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5 Cool Things We Found on Twitter

This week, many of the stuff coming out of Twitter has been good food for thought. So today, I’m offering five articles, found through Twitter, that will hopefully give you something to think about as you close up the year and look to 2013.

What is Personalised Learning? by Josh Griffith

It’s getting a lot of press at the moment, but just what is personalised learning? Josh Griffith outlines a few different learning approaches that are emerging in classrooms: Adaptive Learning, Blended Learning, Differentiated Instruction, Flipped Classrooms, 1:1 Technology, Project Based Learning, Individual Learning Plans and Learning Labs. Have a look and think about how this applies to your school. How do we actually personalise learning? Is your school doing any of them? We’d love your feedback.

Save or Save As? by Tina Barseghian

As adults, we know a bit about the way computers work and how we should manage the information on them (some would argue that there are many that are not so good at that!). This article asks whether we should teach students these skills, along side all the other ‘stuff’ they’re learning to do. What do you think?

The iPony by Alice Leung

Alice Leung is a head teacher at Sydney’s Merrylands High School. In this article, Alice compares the ‘resistance’ that teachers have to using technology in the classroom to the experience that iPhone users have when presented with a new phone option. Interesting analogy, but it might strike a chord. I’m an iPhone user and I totally get what she’s talking about. Perhaps it’s a good way to start the discussion with the teachers in our schools that aren’t quite ready to adopt new practices. 

How about you?  Do you switch from phone to phone without too much angst, or do you set up everything ‘just right’ and leave it that way?

Innovative Technology Doesn’t Mean Instructionally Innovative by Frank LaBanca

A school finds out about a cool new technology, buys a class set of it, then struggles to figure out what to do with it. Sound familiar? Luckily we’ve got a lot of very innovative people in our system, so it’s not especially common, but it’s definitely something to think about. The purchase of any technology should always be prefaced by some thorough reflection and planning: what exactly do we want our students to learn? What do our students want to learn?

This article argues that innovative technology doesn’t mean there’s innovative teaching going on. That the technology must be used in a meaningful and transformative way. We would love to hear of some examples where this is happening. Please comment below and let us know.

12 Principles of Mobile Learning by Kevin Corbett

Access. Metrics. Cloud. Transparent. Play. Asychronous. Self-Actuated. Diverse. Curation. Blending. Always-On. Authentic. Have a look and see what you think.

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