10 understandings about digital citizenship…

What is digital citizenship and why do we need to understand it? Earlier this year, we developed a unit of inquiry into digital citizenship for our Year 5 students and I’m currently preparing to facilitate a three day workshop for teachers exploring the same topic. As a result, I’ve been thinking a great deal about what, […]

SOLE and SOME

In my previous post, I wrote about Prof Sugata Mitra’s Hole in the Wall experiment.  Here’s the incredible continuation… SOLES and SOMES is an amazing project in which educators from all over the world are contributing their time, over skype, to help underprivileged children in India to learn! I am quoting the following straight from their wiki… […]

Snippets from the SOME…

Thursday… Manjunath loves cricket. Sukanya is a baseball fan. Lingappa likes to play volleyball. My young Indian friends say their names and their favourite sports, with accompanying actions. To play this game they each need to repeat all the previous names and actions, so by the end the ice has broken, they are relaxed and […]

Adjusting expectations…

‘Do you have any questions?’ ‘No, Ma’am’. I’m interacting via Skype with Grade 8 students in a SOME session at Ashraya Neelbagh, a residential school for children of migrant labourers near Bangalore and, to my surprise, I’m not finding it all that easy! When I first began to interact with Indian kids in this way, […]

New ways of learning…

People pay more attention to new ways of learning.  (Hayden, 12) A hundred learners gathered at the start of the day to listen to a keynote presentation about KOTO, a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training program that is changing the lives of disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. It was the start of an excellent day of learning at […]

A tiny piece of education…

Once upon a time long ago, when I was 12, I sat in a classroom and copied from the board. I remember comparing different countries in terms of flags, capital cities and places of interest.  I learned history from a textbook which presented one perspective as if it were the truth. Fast forward to 2011. […]

Just kids talking to kids…

If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll know about my interactions with disadvantaged kids in Hyderabad via Skype as part of the SOLES and SOMES project. If not, you can read about it here. More recently, I blogged about our  PYP exhibition, the group I am mentoring and their inquiry into access to education […]

What my typewriter can do…

My 89 year old mother declared that she used to have a typewriter too, but she didn’t sit and look at it for hours on end! A colleague remarked this week that she doesn’t like sitting at the computer more than necessary, the way I do. A co-teacher said we shouldn’t be encouraging kids to […]

Thinking about learning… still!

I’ve been thinking a great deal about what learning looks like. You’ll know this, if you’ve been with me as I gathered ideas, images, quotes and thoughts.  See the final product here.  Or maybe it’s not final… The comment by Rosa from Ecuador got me thinking further.  Was the view of learning that I presented very narrow?  I […]

Teacher as learner… Sole session#3

Last week was disappointing, as the SOLE wasn’t online. I think it was a festival in Hyderabad, but no-one lets you know, you just turn up and hope you get a connection with kids! If you haven’t been following my posts, this is part of the SOLES and SOMES project in India, where self organised […]