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  1. Sixth Graders Norris School WhyiWrite 2017

    Sixth graders write about writing for the National Day on Writing

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  2. Oh By Jingo

    Welcome to the Contrafabulists podcast, Kin Lane and Audrey Watters weekly dissection of the latest technology myth-making.

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  3. #getsmART: Lessons from the Artists

    What insights can we gain from studying the lives and creative processes of famous artists? Thinking like an artist means being porous, pushing past, and playing. This talk was given (in a slightly different form ) at TEDxWestVancouverED and the live version will be posted soon. All drawn images were created by Amy in Paper by 53 and animations using ImgPlay and MegaPhoto. Other images are either Creative Commons or taken by Amy on her travels.

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  4. Daisy Christodolou

    Improving assessment the key to education reform

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  5. Helen Dunmore reads six poems

    Remembering Helen Dunmore (1952-2017): here she reads six poems from IN PERSON: 30 POETS (Bloodaxe Books, 2008), filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce & edited by Neil Astley: ‘Wild strawberries’, ‘When You’ve Got’, ‘Candle poem’, ‘City lilacs’, ‘Glad of these times’ and ‘Dolphins whistling’. These poems are from Helen Dunmore’s books OUT OF THE BLUE: POEMS 1975-2001 (2001) and GLAD OF THESE TIMES (2007), both published by Bloodaxe. We filmed Helen at her home in Bristol in June 2007. Widely admired as a poet, novelist, short story and children’s writer, she was one of Bloodaxe’s first writers, publishing her first collection, THE APPLE FALL, in 1983, and went on to publish all her poetry with Bloodaxe. Her tenth and final collection, INSIDE THE WAVE, appeared in April 2017, and includes poems relating to mortality drawing on premonitions and experiences of death and serious illness.

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  6. This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • September 9th - 15th, 2017

    Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for September 9th - 15th, 2017.

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  7. How To Get Children Reading For Pleasure With Kenny Pieper - PP146 - Pivotal Education


    Play the Podcast Episode Now Play in new window | Download (Duration: 43:08 — 29.7MB)

    Our first guest in 2017 was English teacher and author of ‘Reading for Pleasure‘, Kenny Pieper. Here’s how his author biography describes him:

    “Kenny Pieper has been teaching English for seventeen years and still loves every minute of it. He stands shakily on the shoulders of giants in the shape of his amazingly inspiring colleagues. Deep down, he still can’t believe his luck that he gets to do this.”

    Kenny is also an associate tutor at the University of Strathclyde and a Partick Thistle football fan. Originaly he had no plans to start work as a teacher, initially travelling to Romania and doing admin for a charity. He was ‘tricked’ into entering a classroom with 30 15-year-olds in it who he had been told were university students who wanted to talk to him. In fact, despite the shock, Kenny left the room knowing that teaching was the career for him. He started out teaching for two years on a Greek island before moving back to Glasgow and taking up a job in a large secondary school where he still is today.

    Are there still too many children in Scotland who leave school unable to read?

    Kenny PieperThe latest PISA results showed that the situation in Scotland has deteriorated in reading standards. This is in the context of the implementation of the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ and a ‘broad general education’ in the first years of secondary school. Kenny is keen on the child-centred nature of the changes which he realises is a controversial aspect but he is concerned that people don’t seem to know what to do about the dip in reading standards. Primary schools, he thinks, are doing some amazing things but may have moved away slightly from a former emphasis on literacy skills. Kenny doesn’t see many children coming to secondary school unable to read and write but he does see some weaknesses. First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has introduced a reading programme in lower primary school which Kenny hopes will mean a gradual improvement in literacy.

    Can you teach (force) children to enjoy reading?

    Kenny is sure that it is not possible to teach or force anyone to enjoy reading.

    We need to develop habits…and teach young people strategies so they don’t give in and tell you it’s boring.

    As a teacher, Kenny tries to get to know the kids and find out what they are interested in and do everything he can to find a book which will interest them. He is happy that children are reading anything to begin with but then he tries to ‘slide a book across to them’ to help them to develop. A lot of children don’t have what Kenny describes as ‘reading histories’ and we need to take the time to help them build this up. The joy and happiness he sees when children finish a book helps them to move on and finish more and more, with the support of a teacher to maintain and increase the challenge.

    Kenny feels we often mythologise about our own reading histories which isn’t helpful – we sometimes don’t acknowledge that we also read ‘nonsense’ when we were younger. However, if we keep the reading habit going and read better books, big things begin to happen.

    How important is the child’s background?

    Kenny believes that one of the greatest challenges is where children come from homes which don’t have books.

    Teachers can be the one significant adult in a child’s life who reads.

    He ensures he reads in front of children and talks about books. he makes sure children in his class have the best quality books, even if he has to buy them himself. It’s crucial children from backgrounds without books know what it’s like to be a reader.

    Does format matter – are electronic books just as good as paper?

    Kenny prefers real books. In his research, he has found that we take in less information from a digital book than a paper book. We focus more on the reading as we turn pages and we see the left hand side of the book getting bigger as the right hand side gets smaller. He thinks real books are ‘a wonderful aesthetic experience’.

    How can other teachers help?

    Kenny tries to encourage his colleagues to talk to their classes about subject-specialist reading books. The younger children in Kenny’s school created an e-book last year which contained short interviews with 30 adults from all parts of the school and included a photograph of them reading. This helped to get the message across that reading is important to everyone not just the English department. There are many ways to promote reading in a school, with prominently-displayed photos of site managers and admin staff reading, for example. All of Kenny’s classes start with 10 minutes of reading time.

    No-one is allowed to speak – everyone learns what a reading atmosphere is and ‘what readers do’.

    How can parents help?

    Kenny asks parents, “What can you do in 10 minutes?” He means that we should identify where there are 10 minutes – half time at the football, while you wait for your dinner, etc. 10 minutes gives you a start which may well grow. 10 minutes in the classroom and 10 minutes at home at night is 20 minutes a day and that’s a good start to the reading habit which Kenny thinks is crucial. It’s all about encouragement not enforcement.

    I say to parents – the first thing you should do is read in front of them.

    It might be uncomfortable but reading the same book as your child heelps to support them to build up a ‘reading history’.

    Pedagoo – what is it?

    Pedagoo began as a way of connecting with others in Scotland who wanted to talk aobut what was happening in education. It was a blog, an online community, a space to talk for Scottish teachers. It grew into events – virtual and real-world – including #PedagooFriday on Twitter and the whole focus is on positivity.

    What are the benefits of staying at the same school for a long time like Kenny has?

    Kenny believes you build up a reputation and connections with colleagues, with parents and in the community. As he teaches in the community where he grew up, it also gives him the opportunity to help some of the more reluctant kids – those who don’t believe education is for them and don’t believe they can get a good job. He points out to them that he lived in the street next to them and he did it.


    Use #PedagooFriday on Twitter

    Kenny’s blog:

    Kenny’s book, ‘Reading for Pleasure’:

    Introducing The Pivotals!


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  8. Mobile blogging goals (audio) – Colin Devroe

    Recorded September 10, 2017

    Starting with this audio bit I’m making a few changes.

    I’m ditching the episode numbers. My audio bits are not a podcast, they aren’t really episodes, and keeping track of the numbers is just more work. I will, however, denote in the title that this is an audio post.

    I’m also switching to the audio format that comes directly out of Voice Memos on the iPhone rather than doing the work of converting the file to MP3. If you have any issues listening to this audio file please let me know.

    Enjoy the listen!

    Sonant Thoughts – Episode 50: Time to Change

    My Chemex

    WordPress for iOS

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  9. Core Intuition » Episode 295: Turns Out I Have To Write The Code

    Daniel and Manton follow up briefly on Manton’s backup strategy, and catch up with Daniel’s progress with MarsEdit. They talk about the merits of using cryptographic signing for software licenses, and balance the risks and rewards of combatting piracy. Daniel talks about the recurring lure of taking a salaried job, and how the privileges of staying indie continue to win out. Finally, they look forward to next week’s iPhone event and the expected hardware announcements from Apple.

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    Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

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    Dropbox – A major component of Manton’s backup strategy.

    Drobo – Local hard drive backup option.

    Arq – Mac and Windows desktop backup solution.

    Amazon CloudDrive – Article about the end of Amazon’s unlimited cloud storage service.

    Whole Foods – The American supermarket chain that Amazon recently acquired.

    GitHub – Git hosting service that doubles as a redundant backup for Manton’s source code.

    Motivation – Daniel’s tweet lamenting the impact of learning how much peers are paid.

    Miss Being Indie – Bill Dudney replies to Daniel’s Twitter quip.

    Teachers or Journalists – Jon Seff reminds Daniel that many others live differently from high paid tech workers.

    Your Voice & Work – Anil Dash on the importance of indie software developers to society.

    Making the Wrong Choices – Axel Schlueter offers a dissenting point of view.

    Secret Workout Facility – Apple shares details about its extensive on-site research into employee workouts.

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  10. This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • August 26th - September 1st, 2017

    Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for August 26th - September 1st, 2017.

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