The future is Blended

Some of the slides from my presentation at the Oxford Conference last week.  They may not all make sense without the narrative, but you can get a sense of my outrageous propositions!



Want data? We got it.

I sometimes get questions from other more sceptical teachers asking things ‘where’s the data? for the kinds of technology related concerns that I’m always talking about as being more and central to learning. I remember nodding vigorously when one speaker at one conference said something like ‘If you looking for proof that technology should be in contemporary learning, you’re asking the wrong questions’. Something like that. Precise quote hey!

Or, I remember several occasions when someone (usually the someone with the financial clout) will say something in a meeting like, ‘Yes, but where’s your evidence that this ipad thing is ever going to take off?’ or ‘What other schools are using wikis?’

So, I was interested in this ‘Internet Trends’ slideshow a colleague alerted me to today. Over a hundred slides. Scroll it through. Put the pieces together. What does this have to do with learning? If you’re asking that, you’re asking the wrong questions!

Podcasting Made Easy

I’m halfway through putting together a series of audio pieces on the poet Gwen Harwood for my Year 12 Literature class; it will be a mix of students reading the poems, to students and teachers discussing the poems: Harwood; the album! I enjoy listening to podcasts, and have tried making them in the past, with limited success.

Maybe I’m a frustrated broadcaster at heart. Okay, I am a frustrated broadcaster. Maybe I just want to justify buying one of those cool retro Snowball Microphones. Okay, that too! But there’s something powerful and intimate and compelling about audio done well, and it matches beautifully with poetry.

This slideshare from Andi Kenuam shows how to get started. There’s more at Free Technology for Teachers