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

Retiring Technologies

Retiring Technologies

With the change of command ceremony on Saturday, our time on the ISS [International Space Station] has really come to an end and our focus is on descent. Last time, I landed in the summer in the desert of California in a space shuttle. This time, it will be winter on the steppes of Kazakhstan in a gumdrop shaped capsule! I have a feeling I already know which one will be bumpier… [Sunita Williams –

Simon Finch on Social Media

I have a great deal of respect for Simon Finch (also known as @simfin on Twitter). He speaks very wisely about teachers and children using social media – backed up with evidence and sound advice. It’s no wonder he has been short-listed for a Naace Impact Award. I was honoured to find that Simon had included some of my work in his BETT presentation about social media in education. Initially the @ClassroomTweets (Using Twitter in

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

Simplify

New horizons, back to blogging and clutter… You may have noticed that my blogging and social media activity has been sporadic, at best, over the past year. This is because, after submitting my MA thesis, I decided that I wanted to spend a year focusing entirely on teaching and learning with my Year 2 class. I have also learnt the value of downtime and the need to reduce clutter both – physical and metaphorical. It

Skyping with The Wren’s Nest

Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post about a project I planned and taught which promoted a critical view of literacy through storytelling based on the Brer Rabbit stories. I subsequently adapted to project to embed work with The Wren’s Nest Museum in Atlanta, the birthplace museum of Joel Chandler Harris who collected the stories. This included using Skype to link up with a story rambler as well as meeting the relatives of Joel Chandler

Calling all bloggers

On September 3rd I will be running a workshop about blogging in education at the New Literacies, Digital Media and Classroom Teaching Conference in Tasmania. At the start of the session I would like to showcase a range of blogs to show the attendees the different affordances and features of blogging systems. If you can think of an effective blog or if you run and blog and would like me to feature it in the presentation then please

#ngconf – A perfect tonic in these troubled times…

I have briefly returned from digital leave to write about the fantastic Northern Grid for Learning Conference (#ngconf) which took place yesterday in Newcastle. I spoke at the conference last year but was even more excited to attend this year as a large proportion of the speakers were folk from Twitter who I have spoken to online over the past two years. My general despair at the state of education and the constant stream of