Monday, February 19, 2007

well done, sharks!

Well done to the Super 14 teams on winning their third consecutive match, placing them at the top of the log. I know it is early days in the competition, but here is holding thumbs!

Craig, how was the match live?

what am i watching?

I have just started watching series 5 of 24. I missed all of the series thanks to us not having Sky, but now I have the opportunity to watch the whole series in one sitting. I don't think I have the time to do this, as I am sure the wife will give me other chores to complete. But there is always a chance to watch an episode late in the night. You know where I will be in the wee hours of the morning!

All I ready need to know I learnt...

(a guide for Global Leadership)

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

These are the things I learned:
  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don't hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don't take things that aren't yours.
  • Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

[Source: "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum. See his web site at http://www.robertfulghum.com/ ]

5 ways to use Video in Education

Lifehack.org posted an articletoday in which they declared this year the year of the InternetPresidency (in light of all of the recent announcements from UScandidates for president). They then went on to list five ways we couldall take advantage of the internet video. Great article… highlyrecommend for promoting your thinking caps.

Joining in the spirit of the year edutechie.com have put together a quick list of Five ways to use Video in EDUCATION this year!

  • Record Class Presentations - Record classroom presentations.Your lectures will be a great resource for your students to look backon what was said in class. Make your lectures available to thestudents, but for heaven’s sake, don’t charge them for it.If you record student presentations keep those around (with thestudent’s permission of course) and show the best one’s toyour students in coming years of what a presentation or project shouldbe.
  • Video Projects - Nothing motivates a student like usingexciting technology to create something amazing! Let the students havethe option of using that excitement in their projects for the class.You’ll be amazed how some of the students grab onto somethinglike this. If they post them online they will also be able to sharetheir work with family and friends.
  • Instructional Video’s - Do you have a special topicyou are teaching that would be useful to take a little field trip. Goout a day or two in advance and record an on site explanation of thetopic. This will work great with science, history, archeology, and manyother subjects.
  • Video Blogs - Create a class blogand have your students record their reactions to literary or otherassignments and post them on the blog. Give them specific assignmentsand have them post those on the blog.
  • Use Online Video Already Available - There are massiveamounts of video already available online in all sorts of topic areas.Utilize that video in your curriculum. It will increase thestudent’s retention of the subject and encourage them to seek outeducational video’s as well. As more and more teachers get intomaking video’s there will also be more resources available.

for those of you who remember...

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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