One-off keynotes or professional learning events are always an exciting challenge – such a short period of time and an unknown range of learning needs, expertise and interest in the room. Last week, I had the pleasure of working with 130 teachers from three schools in Auckland, two primary and one intermediate. It was a […]Read More How I personalised the PD
The question comes up frequently in discussions related to using technologies in education: Why do we still have the ‘e’ in ‘e-learning’? Shouldn’t it be just about the learning? And doesn’t the retention of the ‘e’ just perpetuate a short-sighted focus on the tech, not the teach? These questions, in my experience, often come from […]Read More 2 reasons to keep the ‘e’ in e-learning
“A very merry un-conference To you Who, me? To you Oh, me Let’s all congratulate us with another cup of tea A very merry unconference to you Now statistics prove, Prove that you’ve one conference Imagine just one conference every year Ah, but there are 364 unconferences! Precisely why we’re gathered here to cheer…” [with […]Read More A merry un-conference to you!
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
This is a neat selection of videos that explores the way different technologies are being integrated into teaching and learning. The New York Times asked teachers to submit videos that explored how technology had changed the way they teach… The overwhelming themes that emerge are: Trust the students – be prepared to work with them. […]Read More Teachers’ views on technology: snapshots from the frontlines
This is a compelling video from Dan Brown, a self-declared drop-out who forcefully drives his argument that education must reflect the way the world is today. While we have seen many riffs on this topic, and you could blow holes in many of his arguments (and there are some great video responses that do just […]Read More An open letter to educators…
The short film that precedes Toy Story 3 – Day and Night – is a fabulous example of how filmmakers can make the most of the opportunities that are inherent in 3D. While it’s a bit hard to appreciate this in 2D on your computer, this clip, and the making of Day and Night, show […]Read More What would Pixar do with elearning?
If there is no difference, then we need to talk. This video by mokmcdaniel – Online Student Experience – highlights in grim tones, how depressing it is to be in a world in which exciting teaching and learning (with and without technology) is possible, but not happening for him. While part of me can appreciate […]Read More Tell me you see a difference between board and screen..?