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What’s the buzz in the blogsphere? Here we pick out some of the latest news and views from blogs by teachers.

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Blog of the Week
The End of Not Knowing  
I had a very curious flash of insight the other day. Not a revelation as such but one of those moments that happens a thousand times a week and just occasionally you see the right juxtaposition to make you realise what just happened. I was driving my family to Glasgow. We came around a bend in the motorway and, slightly abruptly, met the tail end of a traffic queue. It was abrupt because there were no signs indicating any roadworks. When you meet a queue before you see the signs, you naturally start to think you're in for a bit of a wait. Everyone wants to know just how long. The driver of the car in the lane next to me started edging his car towards the centre line, craning to peer down the queue and see how far off the obstruction was. Without even really thinking about it, I slid open my iPhone that was mounted on the dashboard playing music. I fired up the TomTom app, picked my destination. In a couple of seconds, the phone beeped to show that the obstruction was 1.1 miles from my current position and that the delay to my journey would be approximately four minutes. It's not that GPS navigation systems with live traffic data are particularly new; it was just the contrast between my experience and the frustrated, anxious driver in the next lane that made me think about this. It felt like I had a sixth sense: data. Source: Fraser Speirs
Added: 18/07/2012
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The End of Not Knowing  
I had a very curious flash of insight the other day. Not a revelation as such but one of those moments that happens a thousand times a week and just occasionally you see the right juxtaposition to make you realise what just happened. I was driving my family to Glasgow. We came around a bend in the motorway and, slightly abruptly, met the tail end of a traffic queue. It was abrupt because there were no signs indicating any roadworks. When you meet a queue before you see the signs, you naturally start to think you're in for a bit of a wait. Everyone wants to know just how long. The driver of the car in the lane next to me started edging his car towards the centre line, craning to peer down the queue and see how far off the obstruction was. Without even really thinking about it, I slid open my iPhone that was mounted on the dashboard playing music. I fired up the TomTom app, picked my destination. In a couple of seconds, the phone beeped to show that the obstruction was 1.1 miles from my current position and that the delay to my journey would be approximately four minutes. It's not that GPS navigation systems with live traffic data are particularly new; it was just the contrast between my experience and the frustrated, anxious driver in the next lane that made me think about this. It felt like I had a sixth sense: data. Source: Fraser Speirs
Posted: 18/07/2012
 
BYOD - the pros and cons  
Having reached critical mass with the number of devices that arrived in my room last week, it has set me to thinking about the biggest challenges and the pros and cons of the BYOD system.
Posted: 18/06/2012
 
60 Seconds – Things That Happen On Internet Every Sixty Seconds  
World Wide Web is growing at rapid pace. On average, more than a billion new pages are added to it every day. To give you an idea of how big world wide web is, our Infographic 60 Seconds will cover some really interesting facts about websites that we use on day-to-day basis.
Posted: 1/05/2012
 
Creating & Reading on the iPad: PDF vs. ePub  
One of the most easily accessible and applicable functions of the iPad across the curriculum is to use it as a reading & note taking device and there are two fantastic websites, that when used in conjunction with the iPad, make it incredibly easy to turn any web based content ( blogs, websites, articles, primary source documents, etc...) into either a PDF or ePub document, right on the iPad.
Posted: 10/02/2012
 
iPad Deployment and Teacher PD  
"I have been reading my fair share of blogs, wikis and other documentation as schools around the world are deploying iPads in their classroom. It is finally our turn at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School to welcome 20 brand new shiny iPad2s (no cart, just individual iPads) In the spirit of passing on the trials and errors, as we get the devices ready to be used in the classroom by teachers and students, I am documenting our process."
Posted: 2/02/2012
 
Keeping Students Engaged in a 1:1 Project-Based Classroom  
When laptops first ` in my classroom, I worried about classroom management. How could I create an environment where students used their computers as tools rather than toys? I was worried for nothing. The following are suggestions for keeping students engaged in a project and accountable for their time with computers:
Posted: 31/01/2012
 
iPad X Macbeth  
I visited the classroom of an English teacher in my building the other day (@katrinakennett) and saw an interesting integration of an iPad in class. While some schools may already be 1:1 or have class sets / carts of iPads, this classroom is operating with one teacher iPad, a situation that many teachers find themselves in. This class is reading Macbeth, no easy task for high school students. Where the iPad comes into play is during in-class reading. Where traditionally a class may take turns reading through the paper text and have discussion to clarify, explain and expand on the text, the iPad allows the students & teacher to make notations within the text that the entire class can see when the iPad is projected.
Posted: 31/01/2012
 
Five Lessons On Teaching From Angry Birds That Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Parabolas  
I'm extremely happy for all the buzz my blogging brethren have received for their work integrating Angry Birds into the math and science curriculum. No doubt there are intriguing applications of engineering and parabolic motion all over the game. But we're in the Sistine Chapel here, marveling at the refrigerator magnets on sale in the gift shop. We're standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon as the sun sets, eager to get to a hotel and find out what's on pay-per-view. We're focusing on the applications of parabolic motion to Angry Birds, missing the fact that it's a marvel of task design. An utter marvel.
Posted: 4/10/2011
 
3 Reasons NOT to Gamify Education  
Gamifying education is all the rage right now. Applying game mechanics skillfully is almost a fail-proof way to engage students and incentivize learning. . . .
Posted: 2/09/2011
 
Red, white and blue – the use of colour in American Beauty  
We have talked so much about the use of red in American Beauty but other key colours in the film include white and blue. The use of red, white and blue obviously suggest America and help us to focus on the film’s messages. Red, white and blue come through in clear and at times subtle ways. Let’s look at some examples from the beginning of the film.
Posted: 28/08/2011
 
Excited about Using Technology  
Children = no problem I've never come across a child yet that hasn't been excited, interested and engaged when using technology. . . .
Posted: 25/08/2011
 
Is 1:1 the starting line?  
Earlier this week was the Iowa Education Summit and while I was unable to attend physically, I was able to attend virtually. During the breakout sessions I was only able to follow the backchannel, #iaedsummit, and the topic of 1:1 computing came across. . . .
Posted: 29/07/2011
 
Copyright  
Because of the importance and relevance of this information to ALL learners playing with media, an updated version of this chapter from the eBook, "Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing," is reprinted/available below. Copyright, fair use, and intellectual property issues are important for students, educators, and other citizens. As digital learners not only "consuming" media but also CREATING and SHARING media, we need simple and accurate guidelines to follow as we are "playing with media." The guidelines below are designed primarily for people in the United States, but may apply to other locations. I recommend using the following mnemonic to remember copyright and fair use guidelines relating to media sharing and fair use.
Posted: 15/07/2011
 
Technology is the death of lower order thinking  
I am preparing for a keynote in 6 weeks time, on teaching and learning in a digital world and it occurs to me that technology can be the death of lower order thinking. As a teacher, I strive to have my students working in the upper reaches of thinking skills; to be analytical, evaluative and creative. As a learning technologist what is becoming obvious is that lower order thinking skills like remembering and understanding are easily replaced by technological intervention. Source: Educational Origami
Posted: 12/07/2011
 
iPad experiences with young children at Manaia Kindergarten  
At Manaia Kindergarten we bought out the ipad for the first time on Thursday to explore the universe and find the Matariki stars in the sun lit sky through the iris of the ipad. (See blogpost about SKYVIEW app). This was a little tricky with a group of 30 eager children. Each child wanted a closer look. The Sun and the planets proving a big hit over the small stars.
Posted: 9/06/2011
 
Exploring teaching and learning in the 21st century  
One of our wonderful RTLB teachers has been running new some lessons on self management aiming to teach children how to recognise their emotional levels, and strategies to help them cope. We run the lessons every few weeks, although truthfully it has been hard to engage the kids, if fact some downright hated it. We started co-teaching but the delivery was well a "delivery" at a wall or bored 13 year old's who were not relating to all this emotional talk or the style of delivery either. Source: A Learning Odyssey
Posted: 11/04/2011
 
Parental Control  
Over Terms Two and Three, 20 issues of The College Herald will be published each Tuesday. In each issue, approximately 20 pieces of students work will be published. In all, 400 students will feature, so you have an excellent chance of getting published, getting your message out there and winning one of the prizes.
Posted: 4/04/2011
 
Digital Native??? are they really?  
The Term Digital native has been broadly used to describe people who through continous immersion in technology are neurologically different to those who have not had the same degree of exposure.
Posted: 15/02/2011
 
Safer Internet Day 2011 – “Internet, it’s more than a game, it’s your life!”  
Tuesday 8 February is Safer Internet Day, an event celebrated in over 60 countries and organised by Insafe to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones.
Posted: 8/02/2011
 
Science @ EHS  
"Science is a way of investigating, understanding and explaining our natural world, physical world and wider universe" (NZ Curriculum). Students need to lean what science is and how scientists work as well as scientific knowledge. Science programmes at Eastern Hutt aim to provide hands on investigations that will develop students' curiosity of the world around us and an interest in science.
Posted: 2/02/2011