School 1.0 is traditional classroom structure - the teacher being the centre of the classroom - the font of all knowledge:
The second diagram represents the modern classroom - a blurred definition of who is learning an who is teaching - more sharing, facilitation and interaction
There are some very powerful web technologies available you you to use with your class. How about mapping?
Do you get your children to draw maps?
I think it is a useful skill but I don't know.... In an age where you can alternate maps and satellite images with a click of a mouse, you've got to wonder whether or not there is a more powerful mapping activity to be had than simply drawing a map:
Have a look at Castlepoint - Here's the google map found with Google maps and the key words Castlepoint, New Zealand. Zoom in and click the Satellite Image and then the hybrid image:
or Mataikona? Mataikona, Wellington, New Zealand
- I have put a Wellesley College location map on the website.
These maps and images can be printed off then drawn on etc. - Use with a smartboard.....
Or you could use this web site which uses google maps, to plan, map and time your walk, run, cycle or swim. Punch in Wellington, Eastbourne or Lower Hutt and set it to work. Classroom applications????
For more teaching ideas there is the Google sponsored Infinite Thinking Machine, a Blog which aims to provide ideas to help teachers and students thrive in the 21st century.
This article by Stephen Downes titled Elearning 2.0 really sets the scene for a lot of the things I have been talking about in the past six months.
As we approach the halfway mark of the new millennium's first decade, the nature of the Internet, and just as importantly, the people using the Internet, has begun to change. These changes are sweeping across entire industries as a whole and are not unique to education; indeed, in many ways education has lagged behind some of these trends and is just beginning to feel their wake.
And (in case you haven't read enough) this week's New York magazine has an article called:Kids, the Internet and the End of Privacy: The Greatest generation gap since Rock and Roll
A mixture of interesting Websites:
- Create your own wall sized posters with this online poster creator. Just upload your image!
- 100 words and pictures which define the Time. Ten by Ten
- What's the most popular word? Look at the word count.
- Amazing use of images. One family's photos over a 30 year period.
- Ever wanted to know what's special about any number?
- Let them sing for you! Very clever - just type in the lyrics and click the arrow. (I tried Taumarunui)
- Ahh, digital bubblewrap!!!!
- And for all those difficult questions, ask Calvin's (Calvin and Hobbes) Dad for the real answers.