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Comics

October 30th, 2007

As regular visitors to this site will know we are experimenting with the use of different forms of multi-media to communicate ideas. Lately we have become interested in the use of Comics. Comics allow us to bring together words and pictures to explore and explain a narrative. We hope you will enjoy the comics on this page. If you roll your cursor over the middle right edge of the comic page a navigation arrow will appear.

If you would like to download a copy go to our Flickr pages. Warning – the comics below can take a little time to load.

This is what designer Adryan Puscuta has to say about the comics.

Comics, time, friends, learning and my old shoe….

Actually my old shoe has nothing to do with this, I just wanted to be sure he will never be forgotten. But what really is important, is the chance that Pontydysgu offered me. Being there and working was a fantastic experience. Like always school ruins the fun of life and I went to Bucharest to study. It isn’t all that bad because university professors usually are smart people and the colleagues and friends I have, make my life interesting.
I still keep in touch with Graham and he found the time to develop a new story. My part was simply to help him tell it. I used the Comic Life PC version (http://plasq.com/comiclife-win) and obtained the pictures by searching through http://creativecommons.org and by adding some of my own. After that … it all depends on your imagination. The best part of creating a comic out of Graham’s lines is that I learned from the story he told. I started recognizing components of my personal learning environment around me and I know now the importance of informal learning. I tried to use pictures that express my understanding of the words and for that I needed to understand them first.

I recommend to everyone to create a comic of there own. It’s great fun and very relaxing almost like an old shoe.

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Taccle update

July 25th, 2012 by Graham Attwell

Taccle was one of our most successful projects. The original handbook on technology for learning went out in some 7000 hard copies in six languages, with a number of further languages being added by volunteer translators and regular reprints in different countries. This is not counting the thousand of downloads. The handbook was designed for teachers wanting to introduce e-learning into their practice. There was also a series of training events for teachers based on the handbook. Both the handbook and the courses were rated highly by teachers but feedback from readers and from course participants was that there were still ‘gaps’ that needed to be filled.

Firstly, although teachers across the subject range said they found the both the courses and the handbook useful for developing generic technical skills there were many who still found difficulty in translating that into specific learning activities within their subject area or sector.

Secondly, although many teachers, as a result of reading the handbook or attending the courses, now feel confident about designing learning objects or using web 2.0 applications, they are less confident about engaging pupils in producing and publishing their own. The TACCLE 2 project addresses these issues by providing a series of 5 supplementary handbooks (in Dutch, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian) written in the same style as the original, around specific subjects –  primary education, maths, science and technology, key competences, arts and culture and humanities.

Nic Daniels and Jenny Hughes are editing the first handbook on primary education now and we hope to publish it in October (we will put out an order form in next couple of weeks).

Nic has been working on the design of the handbook. And I loved this mock up template he has circulated to project partners. It gives an idea of what you can expect from the project. You can keep up to date with development on the project web site.

 

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Changing Education Paradigms

July 19th, 2011 by Jenny Hughes

Great graphics from Ken Robinson on the changing face of education

Loved this video – especially the stop motion animation. Content remarkably similar to a few Pontydysgu presentations. Ah well! Great minds ….

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Searching and Lurking Comic

December 5th, 2007 by Dirk Stieglitz

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E-Portfolio Comic

December 5th, 2007 by Dirk Stieglitz

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