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Great Effort

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Well done Chris Great effort. It is very impressive that you are getting this quality from Skype. Good content too. BJ

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Well done Chris Great effort. It is very impressive that you are getting this quality from Skype. Good content too. BJ

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VSR46: This is Personal

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Kathleen McClaskey and Barbara Bray take a special interest in personalised learning, differentiated instruction and the whole concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In this episode we dig into many of these concepts to learn more, including the sharing of some useful apps for personalised learning.

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Personalized Learning Toolkits: Designing New Pathways for Each Child
https://sites.google.com/site/personalizedlearningtoolkits/

Kathleen’s links:
Kathleen’s website:  www.edtech-associates.com
Kathleen’s Scoop.it topics:
Blog:  http://udlmobileapps.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  khmmc
Facebook: kmcclaskey
Linked-In:  kathleenmcclaskey
LinkedIn Group on Personalized Learning: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4218860&trk=anet_ug_hm

Barbara’s links:
Barbara’s Website and Blog: http://barbarabray.net
Scoopit: Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom: http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-the-student-centered-classroom
Scoopit: Making Learning Personal: http://www.scoop.it/t/making-learning-personal
My eCoach: http://my-ecoach.com

LinkedIn Group on Personalized Learning: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4218860&trk=anet_ug_hm

LinkedIn: barbarabray
Twitter: bbray
Skype: bbray27
Facebook barbarabray

What the United States could learn from Finland about education reform
http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/82329/education-reform-Finland-US

Jan 20 2012

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VSR45: Blocks and Filters

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Like most teachers, Brett Moller, Bruce Fuda, Ashley Proud and Carolyn Foote all have to deal with the realities of filters and blocks on their school Internet connection, although they all experience this reality in slightly different ways.. In this episode we talk about web filters, the need to keep kids safe online and try to balance the argument with good old fashioned some common sense.

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Ashley Proud- @ashleyproud http://www.iamoneofthosepeople-ashley.blogspot.com
Bruce Fuda - @Bruce1979  http://fuda.me/
Carolyn Foote - @technolibrary  http://www.futura.edublogs.org
Brett Moller -  @brettmoller   http://www.brettmoller.com

Links:
National Computer Science School - http://ncss.edu.au/
Children’s Internet Protection Act  http://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act
Tennessee-ACLU case  http://www.aclu.org/free-speech_lgbt-rights/tennessee-schools-and-students-reach-settlement-internet-censorship-case
Sample Library Materials Selection policy/procedures for complaint about sites/materials  http://tinyurl.com/6qol5a8

A Sticking Plaster mentality to Open Web Access in Schools http://edte.ch/blog/2012/01/11/a-sticking-plaster-mentality-to-open-web-access-in-schools

Jan 12 2012

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VSR44: A World of Difference

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Michael Graffin is a young relief teacher from near Perth, Western Australia who has never had his own classroom but has still managed to discover the joys of working across the Internet on global projects. In this episode, Michael is joined by one of his collaboration partners Theresa Allen from Chicago, and also Lisa Parisi from New York, as we discuss the wonders of learning using online collaborative projects.

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Michael Graffin - @mgraffin mgraffin.edublogs.org
Theresa Allen  - @tdallen5  techcsrn.edublogs.org
Lisa Parisi  - @LParisi  www.thelisaparisi.com

The Global Classroom Project: 2011-12
Blog - http://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com
Wiki - http://globalclassroom2011-12.wikispaces.com
Email - globalclassroomorganisers@gmail.com
Edmodo:  Global Classroom 11-12 Teacher
Skype Group - contact mgraffin on skype
Facebook - facebook.com/groups/globalclassroom

Global Classroom Contacts
Deb Frazier - @frazierde (Global Classroom Creator)
Michael Graffin - @mgraffin (Global Classroom Coordinator)

Theresa’s Global Projects presentation:  http://bit.ly/projectsglobal (over 15 projects)
Theresa’s project in Global Classroom wiki:  http://globalclassroom2011-12.wikispaces.com/Hero+Voicethread+Project

Global Collaboration survey answers:  https://docs.google.com/a/csrn.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ahfh6ZcGBvi-dFFlQUJIenFOQnZXRDl3eGVGQ00wN0E&hl=en_US#gid=0

Some examples of projects from Lisa
http://poetrycollaboration.wikispaces.com/ - won award
http://timezoneexperiences.wikispaces.com/ - won award
http://energizingenergy.wikispaces.com/
http://geographyandus.wikispaces.com/
http://readacrosstheglobe.wikispaces.com/
http://pointofviewwritingproject.wikispaces.com/ - This one is just starting
http://comparinghemispheres.wikispaces.com/ - won award
http://historymysteries.wikispaces.com/
http://classroombooktalk.wikispaces.com/Mysteries+of+Harris+Burdick- won award
http://virtualusa.wikispaces.com/ - in progress and still taking participants - really about the globe not the US
http://westernhemisphere.wikispaces.com/
http://energizingenergy.wikispaces.com/

Jan 12 2012

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VSR43: The Global Village

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John Warnken is a good guy. He's 58 years old, lives in Florida and is not officially a teacher. However, John has been voluntarily working with students from all over the world to help them improve their English and broaden their view of the world. He's now on a mission to help other seniors do the same. Using the power of Skype, John has spent the last 4 years Skyping into classrooms all over the world working with kids that want to talk with a native English speaker. It's a short podcast, but a great story.

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I think this is a wonderful story about how people can connect globally in ways that make each others lives richer. Drop a comment below with your thoughts, or visit John's blog directly and say hi.

Apr 15 2011

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VSR42: iOS App Smackdown!

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Deon Scanlon, Andrew Churches, Allanah King and Amanda Marrinan are leading Australian and New Zealand educators who use iPads, iPods (and even iPhones) in their work with kids. In this episode we share 48 of our favourite and most useful iOS apps… some fun, some silly, some educational, some serious; but all amazing!

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The 48 Apps
  1. Sonic Pics - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonicpics/id345295488
  2. Reel Director - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/reeldirector/id334366844
  3. Splice - http://itunes.apple.com/app/splice-video-editor/id386894062
  4. iTimeLapse - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/itimelapse-pro-time-lapse/id335866860
  5. Frog Dissection - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/frog-dissection/id377626675
  6. Puppet Pals HD - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/puppet-pals-hd/id342076546
  7. SlingNote - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sling-note/id385068849
  8. Evernote - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108
  9. iThoughts HD - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ithoughtshd-mindmapping/id369020033
  10. Earthquake - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/earthquake/id304483984
  11. Zapd - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zapd/id426955081
  12. GoodReader - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/goodreader-for-ipad/id363448914
  13. DropBox - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dropbox/id327630330
  14. TypeDrawing - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/typedrawing/id314072879
  15. HDR Pro - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pro-hdr/id347104281
  16. Photogene - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/photogene/id287273856
  17. Camera+ - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/id329670577
  18. Photoshop Express - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/adobe-photoshop-express/id331975235
  19. Slow Shutter - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slow-shutter/id340712897
  20. Printopia - http://www.ecamm.com/mac/printopia
  21. eClickerHost - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/eclicker-host/id329199509
  22. QuestionPress - http://www.questionpress.com/
  23. Student Response Network - http://studentresponsenetwork.com/download
  24. NeoReader - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/neoreader/id284973754
  25. QR Reader - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609
  26. Live Mathletics - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/live-mathletics/id299596224
  27. iSwifter - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iswifter/id388857173
  28. Talking Tomcat - http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/talking-tom-cat/id377194688
  29. SmackTalk! - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smacktalk/id306752436
  30. Pages - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pages/id361309726
  31. Numbers - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/numbers/id361304891
  32. Keynote - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/keynote/id361285480
  33. Bento - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bento/id314638461
  34. AudioNote - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/audionote-notepad-voice-recorder/id369820957
  35. SolarWalk - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/solar-walk-for-mac-3d-solar/id413570629
  36. StarWalk - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-for-ipad-interactive/id363486802
  37. Comic Touch - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/comic-touch/id284959707
  38. ComicStrip - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comicstrip-cs/id392197108
  39. Marvel Comics - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marvel-comics/id350027738
  40. PlayTime Theater - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/playtime-theater/id411289693
  41. Bump - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bump/id305479724
  42. iBeer - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibeer-5-beers-coffee-milk/id283914070
  43. Real Racing HD - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/real-racing-hd/id363998989
  44. MathBoard - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mathboard/id373909837
  45. TED Talks - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ted/id376183339
  46. i-Prompt Pro - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/i-prompt-pro/id377363375
  47. SoundAMP R - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundamp-r/id318126109
  48. Rory's Story Cubes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rorys-story-cubes/id342808551
Happy downloading. Enjoy!

Apr 04 2011

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VSR41: Culture and Vision

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Helen Otway is an assistant principal and Ultranet Coach in Victoria, Australia. She is passionate about ICT, professional development and developing a school culture of continual learning. In this episode we talk about a range of topics including sharing to build  school culture, learning through failure, and developing a more thoughtful approach to teaching and learning through reflective practice.

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We also talk about the Victorian iPad Trial and where iPads might fit into education in general, as well as some pontificating about Apple and their iOS platform.

Apr 02 2011

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VSR40: There's an App for That

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Apple's iDevices are gaining lots of traction in the education sphere lately, and with good reason. They have many of the characteristics of an almost perfect learning device, so it's no wonder so many schools around the world are trying to work out how they might best fit into the learning process. Rob Newberry, Tyler Sherwood and Brett Moller all work in schools that are exploring ways that the iPad, iPhone and iPad touch can be leveraged for greater learning.

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In this episode we hear some of the successes and lessons learned about deploying iDevices, we hear about an app written for Brett's school in Queensland, as well as a quick round of app recommendations at the end.
Apps mentioned in this episode

Feb 21 2011

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VSR39: Scientific Curiosity

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Tim Kong, John Pearce, Britt Gow and Leigh Zeitz get together to chat about science education, but we soon get carried away talking about some of the bigger, broader issues of teaching in general. In the end, we cover a whole lot of different stuff.  This was another podcast organised over Twitter at short notice.

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Links for this episode

John Pearcehttp://johnp.wordpress.com
@mrpbps

Britt Gowhttp://brittgow.globalteacher.org.au
@brittgow

Tim Konghttp://continue.edublogs.org
@timoslimo

Leigh Zeitzhttp://drzreflects.com
@zeitz

Jan 20 2011

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VSR38: Student Voice

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When it comes to blogging with students, Linda Yollis and Kathleen Morris know what they're talking about. In this episode they share some of their wisdom about getting very young students to blog effectively. Some great tips and advice on blogging.  Both Linda and Kathleen had their blogs nominated for the 2010 Edublog Awards, and Linda was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. If you're looking for great advice about student blogging, this is the place!

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Kathleen Morris (nee McGeady)
Integrating Technology in the Primary ClassroomMy professional learning blog where I share ideas and discuss issues surrounding ICT in the primary classroomhttp://primarytech.globalteacher.org.au
2KM BlogMy Grade Two class blog at Leopold Primary School 2009 and 2010http://2kmblog.globalstudent.org.au
Diigo SiteThis is where I store my favourite websites.http://www.diigo.com/user/kathleenmcgeady
Twitter: kathleen_morris
Skype: mrs.kathleen.morris
Linda Yollis
Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog
(3rd grade classroom blog)
http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/
Reading Round-Up!
(shared collaboration blog w/Jonah Salsich / literacy blog)
http://thereadingroundup.blogspot.com/
Yollis' 365 Project(class project / learning about digital photography and creative commenting)
http://yollis365project.blogspot.com/
Educational Blogging Wiki(resources for teachers who want to have a classroom blog)
http://educational-blogging.wikispaces.com/
Twitter: @lindayollis
Skype: lindayollis
Class Twitter: @MrsYollis
Shared Projects
Collaboration Corner
Shared collaboration blog with Linda Yollis
http://collaboration-corner.blogspot.com/
Ugandan Global Project2010 global project across four continents
http://ugandanglobalproject.blogspot.com/

Jan 20 2011

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VSR37: Design is Everything

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Melinda Alford is a teacher who cares about design. From the design of her classroom, to the design of her school, to the design of the work she expects from her students, design plays an important role in the things she does.  In this episode we talk to Melinda about her classroom, her school, her city and a bunch of other things.

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Melinda is from Atlanta Georgia in the USA, but teaches at Concordia International School in Shanghai China, where she's lived with her family for the past 7 years. As well as talking about education issues we also chat a little about life in China. We also ask the controversial question, "do teachers who have done things outside of teaching make the best teachers?"

Also, don't forget that the Virtual Staffroom has been nominated (again!) for an Edublog Award in the Best Educational Podcast division.  If you'd like to cast a vote our way, feel free at http://edublogawards.com/2010awards/best-educational-podcast-2010

PS: In the podcast I accidentally attributed the "Did You Know?" videos to Michael Wesch.  While Michael has made some amazing videos about Digital Ethnography, I should correct myself and say that Karl Fisch is generally considered to be the originator of the "Did you Know" videos.

Dec 09 2010

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VSR36: Connected

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In this episode I get to have a fun chat with three highly connected educators about the value that being connected brings to them. Chrissy Hellier is a New Zealander working in Bangkok; Amanda Marrinan teaches in Brisbane Australia; and Paul Wood works in Dallas, Texas.

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We talk about the idea of connectedness, the value of what it means to be a connected educator and the opportunities it can open for your classroom. We also talk about Skype, Twitter and other tools of connectedness, as well as the value of actually starting the recorder when recording a podcast! Enjoy!

Mentioned in the podcast...
Amanda Marrinan


Chrissy Hellier

Paul R Wood

Dec 04 2010

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VSR35: Free As In Speech

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Mark Osborne from Albany Senior High School in NZ joins us to talk about the way his school leverages the power of Open Source software, cloud computing and hosted servers. We are also joined by Australian teachers Roland Gesthuizen and Peter Ruwoldt.

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Other resources mentioned in the podcast
Enjoy!  Comments welcome as always.

Aug 19 2010

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VSR34: Short Notice

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After rustling these guys up on Twitter at short notice, Rob Newberry, David Wees, Linda Pilkington, Britt Gow and Suzie Vesper join us to talk about copyright, iPads and iPods, and pretty much anything else on their minds!

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Suzie Vesper - @suzievesper
Britt Gow - @brittgowLinda Pilkington - @linda_pilkoRob Newberry - @robinthailandDavid Wees - @davidwees
Copyright LinksiPods in Education Links
Suzie's Wikis

Jul 09 2010

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VSR33: This Is Not Amazing

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During the recent Australian ITSC Conferences run by Apple Australia, Chris Betcher gave the keynote address called This is Not Amazing.  This podcast is a recording of that keynote.

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The ITSC Conferences took place on the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, and contained a significant unconference component that allowed participants to play and explore ideas rather than just get talked at.  However, there were still a few "talks", and this keynote was one of them.  It's based on the idea that, 10 years into the 21st Century, we need to stop being so amazed at things that ought to by now just be part of the way things are.

May 29 2010

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VSR32: Be Very Afraid

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Be Very Afraid is the brainchild of Professor Stephen Heppell, a gathering that brings together students from all over the UK to showcase some incredible ICT related projects. In this episode we hear some Stephen's personal insights about BVA.

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In this episode I have the great pleasure of having a chat with the enigmatic Professor Stephen Heppell.  With a story for just about every occasion, Stephen is a absolute mine of great insights and perspectives about the future of education.

Be Very Afraid is one of Stephen’s many educational projects.  It brings together students from all over the UK to showcase some incredible ICT related projects. There is some truly amazing learning taking place here.  In this episode we get to hear some of the backstory to BVA as well as a few of Stephen’s personal insights about it.

We finish with a chat about education in general and some really wonderful insights into getting the best from our students.
A special thank you to Stephen for his time, and to Lys for helping me set this up.

Feb 23 2010

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VSR31: The Culture Shift

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Pamela Livingston, Leslie Wison and Ben Jones know an awful lot about implementing successful 1-1 computing rollouts.  In this episode we dig into the core ideas behind a successful 1-1 implementation.

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Pamela Livingston, Leslie Wison and Ben Jones know an awful lot about implementing successful 1-1 computing rollouts. They have all had extensive experience with some huge state-wide rollouts of laptop devices to students.  In this episode we dig into the core ideas behind a successful 1-1 implementation.

Pamela Livingston - New Jersey
Ben Jones - Sydney
Leslie Wilson - Michigan

Jan 19 2010

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VSR30: The Whiteboard Conundrum

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In this episode as we speak with Rob Newberry, James Hollis, Danny Nicholson, Martin Levins and Stuart Walsh, five experienced and opinionated IWB users and try to explore some of the bigger, deeper questions behind the use of IWB technology.

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Love them or hate them, interactive whiteboards seem to have become a part of today’s modern classroom.  There are many teachers who see them as a wonderful ‘window to the world’, able to open their classrooms up to a plethora of digital experiences, make learning richer and more engaging in the process.  Then there are others who see IWBs as the devil incarnate, a scourge on the educational landscape that sets our classrooms back by thirty years. They claim them to be setting the sage back on the stage and ruining the student focused nature of the classroom.

The truth is that interactive technologies are whatever you make of them. Join us in this episode as we speak with five experienced and opinionated IWB users and try to dig into the deeper questions behind the use of this technology.
As always, we encourage you to continue the conversation in the comments below. Or if you want to engage in this conversation a little more deeply, take a look at www.iwbrevolution.com

Nov 01 2009

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VSR29: The C Word

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This episode is a roundup of thoughts, ideas and impressions from delegates at the recent IWBNet Leading a Digital School Conference on Australia's Gold Coast.

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I wandered around on the last day with my iPhone voice recorder and asked a few people for their thoughts on the event and how they might put some of their ideas into practice.  It was a terrific conference with a basic message about the need for change as we lead our schools forward into the 21st century.

Be sure to check out the links below (including the Twitter stream…)
And of course, your comments are always welcome below!

Sep 06 2009

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VSR28: All This Scratchin'

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Bill Kerr and Peter Ruwoldt  teach in South Australia and have been using Scratch extensively with their students for quite a while. Peter was very involved in Scratch Day, an annual event to promote Scratch, and he shares some of his insights about this.

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Scratch is an easy to learn programming tool developed by MIT and is finding enthusiastic users all over the world.  In this episode we have a chat to two experienced Scratchers, Bill Kerr and Peter Ruwoldt. Peter and Bill both teach in South Australia and have been using Scratch extensively with their students for quite a while, so they were the ideal people to chat to in order to find out more.

Peter was also very involved in Scratch Day, an annual event to promote Scratch, and he shares some of his insights about this.

Links from this episode:
Enjoy your Scratchin’!

Jul 14 2009

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VSR27: Raising The Bar

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Jarrod Robinson, Ben Jones and Shane Roberts are not ones for sticking with the status quo. Our conversation explores some very cool tools being used for integrating technology with PE, such as Bluetooth broadcasting, QR codes and the Wii Remote.

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Raising the Bar is an expression that comes from athletics, where high jumpers will keep pushing themselves just that little bit further… it also describes well the sorts of thinking you’ll find coming from these amazing Physical Education teachers; Jarrod Robinson, Ben Jones and Shane Roberts.  Not ones for sticking with the status quo, our conversation with these guys explores some very cool tools being used for integrating technology with PE, such as Bluetooth broadcasting, QR codes and the Wii Remote.  Beyond the fun tools though are some very deep ideas about some genuinely powerful pedagogy.

This episode is a little longer than most, since Shane joined us late in the conversation and raised some interesting conversation about the use of non-synchronous discussion tools. Overall though, these guys created a great podcast that is a must-listen.
Links mentioned in this episode:

Ben
Blog - http://bloglearningrhhs.blogspot.com

Jarrod
Blog - http://mrrobbo.wordpress.com
Twitter - @mrrobbo

Shane
Blog - http://shanetechteach.edublogs.org/
Twitter - @shanetechteach

Blue Magnet Bluetooth server  - http://www.bluemagnet.com/
QR Code Generator - http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
WiiMote Project - http://www.wiimoteproject.com/

May 17 2009

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