High poverty. High performing. These are two phrases that describe Hattie Watts Elementary today — but it wasn’t always that way writes Niki P Fryou.
When I became assistant principal in 2006, there were large gaps between the performance of our white students and our black students and economically-disadvantaged students. One reason was a persistent lack of belief in our students. When someone would say our students should be performing at higher levels, some community members, faculty members and even parents would say: “We’re not an affluent community, like so-and-so. Our kids face real challenges at home and at school. They can’t be expected to achieve at the same level as those kids.”
To dispel this negative stereotyping, our leadership team and faculty told our school community it didn’t matter if our students came from an impoverished or affluent community. If you show children you believe in them, they can and will achieve. When I became principal the following year, I set out to instill that belief schoolwide. As a result, we’ve made significant progress and continue to earn accolades today. Read the Article
To explore ideas, TED, WNET, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have teamed up for a brand-new one-hour special, shown on US television. TED Talks Education is an exhilarating night of talks hosted by John Legend. Check it out online. One hour if viewing over the holidays
As the education world embrases technology it is always good to see how others are doing it. I promise if you can get by the ad on this blog
video from Texas TV channel KXAN it almost feels like home. I also am impressed how the reporter did really describe theeducational purpose “Beyond just fun” in the report. They make good discussion about parent concerns. A good view really. Go to the report
The Social Atlas map series are based on the 2011 Census first and second data releases. The map series is based on the Social Atlas product the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released in 2006. An interesting read nonetheless but what a great resource to use with students. See the maps
With schools making their own choices around many things concerning ICT it is possibly a good time to highlight that Privacy isn’t a school rule or a department guideline. It is actually part of the law and it is essential to consider what information is being shared by schools signing their students up to places and spaces. Do you have consent to sign your students up to various online spaces? Even if you have the very best of intentions you have to present your ideas to parents in terms of educational value and just what information you are giving and how it will be shared.
Posting and sharing information online about a person other than yourself online or in any other way requires consent. Consent must be fully informed, freely given, current and specific in how the information will be presented and to whom it will be presented. Schools will require signed authority for any work, images or information posted online. School should understand that while consent can be freely given, it can also be withdrawn at any time. The school would then be required to remove the content/resource immediately.
Consent forms – students
The following template has been designed for schools to use when requesting permission to publish, reproduce and communicate a student’s work or image.
To access the template, see: Student and parent/guardian consent for recording &/or publishing (Word – 57Kb) (doc – 76kb)
The following template has been provided by the Department to assist school communities to develop agreements with students as to what constitutes acceptable use of internet, iPads netbooks and other online and digital technologies in their communities.
To access the template, see: Student Acceptable Use Agreement
Every so often we get a request to allow students to have a blog without an email address. If students are to have their own blog it is essential that they learn how to manage it. Lost passwords, managing comments are all part of working with web 2.0 technologies. A school email account is necessary to support this learning.
We also have some government teachers who believe that their students don’t have email accounts. All government schools have a paid and available email accounts for all students http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/health/pages/lolregulationinternet.aspx
Teachers can talk to their techie to set them up and if necessary, their techies can ask their regional support Service Delivery manager to help out.
Around the corner, up the street or down the lane. Capture of the mood of your place in 15 seconds of video.
How does Melbourne look and feel at 6am? At midnight? How did that projection festival transform your streets this year? Last year? Share your favourite place as it changes day to day. Set your students the challenge to film and share their creations, learn how to establish their own copyright conditions and use and merge the creations of others. All from their mobile phone…..