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Youtube for Schools: Has Google just taken the fun out of Youtube? So what kind of educational resource is that then?
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2011 on A 2 Speed YouTube? at Digital Signposts
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As regards new (disrupting) technologies, many schools opt to organise themselves not according to the needs of the children they teach, but rather to those of the adults tasked with their schooling. Many schools and LEAs have lost sight of the fact that educating - not blocking - is their primary purpose.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2011 on YouTube 2011 at Digital Signposts
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Yes indeed, I like to adapt a quote from Mark Amidon originally intended to offer an alternative definition of language. "[A book] is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery." Rather apt, I'd say.
My 16 month old son is currently learning to talk. Just last week he pointed at my iPhone and shouted "book!". I don't blame him. It is about the right size and it has pictures and writing on it. I think the more interesting question raised by your post is: what is a book? The meaning of words evolve. I think my son may be on to something.
As a linguist, Im always amazed at the power of language to both adapt itself and to shape the way we think. I came to study at university in England after I finished my secondary schooling in Spain. Shortly after my arrival pcs, email and the internet pretty much took over. Although my native tongue is Spanish, I learned to use vocabulary such as mouse, click, download,upload, etc in English first. When I started teaching Spanish in England pupils would ask me things like "Sir, how do you say click in Spanish". Embarrassingly, I'd always have to go and look it up! Proof that school does not prepare you for the challenges of the future? Up to you to decide.
Many, many congratulations Josie :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2010 on New chapter at SocialTech
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I've been following this exchange with interest, both here and in the TES. What is clear is that teachers must understand the importance of learning - and learning about learning. Very often, as demonstrated by some of the comments in the TES, it is obvious that many teachers do not understand the importance of learning to learn for their own development, never mind their pupils'! I suppose that teachers should, above all, realise that they too are learners, life-long learners. Acquiring the skills to learn is arguably the initial and most important step for any learner - and, by the way, I don't really mind if this happens in TL or English. Generally we fail to tackle this issue early on, as we should, and hope instead that learners would acquire the skills themselves as we plod along through our text books. Think about it, why did you learn a language? Was it to be able to deal with the new and the unknown? or was it to be able to recall vocabulary lists and verb conjugations? No wonder students are voting with their feet where languages are no longer compulsory at KS4.