Education is a Community Affair - 2015 - 2016

Education is a Community Affair - 2015 - 2016

A few thoughts to share with my community of inquiry

Friday, 10 June 2016 14:08

New Position at Western Sydney University Featured

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Well, after an intense job search, I have been appointed as Curriculum Adviser at Western Sydney University. I am thrilled to be here and am digging to the work ahead of me. I am not quite sure of the role my portfolio and site will play in my new position,…
Engagement in teaching and learning activities is about the best we can hope for when planning our teaching and learning activities. Much has been written on whether or not we can actually teach someone something, or whether we can only create the conditions under which people can then learn something…
Friday, 18 March 2016 07:19

Engage your audience

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I am currently participating in a Poll Everywhere webinar. They are using the 'GoToWebinar' software, which seems to be quite effective. In the past few weeks I have used Skype, Zoom and GoToMeeting for different online group activities. Today, as I watch and participate in the activities, I am struck…
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 05:45

Mobile Learning - EFF 17 and UNESCO Featured

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As I listen to the Education Fast Forward webinar, I am very interested and intrigued by many of the comments. I am going to try and capture a few as we go along. One comment came from a content provider in the UK. He noted that despite the fears and hesitations in…
Friday, 12 February 2016 01:36

Technology in Education - A Second Language? Featured

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Linda Liukas, in her Ted Talk, discusses her vision of the future where computer languages become the next second language that children will learn as they grow. She is not the only one. Code.org also offers computer programming lessons that start at age 5 for KG children and then lets…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 23:45

All you need is ... Teachers and Technology Featured

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Reading through the regular influx of emails and reports that I receive about Education, Technology and Development, I am struck by a couple of thoughts. One issue is that we have a shortage of teachers. According to the UN Global Education First Initiative report,  "Globally, we need an additional 1.6 million…
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 08:45

The Medium 'is' the Message Featured

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I have been revisiting the notion, coined by Marshall McLuhan (1964), that the 'medium is the message' in the light of what we might call 21st century media - that which is freely and readily available to most people, and certainly to teachers and students. In my own research around…
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:42

Investigating Imagineering

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Recently, I was sent a few articles about Imagineering at Breda University of Applied Sciences, where my thesis supervisor holds a post. After reading these articles, I felt there were a number of similarities between the many associated concepts including 'Complexity Theory', 'Emergence', 'Narrative Modes', 'Design Research', and 'Value Creation' (Nijs, 2015)…
Saturday, 14 November 2015 23:02

First Taos Graduate from VUB

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I was very honoured to be the first Taos Institute graduate from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - The Free University of Brussels). Taos members normally graduate from Tilburg University in Holland. I was actually registered there for the first few years of the program. I received honourable mention in…