Sunday, October 31, 2010


We had the Manawatu Principals' Association One day Conference on Friday. We were joined by colleagues from Wanganui and further afield.

Some of the more interesting things that were said:

John O'Neil:
We need to be careful not to end up with a curriculum for poor kids and a curriculum for rich kids.

Gary Punler:
An efficient school vs an effective school - what is the difference and where do you sit on this?

Iain Lees Galloway:
What will the successor to the Internet be?

Perry Rush:
How do we assess to show learning and understanding outside if the core areas?

What are your thoughts on these ideas?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

But are they any good??

Lots of school have started using/experimenting using the Ipad. I am all for embracing new technologies, but it will always be important to make sure that the technology will support learning.

Here is a extract from an opinion piece by an "expert":

The prognosis for iPad's use in the classroom is good, said Sandra Sutton Andrews, research director in the Applied Learning Technologies Institute at Arizona State University. "The concept is perfect for education--a lightweight computer, relatively inexpensive, capable of being used almost anywhere: in your hands, on a table, attached to a wall, built into a tabletop," she said.

Andrews's job involves investigating uses of technology in education--especially emerging technologies. She designs and conducts research, teaches university courses, and works with K-12 teachers to help assess and satisfy technology needs. One of her next anticipated projects is setting up an iPad laboratory for a deeper examination of features and benefits.

"Add to this the fact that creating apps [for iPad] is not difficult, and at that point everything changes in terms of possibilities," she said. "Educators are already finding new uses for the available free or inexpensive commercial apps and are creating new apps that teach, engage, and even collect data. What's more, the educators behind these apps are making their resources available at no cost to other educators."

Positive point:

  • Good, some would call it excellent, color reproduction;
  • Natural platform for e-textbooks;
  • Large, 9.7-inch screen with 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution;
  • 3G and WiFi for "always on" Internet access;
  • Accessibility (support for closed captioning, voice over screen reader, full-screen zoom magnification, and support for nine languages, for example). (
What do you think?