Sunday, October 13, 2013

September round down of the most-read posts

Show your pride for the PINK and participate at events!

Sorry about the delay. As I mentioned, sometimes I'm traveling, or have important work to do, or must write about a specific day or event. Back my regularly scheduled program today! September roundown of the most-read posts.

Let me introduce an important subject: Seeing pink? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I will right a little post on Going Pink in School Education.

And now, let's doing! This is the round-own of teaching and learning School series of September. These are some posts sharing events or resources, tips, and tools for you. Ty something different or an idea that you adapt for your classroom.

I added six posts, on different subjects last month. Here my list of the 4 most-read of the month - presented in most reading order. This time, all the posts are written on English.

And I am glad to see that the most-read post of September is Education for Peace: International Day of PeaceIf you are my regular reader you know I am pledging for Civics as a serious subject that must be intrduced among the curriculum or disciplines in School Education.

Credits: UNESCO

"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 
International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September every year. This year, 2013 idevoted to peace education.

Credits: UN

UNESCO campaigns for quality education for all going further than the basics of reading and writing. 

Education must encompass the teaching of human rights, living together and respect for others

Peace education is one of its key components. Every child in the world should know their rights, and learn their own history and that of other peoples, so as to be able to understand the equal dignity of cultures and draw lessons from the crimes and violence of the past.

The key to tolerant citizenship in a globalized world requires a widespread effort to train teachers and design suitable school curricula. 

MEDEA Awards 2013

The 6th edition of MEDEA Awards 2013 is now judging all the entries ob this edition. 

MEDEA Awards 2013 announced its call of entries some months ago. And the deadline to send send projects as participants was end on September 30, 2013.

As you know I am participating at MEDEA Awards since 2009. So I am glad to promote such an interesting project that encourages innovation and good practices in the use of media in Education.

The aim of the MEDEA Awards is "to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education." 

The awards also recognize and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources.

Innovation and good practices are possible better with the new technologies always giving us fantastic resources. 

The 'screen-generation' is used to be online all the time. So, innovative educators understood the meaning of changing academic practices and go to digital. Mobile devices really pushed up for pedagogical applications.

All finalists will be notified in the beginning of December and will be invited to take part in the awards ceremony taking place during the Media & Learning Conference 2013, December 12-13, Brussels, where the final winners will be announced.

"How can we bring attention of policy makers to the significant potential of games? This  issue will be addressed by the GREAT Lisbon Conference on Games & TEL."

Claudio Dondi

The Great Lx International Conference on Games and TEL took place in Lisbon, Portugal last 15-16 September 2013 at ISCTE-IUL.

Great LX | Auditorium

Interesting opportunity to participate, listen and share the last concepts about the current paradigms and evolution of Games in Education (GBL) Training (SG) and Technology Enchanced Learninig (TEL)

Great Lx Conference

For one long day, speakers, researchers, practitioners, producers, skate holders and participants shared  interesting ideas and experiences.

I joined key speakers and round tables at the Great Auditorium. I am an independent researcher on TEL and I was very curious to hear about the new ideas.

TEL, Games (GBL & SG), and MOOCs were on my best interests.

I was very interested on key note speaker Claudio Dondi analysis about the role of ICT in learning moving the change on E&T and bringing a great challenge for the shift on paradigm in Europe. 

I know Claudio Dondi from different international conferences. The last one, in Brussels, at the European Forum on Learning Futures and Innovationwhere I had a presentation at VISIR workshop on the 19th March, 2013 with Giordano Koch and Jan Pawlowski.

Claudio Dondi is one of best European researcher and expert and his thoughts are always very important.

Claudio Dondi made a splendid evaluation with remarkable key notes and items that I have the chance to hear. You can access to his communication here

It is very important to understand the new challenges until 2020. As the final rapporteur pointed:

  • We have to work harder on the issues above. 
  • MOOCs are not inclusive. 
  • Less focus on thecnology and more in people.

And my last post for today is Léon Foucault: a Doodle in Physics Curriculum. No, it was not about Nicolau Copernicus ! The interactive Google doodle of September 18th was about the celebration of the 194th anniversary of the French physicist on Foucault. Tje doodle is based on the Foucault pendulum - an innovative device Foucault created to demonstrate the effect of the earth’s rotation.

Credits: UCDavis


“His teachers described him as lazy, he did not submit work on time, so that his mother had to employ tutors to educate him at home."

As we know, sometimes, the best students in school are not the 'genius' ! Einstein, and a good number of great scientists, musicians or poets demonstrate that.

From time to time we discover 'little genius' among our students! They are not the brightest in the classroom, but we feel that they have something special ! And we do everything to help them to understand their natural skills so they could develop later and find their own way.

They are disconnected from the curriculum, distracted, sometimes with a difficult behaviour or too shy. And we encourage them as 'special' students who need a different kind of help in school.

Well, the Google doodle will be a good interactive digital resource to introduce in your curriculum, if you a are teaching Physics.

The doodle allows students to manipulate the swinging bob according to where on earth they happen to be.

Level: Secondary Education

Final thoughts:

Teachers, of course, always make the difference!
Today’s 21st Century world is totally different from the world of previous generations, and from the world in which I, and most of today’s teachers/educators, grew up.  

Why, then, can’t we learn to "break free" from the past and change or adapt old patterns/behaviors to match students' needs today, and enhance teaching and learning in today's world?

"Do not confine your students to your own learning for they were born in another time."


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