Weekly Learning Links 2.26.12

Jedd Austin, PE Teacher and Trinity TV Extraordinaire, is utilizing his strengths and interests in a unique way with his students. Our very own AWAC occasionally turns into a physical education lab, complete with self-reflection, videoed assessment, and a personalized approach to improving fitness. The picture provides a visual of the students’ self-assessment and the short video (embedded below) is an example of how Coach Austin uses technology to record student learning to aid in better, more objective self-assessments.  In this video, you will see students working in pairs to record and analyze their personal fitness growth (sit-ups in this video). If the video isn’t embedded below, click on this link.

Trinity’s P.E. team widely recognized as leaders and learners in Atlanta and beyond. This year, they will host the third annual Keeping Kids in Motion P.E. Conference at Trinity School which attracts public and private school educators across the state of Georgia. Way to go, P.E. Team!

Here are the Weekly Learning Links for the week of February 26th:

  • How My Teaching Has Changed by Chris Kennedy — This is a beautiful and balanced blog post reflecting on the shifts in education and the changing role of the teacher. Kennedy writes, “It is simplistic to think one method of teaching can replace another, and it is disrespectful to conclude there haven’t been wonderful real-real examples in our schools for hundreds of years.  But the move to personalized learning, the focus on “the 7 C’s”, and the power of technology to allow us to do things not possible before, have really changed the dynamics.”
  • Parenting Hi-Tech Children by Tim Rylands — This comprehensive overview of a presentation by Larry Rosen, an expert in the psychology of technology, is interesting and thought-provoking. Rosen was a keynote speaker at the 2011 Learning and the Brain Conference and this post shares much of the recent research (links included) about children and their use of technology. This post presents a host of information on multi-tasking, social media, and student’s growing need for constant connectedness.
  • Your Reputation is Your Résumé by Ted Greenwald — An interesting article, from Technology Review (published by MIT), about how young people, who are more and more networked, are shining in job interviews and job searches because of their strong online presence. What might educators do to model this participation in networked learning and participate in these places…for our own good and for the good of our students?

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