Separate the wheat from the chaff

In June I wrote a post for this blog titled Can this be real? about altered images, or misrepresenting images. Today in my ECIS Library Forum discussion thread,  a colleague in Switzerland posted about the explosion of fake academic journals. In the IB world, we are all involved in promoting digital citizenship, responsibility, honesty and integrity: We often use unusual but authentic, hoax, or "joke" websites like the following to teach or learn about "reliability" on the internet: Improbable Research: Feline Reactions to ...

Creating Silence-Spaces in Schools

I just recently purchased good noise-cancelling headphones to block the roar of motors and the general noise whenever traveling on planes. The headphones are simply brilliant because, not only do they block in-coming noise so that the sound from on-board systems can be clearly heard, but they also block other passenger from being distracted by what I am listening to. Without these headsets I found that I was forced to turn up the sound controls to full volume and was constantly ...

Exercise exploring film making techniques – Shot selections

The following is one in a series of simple exercises to encourage film students thinking about the mechanics of film making, and reflecting on creative choices made by film makers as conscious and intentional. My intention is that these exercises slot into the first semester of IB Film. Hopefully they will be a useful resource towards discussions leading to production portfolios, oral presentation and introducing the basic idea of supporting analytical ideas with actual examples of film language, the lingua franca ...

Have you enrolled in a MOOC?

What is a MOOC? This video from Dave Cormier will explain:   [videos file="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc" width="450" height="253"] As with so many things, when looking for a good beginning introduction, I come to Wikipedia for a basic definition of  MOOC: "A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC; /muːk/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the webIn addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a ...

We live in media…using Twitter

Yesterday morning I read a handful of  interesting posts about Twitter, and found the poster shown at the left,  by Tom Woodward. As it all followed on a long Skype conversation with a colleague about Twitter, I felt that all the signs were pointing to  today's blog post focusing on Twitter. Quick catch up, or background info: "Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called "tweets". Registered users can ...

Beyond Bookmarks with Flipboard

In my last post, we explored social bookmarking with Diigo as a way to collect and share Internet resources.  In this post, we're going to take  a step further, and look at "curating" with Flipboard. Curation Let's start with the idea of  curation. “The term curation in the past commonly referred to museum and library professionals. It has since been applied to interaction with social media including compiling digital images, web links and movie files.” (link)  When you curate content, you offer ...

Social Bookmarking

Can you remember a time when "bookmarking"  a website (or creating a "favorite") meant saving its URL address somewhere in your computer, perhaps with a note or commentary, perhaps with a tag or keyword, and perhaps in a folder? In the last 10 years this saving of resources has become one of the major tools for a teacher, because of social bookmarking sites like Diigo and Delicious. (eBiz lists many more sites.  Several are useful, some are less so.)  A social bookmarking site gives you the ...

To Teach or not to Teach?

The best IB student will also be a teacher! After teaching for 32 years, I strongly believe this to be true.  Obviously and IB student is a … student.  However, it is really important that time is spent sorting out the material that is presented to you.  All the courses are linear and so, when you come to revise in the second year, students must have a decent grip of the work.  And this means, you need to have sorted out ...

To Teach or not to Teach?

Teaching the IB HL Physics course can lead you into a massive but false sense of security! Being the best part of a month into the course, I am looking back at the few weeks I have had with the students and asking myself already … “Is it going well”.  In asking this, I do not mean am I having a good time?, or does everyone seem happy at the end of the lessons?  It is far more important than that.  ...

Blogging for yourself

Where do you record your thoughts about your teaching?  Have you considered using a blog?  Blogs don’t have to be open to the whole world - you can make your blog very private - only viewable by the blog author, i.e., you. Reader settings for a Blogger blog   Using a blogging platform for your reflection enables you to create an easily accessible, richly tagged, linked, illustrated journal of your professional growth, and at the same time lets you become familiar with ...