Taking Tech Beyond the Tool

“The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies” by mrkrndvs is licensed under CC BY-SA Often when supporting teachers with the integration of technology, it is easy to start with a notion that people are beginners. This leads to a process of unpacking applications bit by bit. I wonder if rather than knowledge, the challenge associated with…

Engaging with Algorithms

I was in a session recently unpacking GSuite. The discussion was around the Explore Tool, something Google added last year. Basically, it provides a range of suggestions based on the information on the page. During the conversation, someone remarked that they wished that the Research Tool was still there. For those who may have forgotten, the Research…

Is Great Teaching Found or Fostered?

There have been a few posts of late highlighting that technology in the classroom can make a positive difference. For example, Simon Crook states: If teachers and students use technologies to capitalise on the unique opportunities they provide, rather than as a gimmick, it has been demonstrated that teaching and learning will improve. Jane Hunter…

Emotional Situations in Coaching

I recently finished a two-day introductory course into coaching through Growth Coaching International. Their approach is based around three core ‘pillars’: a framework for the coaching conversation (the GROWTH model); core micro communication skills, and; coaching as a way of being. What interested me most was the notion of ‘coaching as a way of being’…

Generous Orthodoxy and Educational Change

In Episode 9 of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History, he looks into the concept of ‘generous orthodoxy’. The term comes from theologian Hans Fry, who said, Orthodoxy without generosity leads to blindness, while generosity without orthodoxy is shallow and empty. The challenge is finding balance between the orthodoxy of the past and a generosity to…

V is for Visuals #EdublogsClub

This is my response to the this week’s prompt as a part of the Edublogs Club challenge: write a post that includes an image. “Picture This” by mrkrndvs is licensed under CC BY-SA Robert Schuetz posted about the power of images for blogging. He argued that, Readers are more likely to view and remember blog…