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No: 166
09
04
2013
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that work!

10 Things that will be OBSOLETE in 2020

Hello
1O things that will be obsolete by 2020 - Are you ready?
It will be so exciting - I can't wait, the Teacher will no longer be responsible for content - it's out there in abundance and we have a much more important job to do as Life Educator, to inspire, to guide, to develop creative and critical thinking.
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We believe that the Universe itself is conscious in a way we can never truly understand. It is engaged in a search for meaning, so it breaks itself apart, investing its own consciousness in every form of life. We are the Universe, trying to explain itself.

The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make this station and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are star-stuff. We are the Universe, made manifest, trying to figure itself out. And, as we have both learned, sometimes the Universe needs a change of perspective.
Delenn - Babylon 5

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If not you'll find an excuse.
Jim Rohn

As a new school Principal, Mr. Mitchell was checking over his school on the first day. Passing the stockroom, he was startled to see the door wide open and teachers bustling in and out, carrying off books and supplies in preparation for the arrival of students the next day.
The school where he had been a Principal the previous year had used a check-out system only slightly less elaborate than that at Fort Knox.
Cautiously, he asked the school's long time Custodian, "Do you think it's wise to keep the stock room unlocked and to let the teachers take things without requisitions?"
The Custodian looked at him gravely. "We trust them with the children, don't we?"

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."
~George Gordon Byron

The Principal's Dilemma or How to live with Disequilibrium
The school principal, like all other educators, should expect to please no one. All too often he is caught on the horns of a dilemma regardless of the action he takes, or fails to take. Read at the rest at at Virtual Teacher and have a laugh.
10 Things that will be OBSOLETE in 2020 - Are you ready?
1. CURRICULUM
Will be replaced by basic skills, mostly taught via apps and student-driven content. Hooray!
The Curriculum is irrelevant. Content is irrelevant and superseded at an escalating pace.
2. THE ROLE OF THE TEACHER
Will be replaced by the role of the Life Educator. Teachers will no longer deliver content. They will provide guidance direction co-ordination and assist with organisation - much much more important.
3. FEAR OF INTERNET RESOURCES
Wikipedia, How Things Work and other Internet resources provide the best possible learning resource available far more reliable than text books and encyclopedias ever were. If you are afraid of them, it’s time you get over it.
4. THE ROLE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS
Standardised tests are finally being revealed as the frauds they are. They will be replaced by apps that monitor progress, assess, record and program remedial or extension activities (similar programs to Brainchild ). Digital Portfolios will replace test scores.
5. PAPER
Will become almost obsolete as voice recognition and a variety of interactive methods develop.
6. COMPUTERS
No this is not a trick. Wireless BOYD devices will be used. Computers as we know them will be replaced by small student owned wireless mobile devices which interface with large screens when required. Keyboards will be obsolete - finally qwerty will die.
7. HOMEWORK
Will die. As students follow their own interests, set homework will become a thing of the past. The 21st century is a 24/7 environment. Students will work when they want to using unrestricted resources. And they will want to.

8. MARKING THE ROLL
The bane of my life. Bioscans.
9. TEXTBOOKS
Will be replaced by the Internet. The one resource fits all textbook model will die. Customised learning will be the norm. The amount of new information creation is exponential, textbooks are outdated as soon as they are printed. Content will be updated via apps and Internet resources.
10. SCHOOLS
Will be replaced by learning centres. Learning will be available remotely. A central location will be an amazing, exciting places, for meetings, inspiration, connecting with Life Coaches, virtual or actual experts and resources, they will be amazing exciting places.
*Life Educators addresses specific personal projects, successes, general conditions and transitions in the student's personal life, by examining what is going on right now, discovering what the obstacles, challenges or interests/passions are, and assisting in choosing and selecting a course of action/study/investigation enable a student to fulfill his/her potential.
* BOYD - Bring your own Device
Not surprisingly, one of the biggest topics of last week’s FETC conference was Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, as a way for schools and districts to meet the technology purchasing challenges of the future. After all, the more...

What will be OBSOLETE in 2020 - watch the video
At the Mindshift conference in 2011 Teacher's give their views - you will be amazed.Take a look at the Video on the Virtual Teacher Site
GOOGLE GLASS
Google Glass is the latest google experiement into incredible new techology. The website is truly amazing - though it may take a while to load, persist. What is it? It is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display. The core of Google Glass is its tiny prism display which sits not in your eyeline, but a little above it. You can see what is on the display by glancing up. The glasses also have an embedded camera, microphone, GPS and, reportedly, use bone induction to give you sound. Due for release at the end of 2013.
CYMATICSCymatics
is the patterns and geometry formed by sound. Watch the YouTube Video - you will be amazed
WATCH the TED video Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine
Visit Cymatics.Org and watch the sensational patterns. Also look at the HOW TO section on making your own Cymatics
Take a look at the WONDER HOW TO Cymatics instructions on:- How to make your own cymantics patterns.
Truly inspirational.
Wonder How To is a great site for your inner Nerd.
Everything from:-
The Effortless Secret to Baking Perfect, Crispy-Edged Cookies with Chewy Centers
15 Ways to Reuses Old CD Spindle Cases to How to Organise Your Chaotic Cable Clutter.
The site is divided into categories, Fine Art, Technology, LifeStyle, magic and parlor Tro=icks - which can be accessed at the bottom of each page.
I liked the Fine Arts How To section including How To Draw Mickey Mouse, How to Build a Double -Shoulder Camera Mount for only $8 Using PVC, How to Take Long Term Pinhole Exposures Using a Beer Can Camera also particularly liked how to Make Glowing Slime. Each How To is accompanied by video instructions.
With this site you need to take a long look to understand the depth of the information. The Search tool is very effective if you know exactly what you are looking for. Otherwise just scan through for something fabulous.
Enjoy

VT JOKES PAGE
I have updated the Jokes page - just the thing for a bit onf end of term Fun. If you know of any other great jokes site - please send them in.

OBJECTS THROUGH TIME
Objects through Time traces the history of migration of people, technology and ideas to Australia through a collection significant objects, spanning a 60,000 year time frame. There is a series of Pdf downloads for Teachers and students. Not the most exciting site - but theinformation is well researched and organised.

My Place
My Place - On this website you will find rich educational material to support primary and lower-secondary teachers using the My Place TV series in the classroom. Explore background information, aligned with the My Place stories, on events and people significant to Australia's history. Download clips and stills from the TV series, as well as teaching activities and student activity sheets that relate to current themes.
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Hi cathy
Good to see VT is back!
This mybe of interest.
Also the ipad APP google docs reader has been renamed ' gogodocs' free for a few weeks
APP shopper is available for Windows and OSX notebooks and desktops, android and iOS iPad/iPhone.
The strategy employed to maximise revenue is to drop price to free on Tuesday/Wednesday ..the APP jumps into to 100 or perhaps top 20(10!) the price is increased for the crowd who usually purchase on Friday /Saturday
You can flag certain APPS on a wishlist, when the price drops you are sent an email alerting you to the price drop.
I have over 900 APPs on my iPhone/ipad2(school)/ipad3(home) and paid very little...
Especially important for schools adopting hundreds of iPads, careful choice of APPs needs to include the likely costs.
My current favourites:
My script calculator recognises handwritten numbers and symbols..no little buttons!
APPshopper of course
CoachesEyes a sporting analysis APP uses video to diagnose and improve technique
Fieldprotractor measures angles from any picture**vested interest- I cowrote this APP with some Apple user mates** also Field counter- counts things with a dot from a picture. Birds in flight, leaves on trees, heads in a crowd, attendance at a stopwork( I'm in Victoria!)
Best regards
Gary Bass
Science Teacher - Macleod College
Thanks for this Gary. What does every one think of the apps. Try them out - especially Gary's

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Thank you for allowing me to share your most-informative site. You have restored my faith in the human race. I am a recently-retired educator/administrator with a new computer. Your creativeness should not go unnoticed. For designing this comprehensive offering, you should be highly commended.You are going to enjoy a rainbow-filled future !
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How will you be spending your holiday? Virtual Teacher will be back after 29th of April when School returns. What did you think of the Cymantics? AndRobert's Video - maybe a whole lot more studnets will take up music - truly amazing and true passion for what he does. Please send in any great ideas and websites - Love to hear form you.

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