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  • During the course of the year I have come across a number of different Youtube channels that could go some way to supporting the secondary curriculum. Unfortunately, I am neither a science specialist nor an historian, nor, for that matter a secondary teacher. So I'd appreciate thoughts from those that are.

    The first is entitled Scishow

    This particular episode will give you a flavour of the style and content of the channel... if you'll pardon the pun.


    The second is entitled Crashcourse

    And again this particular episode will give you an idea of the type of material covered.


    Neither are written and produced with New Zealand in mind, but I am of the opinion that some of it remains somewhat useful to supporting our students.


  • As a fan of the flashmob phenomena, I just stumbled on Taradale Intermediate's recent "Everything is  Gonna be Alright" on their YouTube channel.

    If you have videos of a flashmob at your school, we'd love to see them. They are great things to share with other schools, especially if the students have organised them themselves.

    The TIS event also reminded of this epic event in NYC. Try to keep watching until you get to the camera flashlight section. It is just such a wicked example of how a simple action to create the most fabulous and memorable event.

    Thank you TIS for sharing your story and enabling me to lose an hour or two watching flashmobs on YouTube.

    Here are few links to my favourites:

    Enjoy :-)

  • In education we talk a lot about creativity, about innovation, about creating environments where students can thrive. Sometimes we talk about engagement, about students working with and for their communities. We talk about collaboration and partnership. And in my head, when I think of the above, it all feels quite clean and safe. It feels mediated and overseen by adults. I imagine assessment and moderation and grades and blog posts. I imagine celebration.


    A few weeks ago, my colleague and friend, Karen Melhuish sent me a link to the video below. I share this video in this forum for educators because it prompts me to throw in the air some questions for us to collectively consider. When we engage closely with our communities, what are our expectations? If we step with authenticity into this space, especially in an attempt to connect with our many thousands of disengaged teenagers, the fruit of that connection could be pretty spectacular but it could also be "a bit messy".


    If the TED curators hadn't invited the young man who speaks in the video below into the TEDxObserver, my guess would be that very few educators over the age of maybe 25 would get to hear him speak.



    If you can, let me know what you think. And if people are interested, I can post more links to other similar projects.

    Please note some of the language may be offensive.

  • Steven Johnson in his YouTube video "Where good ideas come from" looks at the physical environments that have incubated new ideas that have made a big difference to the way we live.


    Johnson's closing statement: "Chance favours favours the connected mind".


    What do you think?


  • Here is a really great video to prompt discussion arounds values and beliefs with colleagues and in your staff teams.

    Maybe it could act as a spingboard to look together at collective expectations of learners with special education needs in your own learning community.

    The technology you see at the beginning of the video is a BrailleNote. The girl has her fingers on the live Braille dots as they pop underneath her fingers - she is reading the text in a document she is writing. The BrailleNote is probably attached to a laptop or computer monitor so sighted friends or adults can collaborate.

  • Throughout my life and particularly in my teaching and learning career I have been really lucky to have found a handful of mentors who have nudged my thinking and challenged the way I see the world.

    In the video below, Howard Gardner talks about the value of finding those people and our responsibility to pass on that experience of connection and learning to others.

  • Shawn Achor, of Good Think Inc. writes and teaches about the concrete impact of positive psychology. In this TEDx video he shares a few of the really simple strategies he introduces to companies and schools.


  • A cracking example of how our students engage in learning and expect to be able to interact with resources. 

    Taking the tongue out of the cheek, it also raises the some questions around how we inadvertantly present barriers to learning in our choice of resources. 


    If you interested in exploring more about creating learning options in your classroom, check out the Universal Design for Learning group in the VLN. We've just kicked off, but it should be a good place to ask any questions and throw around some ideas.

  • There is something quite magical about timelapse photography in the way that it can surface the invisible. Over time, the multiple perspectives give a unique overview of what is happening.


    Imagine if we could "time lapse" the learning or even just the actvitity of a single learner over a day, a week, a month. I wonder what we'd see? I looked around YouTube and found a few classroom timelapse examples, but I couldn't find anything that focused on one learner.


    So instead, just to kick start your thinking, here is a beautiful piece of work by David Coiffier. You could maybe use it to kick start a conversation with colleagues.

  • Here is a picture of schooling that is a reality for some.

    Can you imagine this set up in your community?

    Would you like to teach here?

    If yes, what makes it enticing?

    If no, what are your reservations?