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SCIL · Lead the change

SCIL · Lead the change

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Resourcing the Australian Curriculum: Building Digital Collections – a review i 1 Vote Members of the ResourceLink team were recently privileged to participate in the Syba Academy and SCIS sponsored seminar ‘Resourcing the Australian Curriculum: Building Digital Collections Conference’. Blog In this episode, Alan speaks with Ewan McIntosh, Founder of NoTosh, out of Edinburgh, Scotland. The two begin with a discussion about Ewan’s work with design thinking for developing a new learning ecology within an International Baccalaureate school in Barcelona, Spain. This leads in to a conversation about the emotional process teachers go through in relinquishing some of their established control within the classroom.

Student-Centered Learning Designing Schools for 21st Century Learning, Randall Fielding Randall Fielding, AIA, is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International, LLC (FNI), an award-winning school planning and design firm with offices in Minneapolis, Tampa, Madison and Melbourne, Australia. The firm has consultations in 23 states around the U.S. and 26 countries. Randy oversees FNI’s primary mission to improve learning by serving as a world leader in the creation of new and renovated educational campuses that are in consonance with best practice and research.  The Magic of Learning Don’t Just Displ... Donna Miller Fry in a post Where is the Beef? speaks directly to my own thinking when she asks: When... A Learning Visit to Ec... I was thrilled to have been invited to visit and work with teachers, administrators and parents at A... The 3 Stages of Docume...

High-Impact Instruction: A Corwin Companion Site by Jim Knight Introduction to the Companion Website This website provides access to the video clips referenced throughout the text (also accessible via QR codes). Room to Read Did you know that 796 million people in the world today cannot read or write? That’s one out of every five adults. The good news is that this month you can help change the story, and we’re going to give you all the tools you need to make it happen. Booktober is a month-long campaign to raise funds and awareness for global literacy, because every child deserves the chance of a brighter future.

About Greg Whitby Biography Greg Whitby is widely acknowledged as an innovative educator who is passionate about ensuring that schooling meets the needs of today’s learners. For the past 14 years, Greg has led a system of Catholic schools in both the Dioceses of Wollongong and now Parramatta. Over the past two decades, Greg has been rethinking the nature of learning and teaching in a digital age and the role of learning environments and technology in supporting new pedagogies.He has been instrumental in the development of new school and learning space designs to accommodate contemporary learning and teaching. In recent years, Greg has worked with school and system leaders to build teacher capacity in order to improve the learning outcomes of every student. He has forged global partnerships with leading educational thinkers such as Michael Fullan, Viviane Robinson, Helen Timperley and Lyn Sharratt to assist in bridging the gap between theory and classroom practice.

Project Based Learning (image from Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to teach students content, 21st century skills, and engage them in something fun and educational. I spoke more about PBL in an earlier blog ( and we had some great reader comments (Tech&Learning, May 2009, page 14). Today I'd like to give some tips and ideas on how to get started with PBL in your classroom.

How To Integrate Multimedia For Effective Learning Sharebar Integrating the multimedia assets of a course can raise a host of issues. In my world, this can be as simple as explaining to a client why screens of text with an out-of-sync voice over will not be effective—to more complex issues, such as determining whether an animation will promote greater comprehension than a series of stills. Although we know it can be advantageous to present content through multiple forms of media, the big question is how to integrate the mediums. When deciding on these issues, I use two principles from cognitive science as guidelines that I think you’ll find helpful too.

The Secrets of Your Classroom - What Your Set Up Says About You I finally made it into school today and saw to my amazement that all of my furniture had been moved back in, the floors were waxed, and now all of those boxes were ready to be unpacked. I couldn’t help but be excited, and then I realized that I am hugely pregnant, and didn’t even know if I could stand up for the time it would take me to set it up. So what is a girl to do? Our Library Ecosystem Is Under Threat  The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discovering new authors and using computers to research. All types of libraries -- school, public, and academic -- form a library ecosystem that provides and supports lifelong learning. For example school librarians teach children the 21st-century skills they need to build knowledge, create and share their own ideas, successfully complete their high school education, and prepare themselves for college and career. Academic librarians enable students to complete their college degrees, building on the skills taught by school librarians, and support academic research and scholarship. Public librarians extend the work of school and academic librarians by providing homework help, literacy resources, and after-school and summer programming.

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