In this editorial Kirsten Winkler explains why the flipped classroom model seems to fit perfectly with language learning. Continue reading Language Learning needs to be flipped
“Computers are useless. They only give you answers”
This quote by Pablo Picasso may seem obsolete in the 21st century – but is it?
Another chapter in my creative Edupreneur series
Every once in a while, I emerge from my nerding cave to get a whiff of what my colleagues are up to online. There is never a dull moment. These days it’s particularly exciting. I say ‘nerding cave’, because I am at heart, a reader, writer and researcher, as well as teacher. I write content, blog, plan. I am also writing ebooks and making my way into publishing.
All of this is great, but what about the showmanship, sharing, and great social clout of teaching on YouTube? Perhaps in future I will follow the footsteps of some of my amazing colleagues who embraced YouTube from the start – right now, I’m happy to observe and describe their YouTube exploits.
For many teachers method, structure, and efficiency are bad words. For many students the opposite is true. Does that leave a teacher in a quandary? Continue reading A Teacher in a Quandary
Based on Disney’s Strategies for Creativity Sylvia is featuring four well-known online education professionals from her personal learning network. Continue reading Why We need Strategies for Creativity Part 2 – The Outliers
This series is meant to help you interpret your experience through story. Your job now is to take a few minutes to imagine yourself in one of the roles. Continue reading Westward Ho! Chapter 1 – The Church of Polyglot
The story “Westward Ho” will try to repaint some images in your mind as the mental images you have are critically important for choosing a path forward. Continue reading Westward Ho! Language Learning in the 21st Century – Introduction
I hope that “English Vinglish” can deliver what we as teachers cannot, that it captures your story as a learner and complete the language healing. Continue reading English Vinglish Captures the Story of a Language Learner
I came across this quote from Walt Disney recently while reading a favourite book & it immediately reminded me of my adventures in teaching online in the last two years. My goal was to create springboards rather than lessons, per se. In other words, a suitably concocted launching pad is all that’s needed for students to go off on their own linguistic tangents of self-discovery.
Much of this focus was in alignment with my online tribe of Edupreneuring pioneers who ‘walk’ the Disney ‘talk’. My association with George Machlan’s Edupunk movement on WiZiQ was part of a large-scale experiment in reversing overt teaching strategies and allowing learning to be incidental rather than by design.