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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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[30 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
Mobile Phones in the Classroom - Education Review Article

I recently wrote this article for the Education Review. It is a very concise summary of my thinking 6 months after completion of my research. “It seems somewhat ironic that while schools try to find extra funding to increase student and teacher access to ICT, the tool that many students already have in their pockets is overlooked and its use actively denied through restrictive school policy…”

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[24 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
The Power of an Authentic Audience

This is another discussion that I am cross-posting from the School of Education online course in which I was a guest contributor. Popping it here to see what others think.
The modern web - namely web2.0 or the read/write web allows any user to create and share content with the world. Harnessing the power of this audience is certainly not limited to the secondary classroom - infact there are a huge number of highly successful primary school blogs, wikis and podcasts that attract audiences from around the world.
The fact …

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[12 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Mobile Phones in the Classroom

I have just recently completed a literature review exploring mobile phones in the classroom. It focuses solely on mobile phones as these are the tools our students already have. Here are my conclusions and a link to the full documents.

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[7 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]
Mobile Tools Roundup

I recently was invited to participated as a guest in an online course run by the School of Education at the University of Waikato. The paper was a second year course “Telecommunications in Education”. My role was to facilitate and contribute to online discussion for one week. I thought I would cross-post some of the discussion starters I used here on my blog for other people to discuss also perhaps. Click to read more…

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[6 Jul 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Mobile - the Future?

The future is here - it’s just not yet evenly distributed… The real world reality of augmented reality… I love this stuff!!! Read more…

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[6 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Reflections of AUPOV - 2

It’s been 2 weeks since AUPOV and I am still mulling over the discussions I had and the presentations I listened to.
As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to hear Tony Herrington speak.  Tony is the Associate Professor of Adult Education and IT in Education at the University of Wollongong and his research focus is around using emerging technologies to support professional learning. I was particularly keen to hear about his research investigating the use of mobile technologies to support the professional learning of pre-service teachers.
Tony began by saying …

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[24 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
AUPOV

The inaugural AUPOV conference was held in Wollongong, (near Sydney) last week. I felt incredibly privileged to be invited as the International Guest Speaker and gained a huge amount personally from the networking opportunities and the wide range of engaging and informative speakers.

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[7 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]
Evaluating The TeacherMate

First of all, I would like to state that I am a trained secondary school English teacher - not primary trained, and certainly not trained in the teaching of basic literacy skills to new entrant students. However, I would like to evaluate TeacherMate in the context of handheld-devices and personalised learning in the classroom.

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[5 Jun 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Literacy and Numeracy - Teacher Mate

I was recently contacted by the creators of TeacherMate to see if I would be interested in taking a look at and reviewing one of their TeacherMate products and I have been very impressed. Here is a quick summary of the tool itself.