virtual learning

Learning in Liminal Spaces

30 Mar 2011

The informal dynamic knowledge creation in collaborative contexts occurs as participants move from textual debate in a conventional mailing list to video conferencing, micro blogging contributions and collaborative concept maps. This collaborative technology can be seen as creating a liminal space – a passage, in which a person moves from one state of being to… Read More…

ICT CPD Landscape review: a Concept Map

1 Feb 2011

One outcome of the project, derived on the basis of an experimental methodology, a remotely authored digital domain map, loosely represents the prevailing ICT CPD Landscape. This mapping method was used to ascertain the value of mapping to conceptualise complex domains such as ICT CPD. The map was intended to capture and aggregate perceptions of… Read More…

ICT CPD Landscape Review

11 Jan 2011

This ICT CPD Landscape study reports on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes available to teachers in England in 2010. Data collection took place in the Autumn of 2009. Although the project findings are based on some desk-based research, the findings are mainly derived from primary data collection through traditional interviews, questionnaires… Read More…

A Periodic Table of Visualisation Methods

5 Jan 2011

This resource identifies six types of date visualisation: data; information; concept; strategy; metaphor; compound. Explore the resource.

IWB: the early years

16 Dec 2010

As interactive whiteboards were beginning to find their way into classrooms users were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the technology and the ways in which it was used. You can read the findings in Interactive Whiteboards: new tools, new pedagogies, new learning? Reflections from teachers

Classrooms, teachers and mobile phones

22 Nov 2010

The growth of an urban legend In classrooms and schools around the world one of the areas of contention has been student use of their own technology. Mobile phones are seen as a particularly disruptive technology – so much so that we can see that similar problems create similar solutions. The more one sees, however,… Read More…

Online forums as resources for teacher professional development

19 Nov 2010

How can e-learning be integrated into a range of settings for both teachers and pupils? Here we have a number of small-scale studies covering a range of projects: those based in classrooms; home-school environments; after-school activities; school-based continuous professional development (CPD); subject-based CPD in national contexts and post-graduate accreditation. The work of primary and secondary… Read More…

Ms. Chips and the Cyborgs

11 Nov 2010

In the book ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’ by James Hilton, a shy British teacher (Mr. Chipping – hence ‘Chips’) devotes his life to teaching after the death of his beautiful American wife. The film (1939) of the book features Robert Donat as Mr. Chips, who looks back on his long career and the people in it…. Read More…

Writing a book report

10 Nov 2010

When we ask young people to write a book report or their homework, what do we expect them to produce? Here we can observe a number of young people as they grapple with the task. And, in the battle with paper and pen, keyboard and screen, who will produce the most meaningful response? Writing a… Read More…

The Role of Web-based Communities in Teacher Professional Development

9 Nov 2010

The old label CPD – ‘continuous professional development’ should now be CPPD – ‘continuous personal professional development’, given the ways in which educators can now take charge of their professional development and identity. Can teachers manage their own professional development without the direction of such extrinsic motivators as local authorities, higher education or government agencies?… Read More…

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