Posts Tagged ‘Education’


I find this rather exciting!

The National Library of Australia has thrown open its sacred doors and allowed us to go treasure hunting for text, images and media.

You can search newspapers back to 1803 and read articles, you can search for an image and purchase a print, you can play with maps.

Honestly, if you are teaching a Social Studies/Human Society & Its Environment class you need to click the link and play with the wonders the National Library have unearthed for us. Or, send the students there armed with an assignment to, for instance, create a timeline of events surrounding the Federation of Australia.


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Ahhh, television. Waiting for your program guide to come out so you can work out when the ‘boring nights’ are on so you can catch up on homework. Scheduling late meetings or weekend events around the almighty will of the channel programmers.  Not knowing if tonights episode is actually a repeat, again, checking the Guide.

Chances are, if you are into TV for entertainment, or just love the documentaries, your life has been ruled more by the TV Guide then The Bible.

Now that all commerial and non-commercial ‘free-to-air’ (which now includes free-to-digital) stations have their online components set up, YOU CAN leave the Guide to those who feel the need to vote for the Logies, and take back your life!

What happens is – when a station buys the broadcasting rights to a program, they will (in most cases, though not all) buy the digital rights for a set period of time and make it available online.


This means, if I miss the last episode of ‘Blood, Sweat & T-Shirts’ (which I did) I can hop onto iView (because it was on the ABC) and watch it up to a few weeks after it was aired.

This also means that shows with a large Geek following, such as ‘Doctor Who’ can be online days before it is actually broadcast on the ABC. (Yes, I watch a lot of ABC…)

Thirdly, if there is a series that will work better online then broadcast via the usual means, such as ABC’s new series ‘Bluebird’, they can chose to do that and not even screen it on ABC, ABC2 or ABC3 (the last two being digital channels).

What does this mean for teachers?

You might watch ‘Law & Disorder’ on SBS and decide the episode might be useful additional material for a topic you are covering in class – you then can either show the episdoe in class, or even give instructions for your students to view it on their own time before having a class discussion on the topic.

Very useful!

So who pays?

We do – in most cases the stations are either funded by the government, and therefore we pay in our taxes; or ‘advertising breaks’ are inserted into the online version, much the same as on regular commerical TV.

What technology do you need?

In most cases, you will already have everything to watch from a computer screen. If you want to watch from a standard TV, you can purchase a ‘computer to tv’ magic-box for around AUD$100 (here‘s the long and technical verion in an article).

Come to think of it… this also makes learning to program a VCR defunct… even better!

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website: What does 21st century learning look like?

Education.au offers participants an exclusive opportunity to hear, discuss and debate with leading educators and technologists about 21st century learning.

The seminar provides an occasion for educators, academics, researchers, policy makers, curriculum designers, IT industry, digital media developers who represent a diversity of views and approaches, to meet and discuss the challenge.

The program for the day will feature speakers from technology companies and education sectors providing insight about:

* What does 21st century learning look like?
* What does it mean for our institutions and learning environments?
* How will 21st century learning impact on schooling, parents, the community, workplace and further education?

Panel discussions and opportunities from the audience to interact with speakers.

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Article: In a Digital Future, Textbooks Are History – Tamara Lewin, The New York Times-Education.

Good article on the growing trend of ditching printed textbooks for online sources and e-book versions.

Two examples of governments preferring this method of distribution of knowledge is Korea’s Digital Textbook Program and the California Open Source Textbook Project.

In the New York Times article there is a quote from the superintendent of a low socio-economic area school…

“A large portion of our kids don’t have computers at home, and it would be way too costly to print out the digital textbooks.”

This is something to think about with Cloud computing and Learning (or Course) Management Software, as well as other digital resources — are we adding to the Digital Divide in our march towards -more- technology use in schools?

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Social networking has finally come of age, and you can now use its force for good instead of evil. Here are two communities of professionals that you might like to take a look at…

This is a professional networking tool that lets you get in touch with a host of experts, developers, and practitioners. It is not limited to teachers, but there is a strong community of teachers using this resource to discuss and learn from each other. I’ve found it is very useful for finding answers to ICT questions – on using the technology, as well as how to use it within and without the classroom.

Focussing solely upon the education industry, the me.edu.au group is firmly attached to EdNA. Its a new community, but you’ll only get out of it what you put in; ask question and answer other’s questions, and you’ll start building something good.

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EDNA’s hands on workshops provide training in the use of online services and collaborative tools. Workshops also provide opportunities for networking with the EDNA team and other education professionals.

For more information and to register – click here.

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According to Wikipedia,

A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

As part of your training in Education, we are giving you this opportunity to interact with a blog and get your feet wet with technology that your future class are likely to be very familar with.

The main focus of this blog will be ICT and Education, and the authors will be Education staff: Susannah Brown (Ed. Co-ord. & ICT person), Julie Mathews (Dir. Teaching & Learning) and Pam Harvey (Head of Education).

We encourage you to start a blog of your own (we are using a free service known as WordPress) and hope that you’ll come to enjoy working with blogs… and exploring how a class community might be greatly enhanced by using Web 2.0 technology.

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