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&] more about “Assessment Using Games by James Gee“, posted with vodpod  

Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves

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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&] 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

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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&] 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’. […]

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

Michael Wesch’s presentation (at the Library of Congress as part of a series on ‘Digital Natives’) should be viewed by teachers trying to understand the YouTube phenomenon. The musings on ‘why’ are particularly interesting. As a footnote, I follow the presenter on Twitter and was alerted to his upload minutes after he loaded it.   […]

First IT Professional

This made me laugh a year or so ago and recently I came across it again. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1418901&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “First IT Professional“, posted with vodpod  

The Digital Revolution at DHS – Laptop Proposal

DHS needs to plan creatively and carefully in order to position the school effectively to reap the benefits of the Federal Governments funding of the ‘digital revolution’ for 2009 and beyond. The challenges are many but the opportunities afforded our school community are great.   The following outlines a course of action designed to:   […]


Older internet users are catching up with Generation Y in the US it appears. Wonder what the Australian trends are in this area? Also, the latest data on German online habits reveals that 26 million German Internet users viewed more than 3 billion videos online in May 2008. That really is a staggering number of […]

Blocked Site

Alas, went to work during my hols again today and of course, all social networking sites are blocked to staff, regardless of position in the school. I will request that Twitter is unblocked – and Facebook, but suspect my request will be denied. We are so starved of information about the changes that will take […]

Mountains to die on?

What was it like at your school? Were you a smart kid? Were the classes streamed/graded or mixed ability or some combination of both? How did your teachers teach, engage and stimulate interest in the topic or activities? What was the best thing about the way you were taught at school? What was the worst? […]

A Portal to Media Literacy

Everything’s changed or changing – fast. Michael Wesch commences with some of the issues of teaching in an inappropriate space before moving on to new media. I particularly love the Marshall McLuhan quote referred to at the opening of this hour long presentation: The past went that-a-way. When faced with a totally new situation, we […]


Tuning in to the zeitgeist is a full-time job and one that educators are uniquely situated to both understand and interpret. How many other professions have such an opportunity to analyse the march of generations and the cultural climate of the times while reflecting on the nature of knowledge and learning? How can an educator […]

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