Limpopo Teachers workshop

I am here in Polokwane with some lovely mathematics teachers from all over Limpopo. The aim of the workshop is for them to learn how to set test and exams using Equation editor and the Autoshape features of Word as well as how to do their CASS marks in Excel. Hopefully we will have time to do a bit more exciting things like graphs with trendlines and some statistics functions!

I forgot to bring my digital camera and tried to make a little video using my laptop camera, which was not so easy to do in the end. so hopefully this litle video will not make you to drunk…

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Wobbits in Hogsback

The wobbits at workDuring last week I was so fortunate to do a Web 2.0 workshop in my favourite place. It was quite a daunting prospect as Gaylin has asked me to do it for a mixed group of Hogsbakians which consisted of children from the age of 11 to a few hobbits (Hogsback characters of undisclosed age). So I actually ended up having a sleepless night worrying how I will be able to keep the attention of such a diverse group.

But I did not have to worry. I thought that Hogsback only had fairies and hobbits, but it turned out that the children (and young adults) where angels as well! And Web 2 took care of the rest. Even though we only had 5 laptops among 15 of us, we all managed to get involved in different aspects of Web 2.

We spend the first day just getting an overview of all the tools and as we had loadshedding, we ran my laptop and data projector for almost 1 3/4 hours from an inverter provided by Gaylin. I used this time to do a “show(off) and tell”. We also managed to play on the new Hogsback social network, uploaded photos and looked how to use videos online. Everybody was introduced to the concept of blogging,social networks and why websites are DEAD.

The second day was more hands on and even though there were a few technical hitches with the audio (thanks to Vista) we managed to get a headstart on creating mindmaps, cartoons, a blog for the school and played with some of the other Del.icio.us tools. We learned about how tags can be useful for marketing and for finding things.

I am loooking forward to seeing some real Web 2.0 activity in and around Hogsback in future….In the mean time, our new social netwrok for Hogsback is here

Ps What do you call a web2-hobbit…..a wobbit

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Round-up thoughts

I have been doing a road trip (F2F), of introducing School 2.0 at various workshops accross the country in a wirlwind of ranting around-school 2.0-in-30 seconds approach. My goal was to give teachers an introduction to what web 2.0 is (if it is even remotely definable) and how we can possibly use it for teaching and learning.

Most of the teachers were there because they are teaching learners who are seasoned virtual citizens who can Mxit in their pockets and socialise online, while having to endure “old school” pedagogy in their everyday school life. So I would like to believe that the teachers who attended the workshop are visionaries (Champions- 4-ICT) looking for answers, like I do, like we all do…

The fact is that we have to prepare our learners for a future world were technology will be a given and media literacy a must. So we have to start building our School 2.0. To explore the possibilities of school 2.0, I will be carrying on my learning path and the debate at my School 2.0 blog (www.school2.co.za) Feel free to come and contribute to the discussion there.

 

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School 2.0

Today I will start a 3 day, round the country, School 2.0 campaign. The aim is to get as many teachers as possible to embrace Web 2.0 into their classrooms in order to prepare their learners (or is it rather- prepare themselves) for school 2.0 or a world were virtual tools will be the order of the day for teaching and learning.

The latest stats point out that South Africa has over half a million users on Facebook and we can be sure of one thing- our learners are definitely there (and maybe not in our classrooms). Just the fact that Microsoft have finally won the war against Yahoo and Google for a 1.6% share in Facebook for $240million, means that social networking sites are the future. If we would like to prepare our learners for a Facebook world, then we need to embrace the tools they love. I am sure in the not too distant future (like tomorrow) Facebook will have a School 2.0 application…so get ready … steady…GO.

I will create, during the next few days, a School 2.0 blog where the teachers can go and jot down their thoughts and hopefully their learning. Head on over to School 2.0

 

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Online K12 conference

I am frantically trying to study and keep track of what is happening at the K12online conference while dishing out Maths study material and exam papers to Roberto (he is writing maths next week).

The first Keynote of this conference is about “Inventing the New Boundaries”.

“For decades, education has been an easy institution to define. It consisted of a set of accepted literacy skills, a definable body of knowledge, and the pedagogies for teaching those skills to willing students who were arranged in straight rows. Today, for the first time in decades (in generations of teachers), we are facing the challenge of changing our notions about teaching and learning to adapt to a rapidly changing world. We are struggling to rethink what it is to be educated, to reinvent the classroom, and redefine what it is to be a teacher and a student. There is much that has changed, and for much of it, we have responded to by attempting to ignore, filter, or to block it out”

I have blogged about this conference keynote at my ICT4champions blog

 

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