Media Studies vs. Dickens

The ability to convey meaning through visual means is an art form just like writing. In schools, subjects which concern themselves (at least in part) with visual literacy topics, such as media studies, tend to be relegated to the vocational or less intelligent students. The brainy students study literature. Dante, Dostoevsky and Dickens were genius…

Free the Dragons

Cadburys did an amazing advert back in 2008. The last 4 seconds advertise Cadbury. The other 87 seconds are about a bunch of airport vehicles racing. Its a fun advert to watch – and 9 years on it is still having the same effect on me. More important for Cadbury, I remember it. Branding is…

Digital Citizenship 101

The final project for the second course had various options, but I knew as soon as I saw it that the project into PD on digital literacy was what I needed to do. I am a Physics teacher, and I love teaching Physics. However understand that there are things more important to student well being…

Educating those who would call you a n00b…

Digital citizenship is all about how you carry yourself online. This is a topic that is very close to my heart, as people in general are largely unaware (or don’t care) of how their online activities can impact others. I have played a game called ‘Defence of the Ancients‘ my entire adult life. It started as…

Your connection is not private

Privacy online is an ever evolving topic. Back when I was first introduced to the internet, privacy issues were not something to be concerned about. Facebook, twitter and even Myspace didn’t exist at the time, and the ability to share to a big audience was significantly less than it is now. Technical skills of the common…

Maps, Apps and Docs – How I re-imagined teaching Heat

Technology is a gift to education, but one that with poor training is not necessarily used appropriately. For example research has suggested that using computers to take notes is less effective than hand writing them. Another example I have noted that students often like the tactile feel and use of ABCD cards as opposed to using digital voting…

Of The Power of International Collaboration

  International classrooms will be one of the big wins of the technological revolution in schools. No longer will it only be that thirty students you always teach, because you now have a doorway to millions more students around the world, potentially learning the same material you teach. Moreover, each student will have a personalised…