Tagged with " questions"

What Is Happening Out There?

May 25, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Communicate

When I was going through my RSS feed the other day I realised that the world is “swimming in data“. There is so much amazing stuff coming out about basically every aspect of our society – student debt, rising sea level, transportation and so much more. But do we know what is actually going on in our own backyard?

Here at school we have been playing around with our ICT survey for the passed few months and have been trying to work out what do we actually want to know about our community. We want to see how effective our ICT services, support and integration program are but we have realised how difficult it is to structure a survey to really get the information we are looking for.

As I write this we have been working on this survey for the best part of 3 months. The process have been an amazing experience (although at times I wish I could be done with it):

  • Brainstorm – thinking about what do we actually want to know and start the process with this in mind
  • Reflection – look at previous school surveys to identify question types and results
  • Collaboration – working together with other schools to develop common questions through which we can compare our results
  • Develop – construct the survey and think about how questions should be structured
  • Trial – asked sample groups of colleagues and students to test the survey out and provide feedback
  • Redesign – constantly rework and rejig our survey as the process goes on
We are approaching the time when we will distribute the survey and I have to say I am a bit nervous. Will this “sea of data” help us change our practice to better meet the needs of our student? I certainly hope so. Let’s see how things go.

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Public Exposure

Nov 25, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: Be Responsible, Communicate

Have you ever searched yourself on “Google”? How public are you?

These questions are something that I never would have thought about when I was at school. But now they are questions we all need to think about. The line between our professional, personal, public and private life has become so blurred.

This is an issue I often think about and I am always struck with the thought of how we are preparing our students for this new reality? How will they know what to share publicly or privately when many adults don’t know themselves?

I feel that we as educators need to take a more active role in helping prepare our students for this new “public” world. Our current generation of students have done a reasonable job of adapting to the new technology and handling the challenges that they have faced. But how have we supported them during this process? Often we have provided minimal support.

Over recent years I have noticed a number of educators looking to address this reality. Whilst working on assignments students are talking about writing publicly or privately, the importance of a secure password and what to do when they find inappropriate content. They are being provided with authentic opportunities to engage with society and in doing so they are forced to discuss the realities of working in this environment.

Hopefully the lead that these educators have set will become more widely spread through our schools. By doing this our students will be further supported as we help prepare them for life beyond school (on and offline).


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