Category Archives: Social networking

Yammering

Nearing  2,200 members on the NSW DET Yammer community its undoubtedly the most subscribed (and active)  professional online network in NSW DET.   So I thought it might be timely to look at emerging patterns of use and engagement. Sampling the … Continue reading

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Demise of the Blog?

A senior colleague often ranted years ago about the death of blogs- (he was always one to bury something when a new fad bit) Andrew Keen and Alan Levines recent comments on blogs, suggest  personal blogs might be dying- like Alan … Continue reading

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Predictions for DET 2010-joining the dots

The  2010 IT predictions  are in, with many hot favourites including: Cloud computing, OER, Mobile devices and virtualisation (including gesture based interfaces).  And of course the Gartner and Horizon reports are always  grounded  and set the script for  the IT … Continue reading

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BlogEd

The DET blog (BlogEd) is nearing full release – dates to be confirmed for Term 4. Below I’ve summarised key features which differentiate it from any ‘open’ blog. I’ll post a slide show after the hols.

Posted in blogging, Change mangement, Communities, CoPs, Cybersafety, Internet safety, Opensource, Social networking | 26 Comments

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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Week one…

Following our launch of the DET blog trial last week, time to take a moment to reflect on a number of break throughs which have occurred in achieving this. For some it might be a ‘so what’ just another blogging … 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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Real voices for cybersafety

After skimming another task force report (Harvard Law school) on cybersafety - I’m reminded how fresh and insightful Tom Woods comments are on the issue. Tom caused a stir two years ago when he was all of 16, and ‘hacked’ into the … Continue reading

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Loos or Laptops

The announcement from last weekends COAG meeting on the roll out of laptops for NSW public schools, has produced a frenzy of comments in the media. While most letters to the ditor raised the inevitable- ‘why can’t the money be … Continue reading

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Cyberbullying

After witnessing an incident with my daughter recently, and a mounting interest in this at work-the paper (thanks Jane) was timely.  ‘Confronting the Pedagogical Challenge of Cyber Safety’  highlights the paucity of empirical studies in educational contexts (‘pedagogical’ bit strong here). The … Continue reading

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Knowledge Naztis

In a weak moment almost found myself agreeing with Miranda Devine’s piece SMH. Her article starts off well enough talking about how we crowd our day with processing data streams, and how Barack  Obama and Paul Keating have implored us to … Continue reading

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Boomer exposed

Picked up on Rebecca’s blog, a swipe at my ‘old ways’… a href=”http://beckysextrablog.blogspot.com/2008/08/oh-nooooo-web-20.html”>Oh NOOOOO… Web 2.0!</ While surfing through the internet, I tripped over this. Tim, the Boomer-age author, is commenting on the Net Gen use of YouTube and suggests … Continue reading

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Mind over matter

Todays Edu.au seminar with Professor Martin Westwell Martin (Director Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century ). Below I’ve taken some of the main points of interest – Teachers are asked to be experts in everything. Whereas in … Continue reading

Posted in eLearning, Informal learning, information organising, schooling, Social networking, Teacher | 3 Comments

The problem with sharing

One of the biggest issues we face in collaborative learning is the problem of sharing. Jerry Leeson recently put me onto Julita Vassileva’s work in relation to communities of sharing. Her work in relation to the development of a social … Continue reading

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Pondering PLEs

Scott Leslies post on PLEs is a good collation of the elements he has observed when looking at  other PLEs.  Scott’s PLE Wiki is a handy reference point for some of the best representations and thinking in this area. The mistake made … Continue reading

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More Shift happens

I know these are popular at the moment but this latest version is neat    

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Blogs and Leadership

Often wondered how blogs and leadership interact. Abi Signorelli recently comments on how she has seen the effects blogs have had on  internal leadership. Witnessing the build of trust in her own workplace, and regard/notoriety for many of the senior … 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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Tools of the trade

New breed of Web 2 learning tools are appearing such as XTimeline (thanks Chris O’Neal). These I’d call conceptual mapping tools- rather than cognitive tools.  Xtimeline is a collaborative widget for creating, sharing & ranking timelines. I’d be interested in what … Continue reading

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Wikipedia recognised as a text

Australian first-NSW HSC students will from next year be able to take a course in studying Wikipedia, as part of the English Syllabus (SMH report). Hopefully my kids schools will no longer send notes home every year advisng not to … 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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Business of education

The recent TAFE:Doing Business in  the C21  possibly highlights the contradictions in  our approach to education. The paper espouses the need for a competitive environment- students are referred to as clients and the title of the doc says it all- not about education but doing … Continue reading

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