4 Apr 2017

Devices are like Superpowers

Should we teach students about morality so they can apply this to their use of devices when they are allowed?

Should we teach students how to use their devices responsible and how to use them by allowing them open access?

Should we be teaching both at the same time?

At what age can people really engage their mental faculties to manage the the power and responsibility of full access to devices and the internet?


Having access to devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops) that are connected to the internet is like being spiderman or super man.  


With great power comes great responsibility.  What happens to high school graduates that go on to work or university without being able to manage the responsibility that comes with full access to devices?
People will have full access to devices and the internet at some stage in their life.  Usually by the time they are 18 and often much younger, sometimes under 10.  

If people do not learn the significance of the power they hole to do good and do bad they will not appreciate the weight of responsibility that has been placed upon their shoulders to make decisions.

15 Mar 2017

Student Reflection on Citizenship after a few classes in term one


Deep yet simple! Lol

What did I learn today? 
Today I learnt about team work. Obviously I know about team work but today no one killed anyone and everyone worked together to finish the house.




Citizenship reflection:

What have I learnt so far? I have learnt that to be a good citizen you have to act mature. We also did a lot about having a growth mindset. We made a video explaining what a growth mindset is. Anyway, to be a good citizen you don't have to be perfect in everything you do, you just have to be nice to people.



What have I learnt about citizenship?

Citizenship is very important to everyday life. We do it without knowing it. I have learnt that being a citizen you have to be able to communicate clearly and think of others. In class we use a app to learn about citizenship. We elected ministers for different areas such as Gathering resources, building houses, law and many others. When we have chosen our ministers we split into teams and work. While we are working, we learn what makes a good citizen. I think what makes a good citizen is that you need to be considerate, contributes, and are willing to help. The difference between being a bad citizen is that you disobey the rules and abuse property. I could use the knowledge in the cabins if we are doing jobs in the morning or I could use it in class when someone needs help with something. I have learnt a lot about citizenship over the term and I can't wait to use it


What did I do?

I hunted and killed some cows. I gained wood by axing down trees. I also collected a few seeds.

What did I learn?
I learnt that you have to take your time and not everything comes to you straight away, it takes time.

How do I apply that to my life?

If I want something in my life I can't just expect it to come to me,I've got to go get it if I really want it.


13 Mar 2017

Putting My Teaching and Innovation Together

Why Innovate?

The education system we have inherited was not designed to produce people that would thrive in the 21st century.  It was designed to produce workers for the industrial revolution.



How to Innovate?

My Current Thoughts as of March 2017

What a thumbnail (wish these could be changed!)

My Story

I have been developing an Innovation in Social Studies of Citizenship through Minecraft starting in 2016.  Read the posts below for the story.


AND

What I am doing in 2017 with Citizenship Through MineCraft

This is my ideas and plans for 2016 that sums up my plans and innovations from then.
What Would Students Do If They Could Learn Anything? My Plan for 2016

7 Mar 2017

Minecraft for Citizenship - Evolution

Here is a quick run down of the key parts to my Citizenship through Minecraft aspect of my Social Studies curriculum at the moment.

It is based on a kind of role playing, imaginary scenario, metaphor idea.  Everyone is part of a colonisation programme.  They have just travelled to a new planet with the goal of developing a thriving community (classic scenario - check). 

First building they have made.

They have two roles to play.  The first is as a member of the 'elected' government of the new community.  I established several ministerial portfolios that needs people to manage.

Working with Teachers and Innovating Our Curriculum

I am going to try and summarise one of the bigger projects I am involved in this year, what we are trying to achieve, what the journey has been like so far, and where we are at currently.
Some of our Planning

I am working with two other teachers in something that resembles the Innovative Learning Spaces that are popping up around the country.  We have a unique campus with the main features being all year 9 boys, boarding, three stranded curriculum (academic, personal and social growth, outdoors).