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#edjournal – first issue and beyond

I am very pleased to announce the ‘soft launch’ of the first issue of #edjournal! This is really a team effort and I want to thank James Michie and Doug Belshaw for helping getting the issue together in a variety of ways. James has worked (and is still working on the print versions for an early January  ‘hard launch’) on the design aspect and Doug helped in terms proofing and support. I also want to thank the contributors to the first issue for ‘walking the talk’. Finally, I want to thank all the people who supported the idea; getting something like this off the ground takes a lot of effort and speaking personally, your careful cajoling as the editorial process became elongated was appreciated. 🙂

The first issue covers a variety of institutions (and continents!), curriculum design, strategic thinking as well as classroom based practice. It has already managed to provoke one teacher to reflect on their work publicly – exactly what we hoped the journal would do.

The second issue is in the process of being produced and has a theme based around handheld/mobile learning. We have some great articles being produced for this:

Nathan Lowe and Katie Coburn of Flitch Green Primary on integrating ICT into the curriculum and using mobile devices

Doug Belshaw of JISC infoNet distilling JISC’s excellent mobile technologies review

Felsted School discussing their mobile learning project

James Michie of The Chalfonts Community College on using Flip Video cameras in the classroom to improve learning

David Rogers on using mobile applications in the Geography classroom

We are looking for contributions for issue 3 and welcome you to submit your idea to the article list. You don’t have to be an established blogger or tweeter to contribute – innovation and careful thinking about how technology can support learning are our key criteria for inclusion.

We hope you enjoy reading the first issue and we are eager to get the second issue out. Thoughts and comments are very welcome.

Image: Twid @ Flickr

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Busy times

The start of term is usually very busy but this year is unusual in that we have a number of new projects running. The first is our brand new MIS which looks fantastic and we are currently ironing out the issues as they arise. A lot of thought has gone into this in-house system and one of the most impressive things is how it is geared towards student achievement. As things progress, I will post a more detailed update on the system and how it is helping to help support the learning environment at the school.

The second project is the use of iPhones for the management team and the pastoral/house staff. This has already improved communication within the school and I am hope to talk a bit more about at the third project, the Apple Regional Training Centre event next Thursday from 2-4pm. Overall, 10 people have signed up for one of the three events this term and we have expressions of interest from a few other colleagues in other schools. I am looking forward to sharing the exciting plans for learning using mobile technology with the group next Thursday and there are a few spaces still available so head on over to here if you want to sign up.

Finally, #edjournal is coming together. If you want to contribute, please get in touch!

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#edjournal – more than a cupful

I was reminded recently how much I love Gustave Flaubert after absorbing Denis Shemilt’s latest chapter on improving historical understanding and developing historical consciousness in pupils (a later blog post). I was introduced to Flaubert by my departing A Level English teacher Mr Johnson and I was struck by Flaubert’s turn of phrase and the awe I felt when I learned that he would spend weeks on a single sentence. Reading Shemilt’s chapter I wondered how long it took Flaubert to think of the arresting sentence that ‘writing History is like drinking an ocean and pissing a cupful’.

This vivid image captures a lot of thinking I have been doing recently on educational technology. The BETT show clearly demonstrates that educational technology is big business and this was reconfirmed with figures from last week’s TES estimate that nearly £600 million is allocated to schools to spend on technology. You would think that with all this money being spent and the many conferences arranged to discuss and showcase the technology on offer, the teaching and learning aspect, the ‘how’ and ‘why’ (not the ‘what’) would be fairly prominent. Over the last year I have felt this to be lacking and I kept returning to a simple but often unanswered question; where is the teaching and learning? It seems, following from Flaubert, that general encounters with educational technology is like drinking an ocean but pissing a cupful of learning.

I approached a variety of people about the idea for a journal where the above recurring question would be the central theme. Doug Belshaw mentioned that James Michie had discussed with him something similar and I contacted him. What happened next is discussed on James’ blog and the result is that #edjournal is here. Written by educators for other educators, we aim to share our educational technology experiences guided by the simple question: where is the learning?

We are currently gathering together articles for the first and second issue. If you feel that you would like to contribute, get in touch. I hope, no, I believe, that collectively we can produce more than the tepid cup.

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