140 Characters in the IB Classroom

"Twitter" flickr photo by Uncalno https://flickr.com/photos/uncalno/8537569665 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license The word "Twitter" (as in a certain social media platform) has been turning up more and more in the news recently.  Twitter itself isn't new (if you're interested, you can read the history of Twitter in this post on lifewire), and it isn't new in education.  But as it is being talked about right now, I thought it might be a good time to take a closer ...

TMT, Pecha Kucha, and the Art of Liberating Restraints

As is often the case on this blog, I am going to write about something I have just read.  EPFL is the  École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, which is a research institute/university in Lausanne, Switzerland, specialising in physical sciences and engineering. I subscribe to their news blog as part of my general reading, and am continually intrigued by what I read.  In today's batch I learned about how Digital birdhouses make studying owls easier ("EPFL students have developed a system that can detect when barn ...

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! – 10 SNAPSHOTS FOR AN EXHIBITION? 24/30? AGAIN, YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hK1wyrrAU John McEnroe coins "You cannot be serious" “classic McEnroe outburst. John McEnroe v Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon in 1981. Umpire was Edward James”. Both my June 2017 blogs (for teachers and for students) are in response to things encountered as a visual arts examiner/moderator. This one is for students and relates to assessment - and the differences in perception from the perspective of a teacher and that of a moderator. The other is aimed at teachers and to some extent is about ethics ...

Your PP needs mistakes! (its GOOD to make mistakes)

It’s obvious. It’s probably so obvious that it doesn’t need saying. But I sometimes encounter students who are perfectionists - or at least try to delete/hide all evidence of mistakes in their visual arts journal and/or Process Portfolio. It’s not that they hate making mistakes, its more that they don’t like to leave any evidence behind. I get it – why reveal your “weaknesses” when you are up to your neck in assessment worries? You want to impress the examiner with the consistently high ...

Broken Co-Worker Interactive Scenario

Your students should enjoy this interactive scenario exploring the issues of harassment in the workplace. Each slide or scenario is created to look like a comic book page. The intention was to create an engaging e-learning experience that is explored by the user, with feedback given based on their experiences without a prescribed path – making decisions, not following steps. Answers to individual scenes direct the next panel. Supporting the scenario is a blog, which details the instructional design methods employed ...

Selling your data soul

gK8Nao2Axg0 Whenever we interact with the Internet or make a commercial transaction on the Web, some aspect of our life and behaviour is tracked by someone. Our personal information is extremely valuable and although we may not know when, and how often it happens, the likelihood is that we appear on hundreds (or thousands) of lists regularly traded between commercial and state organisations, providing information on numerous aspects of our lives. Organisations (both private and public) will have information stored about us ...

A Mathematical Beginning

Today, my grade 5 son came to me with a subtraction problem 932-356 According to him, he has yet to learn how to subtract “big” numbers. He was quite confident in his ability to subtract 13 from 20 but faltered as soon as three digit numbers were presented. So I set the problem up for him (in the way that I learned to subtract “big”numbers) and I realized that I could not explain the “borrowing” thing in a meaningful way. And why ...