Thursday, December 20, 2012

How Your Phone Changed Photography


An interesting, if not fairly obvious, post from GOOD on how photography has changed in nature over the last twenty years (1993 - 2013)....

How Your Phone Changed Photography

This undoubtedly changes the game in terms of student engagement and communication. Think about the possibilities with students when the ability to create content is as easy as turning on the phone (or allowing it in school....), downloading one of a hundred different photographic apps (instagram being the most well known), and displaying it publicly and nearly instantaneously.

As recently as two years ago, I proctored an online class on Digital Photography. There are two observations here:

  1. I thought it was great that we could offer an online class and that the digital camera was fairly new. 
  2. The speed at which this class and its content seems antiquated is mind boggling. 
So how do we re-orient ourselves as educators to be prepared for a world in which what we work with kids with in one year is obsolete the next? This is the biggest challenge for teachers, especially as it pertains to integrating technology. 

It will necessitate a mind and culture shift in terms of student engagement, student assessment, and, ultimately, what an independent school graduate looks like when they leave our school. 

One of the things we've been looking at is this idea of COD or Combine Our Devices. What if we could get to a point where students had a school issued device that fit certain parameters, and the could choose one other digital device to enhance that device? If we could harness the enthusiasm and excitement to use these devices and focus it on the learning outcomes we are looking for, we could do amazing things. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Study Habits of Generation i

Granted this is a study commissioned by a mobile study app, but the illustration was what I had to include! This is from STUDYBLUE.

An inside look at the habits of the modern student. [Infographic]

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Study on ADHD: Computer Interface Helps ADHD Symptoms

To medicate or not to medicate: an ongoing debate for families whose sons or daughters have ADHD. In this study, we see a potentially new approach to treat ADHD symptoms without medication. Interesting stuff.

Study on Computer Interface to Treat ADHD

Monday, December 3, 2012

Leadership at Canterbury

In early November, Tricia Fisher, Sam Turner, P'15 and '18, and I presented at the NCAIS Biennial Conference on the development of our Leadership Program at Canterbury. What follows is the Prezi we used to outline our plan of action. We've also developed a Vision Map, which we will be able to use over the next 18 to 24 months as we implement our new vision for leadership at Canterbury School.

The Flipped Bully: NC Cyberbullying Law

Our Director of Technology, Kathy Hartsell, passed this article on to us and I thought it was important to make you all aware of some of the new or enhanced laws that are now in effect in North Carolina regarding cyberbullying.

New NC laws, kids cyberbullying teachers outlawed