Goodbye Summer. Hello SAMR. Part 2

The SAMR model is sometimes explained and depicted as a swimming pool with a shallow end and extending to the deep section. You would be correct to think that the shallow end represents the substitution and augmentation phases while the deep end represents the transformative part of the model. The first time I presented the SAMR model to…

The “Aha” moment

  Archimedes having his ‘Aha’ moment in the bath Almost half a century ago I set for the “11+ Entrance Examination”. I remember distinctly the hours of drilling on fractions which by the time of the exam I could perform easily and mechanically but without real understanding of what was happening when to divide a…

Friction and momentum

A few years back, while I was serving as an assistant head of school, I met fellow head teachers from Europe during an eTwinning seminar. I remember asking how they tackled teachers who resisted the introduction of new technologies and was given a terse answer, “Do not water rocks.” I was not quite convinced and…

One skill a week.

Dear Year 4 teachers. I would like to convey my deepest gratitude to the way you responded to the few hours of training on the WorkBook LearnPad tablet. As I said in a previous blog you showed professionalism and patience and I hope that together we will continue to develop a community of learning where…

*agogy

21st September Independence Day Malta Yesterday we finished delivering a three day in-service training to all year four teachers and LSAs. A great thanks goes to all the 26 well prepared trainers and the supporting staff from Avantis. You were amazing. My appreciation also goes to the 500 magnificent and very receptive educators who showed…

Whitelist

What is your view on inappropriate online material for our young learners in schools? In December tablet devices will be in the hands of 7 and 8 year olds. Do we need to protect them? Do you as a teacher need protection? What comes to your mind when we talk about inappropriate material for young…

Enjoy rather than endure

We have reached another target in our journey to not just embed technology in education and enhance it, but to transform it. There are at least two great teams working together on this project: one handling the infrastructure and the other the pedagogical side. Although from the very start this project has always been described as an educational initiative and…