Jim Buckingham conducts an online interview with Dr. Philip Towndrow
This session is set as a continuation on the Workshop / Discussion that was initiated on 30 October in Dubai – “Managing Technology in the Classroom,” Jim Buckingham conducts an online interview / discussion with Dr. Phillip Towndrow in Singapore in Elluminate. Dr. Towndrow has been involved in researching the effectiveness of one-to-one computer use in the classroom and should help shed a “researcher’s” light on the matter.
Some notes on key topic – How to Manage the Use of Technology in the Classroom
– teachers trying to decide where to begin in their implementation of technology into their instruction
– students bringing technology into the classroom (i.e. namely mobile phones)
Point of departure, a list of Google docs with information that was either gleaned from or presented at the 30 October meeting with teachers in Dubai.. where this topic was the focus:
Dennis Newson says about his presentation: “For enthusiastic believers in the affordances, the potentialities of Second Life for those with good broadband access it is easy to get carried away by the ability of learners to speak through 3-D mobile figures with their own voices, fly, hang-glide, fall off high platforms unharmed, survive under water, change gender and appearance, produce objects out of nowhere and make them disappear again with a single click, have a different YouTube video playing on each side of a large cube – and much more. But what are the principles of an appropriate, structured, coherent pedagogy for language learning in SL? What is harder to achieve in terms of language learning in SL than in conventional settings and what elements of the SL environment are particularly language learner friendly? With my presentation I shall attempt to begin a discussion about such issues.”
This presentation hosted by Dennis Newson is a special event. Capitalizing on techniques learned during her EVO Village session, http://village.grouply.com, Heike Philp will meet us in Second Life and in Adobe Connect and bridge the two via screen sharing so that people can come to Connect for the audio and the broadcast view of Second Life. Participants wishing to take part in the audio must come to Adobe, and if you wish your avatar to appear in the screen share you can go to SL as well.
The EVO event wrap-up webcastathon hosted by Jeff Lebow at http://webheadsinaction.org/live has been set for 13:30 GMT on Sunday Feb 13. You can listen and text chat there or if you can get in via Skype you can talk as well. As many voices as possible are encouraged. For more information about the 5-week annual professional development EVO Electronic Village Online sessions, seehttp://evosessions.pbworks.com
The picture below shows Learning Times founder Jonathan Finklestein,surrounded by Webheads Graham Stanley, Dafne Gonzalez, Ronaldo Lima, Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Carla Arena, Rita Zeinstejer, Aiden Yeh, and Vance Stevens in New York City in 2008.
13:00 GMT – Hope Kandel Gershik http://www.learningtimes.com/who-we-are/the-team/#hope discussed with us her role at Learning Times, about the different focuses of http://www.learningtimes.com,http://learningtimes.org/, and http://learningtimes.net, how Learning Times funds itself, but in particular, how it feels it justifies its long-standing grants to educators, notably through providing Webheads (http://webheads.info) and EVO (Electronic Village Online, http://evosessions.pbworks.com) with one of their most valuable assets, full use of an Elluminate presentation room plus invaluable support during three Webheads in Action Online Convergence events (http://wiaoc.org). She shared with us her motivation (along with that of John Walber, Jonathan Finkelstein, and the rest of the Learning Times team) for providing these grants to hundreds of highly appreciative educators, and she told us more about how Learning Times was formed and the scope of its ventures and communities. This event is part of the 2011 EVO multiliteracies sesson, and took place in Elluminate http://tinyurl.com/y3eh (of course 😉