Many schools have a Technology Workshop or Design and Technology Room, with a range of hand-tools and machine tools. This is often a large classroom, with large desk-space, storage and research areas, Our world is changing, changing very quickly. We need to prepare our children about the world of unknown future, therefore programming (coding), robotics and other digital tools need to be incorporated into the everyday curriculum of your school. An easy way to achieve this is t
I am beginning my Educational Consultancy again! I would love to explore changing education with you and your school! #EvolveSchool Each month I’ll share education related ideas that I have found interesting. Inform up about upcoming events I’m organising or just share educational fun! Schools, Teachers, Parents, Learners unite - for educational change! If our children are being taught, the way we were taught, it is a problem! Schools have existed for a long time, but they n
Why change the classroom layout? Why change and rearrange the classroom furniture? Our classrooms are often so stayed and old fashioned, learners sit in rows of old fashioned desks. What type of learning impression does your learning space evoke? Research indicates that learners learn better when they discuss information working with other class members to find a solution. The layout of our classrooms, and maybe our teaching strategies, may not allow for this interactive way
If you ask a teacher what affects and influences how the learners in his / her class learn, you would get a range of different responses; such as teaching strategies, curriculum and teacher's personality and relationship with learners. It is unlikely that the teachers would speak about the possible affects the colours in the classroom would have on learners' learning. However using a variety of colours in a classroom reduces passivity and boredom. So your classroom should inc
Neurobics encourages us to use, as many senses as possible to create strong and multiple associations, therefore when we remember the information there are more links. When we need to recall the information we have many associations to draw on and therefore better memory recall. Think of how a baby learns, using all his or her senses. When exploring a new toy, they will look at it, touch it, move it, smell it and taste it, making many associations and therefor strong connecti
The more I play with Augmented Reality or AR as it's known, the more I think this is an exciting technology to use in the classroom.
I think over time this technology may be used more frequently, as more educational augments are created by companies and by the teachers themselves. What is Augmented Reality (AR)?
Augmented Reality (AR) is a combination of a digital or existing image or video which has been saved as an aura. This aura is then embedded on a marker (a worksh
Playing is an essential part of growing up, children need to play to develop emotional maturity and social, intellectual and physical competences and life-skills. We learn through play! How to socialize! We experience physical and emotional situations real and imaginary when given time to play. We learn in play situations, especially when the child taking part in the playing has a feeling of being safe and in control. According to Jane M Healy, in "Your Child's Growing Mind (
Many years ago, at my first teaching job, our Head of Department had planted a wonderful garden in a small space on our small school property, at the bottom of Nugget Hill, in Doornfontein, Johannesburg. Her philosophy was that children should be able to see plants growing. It was a little space we could take the children to, in the concrete jungle, to show them insects and little garden creatures. Our HOD also encouraged us as teachers to pick small bunches of flowers for ou