iHistory is being featured in an educational journal called Learning and Leading with Technology. This came about because I took part in some research about education and technology, which is being produced into a book by the International Society for Technology and Education.
They’ve put together an article that is a forerunner to the book. Go here for a look.
We’ve got 3 weeks after exams, so my students are making podcasts and vodcasts (video podcasts) to exchange with a school in Singapore. Topics include the school, life as a teenager in Australia, Australian culture etc. They’re really getting into it, and one student is using his musical skills to provide backing music.
My thought is – how to integrate student production of podcasts (not just consumption) into the everyday curriculum of Australian History and SOSE? I produce a lot – they don’t.
We just recently completed the excursion using podcasts to learn about 4 historical sites in Bendigo: the old gaol, Sacred Heart cathedral, statues in the CBD and Victoria Hill mining site. We skipped the Joss House, as 4 places is more than enough.
Thanks to the folks at Future Connections for showing us through the gaol, and to the teachers who supervised. Here’s just one photo – of Macauley giving John Quick (one of Federation architects) some loving attention.
Today I’ve been at the Student Forum for the Friendship Schools Project. Heaps of schools across Victoria have a connection with a school in Timor-Leste (East Timor). Ours has been going for the last 4 years, with Ossa Huna Pre-Secondary School in Ossa Huna, Baucau, which is east of Dili.
Ossa Huna classroom before rebuilding
The student forum includes workshops on music, dance, drumming, singing, because this year’s theme is “Mia Festa” – “Let’s Party”! Also, we’re raising money for musical instruments at our sister school, through BBQs and a movie night. All you coffee drinkers out there, if you want to drink coffee and feel good about it, I’m selling Timorese fair trade coffee to raise money.
Thanks to the initiatives of a group of students who are creating radio programs at our school for Vision Australia, I decided to get an interview that could be a segment on the show. But what could I do?
Yesterday we had a Bendigo-wide professional development day, and I had a very interesting conversation with an art teacher about ICT and the arts. As you probably know, ICT (stuff with computers) is pretty hot stuff in education these days. Never mind that we’re light years behind the students…I’ve been boxed as the ICT-guru at our school for my efforts with podcasts, which brings me to the conversation. We talked about the limitations of ICT for the creative arts: painting, pottery, photography, fabrics, cooking. We’re meant to be “integrating ICT” into everything these days, but what if ICT actually damages teaching and learning in a subject area? What if the nature of ICT diminishes the ability of a student to engage with the subject, and limits their capacity to learn? Is is possible that this could be so? I reckon so.