New tools, new content in old settings, old pedagogies
Derek Wenmoth pulls together some threads of the debate on digital devices in schools, and states:
"… For the real value of things like tablet computers to be realised, we need to plan for and strategically bring about a transformation at a system level. To fail to do so will simply see new tools, providing new content, by newly inspired teachers in old settings, following old ways of doing things including old pedagogies and old assessment practices…”
"Social video sharing is fast becoming a hot market, with multiple applications arriving to make it easier for users to shoot and share videos with their friends on networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The latest to enter the fray is Vibop, an app from editing software maker NewBlue that combines social sharing with drop-dead-easy video editing on the fly….
"The app allows users to add a title and some pretty simple filters or effects — like black and white, fish-eye, sepia — to their videos. Users can also create an intro to their video, using a photo from their photo library with a couple of predefined templates. Once done, they can then share the video through their Facebook and YouTube accounts…"
Infographics combine visuals and text to make information easier to understand or present information in a new way. Kathy Shrock has built a site to support her ISTE session this year - it’s a resource site that provides “links, ideas, tips, and much more for supporting the use of infographics as an assessment option in the classroom.”
She provides a page full of links to resources, and a suggested list of 40 infographics.
"By 2015, students will be carrying digital textbooks in lieu of paperback books in all schools in South Korea, according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Taking advantage of cloud technology, the ministry said that it will invest KRW 2.2 trillion (US $2 billion) to convert textbooks to digital with links to various multimedia content, establish massive servers and WiFi networks in schools, and provide free tablets for students from low-income families…
The government expects that the new educational plan will help students establish their own study patterns based on individual needs by giving them online access to their lessons and other educational resources. Students who miss classes will also be able to catch up by attending substitute online classes, which would be recognized as attendance. “