Friday, September 29, 2006

I've just finished presenting the interim results of my e-fellows research at the Ulearn conference in Christchurch. I have updated my website Inquiring Mind with my latest findings. I will be adding to this as I work on my research report.

Here are some useful sites and references from my presentation:
Galileo site:
Opoutere Schools' KnowledgeNet (and the case study groups' work): (View the work in the public pages or use the login and password: exgroup2 to view all the pages)
Herron's 4 levels of inquiry:
Galileo's inquiry rubric

References for the quotes I used (I thoroughly recommend the first book):
Brooks, J. & Brooks, M. (1993). In search of understanding: The case for the constructivist classroom. Virginia: Association for Curriculum Supervision and Development.
Bruner, J. (1971). The relevance of education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. NY: Norton
Hirsch, S. (1999). Children's Relevance Criteria and Information Seeking on Electronic Resources. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 50(14), p. 1265-1283.
Wehlage, G., Newman, F. & Secada W. (1996). Standards for authentic achievement and pedagogy. In Newman F. M & Assoc. (Eds.) Authentic achievement: Restructuring schools for intellectual quality. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Interesting to note what is now blocked by Schoolzone's filtering system. All blogs, including this one, are deemed unsuitable. Sure it can be unblocked by the administrator, but in many schools that is a difficult process. Blogs are an excellent educational tool if used wisely and to block them all seems a little over the top.
I also wonder why when the new filtering categories were introduced they were all blocked by default - surely it could have been left to administrators to decide which of the new categories they wanted to block.
Update: I e-mailed Schoolzone and got them to unblock this blog which they did on the same day. I still think that blocking all blogs by default is taking it a bit too far.