Many Getty images, like the above one, are now free to embed on blogs. Great news! See http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26463886 for more.
Calling all NQTs
Are you soon to be a NQT (primary or secondary) this summer? Do you want to be part of a new observational documentary series?
Teacher Teacher will follow the journey of 6 NQTs embarking on their 1st yr in front of a class. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been asked to spread the word about this production and it sounds like a very interesting opportunity to me. Pass the message on to anyone who might be in a position to take part.
More Than a Lick of Paint
For some time now we, one executive member in particular (@donenda), have been busy developing a brand new website for CESI. The old site, in some ways, undersold the society and what it is we represent. So, the whole site has been rethought, reworked and revamped (not just given a lick of paint). The result, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a clean, modern, dynamic site, representative of a society that promotes innovative use of technology in education.
CESI Conference 2014 - Spark The Imagination #cesicon #tmcesi
The annual Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) conference will take place in GMIT on Saturday March 1st. The main event will be preceded, as always, by a TeachMeet event the evening before in the Clayton Hotel.
The TeachMeet event is sold out, so only waiting list places are currently available, but there are still tickets left for Saturday. Registration can be completed via the Eventbrite page. The fee for the day, which includes lunch, is €40, with other prices available for students and unwaged attendees.
The conference programme has been published and can be accessed here. You can also plan your day by taking a look at the timetable. There really is something for everyone at this year’s conference, with topics covering BYOD, wireless networks, Scratch, MOOCs, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, apps for speech and language, WordPress, Digital Literacy, two new Junior Certificate short courses, open education resources, teaching & learning with mobile technology, online learning, Adobe, CoderDojo, Bridge 21, troubleshooting, iPad apps for language, assessment portfolios, digital storytelling, mobile health, outer space in the classroom, Scientix and more.
This year’s conference will be opened by Ciaran Cannon T.D., Minister of State for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills. The keynote speakers, Dr Daithí Ó Murchú, Dr Deirdre Butler and Dr Michael Hallissy, will entertain, spark the imagination and provoke much thought and debate around various topics related to technology in education, including the implications of the National Digital Strategy.
You can keep up with all conference news via the hashtags #tmcesi (for the Friday night TeachMeet) and #cesicon (for the Saturday conference) on Twitter and remember to follow @TMCESI and @cesitweets. Please use these hashtags in all discussions about the TeachMeet and conference on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Flickr… you get the point!
Let your friends, families and colleagues know about the conference by sharing this poster on your staffroom noticeboard or anywhere else you can think of.
Constructing The Web
This is my idea of how the web has developed. I used Preceden to put together a timeline as part of an activity on the MOOC offered by the University of Southampton through FutureLearn called “Web science: how the web is changing the world”.
You can see the full timeline with more detail here. I stopped the timeline at 2020, who knows what the web will look like then? I have also left out some major events and people but this is the web as my limited knowledge allows me to understand it.
What does your web look like?
As part of my current studies at DCU, I am engaging in a MOOC offered by the University of Southampton through FutureLearn called “Web science: how the web is changing the world”.
Below are my responses to two questions posed in one of the modules.
Do you learn from it, are you entertained by it, or does it help you to run your life?
I learn from the web all the time. Sometimes this consists of formal learning, such as taking part in this MOOC or doing an online CPD course for school. More often, however, I find myself engaged in informal learning. I network with colleagues on Twitter, Tumblr and, to a lesser extent, Facebook and Google+. I have built a PLN spanning the globe and have been lucky to meet many of them face to face through attendance at conferences. I keep up with a lot of educational blogs from which I am constantly picking up tips and gathering resources to inform and enhance my own practice.
I am entertained by the web on a daily basis. I watch YouTube videos shared by my friends on social networks, I browse Instagram to see what my friends are posting, I use Spotify and Netflix to stream audio and video content. In the space of a few years, the web has become the main form of entertainment for me. I spend far more time online than I do listening to music offline, watching TV offline, reading or engaging in any other form of entertainment. What would I do without it? The web is how I keep up with what’s going on in the lives of my family and friends and what’s happening in the wider world.
The web helps me to run my life. I pay my bills online, I book travel tickets and holidays online, I buy concert tickets online, I communicate with colleagues and co-ordinate most of my working life via email. I use Google Calendar to keep track of meetings, classes and appointments. I use a reminder app that syncs to all my devices through the cloud - essential for a scatterbrain like me! In short. The strangest part is that I have lived more of my life without the web than with it, but given the extent to which it now permeates my daily existence, I can’t imagine living without it.
How would you characterise yourself as a ‘browser’ or ‘user’ of the Web?
I would call myself a web user. I certainly do plenty of browsing, simply consuming content and moving on. More often, though, I feel I use the web well. I blog here to share some thoughts and ideas, I collect and share interesting educational links on Diigo, I engage in discussions on Twitter, I use cloud services to aid my productivity (Dropbox is one of the best things that ever happened to me!).
In short, I feel the web has become more than just an extension of my life. I actually feel that it is a part of my life in the same way that some people are a part of my life. That is not to say that it is as important as those people, but it has become equally entwined with the various strands of my life (social, educational, personal etc.) as many people have.
Now, what does your web look like?