Dapto HS Executive at WIN TV

Andrew FitzSimons interviewed by WIN TV after a presentation about the digital future(s). [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1579220&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “Dapto HS Executive at WIN TV“, posted with vodpod  

Reinventing the school lunch

I know I am posting too many TED videos but they are just so good. How important is this topic? [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1569219&w=425&h=350&fv=bgColor%3DFFFFFF%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fmovies%2FAnnCooper_2007P-embed-EG_high.flv%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26fullscreenURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fflash%2Ffullscreen.html%26forcePlay%3Dfalse%26logo%3D%26allowFullscreen%3Dtrue] more about “Reinventing the school lunch“, posted with vodpod  

Digital museum

The BBC reported on the Virtual Museum of Archaeology (MAV) which is sited 100 metres from the ruins of Herculaneum. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1560781&w=425&h=350&fv=config%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fnews.bbc.co.uk%2Fplayer%2Femp%2Fconfig%2Fdefault.xml%3Fv10%26companionSize%3D300x30%26companionType%3Dadi%26preroll%3D%26config_settings_suppressItemKind%3Dadvert%2C+ident%26config_settings_autoPlay%3Dfalse%26config_settings_showPopoutButton%3Dfalse%26playlist%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fnews.bbc.co.uk%252Fmedia%252Femp%252F7610000%252F7613200%252F7613230.xml%26config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_pageType%3Deav2%26embedReferer%3D%26config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_edition%3DInternational%26embedPageUrl%3D%2F2%2Fhi%2Fprogrammes%2Fclick_online%2F7610956.stm%26] more about “Digital museum“, posted with vodpod      

Once Upon a School

Dave Eggers delivering a TED talk on what a community can do to educate young people. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1558423&w=425&h=350&fv=bgColor%3DFFFFFF%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fmovies%2FDAVEEGGERS-2008-2_high.flv%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26fullscreenURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fflash%2Ffullscreen.html%26forcePlay%3Dfalse%26logo%3D%26allowFullscreen%3Dtrue] more about “Once Upon a School“, posted with vodpod  

A free digital library

All teachers should watch this TED video. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1551300&w=425&h=350&fv=bgColor%3DFFFFFF%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fmovies%2FBrewsterKahle_2007P-embed-EG_high.flv%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26fullscreenURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fflash%2Ffullscreen.html%26forcePlay%3Dfalse%26logo%3D%26allowFullscreen%3Dtrue] more about “A free digital library “, posted with vodpod  

Generation Z and Dad's Toys

My new iPhone really is a joy but I will not wax lyrical too much other than to talk about Lucy (4) and Sarah’s (2) perception of Dad’s new toy – and their lack of bias towards one medium or another. On Saturday morning both girls woke up early and all 4 of us ended […]

Reflections on the NSW Deputy Principals' Conference

The DP’s association annual conference was held at Star City this week and was the third consecutive I’ve attended. Considering last year it was at Rose Hill, I am starting to think the folk who choose the venues have gambling problems as the actual spaces are so inappropriate for an Education conference, on a number of different levels, that it is hard […]

The Web and TV, a sibling rivalry

Another great TED video. Peter Hirshberg on ‘sibling rivalry’. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1534317&w=425&h=350&fv=bgColor%3DFFFFFF%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fmovies%2FPeterHirschberg_2007P-embed-EG_high.flv%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26fullscreenURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fflash%2Ffullscreen.html%26forcePlay%3Dfalse%26logo%3D%26allowFullscreen%3Dtrue] more about “The Web and TV, a sibling rivalry“, posted with vodpod  

Assessment Using Games by James Gee

James Gee has written a many books on situated learning and what video games have to offer Education. This video explores how games are perfect considering the nature of assessment. Thanks to Kelli for the link. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1526648&w=425&h=350&fv=flvPath%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.edutopia.org%2Fmedia%2Fjames_gee%2Fjames_gee.flv%26pPath%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.edutopia.org%2Fmedia%2Fjames_gee%2Fjames_gee.jpg] more about “Assessment Using Games by James Gee“, posted with vodpod  

Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.1511910&w=425&h=350&fv=bgColor%3DFFFFFF%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fmovies%2FSugataMitra_2007P-embed-Lift_high.flv%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26fullscreenURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fflash%2Ffullscreen.html%26forcePlay%3Dfalse%26logo%3D%26allowFullscreen%3Dtrue] more about “Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach the…“, posted with vodpod    

Google Reader in Plain English

Really, Google Reader has changed my life. I highly recommend using this tool to improve time management and efficiency. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1510614&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about "Google Reader in Plain English ", posted with vodpod

Gilmore's Law, Smartphones and Wikipanion

The filters that school systems use to manage what students access will shortly become irrelevant to the young people being protected (from themselves?). How long before every student just accesses what they want in the playground via their mobile phone? Quite simply, it is Gilmore’s Law in action in our schools. One great use for […]


Where are students exposed to Philosophy in the K-12 syllabus? Societal changes and the challenge of understanding requires more than the occasional teacher with a philosophical bent waxing lyrical in the classroom. This primary school program looks inspiring and the data, on improved outcomes, is very impressive. I guess, if there is no formalised program, a clip […]

David Griffin on how photography connects us

This is a great TED video on how photography creates narrative. Some of the images are truly affecting. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1491274&w=425&h=350&fv=bgColor%3DFFFFFF%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fmovies%2FDavidGriffin_2008-embed-Nokia_high.flv%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26fullscreenURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.videoegg.com%2Fted%2Fflash%2Ffullscreen.html%26forcePlay%3Dfalse%26logo%3D%26allowFullscreen%3Dtrue] more about “David Griffin on how photography conn…“, posted with vodpod    

Spooks Code 9

Spooks Code 9 is a new BBC drama set in 2013 after a nuclear bomb explodes at the London Olympics. The program has some interesting digital marketing ideas. You can: watch the first 10 minutes of each episode online before it screens be updated at Liberty News, a fictional online news site that invites viewers to enter this post-nuclear world where […]

Collisions & Smash Repairs

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.1480937&w=425&h=350&fv=] more about “Collisions & Smash Repairs – Uploaded…“, posted with vodpod         This Mark Pesce keynote to the TAFE Sydney Institute ICT Roundtable, held at the Ultimo campus, Wednesday 13 August 2008 makes the point that Education, like information, wants to be free. I particularly like his comments about Twitter being […]

Walking into the future backwards

The Opening Ceremony at the Olympics in Beijing was stunning and stimulated my sense of the metaphoric in a manner that such events usually do not. The massive digital scroll that unfurled to highlight chapters in China’s history was just awesome. This masterful piece of storytelling – and technical wizardy – was a synthesis of form and […]

How can Moodle change a school: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of Tomaz’ video.   [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1460422&w=425&h=350&fv=height%3D350%26width%3D425%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fflvideo%2F44986.flv%26image%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fthumb%2F44986.jpg%26location%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fplayer%2Fsearch%2Fmediaplayer.swf%26logo%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fimages%2Fgreylogo.swf%26searchlink%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fteachertube.com%2Fsearch_result.php%253Fsearch_id%253D%26frontcolor%3D0xffffff%26backcolor%3D0x000000%26lightcolor%3D0xFF0000%26screencolor%3D0xffffff%26autostart%3Dfalse%26volume%3D80%26overstretch%3Dfit%26link%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fview_video.php%3Fviewkey%3Dd93a510ea9bd337a4d14%26linkfromdisplay%3Dtrue%26recommendations%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fembedplaylist.php%3Fchid%3D56] more about “How can Moodle change a school: Part 2“, posted with vodpod  

How can Moodle change a school: Part 1

Tomaz has created an inspiring video about Moodle at his school in Perth. Thanks to Julian for posting about this great resource for us new to Moodle.   [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1460393&w=425&h=350&fv=height%3D350%26width%3D425%26file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fflvideo%2F44998.flv%26image%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fthumb%2F44998.jpg%26location%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fplayer%2Fsearch%2Fmediaplayer.swf%26logo%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fimages%2Fgreylogo.swf%26searchlink%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fteachertube.com%2Fsearch_result.php%253Fsearch_id%253D%26frontcolor%3D0xffffff%26backcolor%3D0x000000%26lightcolor%3D0xFF0000%26screencolor%3D0xffffff%26autostart%3Dfalse%26volume%3D80%26overstretch%3Dfit%26link%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fview_video.php%3Fviewkey%3D9ec05515966ba0fe3e5d%26linkfromdisplay%3Dtrue%26recommendations%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachertube.com%2Fembedplaylist.php%3Fchid%3D56] more about “How can Moodle change a school: Part 1“, posted with vodpod    

Brainology – Transforming Students’ Motivation to Learn

“More and more research is showing that our brains change constantly with learning and experience and that this takes place throughout our lives…we have shown that what students believe about their brains — whether they see their intelligence as something that’s fixed or something that can grow and change — has profound effects on their […]


Actually went to Dymocks in George Street and checked out the iLiad. I really wanted to buy one with the money earned judging the SMH Young Writer Comp but couldn’t justify the outlay for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I had the salesman search for the PDF of the last few novels I read and […]

Darcy's Blog – Education, Technology, Life

‘Education’ and ‘Technology’ have had space at this blog but ‘Life’ needs more air-time. I turn 40 (I am Darcy1968 after all) in August and need to share my birthday treat with you, as we’ve just had confirmation that all plans are go! Kate and I will be leaving our 2 and 4 year olds […]

Digital Natives Series: Open Source Reality

‘Today’s constantly evolving interactive technologies are having a profound impact on our culture, and the analog generation needs to look to its children to learn how to cope.’ The Library of Congress series on Digital Natives concludes with Douglas Rushkoff‘s presentation. I particularly like how he worries about the concept of ‘digital revolution’ preferring a ‘renaissance’. […]

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