Sunday, February 24, 2008

Doing IT Differently - IT begins...

We are one week into the academic year now and much has happened... This PowerPoint explains the purpose and thinking behind the Student-Directed Inquiry course - the new TQA syllabus designed to stimulate learning skills and ways of thinking for work, study and life in the 21st century. (PowerPoint with notes - click/hover top left corner icon on each page - for those with access to our Moodle.)

Students have signed up for some of the online services that we will use to help us keep the learning personalised and flexible... Twitter, Google Reader and 43Things.

For those who would like to read a blow-by-blow description I've started a new journal HC Interactive Media.

While I've used these tools and processes with classes in the past this is the first time that it's all been coherently integrated... It's early days yet but things are looking very promising.

Exciting stuff!

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At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Annie Chieu said...

As a secondary math education major, the idea that we will be teaching students information for careers that do not exist yet had not occurred to me until I attended college. The notion that classrooms will become student-led through the technology that has yet to be created may terrify parents, educators, administrators, and the like. Fear of the unknown has controlled many throughout their lives--some people are raised in this manner. It will be a difficult transition into the ideal classroom, but I believe the process has already begun. A chemistry teacher in high school once told me that she couldn't believe the fact that sophomores were learning the material that used to be only taught to college students. Now, many college students may be required to take chemistry as the bare minimum for a degree. The capacity of the human brain has yet to find its limit.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger tasteach said...

Hi Roger, Thanks for commenting in my blog. I also am doing IT differently this year in my grade 6/7 class. Blogging, using wikis and the smartboard - all new to me this year, but the kids are loving it. I still have a long way to go and with less than three years till retirement, I am going to enjoy teaching during these last few years.


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