EdTechRoundup 5 – group discussion on VLEs and GLOW

The EdTechRoundup meeting last Sunday night was an unusual one. We decided to record the FlashMeeting session and invited a number of VLE experts and those familiar with the Scottish GLOW network. The resulting discussion was excellent with some great insights and useful information conveyed by a diverse bunch of educators. You can listen to […]

What is a VLE?

There’s been a lot of talk in the media about VLEs and how schools will soon be required to have them. It’s easy for parents (and teachers for that matter) to get a little confused. :-s So… what is a VLE? Easy! Wikipedia has the answer: A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a software system […]

My Ed.D. thesis proposal: What does it mean to be ‘digitally literate’?

submitted the second version of my Ed.D. thesis proposal a while back now. I had to re-submit as I failed the first submission. This was a bit of a shock to the system, never having failed anything academically before. I was advised to wait until I had the marks back for the thesis proposal before posting it on my blog. Here it is…

Creating an Interactive Whiteboard using a Nintendo WiiMote

Before I begin, let me just say that this IS actually easy. To put things into perspective, I didn’t opt for GCSE Electronics 13 years ago because my soldering skills were so bad. I hadn’t touched another soldering iron again – until last night. Anyone with an ounce of hand-eye coordination will be fine… 😉 […]

Mobile-phone based interactive whiteboards using WiiMotes?

Is this all we’ll need in the future for interactive presentations? Excited blog posts and Twitter-comments have been flying back-and-forth across the edublogosphere this week. Why? Because it’s now possible to build a cheap interactive whiteboard using the controller from a Nintendo Wii. I first came across the idea via Mr Platts’ blog which links […]

Towards a forward-thinking Acceptable Use Policy for mobile devices

Enough is enough. I think it was Clay Burrell who (via Twitter) initially pointed me towards this quotation by Gandhi: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Unhappily, teachers in many UK schools (and further afield) are forced into a kind of cognitive dissonance as a […]