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 […]

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 […]

Twitter Search in Plain English

The latest in the CommonCraft series of instructional videos. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.2749535&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about "Twitter Search in Plain English", posted with vodpod

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 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 […]


This is my PowerPoint from today’s video conference, THINKING GLOBALLY, DELIVERING LOCALLY, organised by the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre and the NSW DET:     Thanks to Anne-Maree Moore for her friendly guidance and warm support. I look forward to John Larkin’s presentation tomorrow.

PLNs and PLEs

Last year I started asking around, on Twitter, for the origin of the acronyms that I was reading so much about. ‘Personal Learning Networks’ (PLNs) and ‘Personal Learning Environments’ (PLEs) were so often used by the educators that I was following that it was surprising no-one really could source them. Recently, I have had more […]

Twouble with Twitters

This did make me laugh. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.2250765&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “Twouble with Twitters“, posted with vodpod  

#Bridge Street

My presentation for principals today didn’t go as smoothly as one would hope. We had poor internet access and streaming videos and pages loading properly was problematic. However, my PLN was great and tweeted hellos using the hashtag #BridgeSt. Hopefully some delegates came away enthused with the potential of these tools.

ETA Conference: Web 2.0 Workshop

Colleagues, Far too often at conference ‘workshops’ are merely lectures in masquerade…not today! Now that you have listened to my brief presentation, attempting to define the Web 2.0 and it’s impact, lets try and establish the beginnings of the Personal Learning Networks (PLN) discussed earlier. You may wish to choose your path from the following suite […]

2008 Edublog Award Nominations

My choices for the Edublog Awards are as follows: Best individual blog – Sue Waters’ Mobile Technology in TAFE and The Edublogger have provided so many ideas and practical tips. My fav. posts have been about PLNs and the way Sue demonstrated these at workshops. Best new blog – Tomaz Lasic’s, Human gives this Perth based MOODLE enthusiast […]

A Twitter love song

Sue Waters mentioned a ‘Twitter Love Song’ in her comment about my Twitter post. The opening lyrics are just perfectly poetic, considering that my inclination is to talk some English teaching colleagues into using Twitter. Also, I particularly like the idea of Twitter being a virtual ‘watercooler’. Enjoy this and thanks to Martin Weller. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1678267&w=425&h=350&fv=] more […]


Since Mark Pesce spoke about Twitter at an conference earlier in the year, I have been embarrassingly evangelical about this microblogging service. Quite simply, Twitter lets you microblog pithy 140 characters posts, known as ‘tweets’, to your friends or followers. This often seems inane to the uninitiated but the growing number of influential educators and teacher […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

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 […]

Annotations feature at YouTube and more on Twitter

The annotations feature now available at YouTube has been used to make this interactive card trick. I’d love to hear any ideas on how this can be used with classes. Neither video can be embedded into vodpod, unfortunately, hence the links. Also, keen to hear how Twitter can be used with classes (I have posted […]

Youth Twitter

Some staff are keen to use blogs and with the vodpod widget should be able to develop a good resource that students can access at home and school. I am sure good ideas will emerge as understanding grows. It is a pity that Twitter cannot be accessed at work; this Wired article explains the benefits. I […]