Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Exciting Chemisty lessons!

The Observer runs an article about a Chemistry techer, Neil Dixon, who runs exciting & practical lessons in the classroom. Imagine the Risk Assessment he must have had to complete before doing these.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

I am trying FLOCK

Flock: The web browser for you and your friends.
This is my post from FLOCK - it appears pretty impressive! link

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Watch your back - if you live in the UK

"British people are now more spied upon by their political leaders than any other population in the free world, according to an official report.

The linkage of databases and surveillance systems mean people are now having their movements tracked, habits profiled and photograph taken hundreds of times a day. The findings, in a report compiled on behalf of Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, raised concerns that Britain is “waking up in a surveillance society”."

This is from The Times

And They Say Classrooms are for Learning?

I relate a story by Clarence Fisher which demonstrates the ability of kids to learn using the tools offered by the internet! One of her pupils related the following...

"I was on MSN and someone from China popped up, but they were typing in Chinese and I didn't get it. So I went online and found an Chinese to English translator and copied and pasted their posts into it and I figured out what they were saying. Then I wrote what I wanted to say, got it translated into Chinese and then pasted it into MSN. It was a pretty cool night."

Wow! There are so many lessons about connected kids, a world which is becoming more connected as I type, new online free technologies and the changing role of teachers!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Prague was awesome!

What a wonderful time away! I would recommend visting Prague to anyone (unless you are a vegetarian - we only ate meat dishes.) Check out our pictures on www.schonken.com.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

And we are off!

Now that we have our "little red books", we have booked a couple of nights in Prague. The flight leaves at 16:50 this evening.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Well done Kelly!

It was not long ago that I was congratulating Kelly on his 7th World Title (link), but here he goes again! The Greatest Surfer of all time? Probably!

SA takes 3rd in ISA World Surfing Games

Well done chaps and girls.

The final results were as follows...
Oz take gold as Team Champions, but Jordy Smith & Mathew Moir take individual gold for SA. Rosy Hodge and the SA Tag Team take individual bronze.



OU offers free learning materials

The Open University is making its educational resources available free on the net for anyone in the world to use.

It aims to make 5,000 hours' worth of material available by April 2008 - not only for learners, but for educators to adapt and use for their own purposes. - link bbc news

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A beautiful prayer!

a prayer planned for the end of communion...

maybe in this there has been a glimpse of the kingdom
a foretaste
a hint
a promise
let it hold you and let it send you
so you will never be at peace
until all are fed
until all know home
until all are free
until justice is done
until peace is the way
until grace is the law
until love is the rule
until God’s realm comes
until God’s realm comes
until God’s realm comes…


~ Cheryl Lawrie

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I know it has been a long time!

Things have been rather busy here, but here are a few cool links to keep you busy!

have fun - I will post soon!

About me

I am an African living in Scotland. A son, a father, an ex-husband, a boyfriend, a teacher and friend trying to piece together the stories that my God, my parents, my ex-wife, my girlfriend, my pupils and my friends are telling me, so that I can tell my own story. Thanks to all for your support and advice. I still love good coffee and popcorn.



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