Thursday, December 23, 2010

Those TeachMeet giants are stepping up to the plate again

Got a project or activity/approach in your teaching you want to talk about it. Can you do it in 7 minutes or 2 minutes well go on sign up at the teachmeet at BETT . Going  to teachmeet never mind presenting can seriously change the way you think . What you think isnt that much might be a spark for someone else so go on sign up at

Go on come along or even better be brave and sign up on the wiki to speak.

Friday, December 17, 2010

‘Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments ’ Conference University of Bremen

This look like an interesting event complete with a Mirandamod and those great people from sounds of the bazaar . Plus organisers who I was lucky enough to meet when presenting at Online Educa in Berlin .

What really impresses me is the aim to seek out the practice here and now and the emerging practice and attempting to look at new and emerging technologies seems great.

Conference fee of €50 and reasonably price flights to Bremen seems a winner . read more at

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Learning Without Frontiers Awards

Well Ok I was on the selection team but what a great range of people nominated by other people . From the teachers battling to bring technology into classrooms and importantly sharing it widely to people doing massive global things but in a grass roots way Sugata Mitra ,Iris lapinski . To unsung Heroes like Leon Cynch Tom Cooper who are plugging away sharing others good practice or there own massive experience .

You've just got to vote and off course its by the stealth technology of SMS . So go on vote NOW and remember a bit like elections if you dont vote you cant moan . International and hyperlocal its got the lot. review list and voting procedure at

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I was the plan B for the Online Educa Berlin debate

Just returned from the stimulating and stunning Online Educa Berlin conference Cant put my finger on why it was so good. the location ( cold but beautiful) , The programme (amazing varied and trans sectoral and trans national) or the participants ( the back channel and networking outside session was huge) but it was great . I planned to present a lovely session on Ethics around use of new emerging digital technologies with good friends John Traxler,Karl Bell ,Geoff Stead, Frances Bell,Mark Childs and Steve Wheeler . But of course things turned out differently.
A big thing at Educa is the debate and this years was to be no exception This year’s motion being

This House believes that the public sector has failed to use ICTs effectively in education and training.
more detail at

Donald Clark board member of UFI was planning to be one of the protagonists supporting the motion along side    
  • Suzanne Aurilio, San Diego State University, USA (for)
  •  Richard Straub, European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), France (for)
  • Alan Bruce, ULS – Universal Learning Systems, Ireland (against) 
Donald famous for amongst many things his robust debating style and his blog ironically called "there is no plan B"
Got  badly stuck with the snow in the UK and Gatwick being closed and via a twist of fate me being asked to fill his slot.

Hard act to follow/replace but at 4 hours notice !Now if I believe in the motion or not its irrelevant the thing was to have a good debate . My co debaters were brilliant fun.

Amazingly we managed to carry the motion taking a robust stance looking across all sectors of education and training.
 The photo shows  sight of seeing one a appearing normal size on the stage and 30 foot high image in projected HD behind you is somewhat Orwellian.