Posts Tagged ‘BCLearns’

“Identifying the problems in education and beginning the search for solutions.” -Dave Shortreed, Coordinator of Digital Technology

Today, Dave Shortreed gave a presentation on how embracing technology can help educators adapt and thrive when meething the changes that are being made to BC Education.

So how can we push forward?  (With change comes challenge)

current shift in education——-> heightened focus on tech integration, collaborative thinking, collective ideas, innovative practice

Shortreed touched on the changing the learning space: teachers are creating a more open classroom by pushing desks against windows (or taking them away) and making room for technology while providing positive atmosphere (taking preventative and proactive measures). What tools fit into an open classroom? SmartBoard, document camera, IPad, Laptop. These tools foster a more inclusive classroom.

An important point that Shortreed brought up was bridging the gap between IT and Teachers. We need to provide SUPPORTS when we bring new technology. Shortreed has even created an iBook to help teachers navigate the iPad: “21st century literacies: an IPad educational resource by Dave Shortreed.”

He suggests that student teachers become familiar with PROJECT BASED LEARNING, Interest groups outside of grade groupings, and the TPACK and SAMR MODELS:Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

We also need to be mindful of how we use technology: it should be all encompassing.

What do you want kids to do with technology: focus on learning outcomes, not applications. Focus on pedagogy, and not on tools.

Technology should be used to: raise awareness, drive change, find answers, take action, change minds.

Shortreed concluded his presentation by posing the following questions to the class:

What are the most apparent problems in eduction?inconsistency within the teaching community (competent vs. uncomfortable)

What can you do to address these problems? (collaborative teaching)

Check out daveshortreed.com for great tech tips!

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Mathematics and ecology. It’s not everyday we see these word side by side; but, according to Jennifer Thom, math is all about Oikos ( is the root word of ecology)  which means “the family household.”

It makes sense! As a teacher, you want to nurture your students’ understanding of math, make sure they ‘tidy’ up their math, and encourage a community of connectedness. Math should be about examining relationships and connecting meaning to these relationships; just as environmental ecology does.

Jennifer’s book Re-rooting the Minding Space is a radical departure from the usual suspect math texts. She blends visual elements with poetic prose, and the result is an exemplary text that will hopefully change the way educators think and teach mathematics…