Students, computers and learning: 5 takeaways from *that* OECD report

It was with breathlessness more suited to the daily rag that the BBC ran the headline Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD while the Register yelled “Don’t bother buying computers for schools, says OECD report”, prompting an outpouring of reaction that, predictably, asserted the opposite. Still, we are sensible professionals who are quite capable […]

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Can social network sites support effective professional learning?

[Cross-posted from CORE Education’s blog] This blog post is based on my Masters of Education thesis, Online social networking and its impact on New Zealand educators’ professional learning. It informs the thinking behind this October’s Connected Educator Month 2014. The changing face of professional learning for educators Studies into effective school change and system-lift place professional development at […]

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#KiwiFoo 2013

My head is still scattered so, at this stage, thoughts on #KiwiFoo 2013 are best expressed by others (although I can just about stretch to a wee spot of curation)…..check out my Storify collection for a flavour of this rich unconference. Massive thanks and hat-tips to Nat Torkington, Janine Torkington, the hard-working crew, Mahurangi College, […]

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I Facebook, therefore I…

Apparently, I am more likely to be female, over 35, trusting, politically active, to have close relationships, and more social support. Is it because I am friendly, sociable and gullible? 😉 Or it is because I am on Facebook? These are the assertions of a recent Pew Report – Social networking and our lives (Hampton, […]

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