Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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I am a lucky man! Last year I was lucky enough to win a Smart Classrooms Teacher of the Year Award which recognised the practices that I deliver within my classroom with my learners. I was extremely chuffed to be recognised and felt very honoured. Whilst I was recognised individually, my practice as a teacher is shaped by the people who I surround myself with in my personal learning network. They inspire me, push me and make me a better educator which in turn enhances the lives of my students.
To those who have inspired me (and there are to many to list….you should know who you are) – I thank you for your passion to our cause to making learning relevant for students who live in the 21st century. It is a hard job being an educator in 2012 and I think that people forget that sometimes. To the facilitators of innovation, I think we all owe a great deal of thanks to. Without them, our systems would not run smooth and our thought processes would not be challenged and facilitated. I love the fact that I have such a wide variety of people who help me innovate and create. Without them, I would be lost. Hopefully they will never be lost to me!
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
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Creative Commons is something that I believe every 21st century teacher should be aware of and fluent within, yet when you mention it to teachers, I am sure that you will get a number of blank stares. Our learners come from a generation of content consumption – things are at their fingertips and they want it here and now. The ability to consume information and ‘sell it off’ as your own is prevalent within 21st century learners. Creative Commons is something that continuously baffles me and that I am attempting to get my head around.
So today I decided that it is time…..it is time for me to truly commit to the process of understanding Creative Commons. Within my bookmarks, I have numerous items saved about Creative Commons and my kids are going to be exploring the implications / notions throughout the rest of the term. There are some outstanding resources out there. We are also going to have a webconfernce with one of my favourite thinkers Rod Lucier. Hopefully he can inspire and motivate the kids to become active and responsible digital citizens.
Is it just me or do we all think that this is an important skill for teachers and students to understand in 2012?
Sunday, 6 May 2012
Thursday, 3 May 2012
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