About Me

For the last ten years I've been working in international schools in Thailand teaching ICT (Information Communication Technology) and Computer Science, prior to this I have worked for several years in software support and also taught English as a Foreign Language. I'm particularly interested in using ICT as a tool for transforming education and in the impact of open source technologies upon learning. Twitter ID @ajduckworth

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Serco Training Videos

These are online at http://sercofacilitytraining.wikispaces.com/. There are separate sections for Facility and Eportal. Please let me know if you would like to see any other training videos on the site. I recorded the videos with an online tool called Screenr, recommended because of the high resolution it offers compared to other sites such as Youtube.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Teacher Training Workshops November/December 2010

Latest teacher training sessions are online at http://bit.ly/Regents_ICT_Training1
Edmodo, Wikis, Google Docs, Developing an Online PLNs, Creating Departmental Websites and more for 2011

Monday, October 4, 2010

Meaningful Homework

I was thinking of this article when a student was giving a well crafted debating competition speech on education.

"Show Us What Homework's For - Students sound off on why homework doesn't work—and how that might change. - Kathleen Cushman

Figure 1. Students Suggest Homework Alternatives

In This Learning Situation. . .

Instead of This

Try This

You introduced new material in class.

Assigning a question set so we will remember the material.

Ask us to think up a homework task that follows up on this material and to explain our choices.

You want us to read an article before a class discussion.

Making us answer questions that prove we read it.

Ask us to write down two or three questions we have after reading the article.

You want to see whether we understand a key concept (such as literary irony).

Making us complete a worksheet.

Ask us to demonstrate the concept for the class in small groups, using any medium.

You want us to see how a math procedure applies in various situations.

Assigning 10 word problems that involve this procedure.

Ask small groups to choose one word problem that applies this procedure in a real-world situation, solve it, and present it to the class.

You want us to memorize facts (such as dates in history).

Handing out a list that we will be tested on.

Ask each student to share with the class a memorization trick (such as a visual cue) that works with one item on this list.

You want us to remember what you taught last month.

Assigning a review sheet.

Give frequent short pop quizzes about earlier material. Go over each quiz, but don't count the grade.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Twitter ID

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Edmodo Rocks
I've been using Edmodo for four weeks now, and am liking the way it is streamlining homework submission. It takes a little getting used to. Most kids will need some training in uploading their first submission. The most common mistake is that they send their homeworks in messages rather than as submissions. The way the the grading is done online is neat and it's easy to export in CSV format. You can add comments to each marked piece of work but I can't see a way to review these comments once you've assigned the grades. I've previously tried Yacapaca, but the administration was more complex. With Edmodo the kids just sign up to each class, so there is no need to generate of class lists, usernames and passwords.

I came across a similar product called Soshiku which I has all the same functionality, and with a slightly cleaner interface. It also has the advantage of offering collaborative assignments. Unfortunately, unless you are happy to limit yourself to 20 assignments you will need to pay USD 5 per month.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Teacher Training Videos are at http://www.wix.com/aduckworth/tr2010
Serco, Edmodo, Wikis, Google Docs and more

www.wix.com is yet another cool site for putting together a free website quickly. One major feature is its nice flash graphics. (which is OK assuming your audience has Flash)

New Homework website is at http://site4ict.weebly.com/.
Make your own free webite with www.Weebly.com
There's an education edition too with extra features.