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Connectivity and Personal Learning Journeys

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment

A while ago I signed up for #etmooc (http://etmooc.org/ ) to gain ideas to further my own teaching. I have recently been reading many entries on the etmooc hub (http://etmooc.org/hub/) around Personal Learning (PLNs PLEs etc) and thought I might take a few minutes to reflect on my own personal learning.

I think life is a personal learning journey. All aspects of life have learning attached, and currently I am on a few Personal Learning Journeys (PLJs). The one with the steepest learning curve is probably the PLJ attached to being a first time parent, each day has new knowledge and new worries, but the same can be said for any PLJ.

Professionally, we are all on constant PLJs, we learn more about our teaching with every lesson. Pupils will throw up a misconception we never conceived of, or will behave in a way we’ve never seen. These are the day to say constants that help us improve. I think these are good, but I like to take this further, which Is why I am keen to observe as many other teachers as possible and to get involved with as many other projects as I can. This blog, the blogs of others and twitter conversations have extended my PLN in a big way and given my PLJ an extra gear. The world we live in is amazing; people from all “corners” of the earth are connected at the click of a button. I can post on twitter something like “Anyone got any good ideas for teaching matrix multiplication?” and get instant responses from teachers in Singapore, Australia, the USA and many other places. This connectivity is mind-blowing.

I joined up to etmooc to further my own personal learning journey, and have received some great ideas on the use of tech in lessons. I have found loads of new blogs to read and I am excited to see how it all progresses.

My PLJ currently includes these other projects, which I will write about in more detail later.  Firstly, a project with a PE teacher where we are observe each other;  a project with a science teacher, which is set to include joint planning and team teaching; a project with a maths teacher and an English teacher, which also involves joint planning and team teaching and a project with a maths colleague which currently involves observing each other, but who knows where it may go.  Each one of these projects excites me, as I am sure they will all help to improve my classroom practice and give me ideas to use in future lessons.

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Flip Cameras

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

This week we had a twilight session focussing on progress over time. One part of the session was dedicated to flip cameras, as school have just purchased some and will be distributing some of them to each department. We had a quick chat and came up with the following ideas between us:

  • Debating (e.g. should we be taxed?) in a Maths context
    • This came from a discussion I’d had with my year 8’s while teaching percentage change. This was great SMSC debate, but there had been no evidence.
    • Filming students gathering data for surveys
    • People positioning loci and real life constructions (such as marking out a football pitch.
    • Songs
      • This was based on the ATL’s idea. At a previous school she had videoed her class singing the “mean is average” song and thought this was an idea that could be built on. Pupils could write their own revision songs and these could be filmed.
      • Creating starter activities that other year groups can then do
      • Revision videos – worked examples at the board or in groups
      • Maths in real life – students can interview members of staff asking them about how they use Maths in real life
      • Video presentation as opposed to a poster presentation
        • This was built on from a project we did recently around famous mathematicians, the output was a poster that each group displayed and spoke around.
        • A further idea I had around this was a sports report. Pupils could analyse the data of a football or rugby season and present a sky sports news style report/season review. This could be a good project to cover data.
        • Alternately, they could analyse the stock markets etc.

If you have any more ideas, or if you’ve successfully used Flip Cameras in maths, I’d love to hear those ideas.

ETMOOC – An Introduction

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Ok, here goes: I’ve been signposted to ETMOOC (http://etmooc.org/) by my colleague Richie Dunk (http://richiedunk.com/), with the suggestion that I might be interested. I’ve had a look, and he was right. I think ETMOOC is a great opportunity to become involved in a deeper discussion of educational technologies and I’m hoping to be able to share ideas, improve my practice and gain ideas on how and when different technologies can be used within lessons.

I am committed to a journey of continued development and improvement to help me become the best teacher I can be. That is why I started to write this blog and why I have signed up to ETMOOC. I believe that as the world is changing and technology is become such a huge part of the society as a whole, then it is certainly something we teachers must embrace as well if we are to engage pupils and deliver the best learning experience possible for them.

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