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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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[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.

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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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[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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[19 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Students…

I am cross-posting my contributions to a discussion thread on a School of Education Moodle thread where I provided my views on secondary students.
…The biggest difference between primary and secondary students in regards to their own ICT use is of course their age and maturity and the freedoms that come with this. For me what is also interesting is the skills and values that teenagers are assumed to have when using technology…
The Guardian published this article earlier in the year which created quite a stir online. It is written by …

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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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[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 …