Monday, June 10, 2013

May rundown of the most-read posts

This rundown of the most-read posts of May is shorter. I could not publish more ideas because I have been busy again. Writing scientific articles.

My regular readers know that I am blogging when I have some free time. Work comes first. 

I am very happy! Good things happened to me! And we know how important it is to be recognized for our work and efforts.

So, the first good that happened to me it was participating at the call for "Visionary papers on School Education" Europe 2030.

May rundown shows the great diversity of subjects and some of my values in teaching, and summarize the most-read topics in a collection of five posts. 

And the most-read post is of course Visionary Educationalist to Europe Education 2030.

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) have recently become  important topics for educational researchers in Europe and abroad. 

The World Open Educational Resources Congress at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France in June 2012 joining more than 500 delegatesincluding representatives of Government, educators, NGOs, and universities was a opportunity to discuss the power of OER in Education. There, the 2012 Paris OER Declaration was formally adopted. I was pride to participate on it. 

By being adaptable and accessible, OERs have the potential to solve the global education crisis and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

In its recent Communication on Rethinking Education, the European Commission announced a new initiative on “Opening-up Education” to be launched mid-2013.

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) – part of the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European commission – in a study for DG EAC– was calling upon experts and practitioners to come up with visionary papers and imaginative scenarios on how Open Education in 2030 in Europe might look with a major focus on Open Educational Resources and Practices.

Being a independent researcher in the field of ICT & Educatiion, I am an educationalist passionate about Open Education, 

I participated with a scientific vision paper Part II School Education. It has been wonderful to write about some ideas on Open Education in Secondary Education and Vocational Education.

You will find all the vision papers Part II School Education here. My vision paper "Visionary Learning in 2030: Secondary Education" can be read here.

Le deuxième post le plus lu du mois de mai, Éducation: SOS Suicide Ados

"Qui a dit que les jeux vidéo faisaient forcément du mal aux ados ? "

Xavier Pommerau

Bon, je parle souvent de jeux dans la classe! Les dernières pubications sur mon blog à propos de jeux: Let's talk about Nutrition Education at school: iPad game et Conférence Le Jeu Sérieux 2013.

Mais tout au long des années, vous trouverez pas mal de publications éducatives sur des jeux (faire une recherche sur le blog).

Le jeu vidéo n'est pas seulement un divertissement pour les ados, Il se révèle aussi un excellent support de remédiation cognitive. 

On l’utilise pour soigner des troubles de l’attention, pour remédier à l’acquisition de certaines aptitudes cognitives.


Cette fois-ci, je voudrais bien vous parler du jeu sérieux préventif en éducation. Un jeu sérieux qui aide à soigner des ados. 

Jeunes en dépression

A soigner quoi? La dépression. Les enseignants savent bien que pas mal d'élèves souffrent de dépression. On les voit tous les jours dans nos cours. Et souvent nous sommes ceux qui alèrtent les parents en observant des 'signes avant-coureurs' .  

Quelques collèges ou lycées ont malheureusement assisté incapables à des suicides d'étudiants entre leurs murs. Plusieurs suicides d'enfants ont été médiatisés ces dernières semaines. Ce n'est pas nouveau le suicide au collège ou lycée, ou même en fac. 

Tout comme Xavier Pommereau, je crois que nous devons être attentifs à ce que les jeunes nous montrent à l'école, collège ou lycée, et essayer de dialoguer avec eux, même s'ils nous résistent à la première approche. En équipe avec le psychologue (département Psychologie Éducative) on peut déveloper tout une action de prévention.

La relation enseignant / élève se fait aussi par le partage des problèmes qui portent préjudice sur le bon développement des adolescents. Le partage de leurs secrets et craintes fait partie de la réalité scolaire!

Et les jeunes nous montrent beaucoup de signes avant-coureurs! Ils les montrent davantage à l'école qu'en famille. A nous d' être vigilants.

The World Day for Culture Diversity at school! May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development which encourages everyone to Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion today and every day all year long.

"Less than one thousand days from the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals, we must do everything to accelerate progress. Culture and cultural diversity are not part of the internationally-recognized development goals – but they are key accelerators for meeting them."

Irina Bokova, Message

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO and a wide coalition of partners from corporations to civil society is launching the world campaign: 

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”

It aimed at engaging people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion."


Remember similar events as The International Day of the World's Indigenous People or Pathways to a Culture of Peace published on this blog.

Human rights, cultural and linguistic diversity, local traditions are good subjects to include and discuss in school curricula (in and around) by using ICT and social participatory media in the classroom.

Students were very excited about these themes and participated with enthusiam in different activities.

Let us use ICT and social media in the classroom to tackle the world's toughest problems creating bridges and establish a truly intercultural world, where diversity can be celebrated, a world where different cultures not only coexist but value each other for their contributions and potential.

Students and educators are an important part of society to built bridges on a friendly dialogue. Students are spontaneous, curious, they like to learn about different cultures.

Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.

The Rite of Spring in School Education: May 29 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of the Rite of Spring - Le   Sacré du Printemps - by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky featuring a revolutionary musical score by the Russian composer lgor Stravinsky and equally innovative choreography by the young dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and performed by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is perhaps the most revolutionary, provocative and influential work of the last 100 years.  The Rite of Spring uprooted comfortable tastes and embraced 20th Century Modernism.

Royston Maldoom & 6th graders (Public School 161, Manhattan)
 Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring"
Photo: Chris Lee


“We’re supposed to be showing the birth of the Earth. Isn’t that great?”
Rosa Rosario, 12-year-old student

Here I am again writing about Arts in school education. You know my thoughts about the importance of Arts in School curriculum.  Music and Dance are essential to a complete and better education.
And seeing this photo of Royston Maldoom, the British choreographer, working with sixth graders from Public School 161 in Manhattan on a dance set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, I could understand I was right to propose this activity to you.

“Young people who are traditionally denied access to the ‘high arts’ have extraordinary potential and can act as a catalyst for meaningful development within the community at large,”  It's true.

Music and Dance has the potential to achieve social transformation of vulnerable kids.

Level: All levels
Curricula: Arts (Dance and Music) cross-curricula with Literature.

Of course each teacher must prepare and adapt the activities to the level they are teaching.

And now the ah-ah of 2013 in Open Education: MOOCs in a simple way!

We all know that MOOCs are the new 'a-ha'*  at Higher Education at all the best universities in the world. 

Since MOOCs first made waves in the fall of 2011, when then-Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun opened his graduate-level artificial intelligence course up to any student anywhere and 160,000 students in more than 190 countries signed up.

The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free and a challenge experience for professors and students.

In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and others, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a global community for the students, professors, and TAs. 

MOOCs are a recent development in distance education and often use open educational resources
Well, don't forget to review the post Chidren's Day: let's go outdoor? Outdoor education and classes are fundamental to children’s and young people personal and academic growth.

I present and discuss on my blog the importance of an entire and complete school education, including outdoor education. 
Humanities, Sciences, Arts, ICT, Environment are themes always included on my blog.
Regular readers know that blogging is my free contribution to inspire new teachers, when I have the time between work and scientific writing.

I really hope that you will enjoy some of the pedagogical proposals published in May and you will discover some new pedagogical ideas to introduce in your lessons.
Thanks to all the colleagues from around the world that kindly read my blog every day.

"Learning is experience. Everything else is just information."
Albert Einstein


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