Pedagogically driven…?

Over the past few  years I’ve frequently heard the comments; “It’s not about the technology, it’s about the pedagogy”, or in relation to the advent of ultrafast broadband; “we’ve got to drive it from the teaching and learning.” These are well intended sentiments, but why is it that the technology still dominates much of the discussion, and so often becomes the starting point by default? And just what do we mean by letting the teaching and learning lead? How would you explain that to someone outside of education – or, for that matter, someone inside? I’ve been thinking about this … Continue reading Pedagogically driven…?

Gadgets and toys

If my house is anything to go by there’s been a significant increase in the number of electronic toys and gadgets that have appeared over the past few years, most notably mobile phones and gaming consoles – as well as the usual computers and laptops. The numbers increase again every time my childrens’ friends come to stay or play, each with their own phone(s), MP3 player or PSP etc. Of course, based on such a snapshot it would be easy to make assumptions and apply these across the board – which is why it’s useful to read reports like the … Continue reading Gadgets and toys

Challenges, changes and trends 2011

Challenges, change and trends 2011 View more presentations from Derek Wenmoth. I spent the weekend preparing a presentation that I’ll be using with some of the clusters I speak with at the beginning of the year – titled “Challenges, change and trends in 2011”. It is framed around four key questions: Who are our learners? What are we preparing them for? How are we preparing them for this? What are the implications of connectivity for learning and schooling? I’ve drawn on the Horizon Report 2010 (NZ-Aus edition) and provided links to illustrations of each of the trends. I’ve also created … Continue reading Challenges, changes and trends 2011

A personal VPN Some interesting developments in the world of ubiquitous computing. The first is from iTwin with their double sided USB drive that splits in two easily connecting two Windows boxes over the Internet. Check out the video above for details. The second is from Motorola, with their Atrix 4G mobile phone that can be turned into both a multimedia center, and at desktop PC when connected to a TV / monitor and keyboard / mouse. In addition, the Atrix 4G provides full Citrix remote desktop support (shown connected to a PC running Windows XP full screen). The video at the … Continue reading A personal VPN

Swyping – the new writing?

I’ve been enjoying exploring all the things I can do on my new Samsung Galaxy S mobile phone over the past few weeks – but the thing that has me fascinated the most is the new form of text entry called Swype that comes pre-installed on the phone. I blogged about this some time back when I first heard of it, but have been fascinated to actually try it out – and it works. The technique is surprisingly accurate, and, once you adapt to the approach, is much faster than traditional ‘hunt and peck’ forms of text using thumbs or … Continue reading Swyping – the new writing?

Google docs to go

[youtube=] I was pretty excited to read this morning about the new documents editor from Google which now supports editing on a mobile browser. According to the Google Docs blog it’s being rolled out over the next few days. I seem to be making more and more use of Google Docs in my work now, and this development will be something to look forward to as I also anticipate the arrival of my new Samsung Galaxy Android mobile phone in the next few days. Continue reading Google docs to go

And let’s not forget speech…

[youtube Shortly after I posted my last post i received a tweet from DK over at MediaSnackers recommending I check out the Dragon dictation app on the iPhone as another example of how changes are occurring in the way we interface with our mobile devices. No sooner had I begun to explore that than my friend Malcolm sent me a link to a new app launched by Google that will let you talk to your mobile phone as if you are asking a friend to do something for you (see video above). It’s called Voice Actions for Android, and … Continue reading And let’s not forget speech…

Prepare to change the way we write? I’ve just been playing with the latest version of the HTC Android phone and thinking about how devices like this, (incl. the iPhone and iPad etc) are changing our ideas of how we might interface with such devices. The age of touch typing is certainly coming to an end it would seem – especially when I view the video above which provides an introduction to “Swype“, an application which, when installed, provides a radically different approach to text input on screen! Instead of having to touch each key in turn, Swype allows you to simply trace your finger across … Continue reading Prepare to change the way we write?

The rise of mobile…

Over the past week or so I’ve had the privilege of participating in a number of cluster meetings around the country – always so energizing to be among groups of teachers gathered to share their ideas, experiences and classroom successes! For my part I’ve been sharing thoughts relating to possible futures we face, referencing the findings of the Horizon Report and CORE’s ten trends. Top of the list in these and other trends findings at the moment is the impact of mobile technologies on classroom teaching and learning. Confirming the accuracy of these predictions, I keep coming across examples of … Continue reading The rise of mobile…

iPads in Education

The iPad is certainly attracting interest in the education scene, with lots of questions being asked about it’s use and value etc. Graham Brown-Martin shared the following post tonight on BECTA’s ICT research network list in response to a question about the pros and cons of buying iPads for use in school; You may be interested in joining the Handheld Learning Community & Forum that has been online for over 5 years now and has a membership of more than 2,000 practitioners who have an active interest in using mobile computing technologies, including iPads, within their teaching practice: An … Continue reading iPads in Education