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Creating a Sustainable e-Learning environment

Written by David on July 30th, 2014.      0 comments

Learning walks are expensive to fund when students are in school.  Walking through empty classrooms does not really allow a teacher to fully demonstrate her class in action.  So how can we best share our evolving e-learning pedagogy to our peers?

Youblisher - Publish Student Work with Style

Written by David on July 30th, 2014.      0 comments

Youblisher is a great online tool that allows you to create digital books or magazines from student work.

Thank You

Written by David on July 25th, 2014.      2 comments


If you are part of the community of our e-learners, thank you.  We have just passed two milestones, 700 subscribers and 500 000 views.  My next goals are 1000 subscribers and 1 000 000 views.
Topics: you tube

Top Mind Mapping Apps

Written by David on July 23rd, 2014.      0 comments

Top iOS and Android apps for mind mapping.


Written by David on July 23rd, 2014.      0 comments

Educreations is a great 'generic' app for learning across the entire curriculum.  It is one of my core "digital stationary pack" apps that I recommend for every classroom.

Student Privacy - Connected14

Written by David on July 18th, 2014.      0 comments

Connected 2014 session 2:  Student Privacy and the new Moral Tightrope for Teachers.

Layering Apps - Connected14

Written by David on July 18th, 2014.      0 comments

The Connected14 conference took place at Southwell School today.  My first presentation was on "layering apps" for maximum learning.

Pond - Help Yourselves

Written by David on July 17th, 2014.      0 comments


Connected 2014

Written by David on July 17th, 2014.      1 comments

I am about to set off for Hamilton, well in the morning really, for the Connected 2014 conference.  I am looking forward to presenting again.


Written by David on July 10th, 2014.      1 comments

I have dipped my toe into N4L's Pond...

We Under Estimate Student Capacity

Written by David on February 28th, 2014.      1 comments

Working in many classrooms with many teachers I am often regailed with reasons why elearning can't happen, or the level of activity is always low.  The reasons most often given are: the kids do not have the skills to do the task.  Its too complex. They are only young etc  In truth it is the teachers holding back the students and not the other way round. 

This video I took of three students from a school last week demonstrates the capacity that students have for picking up essential elearning skills quickly.  I taught these three students how to open multiple tabs, browse through the resources on one website, in this case Educreations and then find the embed code for the resource.  They then had to copy the code and switch tabs and then create a widget in their class wiki and paste the embed code into the wiki and finally check their work.  So the task sequence was:
  1. Open Browser
  2. Locate wiki from favourites
  3. Create new tab
  4. Locate Educreations from favourites
  5. Browse lessons in Educreations
  6. Open selected lesson
  7. Open Embed code
  8. Copy embed code
  9. Switch to Wiki tab
  10. Select appropriate page to edit
  11. Click on Edit button
  12. Place cursor on appropriate place on page
  13. Click on Widget option
  14. Open "other" widget option
  15. Paste code into box
  16. Press save to create widget
  17. Press save again on page save option
  18. Verify that the appropriate resource has been  copied and pasted into the appropriate page
The students concerned are Yr2 students in the fourth week of term 1.  They have now been charged with teaching their peers this routine and I have no doubt that they will.  So now that we can see that Yr2 students can learn and repeat successfully an 18 step sequence, what is holding you back?

Student Data and Their Privacy Online

Written by David on February 14th, 2014.      1 comments

Read the Interface Article I have just written on online privacy and student over sharing.
Topics: Interface, Privacy

Guest Lecture at Massey University

Written by David on July 30th, 2013.      0 comments

I was approached in the recent school holidays to give a guest lecture on e-learning to the Post Graduate Diploma ITE students at Massey University.  My schedule is pretty full this term, so Graham and I had to do a bit of jiggling with our respective schedules in order for me to speak to the students.  Today I gave the lecture, the audience were very attentive and I hope as they start to form their own personal pedagogies and classroom management strategies, I have given much food for thought about how our connected kids are wired differently, how our students are predisposed to multi-media content and how gaming is genuine problem solving. 

Next steps?  I would really like to work with Graham and his team to integrate e-learning into their teaching programme so that the teachers that emerge qualified from Massey already know how elearning works, how to integrate it into their class programmes and how to manage elearning in their classrooms.


Explain Everything Showcase

Written by David on July 16th, 2013.      2 comments


I have been making a range of free tutorials recently.  As I have been creating them I have been publishing them to my You Tube channel and then promoting them via my Twitter account.  Last week I also posted a link to some of my tutorials onto the Facebook pages of the app developers.  One in particular got back to me, Explain Everything and have asked if they can use my tutorials about their product on their showcase page.  I, of course, accepted and now my videos are on the Explain Everything page.  So if you want some tutorials made to help other learn how to use some app, web resource or programme, just let me know and I will add it to the list.


Haiku Deck Tutorials

Written by David on June 19th, 2013.      1 comments

I have been creating a range of tutorials for my YouTube channel over the last couple of weeks.  Earlier this week I completed the last of my Haiku Deck tutorials.  If you do not know this tool, it is an epic tool for learning and I highly recommend it.  Today I was checking the stats on my YouTube channel and I have been approached by Haiku Deck themselves.  They have seen what I have created and love them.  They have asked if they can publish them via their own social networks and have created a playlist on their own YouTube channel of my tutorials.  Great stuff.

The team at Haiku Deck had this to say about my tutorials:

"I wanted to reach out and let you know that we were all quite impressed with them and their effective balance of thoroughness and conciseness."

I call that an endorsement.  You can check out the tutorials below.


David has been a specialist in the field of elearning for over 12 years. He has presented on elearning at conferences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His consultancy work includes education and business clients. READ MORE


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