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Samsung at Ulearn 2015

Written by David on October 5th, 2015.      0 comments

Samsung  have approached me with an idea.  They want to showcase how brilliantly suited to the education environment their tablets are.

Integrating elearning

Written by David on February 3rd, 2013.      0 comments

 Yesterday I Tweeted out the following:
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And as you can see it has already been re-tweeted a couple of times.  This got me thinking, this kind of list tweet is very popular 10 tools for this, 10 must have apps etc.  Their popularity demonstrates the voracious appetite that teachers have for such lists.  I think that what people are looking for is the panacea, the silver bullet, the tool that will solve their integration of elearning woes.  My most popular breakout session to date, measured by number of attendees to a single session has been the following breakout:

And to date on Slideshare it has been viewed over 5000 times, so clearly the subject matter hits the appropriate teacher sweetspot.  But as I have been telling the schools I have been giving Teacher only Day workshops at over the last week, they do not need to be the experts, they are time poor.  But teachers want to know all the variables of a resource before they release into the wild of their classroom and I can understand why they would want to.  But I argue that teachers did not become teachers to then become tech support geeks.  They can if they want to, but the vast majority of the teachers I deal with just want to get on with teaching.  Hence the popularity of silver bullet lists as indicated in my tweet and my presentation.

I believe that it is far more important that teachers know what  learning an elearning tool can facilitate, rather than how to use it.  Which is why I have developed my interactive tutorials.  These tutorials can be used by students and be used as a just in time resource for teachers.  I firmly believe that we will get better buy in with elearning when we allow teachers to teach, but teach using a different set of pencils and exercise books and my tutorials facilitate this.  What teachers need to spend more time thinking about is how to integrate their chosen suite of elearning tools into their class programme and how to manage equitable access to computers to facilitate the learning intended in a timely manner.  In addition, teachers need to be shown how to use and re-use student generated work to build individual student capacity which by deliberately planning to use student work, immediately gives the work authenticity and relevance to their students.  It is these practical issues that I cover in my workshops.  These workshops have been designed to work in tandem with the tutorials.  My workshops have been designed to demonstrate to teachers the how of elearning integration and to provide them with a range of practical teaching ideas based around the tools that they eagerly seek lists of via Twitter and elsewhere.  Once teachers see how elearning tools can be 'layered' together to facilitate deeper thinking, this is when the light goes on and the magic happens.  This is when teachers start to get elearning and want more.


Ulearn Breakout 4

Written by David on October 21st, 2011.      0 comments

My second breakout of the day was my presentation on QR codes, how to use them in the classroom. In an earlier post I suggested that we as educators need to market learning to our students, using a marketing tool such as a QR code in a classroom can go some way to ‘market learning’ to students. At the point of publishing this presentation has had over 5000 views, I have no idea why it has become so popular so quickly, but for a short while it was on the slideshare home page as one of the trending presentations on Twitter, great stuff! Presentation is below:


Topics: QR, QR Code, ulearn, ulearn11

Ulearn Breakout 3

Written by David on October 21st, 2011.      0 comments

Had a great day yesterday, two presentations to deliver and both went well.  I took a bit of a punt on my first breakout.  I have had poor experiences with the internet connectivity when I have presented in Rotorua before, admitedly this was at a Learning at Schools conference and not at a Ulearn.  However, it was still a punt, I invited Patrick from TalkWheel to Skype in from San Francisco to tell the audience about his product and to give a short demonstration.  It went really well.  I had wanted a small intimate room, but got the theatre and 110 delegates!  Apart from the lack of a working mic and the lack of round tables, it went well.  Presentation is below:



Ulearn Twitter Badge

Written by David on October 18th, 2011.      0 comments


I have just updated my Twitter badge for the duration of the Ulearn conference in Rotorua to the one above.  If you would like to add the Ulearn badge to your Twitter icon you can download the image from this link here You will need to be able to add it to your own image in an editing programme that allows you to add layers.  http://aviary.com would be a good online solution, using the Raven Vector editing programme.  Let’s see how many avatars we can change at Ulearn this year.



Ulearn11 presentation proposals

Written by David on May 9th, 2011.      0 comments

Thanks to Simon Evans who alerted me to the impending deadline for submission of papers to this year’s Ulearn11 conference, I have now submitted my proposals. This year I have submitted four breakout proposals and now have to wait to see which, if any, of the suggested ideas will be accepted by the organizing committee.

Will know soon enough.

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Building a 5th wall in your classroom presentation

Written by David on October 7th, 2010.      0 comments

Yesterday I presented in break out one of Ulearn10, the following presentation:



Ulearn10 promo video

Written by David on August 2nd, 2010.      0 comments

I was asked by the organisers of Ulearn10 to produce a short video for them to promote Ulearn10.



Written by David on October 2nd, 2009.      0 comments

I am off to Ulearn09 next week. I have two presentations to share with the community.  My Friday session at 11:30 NZDST will be broadcast via my Livestream channel.  The subject of this session is ‘90 tools in 90 minutes.’  I will be showing my attendees 90 really useful tools that they can use in their classroom to integrate e-learning.  It is highly likely that they will know some, if not the majority of the tools, but I guarantee that there will be one that is new to them all.

So please check in at 11:30 NZDST to see if indeed you know of and have used in a class the 90 tools that I will be sharing in 90 minutes with my physical audience.



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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