He looked out the window and he saw
So he took the saw
And cut the table in half
Two halves make a whole
So he crawled through the hole
And coughed himself hoarse
He climbed on the horse
And galloped away
A very old play on words that my father used to tell me every other day.
A photo a day for 2014
Regular readers of my blog and critical friends in Further Education (FE) will be aware that I have felt like leaving the sector. This has been due to a lack of progress with some of my ideas. I have felt that the challenges were either due to;
Tribal Leadership... Make New Connections!
|Preaching to the choir? Get out of the Echo Chamber and find out what other sectors are doing|
- I may be a lot further on with my plans than I expected, and
- That even if I find that the sector I work in is in any way fragmented that this is to be expected; That there are ways to deal with and develop this, and; This is the Community Managers' job! (If it was easy there wouldn't be a need to Community Managers. Right?)
All of this talk of scaling your connections has not just helped to build the #EdTechBridge I needed... It might just have thrown me a lifeline.
FE, FELTAG & Community Managers
To play my part with the bridge building with Community Managers and Educators, I think that Educators and FE could do a lot worse than look to the companies that have Community Managers. I am seeing a trend between innovative companies and companies who have Community Manager Departments. This makes sense as organisations who have a commitment to listening and learning about their customers needs is exactly what many feel is needed in Education in order for companies to achieve "product market fit"
Educators, you may want to check out Nimble, Rebel Mouse and others who join the #cmgrhangout/#cmgrchat discussions (I've Got a big list of companies with Community Managers that I need to cross reference for Edu/FE relevance).
A World Wide Web... Of Connections
Maybe, just maybe, Andrew Carnegie was right and "The Gods provide Thread for a Web Begun"
Thank you #Cmgrhangout, Wanda Eby, #SXSWEdu and Steven Isaacs @Mr_Isaacs... Now lets sharpen our tools, get our sleeves rolled out and start the construction... Build a community by constructing bridges to our various networks.
|It's not always easy for Edu & Suppliers to connect when building in the cloud|
Try this practice NAB if you are studying for a unit 2 resit next week. I’ll post answers over the weekend.
Whatever your platform there’s a list of great apps f or you. The helpful folks at Tablet Academy UK and Tablet Academy Scotland have compiled three lists of favourite apps for education. They are a completely independent consultancy and provide good advice which is completely platform agnostic, and utilises good local knowledge (unlike some businesses I could mention).
So here are the lists – and if you think there are any missing, then let them know….
Filed under: ICT, teaching and learning Tagged: android, Apple, iPads, Microsoft, Tablet Academy, Tablets, Windows8
Schools across Scotland, and around the world, celebrated the second annual International School Meals Day (ISMD) on Thursday 6th March. Borne out of collaboration between Scotland and the US, we led the way again this year, through the theme of ‘Food Stories’, to raise awareness of the nutritional quality of school meals and the connection between healthy eating and better learning.
I joined in the celebrations with children, teachers and catering staff at Strathesk Primary School, Midlothian. In honour of ISMD they prepared a special Seychelles themed menu for the day as the Seychelles islands have been chosen by the county as the nation to cheer on during the Commonwealth Games when the home team is not playing.
I was delighted to launch new guidance on school food Better Eating, Better Learning – A New Context for School Food. This new guidance, developed by an expert working group, aims to build on the significant progress we have made in Scotland around school food since Hungry for Success in 2003 and to drive further improvements in school food and food education.
School food matters – both what children eat and what they learn about. We want school food to be properly recognised and understood as a substantial financial and ethical investment which supports young people into adulthood. Local authorities spend millions (£150 million in 2011-12) on providing school meals and more than 305,000 children take a school lunch in a typical day. These figures will increase as we see every P1-P3 pupil being offered a free school meal every school day, from January 2014. And through Curriculum for Excellence all children learn about the relationship between food and health and the impact on their wellbeing, so what better way of reinforcing this learning than by serving exemplar food throughout the school day?
The guidance sets school food in a strategic context, and recognises the potential impact it has beyond health and well-being, to the environment and economy, and therefore the long-term prosperity of Scotland.
As my colleague, Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment has said:
“Alongside clear guiding principles on the role of food in health promotion, I am very pleased to see sustainability and the importance of local produce feature so heavily within Better Eating, Better Learning.
“Scotland produces a wide variety of food and drink which is renowned across the world and at home and it’s important that we provide our pupils with the best quality meals available. This new guidance is also an important food education tool as it will help children learn about where their food comes from, its journey from farm to plate and the importance of healthy eating.”
I am pleased that the guidance offers lots of ideas and examples of good practice often through the voices and experience of teachers, young people and caterers. Crucially, the guidance encourages self-evaluation and includes a tool that schools, local authorities and caterers can complete, in discussion with others, to review their current practice and to look for opportunities for improvement.
We need to heed the recommendations from research by CIS Ask the children what they want. The research, which was commissioned by the Better Eating, Better Learning Working Group and published last week, shows just how much involvement children and young people want in their school meal service. Young people can be powerful advocates for the changes we are looking for and are in a great position to help enhance the school food provision. With their input and the renewed commitment of teachers, parents, caterers and suppliers, working in partnership we look forward to seeing Scotland lead the way in school food and food education through another decade.
The guidance is available at the following link: www.scotland.gov.uk/bettereating
Michael Russell MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
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