Schools offer a myriad of activities for pupils to do. But how do these sustain beyond the knowledge of the context in which they were done? How do we know if a UCAS personal statement says, “I did this!” that this was done by that person? In my school, we value learning for learnings sake, and that is fine, but would it not make sense for these important pupil achievements to be stored as an online profile: evidencing the required commitment, determination, time, effort and ability? Perhaps participation in a dramatic production, a musical performance, a series of sporting events, or a community action project. Continue reading “Open Badges in School”
Limiting Internet access in a boarding school is a delicate affair that requires balance between the needs and care of young people. This week we have reviewed our provision of Internet access via network sockets and WiFi, and implemented a stricter schedule. Social media, shopping, audio and video and other site categories are now blocked during the daily 90 minute homework slot. Also, network accounts have been set to be disabled just after scheduled bedtimes. Continue reading “Limiting Internet access in a boarding school”
I have recently become aware of a shocking situation in American prisons that I felt compelled to check out and share. It’s complicated, and it makes me feel physically uncomfortable. When there are crazy reactions of banning American politicians on UK soil as an in-kind retaliation to his ill-informed, unsubstantiated claims, I am concerned that America is not dealing with (perpetuating?) the institutionalised truths of it’s own issues as we follow their lead in international affairs. Below the video are some bullet points that are cross-referenced; there could be many more. My attention was drawn to the issue through this QI clip on Facebook: Continue reading “Slavery in USA Prisons?”
I have some young learners visiting tonight. We are going to do some Mozilla Thimble remixing. So, I made a badge to give them; something to take home from their Oundle School adventure.
Today I am working with the Digital Leaders (most of whom are pictured above having what I am told is called a *cheeky Nandos* after we visited the National Video Game Arcade – where I did this) working on their sub-group projects, which include:
Making instructional 60 second videos to inform pupils about the services we provide in our digital ecosystem and how they might benefit from know how to, for example, connect to any printer in the school from anywhere in the world (via Citrix), so pupils may print from home or boarding houses. Continue reading “Digital Leader Projects”