Wednesday, 30 January 2013

BBC iPlayer

Have been introduced to a new potential educational resources. It is called the BBC iPlayer.
Its an online payer for programs on the BBC. Its straight forward and easy to use and can access many many different programs. I saw this being used with a teacher during the registration time in the morning. She was watching a David Attenborough program and thought her students would enjoy (and find educational) a snippet of the program.
Might be something anybody and every subject could find useful
For example, tonight there is a documentary on Africa (amazing!) and can watch the history of David Attenborough (who wouldn't?!?!)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Hands on Theory: Natural Selection Simulation

This simulation is an idea of a colleague who I work with this year in the Science Department. The simulation worked really well and look forward to using it again! It is to simulate Natural Selection

The students used forks, knives and spoons to pick up Smarties (beans, M&M's etc could be used also) to simulate trait variation and differential survival within a population. Each student also got a plastic cup to act as their "stomach". Individuals competed using only their utensil to get as much "food" in a given time. After each round students look at what happened and what repercussions it would have in the environment. Who will die out? Who will have greatest success to produce offspring for the next generation?

The utensil that dies out will come back in the next round (or generation) as the offspring of the most successful utensil.  Continue for a few more generations and observed how natural selection can alter the frequency of  different traits over time within a population, leading to the survival of the fittest.

101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

As the heading suggests, here is a link to 101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools Every Teacher Should Know About.
This list was complied by Eric Schreefel (GoEdOnline) on the Edudemic website. Definitely worth a look!

Meditation in the Clasroom (Part 2): Follow Up Session and Practical Examples

Completed my second and final day relating to Meditation in the Classroom. I documented briefly some ideas presented in the first session in my post here (or from the old blog here)

In this session the focus was on practical activities that could be used in the classroom building on the theory that was presented in the first session. I found this session very enjoyable as it was more hands on and very interesting.

The group was split in two main groups and then rotated around the activity stations.

1. Beaded meditation
The first station for me was on beaded meditation. Spoke about the process of creating and then using beads as part of the meditation process. At first it didn't sound like much, but was in fact quite a powerful and moving process.
Each was given a length of leather and then time to select beads. I thought of something important to me and then took the time to best select the bead the best represent that quality. The beads then can be used as part of other meditation sessions. Each and every person had a different and unique set of beads.

2. Walking the labyrinth
At the Amberley Centre they have a labyrinth in the grounds. We look at rock from the centre and followed the labyrinth into the centre where we paused in silence and left the rock.
3. Guest speakers from school
We then had 2 students and a Head of RE come to speak to us about what they

4. Silent meditation
A session on silent meditation

5. Photo Walk
Colour photos or print outs were placed around the room. Individuals took the time to look at the photos and then select one that best describes how they are feeling, how they have enjoyed the session etc.

6. Discussion in small groups
In groups of 3 or 4 we discussed our experiences and whats happening in other schools. The success protocol was used. This was followed by some journaling.