Seven Questions about Starting to Teach the Course

In recent category 1 visual arts workshops I have been asked some great questions about our subject; for example, what to teach, how to balance the things we teach, how much time we should have to teach in, how to connect to other subjects, etc. Here are the questions with my answers. If you would like to attend an IB authorized teacher training professional development workshop, go here. There are 36 visual arts workshops between now and December. 1. “Do I teach about techniques ...

Not so secret ingredients in learning with technology

Part of my morning routine, after looking through email, is checking through new Scoop.it and Flipboard postings.  I often have to check the date a story was posted originally, because even though it is "new" on the sharing sites this morning, it may be "old" news, and has been shared and re-shared again and again, only now turning up in the thread of a subject or person I follow.  That's what happened this morning: an interesting title caught my attention scooped ...

Technology Rich and Innovative Poor

Cleaning off my desktop this morning, I found this pdf from Alan November, that I've been meaning to write about on this blog. The original post from November Learning is at this link.   Written in January 2015, "Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions" is an important, on-going discussion for every teacher and school leader, well worth looking at each school year. It begins "In a recent webinar, more than 90% of school leaders responded that they were ...

What will they understand 20 years from now?

This morning my Flipboard reading brought me this news commentary: Do You Really Understand Why Water Boils? New Survey Says, Probably Not.  by Nadia Drake.  Ms. Drake writes about the newest Pew Research Center Science Knowledge Survey, asking some very pertinent questions that anyone teaching in an IB school should recognise. She writes: The key with such surveys, says the University of Michigan’s Jon Miller, who’s been studying science literacy for nearly four decades, is to ask questions about core concepts. Things like what molecules are, what ...

Moral Machines and Happy Humans

We're used to robots - we read about them, see them at the cinema, in art, graffiti, learn about them in science and technology class, we build them, and our lives are full of them. The other day this video, "Humans Need Not Apply" from CGP Grey,  came up in my YouTube subscription: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU The script for this video is at http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply, and links to all the technology mentioned is on the "About" tab on the YouTube page. Watching the video, I was struck by the very broad ...

Education for Tomorrow

One reads a lot about robots these days, and also about "21st century education", "learning for tomorrow", etc. (If you doubt me, do a search on these terms).  But how far away is "tomorrow" -  a "time that is to come"? The other day this video, "Humans Need Not Apply" from CGP Grey,  came up in my YouTube subscription: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU The script for this video is at http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply, and links to all the technology mentioned is on the "About" tab on the YouTube page. Watching ...

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 ...

A first exercise towards the independent study

As we all know, the independent study for IB film is a monstrously complex beast of a summative assessment task. For those of you who have read some of my earlier posts, in particular my reviews of the 2013 examiners' report, the section devoted to the independent study made very strong recommendations that IB film teachers try to scaffold the learning of their students so that they don't have to tackle understanding the ins and outs of this task while ...

Music & inquiry

After co-leading a category three PYP & MYP inquiry-focused music workshop, I wanted to share some of my thoughts regarding inquiry and DP Music. This post aligns to 'inquiry' as an approach to teaching and 'thinking' and 'transfer' as approaches to learning. Given the wonderful changes in the IB Middle Years Programme, DP teachers have a renewed responsibility to ensure that inquiry is occurring throughout DP Music classrooms. When I discuss structured inquiry with DP teachers a conversation regarding the balance of ...

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 ...