Thursday, October 21, 2010

jjfbbennett Slide Show

Flickr Blogger jjfbbennett slide show
Being creative is difficult. It requires time, patience and the need to do it. It is important to be creative - not as an artist in the creative industry - but as mind bender to influence and liberate work. As a knowledge worker it is the time spent on creative pursuit that enable innovation in the workplace. Innovation in the workplace requires time, patience and a need to do it. Being creative in the arts sphere is the practice playground for the workplace. It can be eclectic, it can be a doodle, it can out there and or elemental but it provides the canvas for possibility. Thank god for all those internet products that provide a chance to be creative without the hierarchy and the suppression of the arts industry. Art may have served god for many centuries but now creativity can serve the self and the self's need to be an innovative worker.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Leadership Motivation Teaching and Change

Leadership Motivation Teaching and Change

This is the era of increasingly rapid change. Teachers are charged with a mission to offer services that respond to technological and societal change. Change implications can be unforeseen. Outcomes to change can result in what can seemingly be unordered and unstructured. Students have to gain the benchmarks and assessable standards as well as gain the foreseeable future skills. How do teaching practices move from a controlled environment to a change focused environment?

Robin Sharma claims that all individuals must change from ordered followers to innovative leaders. This demand to change personal and professional perspectives is the result of;
  • The World going through its deepest change in history
  • Business structures are changing
  • Society is moving towards continual reinvention.

Sharma’s “The Leader who had no title” emphasises that this is the era of leadership influence. What does this mean for teachers, teaching and schools? How should “teacher leadership” impact on our education sector? Should emphasised leadership be made as a processing or innovating change? How can schools manage teachers to reinvent themselves as leaders of change to enable changing environments? How can teachers invent themselves as a progression force rather than the victims inflicted by the insurmountable problems when dealing with change?

If the singer Bono can demand "If you are not going to make a difference get out of my way" what can managers of teacher’s demand of teachers who are the victims of change? The implication is that the victim becomes the resistor and ultimately the blocker of change. Teachers who are the victims of change inflict the frustrations onto their students. How many teacher victims does it take in one school to make the school a non performing school? If schools do not make a change what is their purpose?

MIT YouTube video "The surprising truth about what motivates us" discusses motivation to meet change. MIT clearly presents the argument that incentive rewards only work with rudimentary skills. Incentives do not work in knowledge based professional occupations and are in fact detrimental to  progressing change. Incentives can lead to worst performance.

There is a clear argument against the provision of financial rewards for teachers. Teaching is a complex profession that engages conceptual rather than rudimentary skills. Financial rewards aimed at progressing the cognitive focussed profession is detrimental to the profession. They are detrimental to the progression of a school.

MIT research states that the key motivators for progression of complex and conceptual skills are;
  • Autonomy
  • Mastery 
  • Performance

The Change Management diagram attempts to address the points of view addressed by Sharma and MIT.

IDEA represents an innovative and or incremental response to change.

Incremental Change
The change can be focussed towards incremental change that maybe complicated or an advancement of best practises. Change is rudimentary. This is ordered change where a profession employs low cognitive and rudimentary skills. Leadership in this sphere is of a low risk category and follows a clearly stated direction. Change is incremental and slow paced. Motivation strategies to enables complicated and or best practices change can be incentive based.

Innovative Change
The change can be focussed towards innovative change which may result in complex and even chaotic directions. To enable change that requires complex and or chaotic outcomes requires leadership. Leadership of influence is required. Teachers need to influence creativity and innovation to enable students to grasp the skills of change. Change is fast paced and future focussed. Motivation strategies to enable creativity and innovation are autonomy, mastery and performance.

It is time managers of teachers enable leadership that accounts for the complexity and chaotic demands made by change. The teaching profession requires limited rudimentary skills development. The teaching profession requires conceptual skills development. Incremental and ordered change is too slow for this cognitive & conceptual focused profession.  Teaching is creative, complex and conceptual. The profession should not be demeaned by rudimentary motivation based incentives. Performance based incentives will not work and may actually inflict poorer standards.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Social Networks & Education

Its so big that business & education cannot ignore it.
When you want something you want to read about it.
You want to make a critical decision.
You read blogs.
You check forums.
You ask someone you trust.
How we gain information and use information is different.
The teachers, the trainers and the instructors are the same.
They haven't crossed over.
What happens when the students ae going in a different path to their teacher?
Disengaged students?
Students not recognizing the value of schools?
Teachers & schools need a new strategy.
Schools need to develop a social media strategy
Not to block but to exploit.
Social media is not authorative based it is influence based.
Strategies to engage engagement.
Strategies for inclusion.
Strategies for co-creation.

Social media is an ecosystem.
It is a flat system supporting complexity.
It's about people interacting with people.
It's about influence.
It's about communication.
It is not about passive reception.
It is cognitive.
It is about respect of difference.
It is about communities.
It's about online conversation.

Move education to cyberspace.
Feedback loops.

FLAT FLAT FLAT - different minds, different cultures, different interpretations.
Groups affiliation, bonds, trust and improved communication via FEEDBACK.
Social media is not about the tool it is about the communication.
Social media is about the transaprent application.
Forget the tool think about you, your need and your feedback.
It is about connectivity to your knowedge communities.
It is about your participation.
Enable your class to connect and form virtual teams.
Teach to stimulate communication & collaboration.
Teach to gather diversity of information.
Teach to produce creative solutions.
Teach to get feedback.
Teach to get flat teams - free from dominance.

Create your classroom to be about interaction.
Don't teach the tools - the tools will change.
Make learning an evolutionary process that adapts with change.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Virtual School Student Survey

Virtual School Student Survey

For a Blended Course consisting of  Virtual & Face to Face Students employing an LMS and Video Conferencing

General Information
  • What Subject are you Enrolled in?
  • Do you classify yourself as a Face to Face or a Virtual Student?
    Face to Face students are BASED IN the same school as the teacher.

    Virtual students are NOT BASED in the same school as the teacher. 
  • Did you have prior knowledge that you were enrolled in a Virtual course?
  • Why did you enroll in a Virtual Course?
  • In generally which statements best describe your use of information technology when learning.
    I prefer taking courses that use no information technology
    I prefer taking courses that use a limited level of technology
    I prefer taking courses that use a moderate level of technology
    I prefer taking courses that use an extensive level of technology
    I prefer taking courses that use technology exclusively
  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
    I enjoy working with other students on class activities.
    I enjoy the social aspects of the classroom
    I prefer to be told what is required and then work by myself rather than with other students in my class.
    I enjoy hearing what other students think about and enjoy listening to issues raised in class.
    I get more out of going to class than working on activities outside of class.
    I learn a lot of the content in my classes on my own.
    Class sessions make me feel like part of a team where people help each other learn.
Participation & Engagement
  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
    I prefer to hear what the teacher has to say than to have my say in a class activity.
    I prefer to hear what other students have to say than to have my say in a class activity.
    I try to participate and contribute as much as I can in all aspects of this course.
    I am not given the opportunity to participate and contribute in this course
  • I feel involved in the class when learning via a LMS (Moodle LMS)
  • I feel involved in the class when learning via Conferencing (Adobe Connect)
  • I feel disconnected when studying in a Virtual course.
  • I build links with my class mates by using the LMS communication tools (Moodle LMS)
  • Having to complete work online and in class has helped me to understand course concepts better.
  • Having my course online hindered my learning
  • I would like my other courses to have online components similar to this Virtual course.
  • I could organise my learning by attending conferencing lessons and accessing online course materials.
  • In general the course is well organised.
  • The LMS(Moodle LMS) online course was easy to navigate
  • The (Adobe Connect) conferencing classes were engaging
  • I receive frequent feedback from my teacher on how I was doing in the class
  • Overall, I am happy with the Virtual course
  • I would not enroll in anotherVirtual course.
  • I would recommend this course to a fellow course

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Catholic funeral rites is about “what?”

The Catholic funeral traditions is about “what?”
The Catholic basis - the 10 commandments – are the source of ideas and solutions however what do they mean when requesting a sanctified funeral?

Is approval based on favourable ethics of the time and or as a political marketing exercise.

It seems that when it comes to sanctified funerals, in contemporary times, only the gay porno movie makers miss out and it seems that the public scandal determines approval or not.

Catholic Funeral rites
The Church denies funeral rites to the following people, unless they gave some signs of repentance before death:

  • notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics;
  • those who chose the cremation of their bodies for reasons contrary to Christian faith;
  • other manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful (cf. Canon 1184.1.1–3).

So does the Catholic Church give funeral rites to:
  • Murderers?
  • People who commit Suicides?
  • Mass Murderers?
  • Rapists?
  • Murdering Gangsters -  Mob Leaders?
  • Paedophiles?
  • Gay Porno makers?
Who will bury the bad?
As Nick Cave asks – who will bury black Paul

The church teachers it is objectionably and gravely wrong but recognises conditions. The church has a matrix of the conditions.
  • “We no longer specifically name suicide as a reason to deny a Catholic funeral. Instead, a more generally worded ruling prevails: A funeral may be denied if its celebration would cause public scandal to the faithful; a bishop makes the final judgment. In many pastoral situations, the denial of a funeral might cause a scandal to the faithful.”read more
Suicide funeral due to school yard bullying

Suicide - Euthanasia
However could the same rites be off to Dr Philip Nitschke (Doctor Death) or to any person that proceeds with euthanasia?

Vatican warns priests not to proceed.
  • “41 Catholic priests issued a formal warning by the Vatican for signing an open letter approving the removal of food and hydration.”read more
  • 41 Catholic priests have been issued a formal warning by the Vatican for signing an open letter approving the removal of food and hydration of helpless patients like Eluana Englaro.

The Catholic church has occasionally held funeral and burial services for aborted foetuses however whether it accepts pro abortion advocates is another thing.
Senator Kennedy – Pro Abortionist
  • 'whatever happens in Church, Senator Kennedy will now face justice, which will lead him inside the gates of Hell. Bishop Robert C. Morlino - read more
  • “He (Senator Kennedy) was an adulterer, pro abortion, most likely guilty of negligent homicide (unrepentant to the day he died)an alcoholic and a divorcee. It goes against all church doctrine for the church to have participated in burying him in the church. Its as idiotic as giving Sinatra anullments. Bishop, if you cannot understand our confusion and consternation then you need to retire.” read more
  • Senator Kennedy did get a Catholic Funeral but the controversy is load. This could be a question of being a sheep or a leader.
John J Geoghan - a convicted priest-paedophile received a full funeral after raping 150 kids over a 30-year career in six parishes. Geoghan was strangled and stomped to death in his cell.

Mob Bosses & Gangsters

Notorious mob boss John Gotti buried in Roman Catholic cemetery but not given a funeral Mass.
“NEW YORK Notorious mob boss John Gotti will be interred in a Roman Catholic cemetery alongside his son, but his family was denied permission to hold a funeral Mass for the convicted killer.

Gotti, responsible for at least five murders during his bloody reign atop the Gambino crime family, will not receive a Mass of Christian burial, the Rev. Andrew Vaccari, chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn, said Wednesday.
Instead, Vaccari said in a one-sentence statement, "there can be a Mass for the dead sometime after the burial …...”
read more

Gotti burial in Roman Catholic cemetery was approved, but he didn't receive a funeral Mass. “Gotti was mourned in a non-church, private service and taken to a cemetery that also holds other top mobsters. The Catholic Church had denied his family’s request for a religious service.” read more

Carl Williams was given a funeral Mass in a $30,000 bronze and 14-carat gold coffin.
  • Father Bill Attard said it was appropriate to hold the funeral at St Therese's because the church had adopted a prisoner and believed in the goodness of all people, including criminals.
    There is a leper and a wolf in all of us, he said after recounting stories of St Francis of Assisi hugging a leper and taming a wolf.
    "We are here to pray for Carl, he had the dignity of the human spirit in him,'' he told mourners.
  • Williams was jailed for a minimum of 35 years for ordering the murder of Lewis Moran and his son Jason, Mark Mallia and Michael Marshall.

Mass Murderers – Nazi
Dinko Sakic a Coatian Nazi - given a sanctified Catholic Funeral
Croatian commander of the notorious WWII Nazi Ustasa concentration camp in Jasenovac, Dinko Sakic was buried in the full Ustasa uniform confirms Father Vjekoslav Lasic, Croatian Catholic priest.

Family Killers
Catholic Church's decision to grant Steven Sueppel a funeral at St. Mary's Church after he killed his wife and four children on Easter night – he also committed suicide. awaiting trial on federal embezzlement and money-laundering charges at the time of the killings.

Gay Porno Makers
The church does consider a gay or lesbian orientation “unnatural” and “disordered”.
John McCusker - the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego defended its decision to deny him a Catholic funeral by stating that a gay pornographic video had been filmed in his club
"The bishop acted as he did so that the faithful would not be misled and erroneously conclude that the Church condones activities such as those included in the businesses of Mr. McCusker," read more
  • Academic Comment .
    Maureen Tilley, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton

    • "It's not necessarily a judgment on people's souls; it's a judgment on how their action impacted public order within the church," Tilley said. "If the church buried him, it would somehow be seen that the church approved of his business activities." read more
The Church as an organisation makes judgements on crimes against society on the basis of the crimes impact on the itself.
If the Church thinks that a sanctified funeral does make statements of approval what can society gain on decision of disapprove?
It seems that pro abortionists, pro euthanasia and gay porno makers impact on the church image.
Mass murderers, Family Killers, Priest Paedophiles, Gangsters and Mob Leaders have a smaller impact on the church image.
If compassion and forgiveness is the key consideration perhaps the Catholics should remove key words like sanctity and sacred.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

This is an exciting time to teach with technology


Tablets will change education this year and in the

future because they align neatly with the goals and purposes of education in a digital age

these devices will succeed because:
  • They are about productivity — Learning is about doing and, increasingly, about doing both in and out of the traditional classroom. In the 21st century, learning is contextual and promotes engaging students in real-life applications. This means learning on-the-go but with all of the necessary materials and digital tools necessary for their tasks. A phone isn’t quite up to the task and a laptop isn’t exactly mobile. A tablet is the perfect device.

  • They are about convergence — E-readers will not take hold in education because tablets will negate their usefulness and appeal. An e-reader is a single-use machine and a fairly limited one at that. The tablet, on the other hand, will support e-textbooks — Web-based and offline — color, Web productivity, and a whole host of other media, content creation, and communication options. The tablet can serve many functions and the e-reader only one. We want convergence when it makes sense and the convergence offered by tablet devices will appeal to educational users.

  • They are about mobility — Make no mistake about it — tablets are mobile devices. They will run mobile apps, have mobile contracts in some cases, and be designed for productivity on-the-move. They are perfect for augmented reality applications, distributed learning, and student success tools. 

  • They are about price and availability — Tablets will allow users to have the functionality they want at a price they can afford. More importantly, they will usher in a new era of learning material distribution and subscription models for textbooks. The net result will be lower education costs across the board.
  • They are about community — Tablets are mobile devices that connect users to one another. Learning, particularly in the 21st century, is a community-based activity. Enough said.”

This is a very exciting time for the world of educational technology.