Redesigning and creating tasks to transform learning using digital technologies

A few weeks ago I facilitated some professional development for teaching staff and management at a primary school (students aged 5-11). I was asked to design and lead a workshop that would help kick-start staff collaborative sharing with Google Docs, including engaging those who were skeptical about the use of new technologies of this type. I decided to use…

Meaningful learning achieved through students creating concept diagrams with collaborative inquiry tasks

Introduction When improving student literacy we tend to focus on reading and writing skills. Apart from the core numeracy skills, research and critical thinking skills are also spoken of as highly valued. But, what about the visual literacy skills – the ability to see, understand and think, create and to communicate graphically? The Theory of…

Scaffolding Maths is numbing our students minds

Today I saw the video below for the first time “Math class needs a makeover” by Dan Meyer from his TED talk back in 2010. Dan describes how today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect – and excel at – paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. In his talk, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math…