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 new report is out this month from NZCER that adds to the ’21st century’ schooling conversation that they have been championing for several years: Bull, A. & Gilbert, J. (2012). Swimming out of our depth? Leading learning in 21st century schools. Wellington, NZ: NZCER. They set out to explore the extent to which schools have […]Read More Waving – or drowning? | Professional learning for 21st century
[This is cross-posted to/from the Enabling e-Learning: Leadership group] A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the PoriruaNet Cluster conference, to facilitate a couple of workshops on Enabling e-Learning and blended professional learning for schools. It was great to see four schools coming together to explore the way they were using technology for learning – […]Read More Managing BYOD at Albany Senior High | Notes from PoriruaNet
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!
“What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology…No amount of technology will make a dent…. You’re not going to solve the problems by putting all knowledge onto CD-ROMs. We can put a website in every school – none of this is bad. It’s bad only if it lulls us into thinking we’re doing something […]Read More Teach carpentry, not hammer | Future-proofing NZ schools
Yes, he’s a mate and a colleague….and so, having declared my interest, I’ll say, without feeling at all ‘promotional’ that the CORE breakfast session this Friday morning with DK on social media was spot on. Here’s why: Social media was foregrounded in the bigger picture, the context of the development of the web, all the […]Read More Social media: Digital dialogue with DK
[Cross-posted from the e-Learning Research Network] If we are to make useful decisions about supporting our students as they use technology, it is important to have a baseline from which to make our decisions. A recent survey from Netsafe might be a useful starting point in this regard. How confident are teachers in managing cybersafety? This […]Read More How confident do you feel when your students are working online?
This is cross-posted from a guest piece I recently wrote for CORE Education: Feel the fear – and do it anyway If Hilary had concentrated only on glacial ravines, would he have ‘knocked the bastard off’? Would Armstrong have taken his great leap if he had worried his oxygen failing? And can schools embrace the […]Read More If you think it’s too difficult, you’re right.
43. That’s the number of decisions you potentially have to make when you review your Facebook privacy settings. And even if you’re a ‘digital citizen’, who fully understands the implications of your choices, it’s still hard. Many young people find it much harder – and that’s why they need the support of parents and teachers. […]Read More 43 decisions: Setting your privacy settings on Facebook