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Changing Paradigms

March 4th, 2014 by Graham Attwell

I can’t think how we missed this video before. Anyway many thanks to Owen for suggesting it. This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. You can watch the lecture in full here.

Coding is for everyone

January 14th, 2014 by Graham Attwell

Part of our current work is about developing ideas for teaching kids to code. And the idea seems to be catching on. “Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab — it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them.”

More about Pontypridd

January 14th, 2014 by Graham Attwell


Archive film of Pontypridd, the home town of Pontydysgu. With the forthcoming launch of the DysguPonty project, I am wondering how digital media changes the sense of space and communication, particularly in a small town such as Ponty.

Where are we from?

December 18th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

Creithiau English from Like an Egg Productions on Vimeo.

When I go to international meetings I always get asked where Pontydysgu is from. the answer, of course, is Pontypridd, but that does not always get us much further. 14 kilometres north of Cardiff, in Wales, I say, but once more sadly that often draws blank faces. Today I stumbled over this video by our old friends Like An Egg Productions. The explain: “Local resident and poet Nicholas McGaughey penned a beautiful poem in Welsh about the Rhondda, citing distinctive oddities that only the native population would relate too. It’s poignant message describes what has been lost, but also the vibrant culture and colourful characters that still remain.”

Collaborative, world wide and the best tools

December 18th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

A couple of years everyone was predicting that virtual reality would be the next big thing in educational technology. Of course it didn’t happen and everyone moved on to the next big thing. But in the meantime the technology has developed. More importantly, teachers and students have themselves worked out how to use the technology for teaching and learning. This video shows how augmented reality app  Aurasma is being used in a primary school in the UK. Incidentally., after watching this, I think we should leave explaining technology to children. They do it so much better!

Virtually Real

November 15th, 2013 by Jenny Hughes

As a take on e-learning this just made me laugh so I thought I’d share it

Behind the Scenes – Making a Common Craft Type Video

November 10th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

Ever wondered how Common Craft make their stop motion videos. This fine presentation by a group 10 year olds filming their common craft style video How to be Responsible shows you how to do it. Posted by teacher Tim Macmillan

Hitch

November 4th, 2013 by Graham Attwell


I was browsing on the wonderfully creative DS106 website. And I came upon this video, made as a graduation project at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover.  They say “It’s about The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook«, an animated book containing the recipes for Alfred Hitchcock’s classics. It’s made for Hitchcock enthusiasts and every other couch potato out there.”

being an audio fan myself, I especially like the voice over on the video.

A tribute to Coders

September 22nd, 2013 by Graham Attwell


You might not have known it but Friday 13th Septemeber was Programmers Day. I don’t code but am in awe of those who do. And so in a belated tribute to programmers everywhere I am linking to this video. Via coder, Rolandas Zikis Ziukevičius.

Student Voice

August 23rd, 2013 by Graham Attwell

“What do we mean by student voice” asks Catherine Cronin in the blog which accompanies this presentation.  She says “the term tends to signify a set of values and behaviours which includes Sound (the act of speaking), Participation (student presence and involvement), and Power or Agency (see Cook-Sather, 2006). Making space for student voices confronts the power dynamics within schools, classrooms, and the relationships between teachers and students. Without addressing the notion of power in these relationships, student voice initiatives may be simply window dressing. When we truly value and create spaces for student voices, students feel respected and engaged, teachers listen, and students and teachers learn from one another.”

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    Sounds of the Bazaar LIVE from the Online EDUCA Berlin 2013

    We will broadcast from Berlin on the 5th and the 6th of December. Both times it will start at 11.00 CET and will go on for about 40 minutes.

    Go here to listen to the radio stream: SoB Online EDUCA 2013 LIVE Radio.

    The podcast of the first show on the 5th is here: SoB Online EDUCA 2013 Podcast 5th Dec.

    Here is the second show as a podcast: SoB Online EDUCA 2013 Podcast 6th Dec.

    News Bites

    Open online STEM conference

    The Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference claims to be the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The conference is being held over the course of three days, September 19-21, 2013, and is free to attend!
    STEMxCon is a highly inclusive event designed to engage students and educators around the globe and we encourage primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching.

    To find out about different sessions and to login to events go to http://bit.ly/1enFDFB


    Open Badges

    A new nationwide Open Badges initiative has been launched by DigitalMe in the UK. Badge the UK has been developed to help organisations and businesses recognise young people’s skills and achievements online.

    Supported by the Nominet Trust, the Badge the UK initiative is designed to support young people in successfully making the transition between schools and employment using Mozilla Open Badges as a new way to capture and share skills across the web.

    At the recent launch event at Mozilla’s London HQ Lord Knight emphasised the “disruptive potential” of Open Badges within the current Education system. At a time of record levels of skills shortages and unemployment amongst young people all speakers stressed need for a new way to encourage and recognise learning which lead to further training and ultimately employment opportunities. Badge the UK is designed to help organisations and businesses see the value in using Mozilla Open Badges as a new way to recognise skills and achievement and and connect them to real world training and employment opportunities.

    You can find more information on the DigitalMe web site.


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    Apologies for the broken Twitter feeds on this page. It seems Twitter have once more changed their APi, breaking our WordPress plug-in. It isn’t the first time and we will have to find another work around. Super tech, Dirk is on the case and we hope normal service will be resumed soon.


    MOOCs and beyond

    A special issue of the online journal eLearning Papers has been released entitled MOOCs and beyond. Editors Yishay Mor and Tapio Koshkinen say the issue brings together in-depth research and examples from the field to generate debate within this emerging research area.

    They continue: “Many of us seem to believe that MOOCs are finally delivering some of the technology-enabled change in education that we have been waiting nearly two decades for.

    This issue aims to shed light on the way MOOCs affect education institutions and learners. Which teaching and learning strategies can be used to improve the MOOC learning experience? How do MOOCs fit into today’s pedagogical landscape; and could they provide a viable model for developing countries?

    We must also look closely at their potential impact on education structures. With the expansion of xMOOC platforms connected to different university networks—like Coursera, Udacity, edX, or the newly launched European Futurelearn—a central question is: what is their role in the education system and especially in higher education?”


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