My Edublog Award Nominations for 2011

The Edublog Awards provides opportunity  to grow the community of edubloggers and let others know how professionally and personally important they are to us. It also gives one a chance to update blogrolls. I couldn’t believe that I had left some of my favourite bloggers of my roll. Apologies…and apologies to any friends, colleagues and bloggers […]

Teachers and Social Media

“If you can’t dance a step, you can’t teach it, and if you can’t teach it – we might as well all pack up and go home.” from STRICTLY BALLROOM cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Dell’s Official Flickr Page I read Steve Wheeler’s PLN post, ‘Tools of the trade’ this weekend and […]

Connected…or at least, connecting!

The department supports its employees’ participation in social media online applications such as social networking sites, wikis, blogs, microblogs, video and audio sharing sites and message boards that allow people to easily publish, share and discuss content. The above quote is the opening statement in the new Social Media Policy released by my employer, the NSW […]

How to use social media to collaborate*

Over the last few years my presentations and workshops, designed to share my enthusiasm for Web 2.0 with colleagues, have led to many new friendships as well as much personal and professional excitement at the future of learning. It is evident to me that all of us involved in education need to personally develop life-long […]

Passion for learning…

For the first time in 20 years I do not have English classes to teach. The principal has requested that I am ‘off the timetable’ and work with all students on digital citizenship and creating a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) or, if you prefer, Personal Learning Network (PLN). This is another small step towards creating […]

10 People I follow on twitter and why

Reading a post by Larry Ferlazzo led me to think of 10 tweeps I enjoy and get good value from each day. I notice that all have a fantastic blog/site which is essential IMHO. In alphabetical order: @ABCMarkScott – The ABC has positioned itself well online over that last decade or so, especially in regards […]

Twitter Literati for English Teachers

Australian English teachers have not flocked to twitter in the way I envisaged back in early 2008. I have been guilty of spamming email distribution lists, evangelising at conferences and publishing traditional print based articles in professional journals, all with very limited success in convincing my colleagues, in any great numbers, to tweet. There are some notable exceptions, tweeple I admire greatly, […]


I jokingly said to @pipcleaves that my blog will receive some attention these holidays due to the large number of work/school tasks needing to be completed. A new theme, page and header, a couple of posts, maybe a some photography photoshopped was all one had in mind. I certainly had no intention of actually moving away from my […]

Your PLN

This is a great, professional looking slideshare presentation from Mark Woolley found at Heyjudeonline.

'PLN Yourself'

Last year @suewaters collected some great data on PLNs which assisted her to build this ‘PLN Yourself’ wiki. Sue’s work has helped many, including myself, to inservice colleagues and grow our networks. Please help Sue Waters to collect data on the tools that assist our PLNs.

Connectivism & Connective Knowledge #CCK09

This week, like many learning professionals around the globe, I commenced an online course to disrupt all online courses, Connectivism & Connective Knowledge. The #CCK09 MOODLE has many resources and you can drop by and read all the participant introductions. ‘Connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that […]

The Best School Websites

Q: What’s the best school website you know? Please send! I’ll collate and do a blog post. Cheers I asked the above question of my PLN on Twitter and what follows is the complete list of all school websites tweeted or emailed in response. Thanks to everyone who responded and/or retweeted. I’ve decided to break […]

A Brave New World-Wide-Web

David Truss created this great, inspirational video last year. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.3098352&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “A Brave New World-Wide-Web! (The vide…“, posted with vodpod  

Learning Professionals to Follow on Twitter

Check out this list, 100 Featured Learning Professionals Online . ‘Learning Professionals’, I really like the way Jane Hart has described ‘educators’ to follow on Twitter. Wonder how other people feel about the description? I am going to work my way through Jane’s list and find some new people to ‘follow’. Who is new, to you, for […]

The Best of 1:1 Advice

Here’s the cream of the 100s of replies from my PLN, you folks, for a 4 minute – ‘best of 1: 1′ laptop suggestions – video. 1:1 PLN Advice

10 things 'a school' can do in preparation for 1:1 (laptops) in classrooms

This is the third post in a series. You may wish to read the first and second posts concerned with what a teacher and faculty can do in preparation for 1:1 too. 10 things ‘a school’ can do in preparation for 1:1 (laptops) in classrooms: 1. Funding– expectations of  a champagne experience from a beer budget tend to fizzle when the reality […]

10 things 'a faculty' can do in preparation for 1:1 (laptops) in classrooms

10 things ‘a faculty’ can do in preparation for 1:1 (laptops) in classrooms: 1. Support the school’s agenda – help to make good ideas work but also shape them with positive input followed by action. HTs have a special role here in leading their faculty positively and realistically. Be collaborative and then complete honest reflection […]

Australian Educators to Follow on Twitter

Recently I’ve been chatting with lots of teachers new to Twitter or keen to experience the service. I’ve sent them links that list ways to find teachers and professionals to follow on Twitter. Here’s an alphabetical list of 10 Australian educators that I get great value from on Twitter: Chris Betcher Dean Groom Elaine Talbert Kelli McGraw […]

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