About Thinks

Sometimes good thinks happen and sometimes bad thinks happen. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between the two.

Some thinks need immediate action and some thinks may remain as thinks forever. Thinks can be angry and heated. Thinks can be joyful. Thinks should never be cold.

These thinks are linked to many other wonderful thinks and I like to attribute these.

These thinks do not necessary reflect those thinks of my employer.

Think long, think on.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blogging at night vs writing during class

Jo and I are in the middle of preparing our talk for the Thinking Digital Conference in Newcastle next month. We want to pick up from where Sugata Mitra left off last year and show that the benefits of Minimally Invasive Education are not just for the wall kids but for all kids.

If we think about Minimally Invasive Education as chance for kids to self-teach (but at the same time being connected to experts via digital technologies) blogging is a fine example.

I began to notice that several of my students blog late at night. And that quality of the writing is significantly higher than when they write at school time. One student has jumped at least 2 curriculum levels since he started blogging.

I asked him (through a blog comment) why he thought this was the case. Here are his reasons why:

1. It’s quiet...

2. It’s a chance for me to wind down and it is a huge thinking time for me. I love writing at this time of night.

3. It is the technology. I can use a backspace button instead of writing arrows in my book and making a huge mess.

4. It’s a chance to stop and slow down so I can think (instead of the pressure of having to think). For example, in class, I have to think of something before I go to lunch and instead of thinking up a really cool story I think “I’ve got to get this done” over and over in my head and before you know it, it’s lunch time. But if I was in my bed I do have time to think of a really cool story, then I can simply go to sleep.

5. Spell check. I don’t use big vocab words in my book is because I don’t know how to spell them but if I use spell check I can look at the word and memorise it (instead of taking ten minutes to look it up in a dictionary).

6. At night I’m free from all my problems and can express myself through writing. That is something that I’ve learnt from you.