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Guest blog post - My Town Tutors

Written by David on October 15th, 2012.      0 comments

I was asked before I went to ACEC2012 if I would write a guest blog post for My Town Tutors in the US. They follow me on Twitter. As I was presenting at Ulearn12 on tools to capture student voice I thought that I would share my thoughts on the revolution that the world of WiFi, mobile devices and apps is bringing to the classroom. In the article I argue that it is the apps that are causing the revolution and not the devices they sit on. It has long been my aim to make tecnology in the classroom become transparent and for teachers to ignore the clamour of vendors shouting the benefits of their device over their rivals, but to consider the learning the device and now the app can facilitate. With web based variants and apps written for the App Store and Google Play, that world is nearly with us. You can read my article here.


Ulearn 12 - breakout 3

Written by David on October 15th, 2012.      0 comments

This year at Ulearn 12 as well as presenting to Principals, I also did a presentation to enable teachers to use some simpe tools to capture student voice. I am passionate about capturing student voice in the classroom, doing so can scaffold so many other learning outcomes. Many teachers already know some of the tools that I shared, but what the breakout also did was to demonstrate how these tools were used and some of the integration ideas I have. Showing the complete package like this seems to make the tools themselve more accessible and less of a barrier to integration.



Ulearn 2012 - breakout 2

Written by David on October 15th, 2012.      0 comments

Ulearn has come and gone for another year.  I had the pleasure of presenting two breakouts this year, the presentation below is my breakout 2 presentation.  In this presentation I talk about the need for schools and particularly senior management teams, to ensure that they actively manage their ip (intellectual property) in order that they can build capacity for their existing and future teams.


eLearning Infographics

Written by David on October 12th, 2012.      0 comments

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#eLearning strategy Roadmap (#eLearning strategy Roadmap #infographic http://t.co/Bo1CzHqo...)…

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Battle of the Century: eLearning vs. Classroom Learning | Visual.ly | Teaching in the XXI century

Written by David on October 10th, 2012.      0 comments

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Traditional classroom learning is compared with new elearning options.

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FlockDraw - Free Online Drawing Tool - Collaborative Group Whiteboard

Written by David on October 5th, 2012.      0 comments

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Flockdraw is a free to use online whiteboard based painting & drawing tool. It makes it easy to draw online free with multiple people for fun or business. You can have unlimited people in a room and the drawing updates in real time. Uses different colors, shapes and text. Great tool for creating infographics

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ACEC Days one and two

Written by David on October 5th, 2012.      0 comments

The conference so far has been a tale of two halves. The keynotes have been spot on and really challenging, the breakouts have either been a bad case of poor choice on my behalf or have suffered from over inflated abstract itis.

Yesterday’s closing keynote was delivered by Dr Neil Selwyn from the University of London. Many of those teachers that surrounded me were quick to grumble that as Neil’s presentation concentrated on the state of elearning and integration of computers into the UK education system, that it was not relevant to them, missed the point. It was a cautionary tale. It was a tale of the fickleness of government a reflection of the economic realities of the global system. What is more if those around me were adherents to the political ideology of trickle down economics, then Neil’s message has the potential to herald the impact of deluge cuts in the elearning field from government funding. In short we ignore Neil’s message at our peril. There might be plenty of sand here, but putting our heads in it is not a good idea!

Then this afternoon we had another stellar presentation from Dr Chris Stephenson about Computational Thinking. In her presentation there were many stand out moments. Perhaps for me the key stand out slide was the graph of graduate output versus the job opportunities associated with the area of the degree. Chris made the point that currently there are 3600 computer science posts available at Redmond (Microsoft HQ) and no computer science graduates to fill the posts. But at the other end of the spectrum there are thousands of humanities graduates, graduating in the US, but with almost zero job opportunities for them.

Chris went on in great detail about computational thinking and how these lessons need to be integrated into the curriculum. It made me think of those great tools that I have been introducing to classrooms, such as Cargo Bot, Gamemaker and Scratch to get students to problem solve through programming. whilst these are not the scenario based solutions that Chris was illustrating, they do form part of the continuum of skills to illustrate this branch of learning to students at an early age.


ACEC2012 Day 1

Written by David on October 2nd, 2012.      0 comments


When I booked my hotel for the conference I purposely booked the hotel to be on the other side of the river to the venue. My choice was right, tonight after the first keynote and the reception, I walked from Wellesley College in south Perth, to the ferry terminal and was greeted with this view as the lights came on in the CBD in Perth.

From the Twitter stream on #acec2012 you will see that a great debate is already raging about the way forward for elearning or blended learning or just learning (that happens to include technology). I have been able to share some of the initiatives that I have been working on that demonstrate collaboration and excellent student learning outcomes. Tomorrow’s opening keynote is on game based learning, and I will then be able to share the work that Sarah and I have done with Gamemaker at Wakaaranga

As ever the debate returns to teachers and getting them to adapt their pedagogy to integrate elearning tools into their classroom programme and how to go about this. Getting that certain demographic to engage is the key. My presentation at #Ulearn12 next week specifically talks about this and shares a solution to ensure that schools build sustainable elearning environments.


ACEC2012 - Perth

Written by David on October 1st, 2012.      0 comments


I am about to leave for the airport for a week in Perth.  I am attending the ACEC conference a biannual event.  The last time I went I came away filled with ideas and insights.  Simply put the ACEC event in Melbourne was the best PD I had had in many years and instantly vowed to go to the next one.  It has to be said this is quite a haul for a conference, but I am sure it will be worth it.  I will be tweeting regularly from the conference using the official #acec2012 tag and will share as much as I possibly can, WiFi permitting.  I will endeavour to write regular updates to the blog sharing the information too.

I am also toying with the idea of using apps such as Educreations and MailVu to record what happens as it happens at the conference, watch this space.

Topics: ACEC, ACEC2012, conference, PD


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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