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Tech is Catching Up | A Stick in the Sand
"I was listening to CBC Radio on the way home from work–a story on the discovery of one of the ships, the HMS Erebus, from the lost Franklin expedition in what is now Canada’s Arctic in 1845. 

Parks Canada archaeologists found the  Ereberus using high resolution underwater still and video photography. Inuit oral history also tells of the ill-fated voyage and provided important clues to the wrecks location. But it was only recently, said the reporter, that “technology is catching up with oral traditions.”

Made me smile."

[See also: “Franklin find proves 'Inuit oral history is strong:' Louie Kamookak”

"Some in Nunavut are welcoming the discovery of one of Sir John Franklin's ships off King William Island as proof of the reliability of Inuit oral history, and a potential boost for tourism.

Louie Kamookak, a historian in Gjoa Haven, the community closest to the discovery, has spent more than 30 years interviewing elders to collect the stories passed down about the Franklin expedition.

He sat down with Parks Canada in 2008 before the current search began and provided them with information as to where the ships would likely be found.

"It's proving the Inuit oral history is very strong," he said.

The two ships of the Franklin expedition — HMS Erebus and HMS Terror — and their crews disappeared during an ill-fated search for the Northwest Passage in 1846.

Inuit oral tradition said the two ships appeared on the northwest side of King William Island, said Kamookak. One was crushed in ice and the other drifted further south.

It was afloat for two winters before it sank. Elders said there may have been people living on it during the first winter, but there were no signs of people during the second winter.

"For us Inuit it means that oral history is very strong in knowledge, not only for searching for Franklin's ships but also for environment and other issues," Kamookak said.

Archeologist Dr. Doug Stenton, director of heritage for the Government of Nunavut, was aboard the vessel that made the discovery on Sunday. He says the team may not have found the ship 11 metres underwater without Inuit knowledge.

"It's very satisfying to see that testimony of Inuit who shared their knowledge of what happened to the wreck has been validated quite clearly," he said.

Author David Woodman agrees. His book Unravelling the Franklin Mystery drew on more than a century of Inuit oral testimony.

"The Inuit are validated more than anything else," he said. "All that really happened was it took 200 years for our technology to get good enough to tell us that Inuit were telling us the truth."]
bradovenell-carter  hmserebus  johnfranklin  1945  inuit  technology  oraltradition  memory  photography  location  geography  archaeology  2015  davidwoodman 
april 2015 by robertogreco
Designing around sound? — Medium
"Hi Boris—a great experiment. I’m looking at non-text inputs for students and the noise factor comes to mind every time.

So in the future will we pick our coffee shop/office based on acoustics as much as the espresso? Will shopkeeps design around sound—I don’t think anyone pays much attention to that right now. I noticed Propaganda Coffee is a very bright room and the noise volume quickly becomes distracting.

And just in case you can’t get out to a coffee shop: "
sound  learning  soundscapes  education  schools  schooldesign  acoustics  coffeshops  bradovenell-carter  2015 
march 2015 by robertogreco
No more Computer Use Agreements | A Stick in the Sand
"I think the day of the computer use agreement is over.

Like most schools I know, my school, Mulgrave School in Vancouver, asked students sign a computer use agreement every year–this time of year actually. This was the document that spelled out what students could and couldn’t do with their devices either online or off. Two years ago we updated that–removed the thou-shalt-nots, gave it a more positive tone and called it a responsible use policy or RUA.

This year we tore it up.

Instead, we rolled the spirit of that document into the school’s general code of conduct. Technology is so tightly integrated into our day-to-day that we no longer make any distinction between teaching and learning offline or online. The digital space is just one of the places we work. And we expect everyone in our community to act decently wherever they are. That’s all there is to it."

"Mulgrave School has high academic, social and ethical standards. Students are expected to beindustrious, respectful and responsible citizens who support a safe, positive and caring learning environment. They are expected to exhibit good citizenship in the classroom and during all school-related activities; they are expected to be courteous and considerate towards all members of the community. The expectations that follow suggest the kind of community we wish to build for all who are associated with Mulgrave.

All members of the Mulgrave community are expected to demonstrate:


● We will keep ourselves and others safe.


● We will respect the rights and dignity of others and ourselves.
● We will respect the property of the school and others in our community.


● We will take responsibility for our own behaviour, consistent with school and classroom guidelines.
● We will take responsibility for academic growth and honesty.
● We will take responsibility for knowing and maintaining uniform and appearance standards.


● We will respond to each other in a caring and supportive way.


● We will strive to use our inner resources and the resources that exist around us for our own personal growth and for the greater good of our community

Students are subject to the school’s Code of Conduct while attending school and school related functions, while travelling to and from school or school activities, including while on the school bus and on field trips and expeditions such as Global Outreach trips and Outdoor Education trips.

The Code of Conduct may also apply to behaviour off school grounds when it affects the welfare of a member of the Mulgrave community and/or affects school life within our community. This would include, for example, field trips and expeditions such as Global Education Outreach (GEO) and Outdoor Education (OE) trips.

The Code of Conduct also applies to online behaviour including using email, SMS, and various social media, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and web­ and cloud­based services such as Google Apps for Education. Mulgrave does not ask students to sign a separate Computer Use Agreement because it does not see our digital life and work as something distinct. It is very important that all members of the community understand our Code of Conduct. Students with questions or concerns about behaviour expectations should consult a teacher, counsellor or administrator."
acceptableuse  edtech  codeofconduct  technology  schools  behavior  2014  policies  acceptableusepolicies  online  internet  mulgraveschool  bradovenell-carter 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Laptops are quaint. | A Stick in the Sand
"This is an extraordinary exploitation of a mobile phone by the folks who brought the very slick Morpholioapps suite of creative apps for the iPad. While watching, I remembered very recently I caught myself looking at my Macbook Air, not even a year old yet, and thinking, “How quaint!” It is the best laptop I’ve ever used, arguably the best laptop, full stop, but, it suddenly occurred to me, it is still the legacy of the typewriter. The one thing that makes my Air great is the web.

But, the thing that web great is a mobile device.

I understand that for most of our schools–all that I know of, in fact–a laptop program is still the first step. We’re just not ready yet to let go of this old technology. But even as we are building our laptop programs, we need to be having a very serious discussion about how we will implement our mobile programs, or we are going to be caught flat-footed, again. The world is going mobile:

Indeed, a laptop program doesn’t ask us to really change our pedagogy. The same one we’ve been using for 200 years works pretty good on the device so rolling out a even a 1:1 program is comparatively easy. But mobile-based teaching/learning both enables and requires a significant change in pedagogy and methodology.

I get asked all the time, “Laptop, tablet or smartphone: if you could have just one for your students, which would it be?” The answer is, without hesitation or qualification, a smartphone. My second choice would be a tablet, like the iPad. My last option would be a laptop. You just get way more leverage from a smartphone (a topic for another post.) It will be mobile technologies that we will later call the catalyst for the educational renaissance."
mobile  phones  2014  1:1  laptops  technology  teaching  pedagogy  internet  howweteach  howwelearn  sensors  bradovenell-carter  1to1 
may 2014 by robertogreco
Lessons Learned in Stockholm: Thoughts from Head of School — THINK Global School
"Humans balk at a completely unstructured day…we can build a good compromise between unstructured classes & traditional timetable. Ideally, we will be able to sit down w/ students at weekly Sunday meetings & map out week ahead.

…schools will do better managing tech if admin sets clear objectives for tech program but then creates conditions for healthy, intelligent experimenting by faculty & students…internal crowd-sourcing is fastest way to develop set of best practices to fit school’s mission…iPhone = single most important tool we’ve used this term…

Less is more. We overbooked museum tours, lectures & adventures at start of term. Better–much better–to go to same gallery 3 times & work closely w/ docent than go to 3 different exhibits. Better–much better–to study 3 paintings closely than whole galleries worth superficially. In future, we want to collaborate w/ museums, galleries, universities, exhibitions & so on that are willing to develop deep & tightly focused projects."
iphone  ipad  teaching  learning  technology  simplicity  slow  slowness  lessismore  tgs  thinkglobalschool  bradovenell-carter  lcproject  blockschedules  scheduling  tcsnmy  schools  travel  structure  textbooks  textbookfree  meaning  focus  depthoverbreadth  cv 
december 2010 by robertogreco

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