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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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[20 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
ICT integration in Secondary Schools

Once again, this is cross posted from discussions I was contributing to in an online paper at the School of Education.
I was trying to share my feelings as to why it is often seen that the integration of ICT in secondary schools is lagging behind that of primary and ECE.
I think one of the things is that in secondary if teachers want to use the computers - they take their class to the computer room. There are very few computers in individual classrooms. This means that students go outside of …

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[13 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Information Overload and Inquiry

I am cross-posting this from a discussion I am contributing to in an online paper at the School of Education.  Would be interested to see what readers of this blog think…
Just wanted to share something with you that I always think about in my own teaching and share with teachers who I am working with. Often teachers feel frustrated that students find and access information very quickly and simply copy and paste from the first page that pops up on the Google search or straight from Wikipedia.
If we pop this …