Friday, January 27, 2012


01.27.12 by colemama
01.27.12, a photo by colemama on Flickr.

Florida oranges ...likely on their way to a processing plant for juicing. Glad I just saw this one at the gas station instead of being stuck behind it on the two lane highway...not only are the trucks hard to pass, but they also send off a distinctive odor (scent of oranges + diesel = 'phewy')! Fortunately, I can juice my own oranges and grapefruit, but know that this agricultural product is an important one for our State.

Thinking of resources, I'm re-prioritizing 'self-initiated learning' as the most significant thing we can facilitate in our matter what age. At the conference, some one stated that there were approximately 100,000 educators who used twitter to some degree. Though not stated, I believe the assumption is that they use it in some way to increase their own learning. The number seems huge, but, of course, it is just a drop in the bucket of the millions of teachers in the world (Wolfgram Alpha indicates more than 50 million primary and secondary, so still missing postsecondary in that total). Are they using another resource for continued professional development? Is it even technologically oriented? How can teachers be relevant to their student's future if they are not learning themselves (and hopefully, modeling in 21st century way)? Okeechobee, FL


  1. Is education moving off to the processing plant to be turned into a related but different product? Maybe... at least that seems to be the direction of discussion amongst folks with regard to the British Columbia Education Plan.

    Right now with our curriculum so loaded as far as the timetable goes and with an idea that we should be trying to incorporate technology into our teaching, a number of educators can't conceive of good ways to do that, let alone find out about the effective use of twitter. But, I keep hoping and I keep showing how the computers can be use in class for other than math games.

  2. Interesting video to depict the changes and goals of the British Columbia Education Plan - I love the concept, but it probably won't happen if we hang on to too many of the 'old' frameworks, and that makes it tougher to embrace. We will keep on working at it though! :)

  3. We had a plan like that - but it has been eroded by politicians who think they know better. As to the oranges - we are the recipients of some of that juice. Keep it coming!