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[6 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Teaching Mobile Phone Etiquette

Been thinking about mobile phone etiquette a bit lately… especially as I work with people who continue to use the mis-use of cellphones by teenagers as their main argument for not bringing mobile devices in classrooms.
While there are serious issues to be addressed with teenagers - such as the use of phones for bullying that I don’t dispute at all - I do believe that this issue could be far better addressed by lifting the bans on student cellphone use.  However, recently I came across this neat little poster promoting …

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[4 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]
Creativity and student learning

 I had the absolute privilege of being asked by students to talk with them about my views on education. Recently I spoke at TechHui in Wellington - a conference by students, for students.  It was videoed so I will post that when it becomes available.  However, in the meantime here is the Prezi I spoke to.

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[17 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

I had a student contact me recently to ask me a few questions about my thoughts on education.  I thought I would post them here.  He is making a documentary about using mobile phones in the classroom.  I hope he makes his documentary available - perhaps on YouTube and if he does I will link it here.  Meanwhile, here are my responses to his questions:
1. What do you believe are the benefits of using mobile devices in the classroom?
There are a couple of reasons using mobile devices in the classroom …

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[30 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
ICT for students learning English - NESB or ESOL

I think that the web offers a wide-range of wonderful learning opportunities for ESOL or NESB students.  It is really important that teachers know their students well enough and understand their needs, but also that teachers know the range of technologies that they have available to them to best support their students’ learning.
When we look at online learning opportunities, these range from applications that can be completely open - viewed and contributed to by anyone in the world, right through to applications that are very closed - only certain people …

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[8 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Wikipedia

I question why finding information needs to be difficult or time-consuming in order to make the learning happen. ie. I use wikipedia all the time as a starting place if I want to find information on a new topic - particularly if I know very little about that topic.