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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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[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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[16 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Voki in the languages classroom

I wanted to show some teachers using moodle an example of Voki but I didn’t have the appropriate permissions to be able to embed this in my forum post - so I am embedding it here and will link them to this blog.

Get a Voki now!
I think that voki makes speaking and sharing work far less threatening for students - particularly students who may feel intimidated by their lack of English.

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[16 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
ICT in a Secondary French Class

I am privileged to work with an incredibly motivated and creative teacher who is always exploring the best ways to engage her students. She teaches French and was recently profiled in the New Zealand ICT PD Newsletter and I just wanted to cross-post the article here so as others who may not read the newsletter may be inspired by Florence as I have been! Check out her blog here and Florence is also on twitter look for @froggieflo

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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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[27 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
When Famous People Die

A number of students will be wanting to talk about and focus on Michael Jackson’s death - and obviously the immediacy of his death means that linking this into current teaching programmes is going to be difficult, but the availability of information online means that the type of resources we have access to immediately after this piece of news broke is so much more broad than the traditional medium of newspapers and television. Why not make use of some of the more interesting content that comes through and work it into online programmes? (read more…)

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[31 May 2009 | One Comment | ]
Secondary Tools - Wiki for Teachers

Secondary Tools is a wiki I have developed for the use of secondary school teachers.  It is a collection of all the best resources I have found for use within the secondary classroom.  The links are categorised by the New Zealand curriculum learning areas and include online magazines, useful websites and tools and an extensive list of flash animations which are easily downloaded ready for use in the classroom.

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[22 Dec 2008 | 6 Comments | ]
Ubiquitous Information - My Research Complete!

This report considers the impact ‘anytime’ access to information via access to the mobile internet will have on teaching and learning in the future. It explores the potential applications for mobile phones in the classroom and the skills that our students will need in order to cope with the mass of information on-demand that is available to them.

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[8 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

The other day Chris Betcher - aka betchaboy on twitter - messaged me to find out if I was interested in creating a podcast with Liz Kolb.  Absolutely!
So - to deal with the power of Web2.0 part of this post’s title I will explain how we got to this point…
I follow Chris (betchaboy as I know him) on twitter.   Recently there was a whole heap of discussion on-line about a press release from PLC about using mobile phones in classrooms which resulted in a lot of negative feedback from readers.  …