Category Archives: Commentries

Lost in a garden

Two days off and no family or neighbours around,  time to dust off the secateurs and steal into the garden.  Mid winters days perfect for pruning, mulching and getting all those dormant plants ready for their summer awakening . After … Continue reading

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What does C21 learning look like?

Yesterdays seminar What does C21 learning  look like? – interesting day with Mark Pesce doing a great job of hosting what could be argued to be an event dominated by vendor interests. This was the formal agenda but thanks to … Continue reading

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Sustaining narratives for the news age

The planets seemed to align lately with a few converging themes in relation to boredom thresholds and the atomisation of information. Harry Lewis voice at Googalization of Everything- ‘The factoids are not just instant; they are atomic. We keep e-mails … Continue reading

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MySpace cadets sliding into addiction

Miranda Devine’s reminder of the perils of technology (SMH April 4) are  timely, given the announcement this week of the $150 million schools laptop rollout. Just as TV did to a generation of children (myself included), we need to ward … Continue reading

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New Years predictions

That time of year again when everyone is crystal balling- worth a quick flick around the pundits  and Learning Circuits.  The recurring theme amongst all is the impact of the global recession. This is predicted to increase the use of: flexible … Continue reading

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You’ve got mail

On the eve of relaunching email services for teachers and students in DET, its interesting to reflect on email. My daughter came home with her computer skills test last week, and going through the paper (like a IT concerned Dad), … Continue reading

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Static Learning Objects?

Paul Reids piece  (Digital Chalkies) taking a swipe at LO implemenations such as TLF, has sparked a running debate. The comments represent ‘where are we at’ X section of opinion on the worth of LOs (and associated implementation) and what constitutes … Continue reading

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Wait’n for the revolution

A recent seminar on our DER left me wondering (again) how many times I’ve sat through expositions of the wonders of Web2.0 , and how our schools are failing to engage students with technologies of the street. Over the years … Continue reading

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Cart without a horse?

With all the buz around Web 2.0, I’m encountering  little written on its impact for management practices in education. A quick flick through some of the more likely candidates in my blog roll also reinforced this perception. Silence on ICT … Continue reading

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Waiting for the revolution

Reading today in the SMH about the demise in the record industry, seems to have parallels and similar lessons for education.  Firstly the industry is based on flawed assumptions: Generic business mode Monopoly on information Single source providors Users can’t … Continue reading

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Participating in the INformation economy

After having all my computer gear knocked out in a recent electrical storm- I’m still workng through renewing and networking my home systems. Only a few years back we were all satisfied to have a stand alone computer with a … Continue reading

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Net Alert-Coonans legacy

  Another legacy of the Howard gov. is revealed in the uncovering of misinformation provided in its advertising campaign warning of the dangers of the Net and in particular social networking sites. Peter Marees’ report exposes  the campaign was based on … Continue reading

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More predictions

eLearning Magazine has polled a good X section of commentators. All the posts see Web2 beginning to bite, with integration of tools in different contexts. Jay Cross “2.0″ will be appended to everything- and Brent Schenkler reinforces Jays crystal balling … Continue reading

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First lists for 2008

 Back to the Blog  (and work) after being ‘off air’ due to a lightning hit & feeling the need for a break from everything… The Trendsters are making their proclamations for 2008 . Closer to home, Jerry’s list shadowed my experience of … Continue reading

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Alan Levine-being there…

Alan‘s presentation on behalf of the AFLF group in Sydney, was a whirlwind trip of Web 2 offerings. After a number of these events-its time to act on how we as educators/administrators can knock down -or at least provide gates … Continue reading

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Real critical literacies

Howard Rheingold’s recent speech delivered at education.au seminar in Melbourne, prompted my thinking in terms of what we need to teach our students (and teachers), to become C21 citizens, not just in terms of essential researching /information skills but also … Continue reading

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Re-architecting our spaces

Advantage of being at home and hearing daytime radio (ABC at least), last week on the conversation hour, Richard Fidler interview with architect Tim Hill was a ripper. Hill was responsible for designing the Brisbane Library- yet another boring public … Continue reading

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