How to Create a Learning Culture in Organizations Several excellent blog posts have recently come to my attention that, when combined, provide a how-to for creating a learning culture in organizations. One of these posts appears in Jane Hart’s blog, Learning in the Social Workplace. Structured learning experiences (e.g., training) and informal learning experiences (e.g., communities of practice)Helping workers learn continuously on the jobPeer-to-peer learning that is “lite on content and rich in interaction”An integral part of everything that is done in the organization, supported by technology and social networksManaged by learning professionals who facilitate both formal and informal learning experiences Hart writes further that learning professionals should, therefore, take on a new role, that of “Enterprise Learning Community Managers.” Quayle offers some specific ideas for sustaining learning and change, such as: Do your homework on your employees. Jarche observes that learning organizations have these three characteristics:
MYSA - Events - Semester 2 International Travelling Scholars from Canada Alec and George Couros - working together to deliver workshops across Australia 20 July - 10 August Learn more about open learning, social media and critical literacy Anywhere, anytime, anyone: transitioning toward 21st century learning We are currently exiting the age of the personal computer and entering a new mobile reality. Emerging technologies now provide us with the tools to drastically transform our learning environments, and for the first time in history, learners now have the technical ability to learn anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. Major topics discussed will include: social media tools and networks in teaching and learning personal learning networks for always-on professional development digital citizenship & digital identity digital portfolios royalty-free (copyleft) media in presentations and projects digital storytelling open & connected learning. Dr Alec Couros Blog Twitter: George Couros Workshop Locations
Listening strategies: Active listening | Hacking Chinese - 揭密中文 In previous articles we have already looked at two kinds of passive listening (the first article was about background listening , the second about passive listening in general ). Now, the time has come to look at active listening, which is what I think at least traditionally is what people mean when they say that they’re practising listening ability. Active listening simply means that you actively engage all your faculties to try to understand and process the language you hear. In this article, I will do two things. If you want to skip the discussion about active listening and dive straight into some real exercises, click here to scroll down . This article is part of a series of articles focusing on listening ability, please read the introduction here . Image source: sxc.hu/profile/amiroff Introduction Problem analysis Background listening Passive listening Active listening (this article) Listening speed Deliberate practice and i+2 Diversify your listening practice </b>*} That isn’t the case.
Free ICT Technology help videos for teachers Video Notes This looks like a superb tool. Allows you to add notes to any YouTube Video and then save them. You can then open your notes, click on any part of the video and it will play that part of the video. I think I am going to love this tool. I have been looking for something like this for ages Take notes from your youTube videos-Superb Tool for studying Pinterest Pinterest is really a visual way of bookmarking your favourite websites, pictures, videos etc. Livebinders Really impressive tool that has lots of potential for e-Portfolios and collaborative work. Scribblemaps Add pictures, text, routes and much more onto an interactive map and then share it. Fotobabble Upload a picture, add your voice and share. Working with the Corpus of Contemporary American English Great trainin from Phil Longwell on using the COCA corpus. A simple way of doing Audio Recordings A really simple way of doing Audio recordings which allows you to add them as links or save as MP3 files.
How Does #Edchat Connect Educators August 7, 2012 by tomwhitby For educators who have been connected since the early days of social media, it is difficult to understand the reason people would ask, “What is #Edchat?” We must remember that many educators using social media for professional reasons have joined only recently. The idea of using social media for professional reasons is a relatively new concept. One would hope that it is having a positive effect because the Department of Education declared August Connected Educators Month. #Edchat began on Twitter three years ago. The popularity of Twitter for many is a result of its simplicity: Tweets are limited to 140 characters, so the writer isn’t required to say much. Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell), Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) and I (@tomwhitby) created such a chat to focus on topics for educators. The power of the hashtag was still developing in those days. There are about 70 education chats working for specific focuses. Like this: Like Loading...
5 Opportunities to Get iPods & iPads Into Your Classroom Educators often question how they can acquire iPods and iPads to use in their own classrooms, especially when so many districts are experiencing serious budget crunches. Many feel that that it just isn’t possible because their districts don’t have the money or don’t believe mobile technology is worth investing in. I know how you feel; I have been there. And here’s my advice: stop waiting for the district, and start taking your own steps to make the change in your classroom on your own. When I first began using iPods and iPads in the classroom, it was long before the touch-screen era. Here are five opportunities I took advantage of in order to start opening the doors to mobile learning in my classroom, and eventually in my district: The first iPod in my classroom was my personal iPod (that I bought off eBay). DonorsChoose’s slogan is “Teachers ask. Let’s face it, iPods and iPads have become incredibly popular consumer devices over the last few years. 3,710 views, 34 today
7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals Leadership | In Print 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals By Jennifer Demski06/07/12 Patrick Larkin, principal of Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, started a 1-to-1 iPad initiative in the fall of 2012. The conventional wisdom in education is that any school reform--be it curriculum, instruction, assessment, or teacher professionalism--is most likely to take hold in schools that have strong leadership. The same holds true for technology. "The role of the principal is one of facilitation and modeling behavior," remarks Robert Farrace, senior director of communications and development with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. T.H.E. We then spoke with three highly effective technology leaders among the ranks of principals to see how these habits have led to the successful implementation of educational technology in their schools. 1.
The redundant pyramid: how hierarchical learning structures are collapsing The pyramidal view of learning is where you stand at the top and pour the knowledge down the sides, reaching ever increasing numbers of people as the truth flows out from it’s source. I think that today that model is expanded, with wider layers of discussion and collaboration contributing far more to the experience: social learning. There are two structures that we can map across groups: the first is the formal hierarchy, identifying how people report to each other and who gets to have the best office, the second is the communication hierarchy, showing how information, knowledge and creativity flow within the group (and between the group and it’s extended network). It’s rare that the two match up. Whilst learning used to be a relationship between the organisation, which owned and shaped the experience, and learners, who were taught, today it’s a more nuanced picture. The stories are still important: our learning messages need curating. Like this: Like Loading...
Tech Czech » “Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?”: What every learning technologist should know about accessible documents #ALTC2012 I gave this presentation at the ALT Conference 2012 in Manchester. Presentation Download presentation from Slideshare. Abstract The title of this presentation is a composite of the many responses we receive when we deliver training on accessible documents to teachers as part of the Load2Learn project, an online collection of downloadable curriculum resources in accessible formats. This presentation will focus on five essential technologies that are easily within reach of anyone. The word “accessibility” is enough to raise a feeling of dread in any technologist, bringing to mind images of limiting design possibilities, creating alternative versions and other chores. But there is not that much to know.
How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology In my consulting as well as administrative technology work, I am often asked the same questions by different schools and officials. One of the most common is: “How do you get teachers who are hesitant or resistant to use technology?” I am keenly aware that many of my colleagues are not, for various reasons, gung ho about educational technology. And it’s interesting. Quite often, the teachers who are hesitant to adopt new technology are great — in fact, amazing — educators. In my role as tech advocate, I habitually find myself trying to coax these established educators to use new tools and incorporate new methodologies. 1. If you’re working with veteran educators, this is especially important. Instead, try this: observe what they do in the classroom that’s made them successful and build out from there. 2. If teachers express a want or need for technology in the classroom (a particular browser, program, hardware, etc.) accommodate them! 3. 4. Teachers are not done at three o’clock. 5. 6.