Getting Critical about Collaboration

I recently came across the following statement from Martin McGuran: Technology allows global classroom connections and collaboration BUT the majority of teachers are not taking the plunge. Why? They don’t know how to. This comment left me wondering, what is it that teachers ‘don’t know’ how to do? Is there something different about collaborating with…

A Global2 Guide

Global2 is a blogging environment managed by the Department of Education and Training (DET). It is licenced for Catholic and State schools across Victoria. It is the largest Edublogs campus in the world. Providing the functionality of WordPress, plus the added benefits of moderation, filtering, class management and network administration. The Basics There are three…

Back to (Blogging) Basics

Jennifer Hogan recently wrote a post about the 13 things to consider when blogging. Here is a summary of her list: Every journey is unique Make time to learn each day Blog regularly Forgive yourself when you don’t post Put your social profile links on your blog Schedule posts ahead of time Create graphics for…

Education’s Digital Futures

Simon Keily recently shared a post with me exploring the question, What do you think the digital future of education entails? Here are some of my initial thoughts: What is technology? When comments are made that technology is failing us or even harming us, we need to consider what we actually mean by ‘technology’ and…

Daily Habits

Steve Brophy has been digging into the art of deliberate habits lately, whether it be having a clear morning routine, 750 word and setting up his workspace to nullify distraction. During the recent episode of Design and Play he posed the question: What are the daily habits that you do as a learner? This got…

Questions for Cal

Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, recently closed the National Coaching Conference for Educators with a suggestion to move away from false appeal associated with social media. Instead, he encouraged educators to spend their time focusing on ‘deep work’. To support this, Scott spoke about the work of Cal Newport. Ignoring the…

The Risk of Hospitality

Digciz is a conversation centered around ideas of Digital Citizenship. The focus this week is on hospitality, in particular, the openness, risk and vulnerability relating to existing in online spaces. My response involves a series of short reflections: Context First Peter Skillen recently reflected on a situation where he corrected someone. He was sorry for…

Starting the Learning Before the Conference

I was recently involved in conversation online in regards to re-imagining the conference experience. There were so many points made, such as: Provide multiple opportunities to practice and experience new skills. Focus on practical techniques and take-aways. Create conditions for collaboration and relationship building. Accelerate ongoing learning and professional dialogue Allow teachers to engage in…