Global debate for high school students! Topic: Fighting Racism. Excellent opportunity for international collaboration, not to mention all kinds of geeky-cool technology!
Elimination rounds will be done via VoiceThread, finals will take place in a 3D virtual world!
Registration deadline is Feb. 29th!
Unity is a revolutionary FREE games/app development tool. Jibe is an affordable multiplayer project kit from ReactionGrid.
Now your students can create their own single/multiplayer 3D games/apps, including Android and Apple with the appropriate license(s)! The e-book is FREE:
If you live in China, Scribd is blocked by The Great Firewall, so get it from SlideShare:
Wow! I apologize. It’s been a while since I last posted.
The end of 2011 got crazy…or perhaps I should say crazIER.
Presented at TechEx 2011 in Bangkok in October…posted about that. Then came the Beijing Learning Summit in November. Global Education Collaborative in December. Otavan Opisto (academy in Finland) in January. Conspicuous lack of posts about these conferences.
But you can see my blog for the slides: http://www.indeeds.com.
In the midst of all that, I conducted a brief but fruitful job search. As of July, I’ll be the Educational Technology Coordinator for Colegios Peterson in Mexico City (http://www.peterson.edu.mx). More on that later.
I’m about to take off for the Flat Classroom Workshop, part of ASB (American School of Bombay) Unplugged. I’ll be talking about, of course, using 3D virtual worlds in international schools. Second Life, OpenSimulator, Quest Atlantis, Minecraft and previews of Alice and Jibe/Unity! See the website:
There still might be time to sign up as a virtual participant!
I’m scrambling to get ready, so I’ll post again after I’m back.
Moodle 2 Online Course for Teachers as Course Creators and Class Administrators.
A practical ‘hands on’ Moodle based course that features a Moodle ‘sandbox’ for course creation and development.
Learn individually online or as a group workshop.
Take a look at:
Password: Open4Ed! (case sensitive)
Note that this is a temporary login account for review and does not give you access to the sandbox.
As we all get settled into the New Year routine it’s time to look ahead at upcoming opportunities for collaboration and professional networking – Where did January go to?
Here are a few not to be missed happenings:
ISTEC (International Schools Technology Exchange Committee)
This is a ‘free’ opportunity for ICT Teachers/Technicians/IT Directors to get together to share ideas and keep up to date with the latest developments in the world of IT as it affects learning and teaching today.
Friday 10th February 2012 (10:00-15:00)
Twitter Hashtag: #istecbromsgrove
21st Century Learning Conference – Hong Kong
The 21st Century Learning @ Hong Kong conference brings educators from within and beyond the region together to interact with ideas and experiences designed to make them better prepared, informed and enthused to be able to bring out the best in the digital native learners they influence.
At HKIS in Hong Kong
Dates: March 16-17, 2012
A global hands-on project for middle and early high school students, (typically Grade 6-9)
Online – February 7-9, 2012
SJI International Elementary School, Singapore
7th – 9th March 2012
If you have any conferences, events or opportunities for professional networking that you would like to promote then please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
NAACE have developed a draft for a new KS3 ICT Curriculum, which was written by Naace Board of Management members Allison Allen and Paul Heinrich.
They are now seeking feedback from NAACE members and there will be a dedicated session on Friday 9 March 2012 at the Naace Conference to consider further developments. Email email@example.com
Well, it’s nice to be back home in Phuket after two assignments working away in Vientiane, Laos followed by Christmas and the New Year in the UK.
Hopefully, I can now start to post more regularly with news and views on technology and ICT developments in education.
I have just updated my LinkedIn account to reflect my recent experiences in consultancy for teacher training and e-learning (Moodle) development and will also draw upon some of these experiences to post here. I also need to start tweeting more regularly!
Santa bought me a new Macbook Pro i7 for Christmas – so no excuses now
Best wishes to all,
Ni hao again from Changchun, China! The City Where Internet Access Isn’t Taken Seriously.
This blog post is actually an assignment for my Flat Classroom Certified Teacher Program, specifically for Module #2, “Connect and Reflect.”
To quote from the above website:
“The Flat Classroom® Certified Teacher course aims to train educators to be able to manage a global collaborative project built upon best practices of student collaboration and co-creation as modeled in the Flat Classroom® projects including: Flat Classroom® , Eracism, NetGenEd, Horizon, and Digiteen™ projects. It also aims to provide an opportunity for those interested in managing a Flat Classroom® Project in the future as part of the lead teacher program beginning in March 2011 to develop skills and experience with all facets of the project. Certified Flat Classroom® teachers will become leaders in global collaboration within their schools and internationally and will be sought as partners by those planning global collaboration because of their proven competencies in the technology, technopersonal skills, and best practices of effective global collaborative projects. Those who earn this designation will have proven their competency through this rigorous course.”
If you’re interested in taking the next Flat Classroom Certified Teacher course, you can apply online via http://tinyurl.com/flatclassteachercert or just ask questions via firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK, now for my tirade. Hey, what’s the point of writing blog posts if you can’t rant and rave every once in a while? Oh, excuse me…in International Baccalaureate terms, ranting and raving is known as REFLECTING. So that’s what I’m doing, reflecting. We’re in the middle of a week-long holiday here in China. I, of course, had all sorts of plans for WORKING and getting caught up on lesson plans, presentations, etc. Saturday night my (well, I should say “our”…everyone in the apartment building) Internet access goes out. Think someone from China Unicom, the huge phone company and ISP, can send someone over to fix it? Nope. The folks at the supermarkets are working…the folks at the gym are working…I would be working all day, if I had Internet access. Here it is Tuesday and I’m at school, just so I can connect.
Now I realize that in the Grand Scheme of Things this doesn’t seem like a terrible problem. But I am “connecting and reflecting,” after all. And what I’m thinking about is how much of a hassle it’s been here in Changchun to maintain steady Internet access. Between work and home, it seems I’m always fussing and fighting with someone, trying in vain to convince various people that I need the Internet to do my job. It’s not China-wide. I’ve talked with people in Beijing and Shanghai, e.g., and they tell me that the importance of 24X7 Internet access is understood. Not so up here in Changchun. And this is one of the reasons why I need to move on.
I’m curious…is Internet access taken seriously in your city/country? How is it that it’s 2011 and there are still lots of folks who don’t get it??
Need to get not just class stuff ready, but to finish preparing for TechEx 2011 in Bangkok! I’ll be leaving in just one week!
I’ll be giving TWO…not one, but TWO…presentations: “Using 3D Virtual Worlds in International Schools” and a follow-up, hands-on session. This is going to be FANTASTIC…computer teachers, teachers of whatever all those other subjects are, technicians, administrators…from all over Asia and the world…together for two days of SHEER GEEKINESS!
That’s a lot of abbreviations in one title.
ISTE = International Society for Technology in Education
VEJ = Virtual Education Journal
Check it out…it’s available online:
The story on how international schools are teaching together in Second Life and OpenSimulator is on pages 40-44.
And…don’t forget TechEx(change) 2011…October 13-14 in Bangkok!
Check out this presentations list:
I’m giving not one but TWO presentations: “Using 3D Virtual Worlds in International Schools” plus a hands-on session!
Hope to see you there!
Welcome back everyone,
As you may have noticed I haven’t posted many articles lately as I have been busy working away in Vientiane, Laos.
I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to be involved in the great Strengthening Higher Education Project (SHEP) in Laos.
As part of a team, I have been working for the Laos MOE to develop Laos Teacher Training Professional Development (LTTPD) – Essentially a 12 module competency based training course for the Laos University teachers.
The course is now complete and currently being translated in Laos by our counterparts at the National University of Laos (NUOL). There is still some work to do creating an online version using Moodle 2.0.
I return to Laos this week for another month and will assist in the training of the ‘master trainers’. Some training will take place at NUOL and we will then have three weeks out at Van Vieng to train teachers from Luang Prabang and Champasak universities.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience in Laos, learning much in the process – I believe that we have created something quite unique that will considerably strengthen higher education in Laos.
Where to next?
…haha …. I wish I knew. I have no doubt that there will be further in Laos but at present I am on the lookout for further consultancy opportunities – Let me know if you think I can help!
P.S. Many thanks to David Deeds for his excellent posts to my blog during my ‘dormant period’ – If anyone else woulod like to contribute then you are more than welcome.
Folks! My colleague Alex Makosz and I WOWED THE CROWD at the AACE ED-MEDIA Conference in Lisbon! Lots of interest in 3D virtual worlds. We are considerably closer to getting the proverbial ball rolling regarding a K-12 OpenSim grid. Details later. You can get the slides from http://www.indeeds.com or http://www.makosz.org. Keep spreading the word about the free OpenSim e-book. Use Tweet, Facebook, LinkedIn or all three! Thanks!
Next edtech conference: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s (AACE) ED-MEDIA in Lisbon, Portugal:
Co-teacher Alex Makosz and I will present our paper: “Using 3D Virtual Worlds — OpenSimulator, Quest Atlantis — to Teach International School Students Computer Science and Human Values.”
Can’t seem to embed the slides here. No worries. You can get them from SlideShare or from my blog, inDeeds!
Then…on July 30th…I’ll be giving an inworld (Second Life) presentation everyone can attend. My presentation will be just one in a series, entitled “Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education in Second Life.” You can get the slides from SlideShare or again, via my blog, inDeeds!
See you ’round the grids after July 10th or so!
They said it couldn’t get done…they said it wouldn’t get done…it [darn] near didn’t get done! Yet here it is, the “OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide,” a “one stop shop” for teachers wanting to get their schools started with 3D virtual worlds. It includes an overview, step-by-step setup directions and even sample lesson plans for OpenSimulator (aka OpenSim). Covers Second Life too!
For a couple of years now, I’ve been talking with a wide range of people…the geeks at ReactionGrid…fellow instructors at international and other schools…colleagues met via conferences and meetings, in Real and Second Life…about what’s holding 3D virtual worlds back in education. The consensus was that OpenSimulator, still not quite at Version 1.0 stage, is still too difficult for teachers to work with…some kind of tutorial was needed. Earlier this year, this e-book started off as an online course but that deal fell through…I was distraught for about 15 minutes…until I realized that with some (substantial!) rewriting, we would finally have the guide that’s been needed. Changchun American International School Directors Daniel and Irene Chou, along with Principal Mary Pazsit, agreed that our organization would generously give the e-book free to schools around the world. And so here we are.
Co-teacher Alex Makosz and I will make the big announcement re: the e-book at the upcoming AACE ED-MEDIA Conference in Lisbon. The title of our paper is: “Using 3D Virtual Worlds — OpenSimulator, Quest Atlantis — To Teach International School Students,” the PPTX for which you can get via SlideShare now, or wait until we’ve embedded the slides in this and other blogs. We’ll be directing people to get the e-book from Changchun American International School’s nifty new website, which isn’t ready yet, so wait a week to peek!
You can get your copy from Scribd. If you live in China, Scrib is blocked by The Great Firewall, so you can get it from Join Us in 3D Education!, Alex’s site, or from InDeeds, my blog. Alex has all kinds of interesting resources listed on his site.
Be sure to get the free ReactionGrid .OAR, generously donated by Kyle/Robin Gomboy and Chris Hart.
If you post the .PDF on your website, blog, wiki or ning, we ask that you include the Creative Commons license text in your HTML.
Help us spread the word! Tell teachers, administrators…everybody you think would be interested…about this e-book. Maybe the easiest way to do this would be to share the link to Maria Korolov’s Hypergrid Business ezine story. Be sure to tweet, share on Facebook, etc. Thanks!
What is ISTE?
ISTE, The International Society for Technology in Education, is dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning through the effective integration of technology in education.
Representing over 100,000 leading educators worldwide ISTE is a powerful association that is leading a global transformation of education.
What are NETS?
NETS, National Education Technology Standards, are a set of benchmarks that help to measure competence for the integration of technology in education. Originally conceived in 1998 NETS have now become the Internationally recognised standards for technology in education across all international curricula. NETS are not subject content specific but address the skills students need for the digital literacy required for success in the 21st century.<
NETS are applicable throughout all curricula and at all age levels and are used to plan technology integration and develop the curriculum across both the primary and secondary school changing the way teachers teach and students learn. The latest release of NETS standards came in 2007 following their international development involving thousands of educators and leaders.
Three levels of NETS Standards have been developed:
NETS-S – Equipping students with 21st century technology and learning skills to become effective global digital citizens. NET-S encourages student creativity and innovation, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, and the effective use of technology.
NETS-T – Equipping teachers to change the way they plan and teach through the integration of technology throughout the curriculum. NETS-T provided teachers with 21st century skills and knowledge for effective technology integration in today’s digital society.
NETS-A – Equipping school leaders with the skills and knowledge to create and maintain an environment that supports technology integration and 21st century learning.
NETS for your school?
Definitely! Why shouldn’t you want to improve the quality of learning in your school through effective integration of technology?
Getting started with NETS
Here are a few things you can do to get started with NETS:
- Visit the ISTE Web site – there is a vast amount of information to review
- Connect to the ISTE Blog
- Attend an ISTE/NETS Conference
- Become an ISTE community member
- Visit the ISTE Store for books, webinars, podcasts, magazines and journals, and downloads
Share your NETS experiences
Please feel free to share your experience of ISTE NETS implementation here. I am particularly interested in resources and documentation for NETS alignment with International Curricula.
Simply reply to this post or contribute a blog posting of your own.
Next I will take a look at NAACE and the International Technology in Education Mark (ITEM).
Clearly the way our young learners learn is changing and continues to do so. It is also clear that the way we, as educators, ‘teach’ our young learners is also changing – or should be changing as we respond to the needs of our 21st Century learners.
Steven Pearce’s recent blog post at http://innovativescholar.com/ outlines some of the ways schools are adopting new methods of discovery based, problem based and challenged based learning to engage learners and provide them with valuable 21st Century skills.
But what of assessment?
Is assessment necessary? …. and if so how should we assess today’s young learners?
Hopefully, long gone are the days of rote learning and the teacher simply filling empty vessels with knowledge that is later regurgitated in a test or examination so that a student can ‘make the grade’.
Using only Assessment of Learning is becoming outdated …. Assessment for Learning (AfL) is becoming increasingly important. The emphasis has changed from assessing students purely to provide a grade to using assessment as a tool to provide feedback to improve the whole learning experience.
Apple use an interesting analogy in their Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACoT) when understanding AfL or informative assessment:
‘Consider the student as gamer. She is motivated to play because she gets feedback every few seconds. That feedback entices and enables her to “stay in the game,” provided she has learned from prior experiences, monitors the current situation, pays attention to the constant feedback, and reacts quickly enough. “Failure” simply provides her a quick break before she gets back into the game-with renewed effort, new data, and new resolve to achieve new plateaus’.
As the way our young learners learn becomes more discovery, problem and challenged based they are becoming more collaborative using technology and learning online. Feedback may be generated from a wide range of sources, such as virtual learning environments, wiki development, blog responses, discussion boards, text messaging, audio/video responses etc. Learners are now creating and publishing multimedia and web content that may receive feedback from peers, teachers, parents and family, experts or any other members of the Internet community.
So how are you assessing your young learners? Are you using:
Interim product analysis? (based on rubrics)
Appropriate Assessment Rubrics?
Obviously there is a lot more to assessment than this discussion allows – but hopefully this post will stimulate your thoughts on 21st Century – Assessment for Learning. I’d love to hear them – Please do let me know by posting a comment.
Here are a few useful links: