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Across the Globe: Technology Usage in Different Classrooms (Guest post by Shane P. Russo)

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : 21st Century Classroom 
They sure don’t make classrooms like they used to. Gone are the days of the traditional blackboard and lecturing. In many schools, these outdated forms of communication have been replaced with PowerPoint presentations and interactive projects. Many educators are now using computers to involve their students like never before. What once was a simple report on the life of Mozart can now include a digital audio file playing his music for the entire classroom. Education has become a multi-facet...

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Top 3 Ways Technology is Changing How Children Learn - Guest post by Shane P. Russo

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, In : 21st Century Classroom 
The truly wonderful thing about the technology’s unyielding march is the way it carries the potential to improve all aspects of life. From health and wellness to human interaction, nothing is exempt from technology’s impact. One sector in which technology has completely changed life as we know it is education, particularly of young children.

Consider the classroom environment of today’s youth, packed with internet-ready computers, tablets, and phones with the planet’s entirety of knowl...

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Flipping the High School classroom by Sarah Chapman

Posted by Nina Adams on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, In : 21st Century Classroom 
(Sarah Chapman is a High School Science teacher at St Cyprian's School)


Three St Cyprian's School teachers attended a Progro entitled ‘Flipping the classroom’. It was run by John Gibbon (ex-headmaster of Westerford) and his son, Jeremy Gibbon (headmaster of Pinelands High School).

What is flipping the classroom?
‘To flip’ is to turn something over. So a teacher who flips a classroom, is encouraging the students to do what would normally be done in a classroom (often theory learning) with...

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Understanding different learning styles (Guest post by Justin Skea - Head of Prep School)

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, May 20, 2013, In : 21st Century Classroom 
When we move away from the mindset that intelligence is one dimensional, and accept that it is multi-dimensional, we must conclude that children have different ways of learning. How one child perceives and assimilates information can be completely different to another.

Education experts have roughly grouped learning styles into three basic styles – auditory, visual and kinaesthetic. By knowing how your daughter learns best, you can guide her to learn more effectively. I hope that it might a...
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Thinking Skills - Mind Inclined

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : 21st Century Classroom 
Guest post by Justin Skea (Head of Prep School)



This image outlines the key habits, skills and dispositions identified by the St Cyprian’s School Prep staff during a workshop as being required by every child of the 21st century.

In making this known to you, we make a very public commitment to teach in such a way that we focus not merely on how students produce knowledge, but also how they reproduce it.

Furthermore, as teachers, we commit to developing these skills in your daughter in everyth...
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BYOD (bring your own device) in the classroom

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, September 24, 2012, In : 21st Century Classroom 
 

I recently posted an article about the Grade 10 English blog project. In previous years it was necessary to book the computer lab in order for the students to work on their blogs. This became problematic, as there were usually three English classes attempting to make use of the lab at the same time, resulting in double-bookings and frustration for both the teachers and the students.

This year, the teachers tried a different approach by allowing the girls to bring in their own devices to clas...
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Bring your own device (BYOD)

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, September 24, 2012, In : 21st Century Classroom 

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CSI Day by Katya Davisson (Grade 6)

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : 21st Century Classroom 
     


On Wednesday, 8 August, the Grade 6s had to dress up as detectives, news reporters or forensic scientists. The teachers had organised a CSI based morning of fun activities and problem-solving. They transformed our Life Center into a crime scene which we had to investigate. We were put into groups of three and studied the room while recording our findings using our cellphones. There were cartoon pictures of teachers who were on the suspect list. Miss Clarke was a young student and Mr Joh...
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Evaluating the impact of ICT integration

Posted by Nina Adams on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, In : 21st Century Classroom 


In an effort to evaluate the impact of ICT integration into our school curriculum, we recently conducted an informal case study consisting of student and teacher interviews. These interviews are based on seven projects with ICT components, ranging from Grade 4 to Grade 10 students, across a range of subjects, and were conducted by a representative from SchoolNet South Africa. (All projects have been posted on this blog.)

Although our initial findings are by no means conclusive or irrefutable, ...
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The 21st century classroom - Innovative learning spaces

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : 21st Century Classroom 

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"Teaching for life..." - A look at 21st century skills

Posted by Nina Adams on Saturday, August 6, 2011, In : 21st Century Classroom 


"A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last their students a lifetime. Today, because of rapid economic and social change, schools have to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don't yet know will arise."
(Andreas Schleicher)


Much has been published on the topic of 21st century skills and the need for schools to adapt in order to fully prepare our students for an ever-changing wor...
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