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Reflections on the Teacher’s Blogging Challenge

Well, the Blogging Challenge is over and it has been a busy time reflecting on ways to improve my blog, completing the challenges and reading and commenting on new blogs. To keep tabs on all the new members of my personal learning network, I am dedicating this post to them:

Penny Bently – Cloud 9  – Penny is a fellow maths and science teacher active on Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.

Lois Smethurst – My ICT Journey – Primary Teacher Leading Teacher for ICT, Masters of Information Technology in Education, Teacher Professional Leave investigating IWBs, pedagogy and coaching, Intel Master Trainer, host of R U Connected and much more….

Yvonne Osborne – Visual Arts at Taylor’s Lakes Primary School – Creative and artistic blogger from Melbourne, Victoria.

Jeff Trevaskis (Mr T.)  – Webmaths – where Mathematics is tastier than pavlova (in northern Victoria).

Kay McGriff – Mrs. McGriff’s Reading Blog – Language, poetry and reading.

Theresa Allen – CSRN Technology – Technology teacher and coordinator for the Cathedral of St. Raymond School in Joliet, IL.

Miss Kay Tea – Miss T’s Reflections – A primary teacher from New Zealand with 36 years experience.

Christy Berry – BerryArt – A creative and connected art teacher who mixes art and reading.

Malyn Mawby  – Love2Learn – An active and engaging writer also on Twitter at @malynmawby

Laurie Fowler – Fresh Fowlers – An  asst professor at the University of West Alabama who teaches technology to pre-service and in-service teachers.

Jodi Woodward – I’m Still Learning – Great blog for tools in primary classes @Jodiwoo on Twitter

Lydia Schultz – Book Frontiers – An active school librarian and past English teacher on Twitter at @librarylady90

Tracey – Mrs S Online – Active and creative blogger with great “how-to’s”.

Jee Young – Teach to Inspire – An international educator teaching in Seoul

Anna Bring – Teaching Swedish – A swedish/maths/special needs teacher working in Norway (@anna_bring)

Mr. Carson – Learning With Mr D Carson – A thoughtful writer with links to all his Year 7 student blogs

Janelle Wilson – Stretching Forward – A middle years science teacher with a special interest in Space

Glenda Morris – The Groovy Librarian  – A teacher/librarian at an all-girls school in Melbourne, Victoria.

Nancy C. – Teaching is Elementary – A blog for teachers, parents and those interested in using technology in education.

Mrs D. Krebs – Dare to Care – A conversation about 21st century skills

Carol Satta – WCS Library – Library blog to encourage reading at Webster Bible Church and Webster Christian School

Michael – A Relief Teacher’s Journey – West Australian primary teacher with great enthusiasm for blogging.

Kim Lepre – Edquests – Great new blogger with lots of excellent links to tools and prestigous blogroll

These are the dedicated teachers who participated in the blogging challenge, wrote wonderful reflective posts and who I visited and left comments to. I hope I can continue to connect with passionate educators like this, who go the extra distance to improve their practise and share their work, their thinking and their learning. I’ve tried to mention you all, but I will keep adding as I find you all again!

Educational Origami

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Andrew Church, a New Zealand educator, writes about education and ICT on his blog at Educational Origami. His latest post is an update of a project started over twelve months ago, where he matches traditional teaching approaches to web 2.0 tools. He has provided an extensive list of digital alternatives to traditional teaching practises and corresponding software, both commercial and Opensource (free).

I found his “Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy” (available on Scribd) to be an especially interesting and useful document that brings the familiar principles of “Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation” into the 21st century classroom. He suppplies quality rubrics for assessment of web 2.0 skills, such as using advanced and Boolean searching, Blogging, Collaboration using electronic tools (Skype, Elluminate and other audio/visual conferencing tools), Data Analysis, Evaluation, Wiki editing, and even Interactive Whiteboard use. (I think I rated very poorly on that one by the way!). This generously shared document will give me a head-start with my planning for next year’s curriculum, and some great assessment tools for report writing this time next year!

Climate Change and Poverty

Kenya, 2007
Kenya, 2007

“The impact of climate change will fall disproportionately on the world’s poorest countries….Poor people already live on the frontlines of pollution, disaster and the degradation of resources and land. For them, adaptation is a matter of sheer survival” Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

We passed many of these charcoal sellers on the side of the road during our trip to Kenya in 2007. Women, with no other way of earning an income, would walk far into the bush and collect wood. They would then arrange it in a pit and burn it slowly, covered with soil. This makes the wood lighter to carry and quicker to set alight when used in cooking fires. They would then stay with their bag of charcoal until they could sell it, often to passing safari travellers, before they walked home again. The irony is, that by burning the wood, they are destroying habitat for the animals that the safari tourists are coming to see, and without the animals and therefor the tourists, many would not make a living.

By supporting these women in small business (perhaps with a sewing machine, art materials or a solar cooker) we can improve the lives of whole families and contribute to the solution to environmental degradation.

Watch this YouTube video “The Girl Effect– the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. “]