solar System? Answer Here

This week's interesting websites:

How to Eat Fried Worms is a book by Thomas Rockwell about to become a movie:
Book Unit:

The National Gallery in London has a current feature - Reflections on the Water - well worth a virtual tour:

More next week


Images this week - Central Otago Rail Trail, New Zealand.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Reflective Weblogs

Well done those who picked velcro as the mystery picture in Post 5 - absolutely spot on!

This week: Reflective Weblogs in the Classroom

Have you ever thought of using blogs in your class programme as a means of reflection? Reading log? These sites have information about classroom blogs:

The Western Australian Dept of Ed has this Weblogs in the Classroom site:

On Thursday Nigel Horrocks talked about blogs on Nine to Noon. Here is a podcast of what he had to say. Put it on your Ipod and listen on the way home!

If you are interested in getting your students to try weblogging as a writing genre, talk to me and I will help you get it set up.

Jamie McKenzie's latest article builds on his idea of the "Slam Dunk Lesson." In this he takes you through using digital resources to create a slam dunk lesson aka structured learning activity. These are a great way of using digital resources with plenty of scaffolding to support learners.

And the websites of the week?

Add (!) this site to your maths numeracy drill sites. Easy to follow maths games and activities.

Speaking of maths, Sudoku is a good warm up activity. Try this site for daily children's sudoku at various levels. Download puzzle as adobe acrobat, then select copy and paste...
The parent website has adult Sudoku:
And, if that's too easy, try Samurai Sudoku

Finally: Diary of Tech Supporter
Tuesday morning - seemed like a pretty normal day.
Phone call from John - can't get remote access to work - will work on that.
Notice that some computers are not logging on
Boys from Year 8 arrive complaining that computers in classroom are not logging on.
Check servers - all appear to be normal.
Check switches - all appear to be working, but decide one must be causing the problem.
Isolate the switch and reboot it.
Still not working.
Call switch supplier to organise a replacement unit.
Visit classroom to move access point to different switch.
Check mobile trolley - notice strange arrangemant of utp cables: Printer cable goes to access point. Other cable goes from wall socket to wall socket thus creating a loop to the switch. Hmmm.
Route cables correctly
Switch works correctly

Pictures this week from
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Monday, August 07, 2006

Websites Blogs and Podcasts

First a puzzle. Look at the picture and tell me what you think it is. It is a magnification, and it may help to know that the image is calle vc. Answers here!

Websites, blogs and podcasts:

Mathcasts aka maths movie are whiteboard animations of maths processes. Worth a look:

This is a Wikipedia site which summarises the popularity of social networking websites like Bebo and MySpace

Interesting blog entry on the use of video games in the classroom.
And the podcast of the above including investigating the interface between the classroom and the information landscape.

Worth a look - allegedly the world's largest online library:

This podcast features audio from the Annika Small’s talk entitled ” How can technology transform the way people learn?”. This talk was partof limited’s “So what’schanged?” event, held at theWentworth Sofitel Hotel, Sydney Australiaon August 4th, 2006.

And put Library week in your diary (18 to 24 September)

Not to mention the fact that this week is maths week.

And finally, are we heading this way? The PE teacher who forbids running as it's too dangerous.


Friday, August 04, 2006

PC Schools

Friday again! The 3 days spent at the PCSchools conference were an invaluable in-depth time which gave me a much better grasp of what the software is able to do and how we can best use it.

In the next few weeks I'll input 2006 standardised test results and install a web based browser for staff access. This browser has a simpler, more direct interface which will mean it's quicker to access student information, print class reports, input and access assessment data etc.

Some websites for this week. We've been talking about blogs..... there's a bit of a blog war going on in the Middle East - the good thing about blogs is that no-one gets hurt:

  • On the Face -- Lisa Goldman, a 39-year-old Canadian-born Israeli in Tel Aviv
  • LebaneseBloggers -- Raja, who recently got his master's degree at Johns Hopkins and returned to Baltimore after being in Beirut for the beginning of the bombing
  • PerpetualRefugee -- A Lebanese executive with a multinational corporation
  • On the Edge -- Ami Ben-Basset, an Israeli writer

Have a look at the updated Drama NZ website:

Perhaps the best Vincent van Gogh Website:

I don't suppose Vincent had Lego in mind:

How about some Jackson Pollock:

Middle Ages study? Search the Domesday Book:

Need homework ideas? try some anagrams:

I mentioned Flickr before. Classroom idea from Flickr - Digital story telling - tell a story with 5 photos. Have a look at the Flickr version: You could use Moviemaker of Powerpoint to present them.........

Friday, July 28, 2006

Podcasts and Websites

First of all it would be great to have some comments on Post 2 - or rather some of the material in it. I will try to post to this blog once a week with a mixture of information which may be useful to you.

The link below will download a podcast from Nine to Noon where Katherine interviews an Australian Author (sorry, I've temporarily forgotten her name) who is critical of the way we dissect writing into various genre. She feels it has had a negative effect on creative writing. Worth a listen....

Click to Download Podcast

Go on - give it a go! You could do some marking while you listen.

Now - Web sites of the week.........

Children's Literature site specialising in classic literature.

Very good movie making site.

Or this site which give you ways to use the free software Photo movie .

Last week we talked about Flikr - the shared photo website.

And, if you want to download Google Earth click here.

Enough for this week.


Monday, July 17, 2006

Professional Development Day

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”– Albert Einstein


We will have a look at where we are with ICT and take into account the information horizon as far as we can scan it today………….

What are the characteristics of our learners today?

Marc Prensky estimates that by the time an individual reaches 21 years of age they will have spent:
5,000 hours reading
10,000 hours playing video games
10,000 hours on the cell phone
20,000 hours watching TV
In addition, he estimates the individual will have sent 200,000 emails

Characteristics of The Net Generation:

• They are able to multitask / multiprocess: Net-geners can do several things at once.

• They "have little tolerance for delays." They expect webpages to load quickly, responses to e-mail immediately, etc. (Skiba)

• They tend to be more comfortable constructing their knowledge than being instructed.

• They prefer to be interactive: "They want to be users--not just viewers or listeners." (Tapscott, 1998, p.3)

or Educating the Net Generation

Some stats: MySpace Youtube

World's Largest Airlines: Number of aircraft in 2006
American Airlines 707
Federal Express 635
United Parcel Service 577
Delta Air Lines 535
United Airlines 495

Warren's stuff - The Upper Limit Hypothesis

Where does that leave us at Wellesley?

• Inquiry Learning – We have reinvigorated our approach to inquiry Learning

• Closely integrated ICT – Our 2004 strategy and 2005 Information Policy – ICT equipment – 5 computers per class + laptop trolleys

• Our planning – pins thinking skills and ICT to all class planning

• Moving towards a customised collaborative intranet (Mindspring) which provides resources and links for all learners and the wider school community

• Digital Learning Objects

• Smartboards

The ICT Learning Landscape 2006+:

Web 2.0
Blogging David Farrar Russell Brown Rodney Hide Facts

- U.S. Adults Warming Up To Podcasts
RSS News feeds
Real time chatting
Distributed Learning / Intranet Moodle Explained

Digital Learning Objects
Smartboard technology
Personal Digital Devices

More stuff.

Flat Classrooms - David Warlick
Jamie McKenzie - The Art of Communication

Information Management at Wellesley

With the huge increases in the volume of information and students’ use of the internet, it has become crucial that students learn how to evaluate the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage of the information they get from a wide range of sources

PC Schools Timeline

January 2006 - Student Management and Finance System Running

July 2006 - System being used by all Staff

August - December 2006 - Curriculum System introduced

- Behaviour System used

January 2007 - Curriculum System training

March 2007 - PAT and STAR + input from classroom

Attendance data input replaces attendance register?

July 2007 - System replaces progress card?

Friday, July 14, 2006


This site will be updated with web based teacher resources for Wellesley College. These ideas come from a variety of sources.

Use Inspiration? have a look at Inspiration Data:
"InspireData™ applies the proven strategies of visual learning to data literacy, inspiring students to discover meaning as they collect and explore data in a dynamic inquiry process. "

More soon.