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Interface article - issue 29

Written by David on February 27th, 2011.      0 comments

The latest issue of Interface Magazine is out - issue 29 Term1, February 2011. In my article I discuss some of the issues covered in my Building a 5th wall presentation. So for those of you who did not get to see my presentation, here is some text that can accompany the slides of the previous post:



Breakout 5 - Learning at School 2011

Written by David on February 25th, 2011.      0 comments

The presentation suffered from the morning after the night before and from those who are in Christchurch with other priorities. However, to the 30 of you who turned up so early after the conference dinner the night before, thank you for making the effort. The reaction to the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. It is all about empowering teachers to make the change today as Scott McLeod implored us to make on Wednesday. The presentation is below:




QR codes

Written by David on February 24th, 2011.      0 comments

I have just completed presenting my breakout on using QR codes in the classroom.  This session was built around the how to use the software easily and not solutions.  However as part of the session there developed an excellent discussion around how this technology can be raised beyond the level of gimmick.  Some were concerned that it would never be more than that and others, most notably from the National Library were very excited about this technology to enable access to the vast and growing repository of digital artefacts in the National Collection.

The presentation can be seen below.


Scott McLeod - Keynote Lats11

Written by David on February 23rd, 2011.      0 comments

Scott’s excellent keynote was a clarion call to  school adminstrators and policy makers to change the tune with regard to learning.  E-learning is a classic disrupt technology and it should be disrupting the way that we teach, but here we are, after all this time, still calling for change.  Scott talked about the “big fricken wall” blocking wholesale change in the education system, how right he is.  Fiona Grant tweeted about this and suggested that the time is right for a perfect storm of change.  For me this post sums it up, and every day we say its time to change is another day that change has not happened and our students are not waiting for us, they are disengaging and learning without us.  I am starting to think that there is a conspiracy of inertia and status quo out there!

Scott posed the question that we should consider if we as teachers are now fit for purpose, this quote from the Mindshift blog echoes that:

It’s sim­ply not good enough to say “I don’t have the time” or “It’s too hard, I can’t keep up.” Oth­ers do, and are. And your stu­dents cer­tainly are. If you can’t be their guide through the tech­no­log­i­cal changes, you can no longer be the men­tor they need in the net­worked age of education.

This post was written by a non educator…

Scott talked about learning in an age of hyper connectivity and perhaps the traditional box of a classroom is also a causal factor in teachers not being hyper connected or demonstrating their hyperconnectivity. We teach in isolation, certainly the students see us as being isolated as the only adult in sight.  Great food for thought and more grist to the mill.



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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