Human media – the new social media

Just watched this incredibly interesting Tedx Talk by Sarah Hill.

You can find out more about Sarah’s work at Google+ or Twitter @SarahMidMO

The applications for these technologies in education and the promotion of wellbeing are mind-boggling to me!


Best Blogs in Education

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Vivian Evans
As a newcomer to the world of blogging, I have been very keen to find interesting blogs in the fields of education, leadership and positive psychology. I’m sure I will add to this list of interests over time and look for different blogs on a wider range of subjects.

One site I found really interesting was Teach 100 ranks and scores hundreds of education blogs. Check out the top 100.

Some of my favourite blogs so far have been:

The Principal of Change (currently No. 32)

Teach Amazing (couldn’t find it listed?)

Teachthought  (currently No. 8)

Edudemic (currently No. 3)

Edutopia (currently No. 4)

The list is extensive and I could spend many hours browsing the different sites.

I’m curious – what is your favourite blog and what do you like about it?

School improvement – what matters most?

On Friday 10 May, Education Ministers from across Australia endorsed the Initial Teacher Education: Data Report, complied by AITSL.  

You can read a summary from the AITSL website – Initial Teacher Education – or the full report here  Initial Teacher Education: Data Report

Trying to reconcile this with the views of Pasi Salberg What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

I enjoy a healthy debate and it is good to weigh up the different viewpoints surrounding school improvement.

This post and the previous one from Dr Jackie Gerstein encapsulate many parts of it – student family context, initial and ongoing teacher education, teacher effectiveness, school leadership and school climate.

What other things do you think are important to consider in terms of school improvement?

Twitter for educators

I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter.  Since it’s inception, I think I have ‘tried’ it half a dozen times but never really stuck with it.  Increasingly, I have found that conferences for educators are running Twitter feeds live as the presentation proceeds.  At first I found this quite odd.  I mean – aren’t you supposed to be paying attention to the speaker? Taking notes?  But as I have become more used to it, I have reopened my account @katecutts and joined in.  What drew me in was the sharing between the silent. Being at one with a group of other people. Being in the moment with them and learning from their observations.  It’s like a multiplier of my learning.

Then today I read this blogpost from George Couros: What should a networked educational leader tweet about? It gives a great snapshot of the kinds of learning and professional networking that comes from tweeting.

Love to hear your thoughts on Twitter.


Breakfast Club 2.0

After spending the day at CEGSA Masterclass with George Couros and 4 of my colleagues, it’s time to dive into the water and write my first blog post.  You see, the posts below are just practices, little reminders for me of the way you add and change things in the blog.  And now they remind me of my new Breakfast Club 2.0.

The original Breakfast Club movie in 1985 involved locking students in detention on a Saturday so they could understand what teachers want from them.  In my Breakfast Club 2.0, a large group of teachers voluntarily locked themselves in on a Saturday so they could understand what students want from them.  Oh how times have changed!

So today I have subscribed to as many of their blogs as I can and followed them on Twitter.  Connected myself. Put myself out there.  And now I’m doing what George suggested – Publish then Filter.  Don’t get hung up on the content. Just get in the game.

What I want from my Breakfast Club 2.0 is to learn.  To connect with people who really care about what’s happening in our classrooms and schools.  I’ve always thought that I have learnt one new thing from every conference I’ve been to, even if it’s never to go to a conference like that again!  But the beauty of what CEGSA is trying to do is bring 2.0 to a really diverse cross section of teachers.  You don’t need to be a ICT teacher or leader to tap into what they have on offer.  I’m sure that the things I have learnt yesterday will enable me to connect better and wider in my teaching interest areas – psychology, positive education and educational leadership to name a few.

So, call me crazy, but I’m hoping that by putting myself in detention on a Saturday, I will have opened up my world.

Welcome in.

Welcome to my e-Portfolio

I recently attended a workshop by George Couros discussing the National Professional Standards for Teachers and how we can continuously learn through the process of blogging.

Setting up an e-Portfolio was easy and fun.

You can view a clip about starting an e-Portfolio here:

This blog is a way for me to engage in Professional Learning as well as post material to the different categories which make up the 7 National Professional Standards for Teachers.

It should be pretty easy for me to keep track of all the things I have learnt in the one easy place.  Perhaps I need a back-up plan?  What if WordPress disappears off the internet?  Should I still keep a paper file of everything?

Post a comment back to me! Click on the “Leave a reply” link below.  Cheers, Kate.