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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 | ]
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.

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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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[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 …