Better Tools, Better Learning II Conference – Latvia

Better Tools, Better Learning II Conference – Latvia

Earlier in the year I was invited by Helga Holtkamp the director of the European Educational Publishers Group (EEPG) to speak at their Better Tools, Better Learning II Conference in Riga, Latvia. It’s always a huge priviledge to share the work from my classroom at different educational events and it’s great to be able to share ways in which theories of new literacies, multiliteracies, creative learning and multimodality can be integrated into the fabric of

Blogging and the Imagined Audience

Blogging and the Imagined Audience

I’ve had a great time engaging in blogging for audience and purpose with my class over the past term and a half. Not least, our communication with NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan last month. Blogging has proven itself to really bring the world into my classroom and allow the children to engage in meaningful dialogue with an audience that is not necessarily anonymous. Julia Davies (2006: 60) wrote that blogging allows users to share their voice with

Why I teach…

Why I teach…

I write this on a day that is poignant – January 28th – 27 years after the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster. At this time every year I remember the crew who lost their lives on that day including Christa McAuliffe – the first teacher in space. Christa was a credit to the teaching profession and wisely said: I touch the future… I teach. She was always a teacher, never an astronaut, and intended to go