Pairadimes for Your Thoughts 05 25 2010


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contents 1 2008 1.1 march hello world pair-a-dimes for your thoughts finds a new home 2008-03-24 08:24 the purpose of a system is what it does 2008-03-26 00:16 crisis danger opportunity 2008-03-26 22:11 application of constructivist principles to the practice of instructional technology 2008-03-27 21:57 pizzas and paperclips 2008-03-27 23:12 stone soup 2008-03-29 18:38 christopher sessums competing paradigms and educational reform 2008-03-30 15:39 d 9 9 9 10 13 14 16 17 19 21 22 24 24 25 26 29 31 38 41 45 47 49 52 57 61 66 71 78 3 three quotes servant leadership creative tension vision knowledge sharing in schools 2008-03-31 02:52 candy cultures reflections on a leadership activity 2008-03-31 20:32 1.2 april alan november and authentic audience 2008-04-02 02:08 enthusiasm 2008-04-02 22:14 a story about a tree 2008-04-03 00:00 david warlick s k12 online conference keynote 2006 2008-04-03 01:22 square peg round hole 2008-04-04 01:14 the use of blogs to learn not just to teach 2008-04-05 05:28 synthesize and add meaning 2008-04-05 07:15 tribute 2008-04-05 08:19 blog rules respect inclusion learning and safety 2008-04-05 10:18 the digital native the digital naive and the digital divide 2008-04-05 14:12 acceptance of mediocrity web 2-point-oh-oh 2008-04-06 00:05 sharing and engaging web 2-point-0h-yeah 2008-04-07 23:15 numeracy problem solving process producibles 2008-04-08 01:01 articulate your thinking an e-mail correspondence 2008-04-08 01:46 learning conversations 2008-04-08 21:58 school 2.0 participant s manifesto 2008-04-09 07:52 .


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online connectivism conference healthy discord 2008-04-09 21:30 the power and peril of praising your kids 2008-04-10 02:32 ask [for help and ye shall receive seek [the right questions and ye shall find [the right answers 2008-04-11 20:29 promoting a spirit of inquiry 2008-04-12 16:46 a whole new book club 2008-04-13 10:10 portal needed to connect classrooms to the world global citizens can share talents and skills with students 2008-04-13 13:22 kidnapped 2008-04-13 23:26 super tags and tag weeders it s time for blog tags to grow up 2008-04-13 23:57 licensed to pill we live in an over-prescribed and over-labelled society 2008-04-14 00:35 80 85 87 90 95 97 100 106 108 109 114 115 125 126 132 140 144 148 152 155 163 166 171 174 178 181 187 193 201 201 211 213 217 219 marking what counts and reporting on report cards 2008-04-14 01:52 it brought tears to my eyes 2008-04-14 02:26 the web2.0 prophecy an adventure 2008-04-14 23:48 successfull presentation 2008-04-15 21:23 reflections visit counts technorati comments and ego a good bad and almost indifferent post 2008-04-16 02:37 assessment rote learning math conundrums 2008-04-17 22:14 vandals vulgarity and victims 2008-04-18 01:21 on being a blogger 2008-04-18 22:58 wow bringing science alive wiki 2008-04-19 10:31 i m a mop not a sponge metaphors all the way down 2008-04-19 20:36 phosphorescent posts metaphor surfing for bright ideas 2008-04-22 03:10 some assembly required 2008-04-23 05:57 a giant teaches me about success a what are your secrets to a successful life meme 2008-04-24 00:25 start your own blog 2008-04-24 22:01 who have you helped today developing empathy 2008-04-25 00:10 $3,881.65 for one night s work 2008-04-26 11:22 school 2.0h no not yet 2008-04-26 14:16 more than one face to cyberbullying in the classroom 2008-04-26 16:41 wikis in the classroom a reflection 2008-04-30 01:47 1.3 may blogging with students requires biting your [digital tongue 2008-05-01 00:26 statement of educational philosophy 2008-05-02 02:13 how to prevent another leonardo da vinci 2008-05-02 21:56 bringing tools to class 2008-05-03 23:49 the capacity to lead 2008-05-04 10:26 4


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reflections stirring in the crock pot 2008-05-05 01:09 transitions transformations and transgressions 2008-05-06 01:32 presentation week 2008-05-07 02:15 start with innovative schools 2008-05-09 01:19 digital immigrants or digital natives a discussion of digital competence a spectrum not a dichotomy 2008-05-11 02:53 k12 online conference 2007 playing with boundaries at your leisure 2008-05-14 01:54 fieldfindr using ning to connect teachers to volunteers 2008-05-15 00:24 opportunities access obstacles 2008-05-16 02:26 indexed a graph is worth a thousand words 2008-05-17 15:09 two stuck posts a borrowed post with an added rant and a few questions 2008-05-18 00:28 release the hounds by chris harbeck 2008-05-18 13:12 employability skills 2000 or 2000 2008-05-18 15:40 halloween scavenger hunt on ning 2008-05-19 02:19 the flickering nevermind 2008-05-22 21:27 the lowest common denominator no this isn t about math 2008-05-24 15:44 making a difference 2008-05-25 02:00 november podcast highlights pink resnick interviews 2008-05-27 00:28 november learning 2008-05-27 23:46 most influential 2008-05-31 04:02 1.4 june evaluating a journey 2008-06-02 19:59 i speak digital digital exposure 2008-06-03 05:20 you can t go back now can you 2008-06-03 22:35 what did i do b.g before google 2008-06-07 15:38 instantaneous 2008-06-07 17:17 and finally i will leave you with this 2008-06-07 18:22 do not go quietly into your classroom 2008-06-07 22:29 ripples and tidal waves 2008-06-08 01:19 harnessing our advantage 2008-06-08 11:50 something from nothing 2008-06-16 06:42 what comes around 2008-06-17 06:44 edupunk or educational leader 2008-06-19 01:24 inaction is action 2008-06-20 07:04 kids say the darndest things 2008-06-25 03:44 things that make you go hmmmmmm 2008-06-27 03:58 1.5 july 223 227 229 232 236 241 243 244 249 250 255 257 259 262 265 276 279 283 286 289 289 291 294 297 299 302 303 306 309 311 314 315 319 320 322 329 5


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presenting 2008-07-03 03:38 overloaded and unplugged 2008-07-05 16:53 alan november s blc08 pre-conference 2008-07-15 13:55 this my blog has taught me presentation 1 blc08 2008-07-16 08:28 learning conversations -presentation 2 blc08 2008-07-17 05:51 canadians this is scary 2008-07-20 10:38 defragging my brain after blc08 2008-07-22 22:29 1.6 august hidden pain 2008-08-09 19:45 are you a catalyst for change 2008-08-14 04:39 beg for foregiveness 2008-08-16 22:26 great expectations 2008-08-29 07:59 lessons from 100 weddings 2008-08-31 02:07 1.7 september by design please keep the toilet seat in the upright position 2008-09-02 05:23 1-to-1 presentation 2008-09-12 03:54 a brave new world-wide-web the video version 2008-09-14 09:50 who are the people in your neighbourhood 2008-09-16 03:02 what we want for our children 2008-09-19 07:28 connectivism relationships and balance 2008-09-25 01:56 tlite presentations 2008-09-30 06:38 1.8 october facing facebook 2008-10-05 12:50 vote 2008-10-13 23:46 get off your butt 2008-10-19 02:19 pod s 2008-10-21 02:26 hargreaves and the 4th way 2008-10-27 01:55 let s talk about sex 2008-10-30 03:22 1.9 november interviewed on seedlings 2008-11-07 08:07 two wolves 2008-11-11 05:16 1.10 december youtube generation 2008-12-01 03:08 edublog awards nomination 2008-12-03 03:40 the pedagogy of play 2008-12-11 08:10 girl power 2008-12-17 04:42 unintentional bias 2008-12-19 04:01 6 329 331 332 334 335 336 338 340 340 342 346 347 348 354 354 358 359 362 366 367 371 372 372 380 381 383 384 387 389 389 390 397 397 399 402 404 409


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2 2009 2.1 january 7 things 3 tags and 1 confession 2009-01-04 04:08 the rant i can t the elephant and the ant 2009-01-13 04:03 digital teachers 2009-01-23 22:18 an open letter to the fraser institute 2009-01-29 02:59 2.2 february students information and schools 2009-02-06 08:05 best practice is still practice 2009-02-12 01:57 pfffffft the pitfalls of presenting at pro-d 2009-02-21 13:16 share your gr8tweets for the month of march 2009-02-25 16:59 2.3 march students today 2009-03-16 02:22 is the tool an obstacle or an opportunity 2009-03-24 01:47 my blog is my phd 2009-03-30 07:13 2.4 april a gr8tweet-ing experience 2009-04-03 03:42 black and white education 2009-04-16 02:42 hargreaves and the 4th way [part 2 2009-04-28 07:27 2.5 may the road less traveled 2009-05-13 08:22 collaboration contributors and a comment on classroom2.0 2009-05-16 11:48 chasing the a 2009-05-29 06:57 2.6 2.7 2.8 june learning in louisiana 2009-06-09 03:13 july the rant i can t the elephant and the ant on slideshare 2009-07-20 22:40 august the pod s are coming blc09 2009-08-03 12:28 a letter to friends 2009-08-15 13:59 destinations and dispositions 2009-08-18 02:52 variable flow 2009-08-23 05:03 2.9 september bubble wrap 2009-09-21 12:19 blogs as learning spaces 2009-09-24 16:00 2.10 october openness and acceptance mr deng and his allegories of windows flies and coloured cats 2009-10-05 15:24 417 417 417 419 424 427 432 432 438 441 447 449 449 450 452 455 455 458 463 466 466 470 472 476 476 479 479 481 481 485 488 490 496 496 501 503 503 7


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facebook revisited 2009-10-11 02:40 caring across the curriculum 2009-10-14 15:49 2.11 november cassie and katie have blogs 2009-11-01 00:47 moments 2009-11-16 02:41 my 2009 edublog awards nominations 2009-11-27 16:36 convergence cofino and a connected world 2009-11-30 11:31 2.12 december shifting education 2009-12-06 06:36 nominations appreciation and inquiry 2009-12-13 12:27 holiday-christmas-concert 2009-12-25 05:35 t was two nights after christmas a story of lost innocence 2009-12-28 10:55 3 2010 3.1 january broken presentations and broken photocopiers 2010-01-14 12:50 augmented identity 2010-01-15 22:31 3.2 february olympic and blogging fever 2010-02-06 10:13 the trap 2010-02-07 09:11 google buzz and george costanza worlds collide 2010-02-21 20:38 3.3 march warning we filter websites at school 2010-03-06 01:03 teachers as lead learners 2010-03-11 05:39 product you 2010-03-13 03:30 the role of a principal 2010-03-17 22:39 shifting learning 2010-03-27 16:50 my 4th blogiversary reflections and appreciation 2010-03-29 05:00 3.4 april ipads are for iconsumers 2010-04-05 06:37 great things in the classroom 2010-04-07 19:34 a culture of caring 2010-04-10 16:59 choose your battle 2010-04-20 01:26 shifting attitudes 2010-04-24 06:16 3.5 may math can be beautiful 2010-05-05 21:35 photosynthesis and learning a learning metaphor 2010-05-08 08:24 bring your own laptop to school 2010-05-20 23:15 8 505 512 515 515 517 517 522 524 524 527 537 538 543 543 543 545 547 547 549 551 555 555 558 559 562 564 570 579 579 581 582 583 586 590 590 592 595


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chapter 1 2008 1.1 march hello world pair-a-dimes for your thoughts finds a new home 2008-03-24 08:24 [1 a few years ago a friend sent me an invitation to join him on a social network and start something called a blog i signed up and my first post the purpose of a system is what is does set the metaphoric tone for my ideas and thoughts that will fill this space essentially i think many students are square pegs that we try to put into round holes my personal schooling experience included i think we have a lot still to learn about education and learning and i also think that technology might provide some bridges to help make effective pedagogy come faster and easier with this in mind i now move pair-a-dimes to it s new and final home it started at which was confusing to some since elgg is an [2]open source software [3]platform as well as an open source blogging platform so the name was changed to now eduspaces will be managed by [4]taking it global and we were told the address would change again today i checked to confirm the new address and low-and-behold [5]eduspaces is being kept in tact too little too late to keep me there on the bright side my old links will stay live so here i am making the move out on my own i am using a [6]wordpress publishing platform hosted by [7]bluehost i ve had some issues with transferring my blog and so now i will move my blog post-by-post over to this site i m taking advantage of this problem by reading reflecting and fixing old links as i go once again i bring you my thoughts and reflections on education technology learning i invite you to join in the conversation and add your couple of dimes worth or challenge yourself to use technology in a transformative way in your classroom or ask yourself why we are stuck in a paradigm that suggests changes to education need to be slow and progressive be part of the conversation be part of the solution be an active learner who shares ideas with others do so and i thank you for contributing 9


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to my learning dave think good thoughts say good words do good deeds 1 http 2 http 3 http software 4 http 5 http 6 http 7 http gabriela sellart 2008-03-24 15:43:53 dave the new home of pair a dimes looks so elegant the old one meant a lot to me last year i read posts which were really enlightening which broadened my mind making me think on new possibilities i had never thought about i agree with you when you say that schools try to fit students into a matrix too often they just won t fit and they are regarded as a failure this needs to change i still don t know to what extent technology will play its part in this change what i know is that it certainly gives students more possibilities than the limited ones they had before when we teachers could build a wall around their access to knowledge i also know that when we start to use technology we start to question ourselves about our practice in general and that s the beginning of a change and certainly our global network is providing new perspectives but educational institutions tend to be conservative institutional changes will surely be slow however that shouldn t prevent us from changing we ll always find gaps best of luck in your new home is there a ritual for blog lauching like breaking a bottle of champagne against the screen no i don t think that would be a good idea dave truss 2008-03-28 02:07:51 thank you gabriela i obviously need to work out a few kinks yet like setting up alerts to let me know that i have a comment the only blog launching ritual i can think of is celebrating my first comment a blog is only an online journal until there is interaction and engagement between writer and reader as participants in a learning conversation you have been someone i owe thanks to for both following my blog and being my teacher as well there is a still-unwritten post on netiquette that you have inspired me to write but first i have some reading reflecting and posting to do in order to bring my current and hopefully final blog location up to date thanks again for contributing the first comment on my new blog dave the purpose of a system is what it does 2008-03-26 00:16 stafford beer coined the term [1]cybernetics he was a brilliant man who among other things wrote a novel about a very wise but forgetful wizard this excerpt tells you what he thinks of our education system the title alone referring to the education minister should give you a hint of what is to come excerpt from [2]chronicles of wizard prang by stafford beer from chapter two a pompous man the pompous man lowered himself into the visitor s armchair 10


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i have the honour to be the chairman of the education committee in our little town he said as you know education is the hope for mankind wizard prang raised an eyebrow but waited politely for his visitor to continue it has come to my attention the pompous man said that you are the possessor of some very advanced knowledge our committee has therefore passed a resolution inviting you to give the school prizes away on speech day this year and to give us a little address telling us all about it the wizard cleared his throat in a hundred years or so everyone now alive in the whole earth will be dead is this not so the pompous man was relieved he could follow that he nodded sagely it would therefore be possible for the human race to run its affairs quite differently in a wise and benevolent fashion in a relatively short time this way of looking at things appealed to the chairman of the education committee it had an optimistic ring so different from the doom-laden pronouncements of most so-called clever people he leaned forward and so he asked encouragingly the purpose of education said wizard prang is to make sure this doesn t happen the pompous man was thunderstruck look here sir he said please remember who i am not only do i have civic responsibilities i am also a pompous man you can t say things like that you know the wizard was under the impression that he just had said it and looked around anxiously to see if anything was wrong but things looked much as usual young people today are lazy and good-for-nothing declared the pompous man he resounded he was on familiar ground they sit around listening to pop music and taking drugs what they have to do is learn more things apply themselves no that s not correct the wizard explained they have to unlearn things how can that possibly be the pompous man was lost well said wizard prang we can teach only what we know now what we know is how to devastate the planet kill its inhabitants and starve two thirds of the rest seems a bit silly to teach people to do all that ridiculous shouted the pompous man that is not the intention at all and you know it the wizard looked reflective the purpose of a system is what it does originally posted march 29th 2006 11


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reflection upon re-reading and re-posting it seems fitting to me that this was my first ever blog post if i were given a magic wand and provided with an opportunity to change just one thing about institutional learning i would wish for a dynamic system that charged forth innovatively leading the way with new ideas and attitudes towards what it means to be an intentional learner i wouldn t worry about what has been done in the past or how we always do things around here however i am not going to go off on a diatribe this is about a new beginning this first post set a tone for my blog it was a metaphorical opening of a window allowing a breath of fresh air into my teaching and into my experience as a lifelong learner as i approach the two year mark since first blogging this i can honestly say that becoming a blogger has been absolutely transformative i feel like i ve learned more in the past 2 years than i have in 22 years of one kind of institutional learning or another we are embarking on a new era for schools technological tools and the world of web2.0 are helping teachers and students leave clay burell s [3]schooliness behind but it won t be an easy ride many people treat the technological tools as a means to do 4]old things in new ways what i think makes this new transformation more meaningful is that we can no longer hold students back dave sands a friend and mentor told me years ago do you know what will change education students will they will indeed as the metaphorical window is open for them too they can and will lead the way and we need to decide if we want to help guide their learning path beyond the walls of our schools or if we want to hold them back have them fill in a multiple choice answer here and a fill-in-the-blank question there the purpose of a system is what it does what do we want our schools to do 1 http 2 http 3 http 4 http andreas auwaerter 2008-03-26 14:27:00 hi dave so it seems to be moving time all over i had to switch the url from www to userpages seems to be a little change but finally its more like a digital suicide because of all the subscribers so great to hear from you again and have fun your now self hosted blog andreas 12


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crisis danger opportunity 2008-03-26 22:11 the first time i read that the chinese word for crisis included components or elements of the words danger and opportunity was in [1]james lovelock s gaia a new look at life on earth over 20 years ago see the wiki for [2]gaia theory or a review of [3]the ages of gaia i have heard this reference literally hundreds of times since and i have also perpetuated this idea countless times well chalk this one up as a fallacy or urban legend according to [4]victor h mair professor of chinese language and literature department of east asian languages and civilizations university of pennsylvania crisis w?ij consists of two syllables that are written with two separate characters w?i and j the j of w?ij in fact means something like incipient moment crucial point when something begins or changes thus a w?ij is indeed a genuine crisis a dangerous moment a time when things start to go awry a w?ij indicates a perilous situation when one should be especially wary it is not a juncture when one goes looking for advantages and benefits but j is mistakenly believed to signify opportunity because j added to huì occasion creates the mandarin word for opportunity j?huì however by itself j does not mean opportunity if j can be interpreted as incipient moment or crucial point then the j in opportunity can also be a crucial point so in both j?huì and w?ij there are crucial points but there is no opportunity found in the chinese word crisis the problem here is that despite the fallacy i think that this is such a powerful metaphor to live by on the other hand mair thinks that this muddled thinking is a danger to society for it lulls people into welcoming crises as unstable situations from which they can benefit adopting a feel-good attitude toward adversity may not be the most rational realistic approach to its solution although i agree that looking for or seeking out a crisis in order to find an opportunity is not healthy i think here of hostile takeovers as an example there is an inherent element of good in looking for hidden opportunities when you find yourself in a crisis when life feeds you lemons make and then sell lemonade originally posted april 2nd 2006 reflection upon re-reading and re-posting i spend a lot of time examining and using metaphors in this blog i think storytelling and the use of metaphors are grossly underused in teaching the truth behind a story or a metaphor is far less important than the meaning that we can get out of a well-timed example a colourful description or an off-the-wall comparison that brings a teachable moment alive i think it is healthy to see the silver lining in a gray cloud or to look for the opportunities a crisis may present 13


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1 http 2 http 28science%29 3 http 4 http application of constructivist principles to the practice of instructional technology 2008-03-27 21:57 [1]application of constructivist principles to the practice of instructional technology by [2]bonnie skaalid i found this while procrastinating on finishing my masters paper disgusted with how this has transformed from a labour of interest and love to one of hoop jumping that is just what i googled along with education this is just what i was looking for instructional strategy development · distinguish between instructional goals and learners goals support learners in pursuing their own goals ng and bereiter 1991 distinguish between 1 task-completion goals or hoop jumping 2 instructional goals set by the system and 3 personal knowledgebuilding goals set by the student the three do not always converge a student motivated by task-completion goals doesn t even consider learning yet many students behavior in schools is driven by performance requirements constructivist instruction would nourish and encourage pursuit of personal knowledge-building goals while still supporting instructional goals as mark twain put it i have never let my schooling interfere with my education no they do not converge and no i do not feel nourished and i should really listen to mr twain so can technology come to the rescue · allow for multiple goals for different learners id often includes the implicit assumption that instructional goals will be identical for all learners this is sometimes necessary but not always hypermedia learning environments almost by definition are designed to accommodate multiple learning goals even within traditional classrooms technologies exist today for managing multiple learning goals collins 1991 · appreciate the interdependency of content and method traditional design theory treats content and the method for teaching that content as orthogonally independent factors postmodern id says you can t entirely separate the two when you use a socratic method you are teaching something quite different than when you use worksheets and a posttest teaching concepts via a rule definition results in something different than teaching the concept via rich cases just as mcluhan discerned the confounding of media and message so designers must see how learning goals are not uniformly met by interchangeable instructional strategies see wilson cole in preparation so we should be spending our time designing learning environments i need to look up hypermedia learning environments 14


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i like the focus in this next section · think in terms of designing learning environments rather than selecting instructional strategies metaphors are important does the designer select a strategy or design a learning experience grabinger dunlap and heath 1993 provide design guidelines for what they call realistic environments for active learning real these guidelines reflect a constructivist orientation ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ extend students responsibility for their own learning -allow students to determine what they need to learn -enable students to manage their own learning activities -enable students to contribute to each other s learning -create a non-threatening setting for learning -help students develop metacognitive awareness make learning meaningful -make maximum use of existing knowledge -anchor instruction in realistic settings -provide multiple ways to learn content promote active knowledge construction -use activities to promote higher level thinking -encourage the review of multiple perspectives -encourage creative and flexible problem solving -provide a mechanism for students to present their learning · think of instruction as providing tools that teachers and students can use for learning make these tools user-friendly this frame of mind is virtually the opposite of teacherproofing instructional materials to assure uniform adherence to designers use expectations instead teachers and students are encouraged to make creative and intelligent use of instructional tools and resources there is so much room for creativity the use of metaphors and problem solving meeting multiple goals for individual learners as long as we invest time in making the learning meaningfully relevant and in designing flexible learning environments the hardest bone to swallow here the one that sticks in my throat as i sit here gnawing on the sparse backbone of higher learning is that this freedom is what i desire for my own learning but how much of it do i offer to my own students in my classroom how many of them are jumping through my hoops originally posted march 29th 2006 reflection upon re-reading and re-posting it was wonderful reading this again it shows what i was looking for as both a student and a teacher 6 months before fully jumping into the world of web2.0 these key guidelines make me think of [3]chris harbeck s 15



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