September 2011 Blog Posts (16)

Computers for Everybody

Whilst out and about in sunny downtown Bendigo, I stumbled across this book in an 'op-shop' for $1.50 and I knew I had to buy it. Published in 1983, despite loads of funny-looking pictures, there are some insightful things mentioned. There is a whole chapter devoted to computers in education. For example, this is in a section called "The De-Schooling of Learning".

The point is that we…

Added by Rob Sbaglia on September 28, 2011 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

GLOBAL EDUCATION IN WASHINGTON STATE: Community Conversations & Summit on Global Education

In this era of rapid interconnectivity, future leaders need to possess the global mindset to respond to today’s fast-changing, interlinked challenges.  Education has the ability to generate such future leaders!  Do you, as an educator, strive to shape your courses in global directions?  Are you looking for ways to raise your students’ intercultural awareness so that they can thrive as they enter the globally competitive professional world?  Do you want to help improve all student…


Added by Anna Von Essen on September 27, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Creating A Positive Future for the Planet--or "United We Stand With our Heads in the Sand"?

I believe that those of us who are deeply involved with the global education/global awareness movement are being challenged to create an important part of our own and our children's future. I am sometimes (frankly) discouraged in this effort in the face of apparently well-funded and persistent "international education" and "climate change" detractors and deniers, whose motto might as well be "United We Stand--With Our Heads in the Sand." I came across the…


Added by Patricia E. Barrett on September 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments


I request to sign the petition "Replace Violent Time with Peace Time" for UN to take action in the site so that PEACE prevails in the world.
Please also ask all your friends in the facebook to sign this petition.
Global Education Collaborative will be enriched with PEACETIME

Added by Prof.Fani Bhusan Das on September 25, 2011 at 5:45am — No Comments

In Gameboy we Trust

Even by my standards, this has been a term of dizzying highs and gut-wrenching lows. One of the highs has been the group of students looking at the inquiry question "How can a science concept be taught through a computer game?". These students have worked with a great deal of independence from me, teaching themselves Gamemaker, and using virtual experts such as Pat Kenneally, a software developer (amongst other things) in Canberra.…


Added by Rob Sbaglia on September 22, 2011 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Why We Think Beyond Borders

This was originally written on September 11, 2001 and was intended to the students and parents of Thinking Beyond Borders.


On this day of reflection in the US and around the world, it is important that we reflect upon why we strive to think beyond borders. On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King stood in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered the closing address of the March on Washington. It had been 8 years since the modern civil rights…

Added by Robin Pendoley on September 22, 2011 at 7:31pm — No Comments

What Does It Mean to Think Beyond Borders?

This is neither a geography question nor a simple academic concern. This question is the first step for anyone seeking proactive solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, global climate change, food security, equity, racial and gender discrimination, and just about any other social ill one can imagine. For, if we haven’t learned to think beyond borders, and we don’t know how to help others do it, how can we expect to overcome the hurdles of economics, diversity of values and thought, and geography…


Added by Robin Pendoley on September 22, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it

I've been thinking lots about the role of leadership in education, which was sparked by this TED talk.

The one thing that sticks out for me is the phrase "people don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it". I sometimes think I don't articulate this to others as well as I always could. I sometimes focus on the what and the how (screencasting, Skype, blogs, blah blah blah).... but why am I doing it? Why bother with computers when the path of least resistance… Continue

Added by Rob Sbaglia on September 18, 2011 at 5:50am — No Comments

Tacoma teachers on strike, what should they do? Go back for the kids, or stick out out for themselves?

What does everyone think? Go back and negotiate while teaching so the children don't lose out on too much education, or just go cold turkey until they get the attention of some of the politicians?


I don't know how I feel. On one hand you have the kids who obviously need a good education but on the other hand you have the teachers who are trying to get their point across. Sticky situation :(



Added by Bubbies on September 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Distinguished Lecture Series

Vicki Davis will present, “Successful Online Presentation Skills for Students” in the Blackboard Collaborate Distinguished Lecture Series this coming Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 19:00:00GMT [ check here for the time where you are ].…


Added by Lisa Durff on September 15, 2011 at 1:26pm — No Comments

How to Breathe

I thought I'd do an opinion piece today. There is something that has been bothering me for quite some time, and I'd like to express my thoughts on it.

I have an issue with the word "e-learning". I was wondering at what point we are going to ditch the "e" in front of "learning". I assume "e" stands for electronic. Did we have "p-learning" before that, when kids used pens for learning? It seems, to some, at least, the tool that is used to make the learning happen is considered more… Continue

Added by Rob Sbaglia on September 10, 2011 at 1:57am — No Comments

Strikes in Uganda's Education

Makerere University lecturers are on strike and the students have been sent home. The government has threatened to sack the striking lecturers.

Today, the third term of the secondary and primary academic calendar begins, but teachers and the umbrella Uganda National Teachers Union are on strike too. The teachers, who want a 100 per cent pay raise, first went on strike in July.

All the strike have a 'money' element in them.

The government insists that there is no money to…


Added by Hillary on September 5, 2011 at 4:38am — 2 Comments

Welcome to 1984

In 1984, I was in Grade 4, and was particularly good at maths. I don't remember liking it, but I remember being good at it. I know many of my kids are good at maths, but I'd like them to like it as much as I do (now), too.

This week at CNPS, we're going to be using arrays to represent the distributive law using arrays. I plan to engage the kids by using this edited version of a TED talk, which showcases some pretty amazing mental mathematics (and using the distributive law, too! in… Continue

Added by Rob Sbaglia on September 4, 2011 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

Success and Failure

I'm pretty hard on myself when things go wrong. I wanted to share a success and a failure.

The first is the success. Some of our girls have chosen to investigate the question "Why do people in different countries eat different foods?". To do this, they are creating their own episode of the TV show "Food Safari", complete with the essential ingredients of the cuisine, and of course the dish which involves most of the essential ingredients...…


Added by Rob Sbaglia on September 1, 2011 at 12:04am — No Comments

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