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Anders MacGregor-Thunell

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  1. Sorry - I have been very busy this last week but I will definitely ask my IB1 students about this. I will aslo see if I can get a hold of an old universite friend of mine, Ingrid Lomfors, who wrote her PhD about Jewish Children that came to Sweden right before WWII (from Germany). Her mom was one of these children (but I have no idea if there is any connection with Winton).
  2. Maybe we could use our e-Help Swedish contacts to try to track these people down? That could make an interesting project in its own right. I will see what I can find out...
  3. The Swedish system has its flaws as well as its advantages. If you live in a bigger city like Gothenburg you might end up in a fairly long que - waiting to get a treatmet for whatever your problem might be. There is a priority of people with terminal sicknesses but no guarantee... This can cause problems and we read about them in our newspapers. Still its a system where everybody has the right to be treated - no matter income, background, personal problems, etc... and that's something I don't mind paying for through my taxes. Solidarity with our fellow humans seems to become more rare... My o
  4. Många av våra kollegor är kunniga nog att debattera denna fråga. Det är ju ändå vi historielärare på gymnasiet som skall ta emot de elever som kommer från grundskolan så jag tror nog att det är befogat att diskutera deras förkunskaper... Det är till viss del sant - dock finns det ingen garantitid för historieämnet inom det s.k. SO blocket. Detta innebär att frågan kvarstår - skall det finnas ett krav på att våra elever i grundskolan har fått vissa förutbestämda kunskaper i ämnet historia? OK - sedan hoppas jag att du och flera andra svarar på mitt försök att debattera frågan om en kanon
  5. Innan jag börjar med detta debattämne så vill jag först deklarera min egen syn på vikten av historieämnet. För många år sedan så valde jag att läsa historia och utbilda mig till historielärare eftersom jag ansåg/anser att ämnet historia var/är oerhört berikande både för mig som individ och som samhällsmedborgare. Jag anser att dåliga eller inga kunskaper alls i historia skapar rotlöshet som ökar känslan av främlingskap (alienation). Detta för med sig en mängd problem, både för individen, gruppen och samhället. Därför har vi historielärare en mycket viktig funktion att fylla. Vi skall försöka f
  6. I know that you posted this nearly a month ago but I will still answer the question. According to the "Statistical Abstract of the United States" the amount of US casualties between 1963 and 1967 were; 1963: 78 killed and 411 wounded 1964: 147 killed and 1039 wounded 1965: 1369 killed and 6114 wounded 1966: 5008 killed and 30093 wounded 1967: 9378 killed and 62025 wounded Sorry about the late answer...
  7. När Dalibor startade denna debatt om "förhoppningar på den nya pedagogiken" så tror jag att han ville diskutera om den svenska satsningen på datorer i varje skola har inneburit några märkbara förändringar i vårat förhållningssätt till inlärning. Lär sig elever mer och lättare? Har undervisningen blivit mer varierad, mer lustbetonad, mer innehållsrik...? Har vi fått ett nytt sätt att lära som tar till vara den nya teknikens fördelar? etc... Precis som du skriver John så har de flesta barn/ungdomar idag en helt annan kunskapsnivå och många andra färdigheter när det gäller användandet av datorer
  8. Hannah and all of you that wish that this affair would go faster... To not answer any questions and just delay all communication is a very old method when you want some crisis to calm down (or die out). It's unfortunately fairly efficient; The involved people - students, parents, friends and other supporters of Richard loose some of the early strength and engagement + a few might start to think that there is some serious hidden motives for the dismissal. Personally I have no reason to not trust Richard but I would like to hear the other side of the story. The problem is that I never get to be
  9. AN ANSWER(?) FROM IST... As I wrote above one of the members of E-Help received a short email from IST. It was short and had no real answers except that the financial deals would be taken care of. The more serious part was some hint on legal actions and a comment that the members of E-Help were not willing to continue with the project. That is not the will of the members of E-Help. Ten members from nine (ten if IST continue) different institutions and four (five if IST continue) different countries want to continue and develop E-Help. This project has been the best project I ever participate
  10. I published the above comment on my blog a few days ago. Yesterday one of our colleagues received a short message from IST but it lacked any real answers. One of the statements in this message was that the members of E-Help was not willing to continue the project. That is wrong!!! During this turmoil we have expressed our sincere concern about the dismissal of Richard, our coordinator, but at the same time we have planned for the continuation of this project. IST is the coordinating institution and they need to explain their ideas about a continuation. We have asked IST what plans they have fo
  11. The logic of the posting above would be that I should not say anything because I'm not at the school and will thereby not face the direct consequences. I should definitely not remind Richards colleagues, his friends and work mates, to do a decent thing. It's better to just remain quiet and... Sorry Mike! I don't think that is a very good strategy. It's really important to support Richard and his family in all possible ways. He needs support from his friends, colleagues, students, parents, partners in projects, etc... We owe him that! It's extremely important that his colleagues ask for exp
  12. TO BE QUIET OR NOT... One group that can really help Richard in this conflict are you colleagues at IST. If this conflict is based on one copied paper and "rumours" some hidden personal reason(s) must be involved. Since we bystanders don't get any answers from IST we can only speculate in what's going on and that's not a very creative way of approaching this conflict. Therefore it's so important that you colleagues of Richard stand up and demand an open investigation about what is going on. My suggestion would be to involve parents, students, colleagues and people from the board in this inve
  13. WHY DOES NOT THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TOULOUSE ANSWER? One part that is of concern in this conflict is a possibility to communicate. So far we have seen one version on what happened which make us all wonder - is there no real substance to the dismissal of Richard Jones-Nerzic? Several individuals as well as groups have asked the board on IST to give any statement, proof, evidence,... to why they thought that the only possible way of dealing with Richard was to dismiss him. The accusations of copying a paper seems to us like a very poor excuse. Wouldn't it be a good idea IST to try to find
  14. I met Richard in 2001 when I was invited to Virtual School. At the time I knew very little about ICT and had no experience of webwork (I had not been invited as an "ICT expert" but as a history teacher who wanted to use ICT...). Not to long after this we held a great meeting at IST in Toulouse and Richard started to teach me the very basics of ICT. With other words - he became my teacher! He very patiently took this slow Swede through the first obstacles of making your own homepage and explained how to continue... It's always been great working with Richard. He is a fantastic pedagog, an extr
  15. I'm willing to do a translation of this activity into Swedish. Could you send me the material as well?
  16. Satsning på skolan har varit en av de löften som Lars Leijonborg och speciellt Jan Björklund betonat mest. Nu sitter de i en position där de har möjlighet att förverkliga delar av de löften de givit. Personligen så tycker jag att det skall bli intressant att se hur de förvaltar denna möjlighet. Då det gäller Historia som kärnämne så är jag övertygad att det kommer att bli kärnämne även med den nya regeringen. Dock hoppas jag att man inser att den nya A-kursen bör vara på 100 poäng (som i stort sett alla andra ämnens A-kurser). Då det gäller innehållet så tycker jag att man kan bibehålla den
  17. Thank you Dalibor for a very well organized meeting.
  18. Sweden will wake up to a new government tomorrow. The "rightist" coalition will win the election. It's especially the Conservative Party that increased their amount of votes - about 1 out of 4 Swedish people voted Conservative. We haven't seen these numbers for the Conservatives since the 1920's... Our Prime Minister Göran Persson has now declared that he will retire and the party should elect a new Party Leader in March. As I mentioned before - the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Workers Party will have his mansion to comfort himself (together with a great retirement, stocks, paid "v
  19. We have seven parties represented in our Parliament (Riksdag). Four parties has made a "rightist" coalition - that's the Conservative Party (Moderaterna), the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet), the Christian Democratis Party (Kristdemokraterna) and the Agrarian Party (Centerpartiet). During the last month they have showed an unusual agreement in several questions - and they have been able to get this across to the media (the majority of the newspapers are in their hands which of course makes the situation a bit easier). The "leftist" coalition - that's the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratisk
  20. Tack Johannes för ett bra seminarium om möjligheterna att använda Flash tillsammans med elever. Tyvärr har jag själv inte kommit mig för att använda Flash än men det beror mest på mina egna kunskapsbegränsningar vilket inkluderar det faktum att jag inte haft tid att sätta mig ner och försöka ta till mig de uppenbara fördelar detta program har. IN ENGLISH PLEASE - Thanks Johannes for a good seminar about the possibilities to use Flash together with the pupils. I have unfortunately not come around to use Flash yet but this is more due to my own knowledge limitations which includes the fact t
  21. Another Swedish "Google" Map can be found on this address www.hitta.se
  22. A late thank you for both the seminar in Toulouse as well as a very well written seminar here. Sometimes being blinded by all the opportunities of modern ICT it's easy to forget the main purpose of technology - to serve as a tool for education. One of the good things with Power Point is as been remarked above it's availability. Another one is the fact that it is very easy to learn. This is something I stressed before - both teachers and pupils try to find ways of saving time (definitely not adding...) and en easy available program is one way of doing it. You show several good ways of using Pow
  23. Thank you Simon for a very engaged seminar about different possibilities "Beyond the History classroom". I share your enthusiasm for the possibilities with the different tools available. It's good to have several ways of reaching our students and getting them involved in History. After all we want them to get the lifelong interest of our topic which we take for granted. I'm just now especially interested in trying out podcast. I see some great opportunities in my classroom. Quite often when I asked some of my students to "dramatize" a certain event they use a video camera and set up "History
  24. Thank you Richard and Russel. This was a great seminar with tools that I will definitely use. One of the things that I have found in later years is that my students geographical skills has become quite poor. Even though the resolution of some places in Europe isn't the best I can show them (with the help of Google Earth) where certain historical events took place (so I don't have another student putting Verdun in southern France). I know that different countries has their own "Google Earth". In Sweden we have the State Telephon Company providing us with maps: Eniro - maps over Sweden It woul
  25. This was a good prophecy John - unfortunately. We did our worst game so far against Germany. Maybe it was because the Germans knew very well how to play against the Swedes and didn't allow them to dominate in any part of the game or maybe it was because we had some of the wrong players on the field and they just are not in shape right now. I was not very pleased when I saw that our manager had chosen Zlatan instead of Marcus Allbäck. Allbäck was hot just now and I'm sure he would have had a more positive influence on a Henrik Larsson out of shape. Germany has a good team no doubt but they do a
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