Posts Tagged ‘tools’
My hunt for an elusive video brought me to the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Facebook page.
While I did not find what I was looking for, I found a series of images. They served as a helpful reminder of what teachers should stock up on to prepare for the new year.
It was also a stark reminder of the mindset and expectations of teachers. The technologies are not current. If they were, there would be reminders to change passwords, renew VPN plans, update software, check digital archives, etc.
The call to arms was: You will be needing these and more to make a lasting impact on that one student. I get that message and stand behind it because it is a call to individualise, difficult as that will be.
I hope that teachers read this as reaching out to more than just that one student because all students are that one student. However, this task is impossible with the traditional tools and methods because they are largely about centralisation, standardisation, and control.
The newer tools are about decentralisation, individualisation, and self-regulation. This will only happen if school leaders and teachers change their mindsets and expectations about which tools to focus on and how to use them.
I shared this quotation earlier this week. Now I share its source image below.
Some people only see the first half of the socio-technical process and believe that we are masters of our domain. Others forget that our behaviours are shaped by what what we create.
Anyone who has noticed how differently we walk and talk with a smartphone in our hands will be able to relate to McLuhan’s quote. Only a few might be able to think more deeply and figure out how to take advantage of this and apply it in education.
The CeL will be offering sessions on mobile productivity, teaching and learning over the semester break in September. These workshops will be for NIE staff only.
We have also opted to create an open fifth session. This will be done “unconference” style and we hope that other staff who have tips and tricks to share will do so a few minutes at a time.
These other open topics could include presentation tools, shared whiteboarding, smartphone based clickers for item response and feedback, photo editing, annotating and sharing, using location-aware apps, etc.
Thanks to Twitter, I’ve discovered another useful resource for teachers. I don’t agree that they are Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration, but they certainly are useful!
I’ve added this resource to the list of things that I ask my teacher trainees to teach one another.