In 2010 the OECD published a list of 4 trends that were shaping education around the world. Globalisation The Future of the Nation State Arew Cities the New Countries Family Matters A Brave New World Each of these trends is having an effect on my own teaching but for the purposes of brevity I would … Continue reading GVI’s and Trends in Education
Marlborough Boys College is a decile 6 school. In terms of family or community economics Blenheim is a very mixed region with a broad economic continuum. We have students that in larger urban areas would live in areas with low socioeconomic demographics. We have the opposite extreme and all other levels of income in between. … Continue reading Our Socioeconomic contexts
I have been in contact with EA Sports with regard to using SimCity4 in my Geography year 12 class. I just needed to work out licensing and purchase issues really. I wanted to know if I needed lots of copies of the game or a site license. So I spoke to a very helpful advisor … Continue reading Gamification 2!
Teaching should be a collaborative task. The NZ Ministry of Education refers to this idea as collaborative learning cultures (CLCs). When I started teaching in it was an individualised exercise. This is – thankfully – no longer the case and I now work collaboratively with a number of professional groups and communities. This allows many … Continue reading My Communities of Practice
This is something I have been pondering off and on for a few years now. Back in 2003 I made a really basic game using Microsoft Word where students had to drag the label onto the correct bit of a rather awesome 2D MS paint drawing of a rain forest that I did. I have … Continue reading Gamification in NCEA Geography
I have spent part of this year learning to create 3D prints of areas my students study. My key focus so far has been creating a 3D model of our own region. The reason for this is twofold. To work out how it is done To provide us with a possible teaching/learning tool for Level … Continue reading 3D printing a map of the Wairau Valley
I have been completing MindLab. The course is offered through Unitec here in NZ and runs through distance and blended learning. The focus is on developing digital and collaborative tools to create better experiences for students in NZ schools. My own focus has been my teaching of Social Studies and Geography. Recently I have been … Continue reading GVIs and GIS
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