CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Constructivism · Digital fluency · Leadership · Making · Mindlab · Technology

Week 31 – Professional Context – Crossing Boundaries

Looking back to the future Mathison and Freeman (1997) describe one version of interdisciplinarity as a combination of disciplines that enhance the learning in one of those disciplines, and by integration transcends a single discipline through an interconnected vision. In my life, I have had several professions, from graphic artist and designer to multimedia trainer,… Continue reading Week 31 – Professional Context – Crossing Boundaries

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Connectivism · COP (Community of Practice) · Digital fluency · Leadership · Mindlab · New Zealand · NZACDITT

Week 30: Using social online networks in professional development

Beginning the Journey Rouse (2016) defines social networking as the “practice of expanding the number of one’s business and/or social contacts by making connections through individuals”, using the analogy of six degrees of separation. My access to (digital) social networking or “social-media” has largely followed me throughout my teaching career, from playing GNE in 2002/3,… Continue reading Week 30: Using social online networks in professional development

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Digital fluency · Internet safety · Mindlab · Technology

Week 29: Legal and ethical contexts in my digital practice

All too familiar are stories in the media of the unethical choices that a minority of educators have made. Not understanding the ethical obligations teachers face can detrimentally affect students, harm teacher credibility and erode the public’s trust. Overarching of these issues are advances in innovation and access to online networking meaning the ethical implications… Continue reading Week 29: Legal and ethical contexts in my digital practice

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Mindlab · Māori · Technology

Week 28: Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness in my practice

Culturally responsive teaching: making connections between what is known and what is to be taught next (Teaching Tolerance, 2010) What does this have to do with me? I will admit upfront that as a pakeha immigrant to New Zealand, who still holds an Australian passport my indigenous knowledge, has many gaps, which I fully acknowledge… Continue reading Week 28: Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness in my practice

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Digital fluency · Mindlab · New Zealand · Programming

Week 27: Trend influencing education in New Zealand or internationally

The 2016 Horizon Report (Adams Becker, et.al, pp16-17) identified a trend influencing education internationally that is specifically relevant to my practice as a teacher of Digital Technology in New Zealand: Coding as a Literacy. The report posits that computer science (CS) is one of the fastest growing industries across the world: a major (and growing)… Continue reading Week 27: Trend influencing education in New Zealand or internationally

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Leadership · Mindlab · Māori · New Zealand

Week 26: Current issues in my professional context

Culture is the unique set of beliefs and practices shared by a group that are the essence of their special character. Stoll (1998) supports this idea when she talks about the mind-set of culture being, that’s the “way we do things around here”; school culture she writes is shaped by its history, community expectations and… Continue reading Week 26: Current issues in my professional context

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · COP (Community of Practice) · Mindlab · NZACDITT

Week 25: Defining Your Practice

Critically defining my practice with reference to Wenger’s (2000) concept of community of practice. Reading Wenger’s piece called to mind: Wenger, E. (2015) describes a people who ‘belong’, engaged in contributing, who “share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”, a way of locating yourself… Continue reading Week 25: Defining Your Practice