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I'm currently teacher of sundry mathematics subjects, various religion subjects, and I'm keen to see some learning tools which require student engagement and reflection - in particular with our Senior College Units on ethics and ethical controversies and science and religion. (Formal) Strings to my bow are physics, mathematics, philosophy, education, theology and computer science.

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Learning through humour

Posted on September 22, 2007 at 8:08am 0 Comments

Lots of material can be helped into the brain through humour, rhyme and music. I've just put up a few videos from Monty Python and Tom Lehrer. I've also linked to Flanders and Swann's "First and Second Law". Imagine - a song about the laws of thermodynamics! Tom Lehrer also has put the periodic table to music, and there is a splendid (copyrighted) flash animation of it here. And even Lehrer's "I'm spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica" is… Continue

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At 12:29am on May 25, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Ian,

With your interest in Web tools that engage students, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.

At 9:30pm on December 28, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Ian,

My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'e-learning and online teaching' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win a competition for startup funding on ideablob.com. You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 4:04am on October 16, 2008, Chris Lloyd said…
Hi Ian
You might be interested in viewing a presentation on Slide Share done by an ex Mt Gambier/Tenison Woods College person who is now teaching in Hong Kong. It is titled IWB's in the Secondary: Where is the Interaction?
At 7:20am on December 28, 2007, Laura Gibbs said…
Tasmania!!! that's exciting! I have heard it is very beautiful there! and kudos on teaching science and religion; I have a strong interest in teaching about issues related to religious literacy (especially related to sacred languages, translation, cultural history)... it's quite the mine field in America these days! :-)
At 9:18am on October 30, 2007, samccoy said…
Thanks for the headsup on Mary Midgely. Checking out her work will help with my affliction.....never having enough good stuff to read. LOL Have a great evening!
At 1:19am on October 30, 2007, samccoy said…
I thought you might be interested in a topic of ethics that has always concerned me: "Humility and the Ethical Treatment of Your Fellow Travelers in this Life".

My parents were inspired by Lloyd C. Douglas, an American Congregationalist pastor who wrote "The Robe", "The Big Fisherman", "Magnificent Obsession" and other similar stories. His work affected their ideas and the way they raised us, and I was always impressed with his most important work (to me), "White Banners".

Recently, I discovered a similar philosopher/ethicist in Robert Fuller. He recently spent quite a period of time in Australia and the neighboring countries, so I thought you might have met him.

You had mentioned in an earlier spot that ethics and philosophy are important areas of engagement for you and your students, and I thought you might be interested in the work of Robert Fuller. Wikipedia has an entry on him, and I clipped a bit of it here: "Fuller has defined rankism as: 'abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people who have less power because of their lower rank in a particular hierarchy' "

He lectures and writes on this topic, the abuse of what he calls rankism. There is a group who supports his work by providing an online presence, so I went to their website: http://www.breakingranks.net. A really nice website.

Last time I went to Barnes and Noble I found his first book on this subject concerning ethical behavior in modern times: "Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank"

So, I want to share with people who have also indicated an interest in developing and maintaining positive ethics among teachers, students and their community.
At 6:20am on October 22, 2007, Nancy Bosch said…
Click on it and you should be able to get the big one!! http://connections.smsd.org/veterans/reception_photos.htm I have another one that tickles me, too. From Talk Like A Pirate Day. http://connections.smsd.org/el/pirates%20018.jpg
At 5:57pm on October 21, 2007, Nancy Bosch said…
Thanks for the photo of the cart-laden dish! Here is another one I've always loved, 7 years ago we interviewed 54 WWII veterans...after the 6 months long project we had a reception for the veterans and showed them the website---here is picture of Ralph S. using a computer for the first time, looking at the stories and interviews we published to the web. http://connections.smsd.org/veterans/shack2.jpg
At 12:03pm on October 18, 2007, Jennifer Koch Lubke said…
Thanks for the Wallace and Grommit video clip! It's a perfect encapsulation of what I was trying to say in my last blog post. Do you mind if I embed it at my blog?

You mentioned wanting to "see" some pictures of growth and success -- do you mean in the area of visionary web policy?

If so, that is the problem, there just aren't a lot of solid models out there. I have uncovered a few interesting resources in the last few days -- I'll post some links at my blog for you to take a look.

In the interim, Will Richardson conducted a chat yesterday at the National School Board Association web site, and I asked him specifically about sharing model policies. You can read what he says in the transcript posted at the NSBA web site. His response suggests to me that what you are doing with your own faculty on Ning is the best approach (rather than drafting layer upon layer of policy).
At 5:56pm on October 17, 2007, Simon said…
Hi Ian,
Hello from South West Victoria, Australia. I look forward to sharing and learning with you about the world of Web 2.0 and the great things we can do with our students and teachers.
our cluster wiki is below if you wish to find out more about what I do

Talk soon..........


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