A recent conference I attended was a hotbed of exciting ideas, inspirational speakers and wonderful stories. Many of these focused on how to make the most of what technology can offer the learner. But whispered amongst the enthusiastic conversation and bubbling excitement, there lurked a handful of myths. Myths that need busting. MYTH 1: All […]Read More ICT and learning: 5 myths – busted!
They all said it would be boring. They groaned and moaned and rolled their eyes. They sighed deeply. So I can’t say I wasn’t warned when I enrolled for a Research Methods paper this year. This is a compulsory precursor to completing a thesis, to complete my Masters. So, a necessary hoop (necessary evil?) through which […]Read More Masters: Part 1: The boring bit
8.30am, and according to the research, the 300+ audience of students should still have been asleep in bed. However, the 2011 Tech Hui saw hundreds of bright-eyed, keen folk turn up to Te Papa to hear a few of us, mostly old(er), folk share our thinking about all things technology. The annual Wellington event is […]Read More Make social media WORK for you
What does a student look like when they’re not engaged in learning? Slack jawed? Sleepy? Distracted? Angry?…..Absent? And if they are engaged, what does that look like?…Excited? Talking critically about the topic? Full of ideas, enthusiasm and persistence? Anyone who has been a teacher probably has a gut feeling on what this looks like. And […]Read More Are you listening to me?!… Measuring students’ engagement
I have a looong list of reading to catch up on – but have started today with Gaffney’s (2010) Enhancing teachers’ take-up of digital content: factors and design principles in technology adoption. The vital importance of teacher development aligning with factors beyond themselves, such as school culture, government policy, availability of technology and so on, is […]Read More Helping teachers use digital content
I have blogged before about the power of visualisation as a way of capturing data – Ewan McIntosh had this as a key thread in his CORE Breakfast seminars in 2010. Here’s a great website for profiling different infographics [a graphic or image that represents information] that are out there: FlowingData | Data Visualization, Infographics, and […]Read More Worth a thousand words…
Have you heard of the Garibaldi Panorama? Nope, me either. But this video makes me want to look at it, explore it, dive into that watercolour seascape. The museum curators explain how a three-hundred year old artefact, once almost inaccessible due to its scale and size, has been transformed by digitisation and a Microsoft Surface […]Read More Garibaldi and the 21st century library
How can social media support students’ learning? We all know we should be looking at ways to engage students using real-world contexts – and goodness knows, social media is part of the background of our daily lives – but does using it as part of a communications programme actually have an effect? I have been […]Read More Social media gives students a reason to write
Starved of human contact. Isolated. Lonely. I’ve heard people say that distance learning online – alone, in their pyjamas, talking aloud to their cat – made them feel cut off from their peers and not really part of the class. Having just finished two online papers, I thought I’d try and re-capture the experience, which […]Read More What is it like to learn online?
Had the pleasure of hearing Ewan McIntosh address the Wellington Edu-crowd this morning, courtesy of Core Education. And I have tried to capture the key points that he made here – trialling Omnigraffle for myself at the same time (visualisation being, after all, a growing focus for digital literacy;-)). In essence, the social web should […]Read More Ewan McIntosh: On being an entrepreneurial learner