Monthly Archives: April 2015

Glow Cast⤴

from @ John's World Wide Wall Display

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Glow Cast is a new podcast. Just one episode so far.

As you would imagine it is a podcast about Glow. The idea is to keep the episodes short and fairly casual. The more important function is to demonstrate how easy it s to podcast and provide some resources for would be podcasters.

Glow Blogs now provide a very good podcasting platform. The increase upload file size will ensure that reasonable length podcasts can be published with ease.

I’ve long believed that podcasting is a very underused technology in the classroom. It can be a very motivating tool that can touch on any area of the curriculum as well as hitting multiple literacy experiences. Podcasting can provide great opportunities for projects and collaborative learning. In the past it was quite difficult technically but now it is very simple indeed.

**If you are thinking of dipping your toes into podcasting but are unsure of the first steps check out Glow Cast the resources are only beginning to to build.

Growth Mindsets⤴

from @ EdCompBlog

[Notes taken from a podcast of a chap from Chew Valley talking about how they had introduced ideas around growth Mindsets to staff and pupils.]

Growth Mindset verses Fixed Mindsets.

Click graphic to see larger version. 

Based on the work of Carol Dweck

See also TED Talk: The Power Of Belief - Mindset And Success (Eduardo Briceno). 

Mantra according to some is: Work smarter, not harder.
Change this to: Work harder to get smarter

Motivational posters from Chew Academy: see this PowerPoint.

Shift in language. Listen to what you say to yourself:
 Instead of... Try saying...
 I'm not good at this. What am I missing?
 I'm brilliant at this. I'm on the right track. 
 I give up.  I'll try a different way.
 This is too hard.This is going to take time and effort.  
 I can't do this.  I'm going to learn how to do this. 
 I'll never be as clever as her.  I'm going to learn how she does it, so I can too. 
 It's not good enough.  How can I improve it?

Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.”
-- Dylan William

[End of notes.]

Comment
I am intrigued by the "shift in language" table. The second line is interesting because the "Instead of..." entry is the only positive statement in the column. It suggests that pupils who are doing well can still have a fixed mindset. They may be succeeding but could they be even more successful. It seems to me therefore that there should be more positive statements in this column. For example, the second last row could be: 

 I'm cleverer than her. I could be even more clever.

What do you think? Could any others be adapted like this? Or can you think of any new, positive entries that could be added?

Growth Mindsets⤴

from @ EdCompBlog

[Notes taken from a podcast of a chap from Chew Valley talking about how they had introduced ideas around growth Mindsets to staff and pupils.]

Growth Mindset verses Fixed Mindsets.

Click graphic to see larger version. 

Based on the work of Carol Dweck

See also TED Talk: The Power Of Belief - Mindset And Success (Eduardo Briceno). 

Mantra according to some is: Work smarter, not harder.
Change this to: Work harder to get smarter

Motivational posters from Chew Academy: see this PowerPoint.

Shift in language. Listen to what you say to yourself:
 Instead of... Try saying...
 I'm not good at this. What am I missing?
 I'm brilliant at this. I'm on the right track. 
 I give up.  I'll try a different way.
 This is too hard.This is going to take time and effort.  
 I can't do this.  I'm going to learn how to do this. 
 I'll never be as clever as her.  I'm going to learn how she does it, so I can too. 
 It's not good enough.  How can I improve it?

Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.”
-- Dylan William

[End of notes.]

Comment
I am intrigued by the "shift in language" table. The second line is interesting because the "Instead of..." entry is the only positive statement in the column. It suggests that pupils who are doing well can still have a fixed mindset. They may be succeeding but could they be even more successful. It seems to me therefore that there should be more positive statements in this column. For example, the second last row could be: 

 I'm cleverer than her. I could be even more clever.

What do you think? Could any others be adapted like this? Or can you think of any new, positive entries that could be added?

Recursion – Google search has a (computational) sense of humour⤴

from @ Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

The most common application of recursion is in mathematics and computer science, in which it refers to a method of defining functions in which the function being defined is applied within its own definition. (Wikipedia)

The Google search for recursion concurs...

#GlowBlogs get your Jetpack on⤴

from @ John's World Wide Wall Display

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I’ve not had much time to blog about the Blogs Update Phase 2.2 – WordPress 4.1.2 in Glow Blogs, but I spent a wee bit of time on a new blog showing the features the Blogs gain from jetpack. Imaginatively I called the blog Jetpack. There are lots on nice things for blogs and school websites in Jetpack.

There are a couple of nice new themes and other plugins too. More later.