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Who is going to call and organise an end of year pedagogy? Somewhere city or inner city would be good...
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5th is looking good for me
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I've made a few changes to the Modern Learning Canvas. First up I've renamed Activities to Sequence.  I think Sequence better represents the middle component of the canvas.  

I've also updated all of the prompting questions both on the download pdf and word file, and on the web app.  Hopefully these new questions make things clearer, please let me know what you think.

http://modernlearningcanvas.com/modern-learning-canvas.pdf

Alternatively go to one of the public canvases to see the changes, for example this one...

https://modernlearningcanvas.com/#/canvas/5

For those in the beta you'll see these changes straight away, if you don't simply refresh your browser.
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Students from Fitzroy High School want to find out about teacher's ideas in teaching about sexism and feminism. Please take this short survey to help them out! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DwLnftfcSIttnkJU0Hvnk7Yrc9cgS9s8KyQdTQZv-Qw/viewform?c=0&w=1
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FHS FeminismThe students from Fitzroy High School want to make a difference by creating a feminist teaching resource to be used in Australian schools and we want teachers to take this survey to better understand how to meet the needs of teachers and their students. The Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective class began its life in 2013. At its heart is an inspiring and committed group of young women and men from years 8, 9 and 10, plus a couple of passio...
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"Don’t get too caught up in the need to teach students actual code, and instead focus on getting them to think about the concept 'if this happens, then that'"

To reduce LOGO and Scratch to "if this happens, then that" is to totally miss the point. 
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By the way, I think there are many other reasons that children should learn to code, I'm only raising this because the blog post mentions LOGO, Scratch and MIT which are all based on or champion Paperts ideas. "If this happens, then that" has nothing at all to do with living in math land.
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Major update coming next week.

It looks like some time next week I'll do a major update of the code which will probably a few hours. If you need the site to up at a specific time next week, let me know and I'll make sure I don't do the upgrade then.

This upgrade will introduce a dashboard, the lenses I mentioned during the first hangout and also group canvases. I'm still on track for an official launch this some time this month.
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Thanks Richard looking forward to see the updates
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I had a chat about the Modern Learning Canvas with +Tony Richards and +Darrel Branson for their Ed Tech Crew podcast.  If you're interested in learning more about the canvas it might be worth your time to give it a listen!

http://www.edtechcrew.net/podcast/ed-tech-crew-246-modern-learning-canvas
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I was a great discussion and clarified a few points +Richard Olsen. I really like the idea of using it in PLC's where groups not only identify a perceived problem, but also paint a canvas of agreed language (hopefully) that allows the group to really identify what it is that they may want to work on.
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#beerpedagogy suggestions  - 
 
OK +Adrian Camm  has called Little Creatures Geelong for September 6th... someone else want to call a beer pedagogy before then...  I'm thirsty for pedagogy!
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Sorry for the short notice but if you're interested we're having a meetup with Will Richardson tonight (Thursday June 5th) at State of Grade 477 Collins St Melbourne around 7:30 
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Big Update of the beta
If you're part of the beta you'll notice a big difference next time you login.  Note: If you don't see the changes try refreshing your browser.  The big difference is the dashboards that you're presented with now as the home screen, hopefully this gives you an idea of the progress of each model.  You can also create lens and switch lens, I haven't fully implemented this yet and I haven't created any alternatives lens but feel free to have a play.

Also I've designed how the experiments work I won't try to explain this but will try to record a screencast tomorrow.

I upgraded the database in a way that hopefully no data is lost, if you think any data is missing let me know and I'll take a look. Also if any new bugs result of this upgrade please let me know.

As a result of working on this upgrade I haven't been inviting any new people to the beta. If you're waiting, sorry for the delay, I'm aiming to send out new invites tomorrow.

Thanks again for helping as part of the beta.  Oh, if you're not part of the beta and want to have a quick peek at the new dashboards, I've updated the public site so head over there - http://modernlearningcanvas.com
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I've spent the day squashing bugs, there were a few more than I thought.  I also discovered I broke the public canvases (as I've changed how I do it). Eventually I'll see if I can run a script to fix this but in the time being if you need a canvas to be public then just re-edit and save it (clicking public).  I've manually updated all of my public canvases.

If you find any more bugs please let me know.
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I think that we need to be careful not to argue for scholarship for scholarship's sake, or "connecting" for connecting's sake. Why do we (I) engage in online communities? Sometimes just to hang out with people that I like, but mostly because I'm grappling with a difficult problem. Maybe those who aren't "connecting" are busy just getting on with it.... but at the same time lets not just assume that those who are "connecting" are tackling higher order problems... they may just be procrastinating.  

Billy Bragg says that scholarship is the enemy of romance, I reckon he's right!
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Great point +Richard Olsen. This puts your question, what are the 'negatives' of being connected? into context. Nothing in itself achieves very much I guess. I am a little confused about the Bragg comment. Are you saying that higher education is or isn't a good thing?
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The Modern Learning Canvas: Creating a Canvas.  Recording of the hangout where we created two canvases.

What if schools operated like hospitals?
https://modernlearningcanvas.com/#/canvas/41

iPads in the Prep to 2 Classroom
https://modernlearningcanvas.com/#/canvas/42
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No worries Lee!
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"In a recent ICT committee meeting, one of the participants made the remark that the digital revolution has failed to deliver all that it supposedly promised."

I don't agree... well not in comparison with education's (as a whole) failure to "deliver on what it supposedly promised." All your arguments might be better aimed at education and schools themselves, after all the use (or lack of use) and the outcomes (or lack of outcomes) are directly related to the school's delivering on the goals of education. Any misguided use of technology has nothing to do with the technology itself!

The supposed waste of money and time spent on technology over the last few years pales in comparison to the waste of time, money and opportunities where largely uninterested teachers take largely uninterested kids through a largely outdated textbook... not to mention all the other woeful things schools subject their students to.

Show me a school where they are delivering on educations promise and I guarantee that any expenditure on technology is having a massive impact and beside the money spent on people is the best way a school can spend it's money.
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+Richard Olsen still think that you made some valid points. I'll forgive you if you don't read through my ramblings, really need to write in a more concise manner :/
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