School in the Cloud

First school in the Cloud

Professional bum kick, this TED Talk was a year ago, note to self watch TED regularly so I am up to date!

My notes on this MAGIC TED talk by Sugata Mitra:

Learning as the product of educational self organisation. It’s not about making learning happen it’s about letting it happen.

SOLE  = Broadband + Collaboration + Encouragement

We need a curriculum of big questions.

Design a future for learning by tapping into students wonderment.

Self Organised Learning Environment – SOLE

Interesting to note on the word Encouragement, Sugata mentions, that when students are threatened the part of their brain that supports their learning shuts down. He says that students are threatened by the test. I think this should include worksheets and teachers who want little soldiers marching and always sitting quietly. That makes me shudder!

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Blogging Meme

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Claire (@MsBeenz) just tagged me for a blogging meme!
You are a wonderful inspiration to me as an educator and person.
Thanks Claire!
The blogging task includes:
  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List 11 bloggers.
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.
11 random facts about me:
  1. I am the number 8 child in a family of 9.
  2. I survived Malignant Cancer.
  3. I have a daughter, Hannah, a son, Joshua and a granddaughter, Fern.
  4. I am renovating a magnificent house with the most amazing views.
  5. I have a modernised gorgeous, self contained Lodge in my massive home which I intend to rent out short term. It is free to educators providing Professional Development in Taupo and there is a reduced rate to all educators wanting some RnR.
  6. I don’t have a thyroid gland.
  7. I adore my ugly cat and stupid dog.
  8. My knees are 20 years older than I actually am partly due to the remedy for my cancer.
  9. I love playing around with fabric and have started designing my own quilts.
  10. I am sadly leaving my great job of seven years to happily pursue a new challenge in a wonderful new school.
  11. I have joined an Elearningclassroom PLN, so decided to tag those, who haven’t already been tagged, as a way to get to know each other.
P.S. I am seriously looking forward to learning and unlearning with, to and from my new PLN and continuing with my Twitter PLN in 2014.
I tag you….‏ , @sharpjacqui,@sstananought, @Barbs1,@lindalehrke, @jacira4,@janedanielson, @leighhynes, @dbeehre, @KseniaNZ,@stephlatto,@llaburn
Answers to my 11 Questions:
1) What is your favourite book?
At the moment ‘The Gifts of Imperfections’ by Brene Brown
2) What is your most precious device?
 This would have to be my iPhone 5S since my granddaughters Baby Monitor has gone kaput. The Baby Monitor would have won the precious vote, out of the two, if it was working.
3) iPad or Android tablets?
 I would say iPad only because I know very little about Android. I think this will be a year of becoming more informative on Android.
4) What do you consider the most valuable thing you own?
 This would have to be the courage to be me, knowing I am enough no matter what.
5) What is your favourite way to waste time?
 Playing with fabric.
6) If a movie was being made about you who would you choose to play you and why?
 I think Dawn French because she is big, gorgeous and funny.
7) If you could have an endless supply of food what would that be?
 Chocolate
8) What’s the best holiday you’ve been on?

 6 weeks in the UK meeting my precious Uncle who has sinced passed away and spending time with a very special person who is now my life partner

9) What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?

 When my hairdresser gave me the worst fringe ever. I didn’t get my haircut by a hairdresser again for 2 years.
10) What three things do you love most about your best friend?
 His courage, his patience and his unconditional love for me.
11) What is your favourite smell and what memory does it remind you of?
This would be cigar smoke, it reminds me of my dad and christmas.
Now your 11 questions:
1. What is your favourite time of day?
2. What is your talent?
3. If you could use one word to describe yourself what would it be?
4. If you had any amount of money to spend, what would be the first thing you would want to spend your money on?
5. What is the one thing you would like to get better at doing?
6. Name one person who has inspired you the most in life?
7. Name one person who has inspired you the most in your profession?
8. What is your favourite childhood memory?
9. If you could have dinner with a famous person who would that person be and why?
10. Where is your favourite place in the world that you would like to be?
11. What do you do when you feel stressed or you have just had enough?