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March 30, 2009

Twitter for teaching: don’t believe what you read

March 30, 2009

There’s been a fair bit published/blogged/tweeted about Sir Jim Rose’s Blueprint for a new primary curriculum. This report is due out in April 2009 but as been ‘leaked’ and reported widely. The recent press storm and associated knicker wetting is summed up by some great headlines: Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up by the Guardian Exit Winston ...

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November 27, 2008

The Vice Chancellor’s new VLE

November 27, 2008

Seeing Steve Wheeler’s Emporer’s New clothes blog post reminded me of a little something we produced many years ago - now rebadged as The Vice Chancellor’s new VLE. Thanks to the wonder of Google Desktop I was able to find the original from about 8 years ago based on the experiences we had in about 1996 when I was working with ...

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October 30, 2008

Living the open source lifestyle.

October 30, 2008

Having been involved in a number of projects using open source software (such as UsPaCe using Elgg, UPlace using DSpace and the BJHEinFE using Open Journal System) I got the thinking that it could be possible to move over to a totally OS lifestyle. Discussion with JISC’s Lawrie Phipps and my own experience working with partner colleges delivering HEinFE found that ...

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June 13, 2008

Edupunk?

June 13, 2008

There’s much around about Edupunk. Ok, I’m a late comer to the debate (though as this blog is very much in a backwater I’ll use debate as a very loose term) and links to it all. And there’s the obligatory youtube vid. It’s been interesting following the blog posts on Edupunk and as a backlash to Blackboard it’s ...

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February 25, 2008

Elggvoices

February 25, 2008

When it comes to micro blogging I have to admit it’s not really held my attention. I was too late for Jaiku and I never really spent the time to fully exploit Twitter. We have, though,  been spending a lot of time working with Elgg as part of the community area for the UsPaCe project. The community working with Elgg is ...

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June 20, 2007

A blended learning rant

June 20, 2007

I read with interest Nicola’s and George’s posts about ‘e’ learning and blended learning, and this has induced a mild if longish rant.  I am very much with Nicola here, and have to admit that George’s reference to blended learning slightly provoked the rant ;-)  The term blended learning tends to have that effect on me.  Given that it ...

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