Just back from TeachMeet 2006, I always enjoy a trip to Glasgow and this was no exception. It proved to be a fanatastic opportunity to meet up with educators who are influencing the future of learning in Scotland (and further afield).
The inspirational presentations covered a range of topics, Christine McIntosh talked about blogs being used to support creative writing by individual students, Kate & Sean Farrell introduced Second Life as a powerful learning tool, Immersive Education demonstrated the creative potential of Media Stage. David Muir's humorous and creative look at online photo sharing was motivational whilst Ollie Bray had some neat tips for using Google Earth in the classroom, so it was fitting that the event was Skypecast around the globe to Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Ewan and his colleagues should be congratulated for putting it all together. The wine was excellent and there was plenty of it to refresh body and mind.
I was very interested to to read a comparison
between this event and a more formal event 'Glow' (which I didn't attend).
The evening concluded with a meal, wifi and more, friendly discussion at the Goat. By the end of the evening I was I was lucky enough to quickly get a taxi to stay with friends where I was forced to drink another bottle of wine - as they say "when in Rome ;-) "
Arriving back home in Otley and checking the emails that had landed whilst driving the 220 miles I found a posting to the NAACE listserve by a friend and colleague Leon Cych, with paragraphs that seemed to echo many of the themes from TeachMeet.
"it is about user participation and not a static pre-defined resource. ...wouldn't it be better just to hand pupils a digital camera and get them to upload images via a Learning Platform from home or school - isn't that so much richer - isn't it much more relevant? If a school were to have a mechanism whereby the whole community could upload images wouldn't that be a more involved process - especially if staff and children acted as responsible moderators?"
"they provide an environment involving students in a more compelling co-operative system of learning and not just fed resources or access to resources. If the content is created/ generated by them, they will engage more and if they transgress or are dysfunctional in their use of these new systems it's no different to doing that within the classroom in fact if they do do that, they "are" doing it within the classroom - in fact it's easier to pinpoint and deal with
Hows that for reinforcement?
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