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Peter_Tollmar

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  1. An important part of the Swedish "private" schools, is that they are still tax financed, and they are now allowed to take any tuition. So it is a far cry from American or English private schools, where you have to pay to get in. So they students are not divided into "rich" and "poor" students, but into students with active parents who help their kids find the best school, and those whose parents don't care and let their kids go to the closest school. It has led to some segregation, but it has also in my opinion, led to more pressure on the public schools to be attractive and offer better educ
  2. An interesting editorial in today's Dagens Nyheter stated that the Social Democrats actually won the election. It said that the Social democratic ideology has such a strong hold of Swedish politics and society, that any party that wants to get a large share of the votes has to pursue a Social democratic political agenda. That, I think, explains a bit of this "boredom" that led the Swedes to vote for a liberal-conservative government. They know that the even with such a government, they will essentially get a Social democratic society, i.e. tax financed schools and health care, no real privatiz
  3. Even if the top players may be a bit past their prime, Sweden's strength has always been the quality and the organization of the whole team, not the individual players. And John, you are a historian - what can we learn from history? Sweden has never lost against England in a World Cup ever - and has no intention of doing it this time either!
  4. I believe that connecting to a specific ideology has lost its value, if you want to use them to construct a fair society (i.e utopias). If one look at how the world has evolved during the last century, different countries using a variety of ideologies, one can see that none of them have ever been right everywhere all the time. I think you should set up some core values that you really believe in – equality between the sexes, individual rights, economic growth and fair distribution etc - and then look at how your society live up to your values, and try to conclude which ideological standpoin
  5. Presentation at E-help conference Gothenburg Sep 2005 – Using Digital storytelling and Powerpoint in History teaching by Peter Tollmar I divided my presentation into two parts A. Digital storytelling - What is Digital storytelling? - Two different ways I have used it - Showed some Digital stories my students have made B. Powerpoint - How I integrate Powerpoint with design history - Why use Powerpoint in Design histoy? - Showed some games and animations made by my students A. Digital storytelling 1. What/How/Why is Digital Storytelling? WHAT? A Digital story is a story told with the
  6. My name is Peter Tollmar and I teach History, Social studies, Basic Computer skills, Design history and a subject called Technology, Man and Society (TMS) at Fredrika Bremergymnasiet in Haninge, Sweden. I also run a project called the Learning Bridge (www.learningbridge.nu) with Dalibor Svoboda, which was the first school based internet project in Sweden when it started in 1991 (I joined in 1997). In Learning Bridge our students collaborate with American students over the internet, raise money and go visit them for two weeks. Since I started teaching, and since I joined the Learning Bridge, I
  7. One way to use ICT in history is by Digital Storytelling. Let the students assume a historical role and let them tell a story using technology (e.g. Powerpoint) to show picturs, maps, works of art, citations etc. I think this is very useful to get a deeper understanding of history - the students idetifies themeselves with a historic character be living their lives digitally.
  8. We are a group of teachers from Sweden who are interested in starting an exchange with a design school in or near London. We teach at Fredrika Bremergymnasiet (age group 16-19) in Stockholm at the Technology programme with a design orientation. We will be in London from the 31st of March until the 2nd of April, and we are very interested in meeting teachers who would be interested in some sort of cooperation. Please contact me at peter@tollmar.com Best wishes, Peter Tollmar
  9. We are a group of teachers from Sweden who are interested in starting an exchange with a design school in or near London. We teach at Fredrika Bremergymnasiet (age group 16-19) in Stockholm at the Technology programme with a design orientation. We will be in London from the 31st of March until the 2nd of April, and we are very interested in meeting teachers who would be interested in some sort of cooperation. Please contact me at peter@tollmar.com Best wishes, Peter Tollmar
  10. I believe that the school has to be a part of society, with the same rules and regulations as the world outside. Yes, it is true that the students might come across offensive material by mistake on the internet but that can happen anywhere. I think it is better to prepare the students for these kinds of things than to ignore and/or hide them. The school should prepare the students for a life outside of school and how to use the internet in a responsive way should be a part of their education.
  11. I really can't agree that filters has a purpose. Internet is not only available at schools or at libraries (the only places where you can have filters) but at the homes of most childrens. So if they don't watch "offensive" pages in school they will do it somewhere else. I think it is more important to stress "netiquette" and internet ethics in school, i.e. to discuss with the students what is appropriate behavoir and what is not. Internet has opened up a whole new dimension in life - everything is available for everybody anytime. We need to learn to cope with the fact that that is the worl
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