Saturday, March 29, 2008
I am not sure if this happened while I was sleeping, but wow - a new dimension to teaching and learning with young people (and others) if I can send regular video to engage and communicate with! Works on a reasonable range of Nokia phones and a couple of others. Need to explore further!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Thanks for volunteering to be a Coach. I really appreciate your support in this initiative but I am going to have to ask you to wait in the wings for a while. On Friday, Al Upton(of the miniLegends fame), a local teacher here in Adelaide has been asked to close his classroom blogs down pending an investigation from a Risk Management point of view http://alupton.edublogs.org/ It follows aired concerns regarding the use of student images and the use of adult mentors (which is where my Blog Coach idea originated) and my employer DECS is obviously still coming to grips with the implications of the Read/Write web. Anyway, until this issue is resolved and Al and other teachers using blogs as a learning tool here in South Australia have a clear path forward, I think it will be wise to "wait and see" before getting Blog Coaches onto my students' blogs.
An interesting but not unexpected development. Welcome in a way as it allows the debate of learner use of blogs, organisational support and risk management to come out in the open and gain momentum. There will be a way forward and I am interested to see what it is. I understand concerns being aired about childrens images on blogs and exposure to "unknown" adults. Using avatars to represent children may work to address the first issue. In NSW as probably in SA all government employees working with children have a Working with Children security check done on them to ensure they have no offences against children recorded against them, this may address the second issue.
This development is interesting too because it is in response to classroom blogging projects that are taking the implementation of teaching and learning with Web 2.0 to the next level with all the befefits of the wider connections, expanded learning community etc. I was really pleased and excited to be part of the roll-out of your project!
Can I put both these emails on my blog? I will go over to Al Uptons blog to express my support and encouragement!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Over the next six months I will be attending Sydney University to participate in the Certificate of Digital Literacy at the Division of Professional Learning, Faculty of Education with Dr. Angela Thomas
Today we looked at a whole range of approaches to digital literacy that Angela had assembled for us to look at over on her blog under the Digital Fiction page. It is great to be in a class with teachers who are actively looking for ways to apply the ideas they are exploring in the classroom. Fantastic day, fantastic teachers. Thanks Angela!