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Visualising new media

Pretty, eh! Not the new template, but this.

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It’s called “Conversation in the digital age”.

Hat tip: The Tubes are Diverse and Crowded (Reverend Jeremy Smith).

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Food for thought

 
 

English/ESL honoured

I am really pleased about this. Go to Creating a Community of Writers Using Technology and you will find details of a March 7, 2008 Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

Activity 3 (30 min.): Show examples of blogs and evaluate how well they would add to the community of writers in the classroom; teachers can follow links while facilitators show the link on the screen.

Thanks, people. Have a good conference!

 

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This Oz think tank is worth visiting

Eidos “is a consortium of six universities and three state government agencies committed to improving education and social research, policy and practice. It’s work is conducted through a network of participating research centres and partners, through which Eidos draws the intellectual strength of the research community into an active dialogue with policy makers and practitioners. Within its universities and government agencies, there are more than 55 research and policy centres, and over 300 active senior and early career researchers. Eidos harnesses these resources to maximize their contribution to state, national and global education and social research, policy and practice.”

Research partners include the Australasian Research Management Society, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Central Queensland University, The State of Queensland (Department of Employment and Training), The State of Queensland (Department of Education and the Arts), The State of Queensland (Department of the Premier and Cabinet), Griffith University, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, and the University of Southern Queensland.

Don’t let the heavy Queensland representation there fool you into thinking this is a parochial venture. It isn’t.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2007 in curriculum, future schooling, teaching

 

Turning one-way education around

Hans Mundahl from New Hampton School in central New Hampshire has put some future-oriented thoughts on YouTube. So after all my recent reminiscing I thought, well let’s try to see where inspiration might be found into the future.

Education used to be about transfer of information from teacher to student. Now there is too much information available in the world. Much of this information is being used by people trying to sell us something: an idea, a product, a political agenda, a way of seeing our entire country.

New Hampton School’s Junior Urban Adventure attempts to turn around this notion of one-way education in the same way that Web 2.0 is changing the way we think about the web. Students will learn to ask questions, make meaning from the glut of information available to them and engage, upload and maybe even start to solve some of the world’s problems.

That seems good to me.

And yes, it reflects my own concerns.