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Draft

Using WordPress to capture student progress worked very well. In the group context it provided a forum where the students could collect their ideas, thoughts, and progress. It was interesting see how the two teams responded to the opportunity to use word press. One team did not see any value in the exercise and chose to avoid keeping a word press, while the other team appointed one person to keep the WordPress blog current and produced an interesting artifact.

The team that did not keep a WordPress site felt that the maintaining of a Google plus community served well enough for documenting their progress. This line of thinking did have some advantages. In terms of use of social media the team preformed better than the other as everything was forced through Google plus. This however did not lead to as much reflection on decisions as the other team, and did not clearly document research. Also worth mentioning, as an observer the team that did not use WordPress made their information much harder to access. In order to understand the decisions made required digging through various posts made within a social media site. I also felt that as there was no clear space specifically assigned to record progress, decisions, and research, a number of decisions happening outside of Google plus were never documented.

The team that did keep a WordPress benefited from having an edited diary of all decisions that transpired. The ability word press has to generate clean presentation of a groups thoughts is also a great plus. I think the success of the teams WordPress can be attributed to appointing one person to maintaining the site, or that the appointed person came up with the idea therefore having higher buy in.

In future we I will be rolling this out in a number of classes. I can see the creation and maintenance of a word press site by students could easily replace activities like class presentations and provide a space for not only practicing critique but receiving it too.


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AR layers (and Geo-location)

Draft

Trialing Geo-location was a bust in the web apps class. I had a feeling that this would be the case as a device with a keyboard is needed to code and a mouse or other such accurate pointing device is needed to create the graphics needed. As this was most likely going to fail given the subject matter it has been pushed to another section of the paper. Geo-location will be used in the next assignment which involves shooting in various locations, rather than sitting static in a lab or home PC.

While exploring geo-location, we stumbled across the idea of using augmented reality markers. This idea does side track from the idea of geo-location but is often packaged with the tools. The basic idea of augmented reality markers is they allow for the overlapping or converging of digital and physical space. Some ideas were kicked around as to how this could be used with both the students and other lecturers. One idea with potential was using physical notes to generate digital ones.

Students will often begin all ideas with pencil and paper. As most designers know this is because they are tools we have been raised to use from a young age, and are very efficient with. Most attempts I have seen as a lecturer to replace pencil and paper in the class often leads to double-ups in effort from students. As students start on paper then repeat there thinking within another context (as asked for by assessment criteria often) while adding affordances of blogs and social media, ect. There is good in this, in that the translation exercise often forces reflection, but I am curious as to if this step is needed and how students would perform if it was not needed. The ability AR markers give do allow students to skip this step which in theory seems more efficient.

The idea of using AR markers is that they allow for a student to pencil all their ideas down within a note book or on sheets of paper. Then they can go back to that doodle, scan and upload the page to a service such as layar and then add digital content on top. For example a student could draw a mockup for an interface with written notes, then augment that drawing using layar to include links to examples of similar interfaces, related imagery, blogs on the theory used, ect. See it in action.


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EC-TEL2013

A summary of Twitter interactions throughout the EC-TEL2013 Conference in Cyprus

  1. Tack, Skål, Powerpoint @atz119 interesting presentation about innovation inpedagogy @thomcochrane @atz119
  2. #ectel2013 using mobile devices in Social Media as catalyst to think about teaching and learning differently @thomcochrane
  3. Tack, Skål, Powerpoint @atz119 interesting presentation about innovation inpedagogy @thomcochrane @atz119
  4. @johnnigelcook that title is CC-NC-BY. re teen spirit paper, nice to see @thomcochrane & @ATZ119 talk about learner generated contexts
  5. @johnnigelcook that title is CC-NC-BY. re teen spirit paper, nice to see @thomcochrane & @ATZ119 talk about learner generated contexts
  6. #ectel2013 making a cultural change in pedagogy through using mobile devices in MOPCOPs by @thomcochrane
  7. #ectel2013 using mobile devices in Social Media as catalyst to think about teaching and learning differently @thomcochrane
  8. prezi.com/88bq9rpli64v/t… The Learning Design Studio #ectel2013
  9. my prezi goo.gl/pLqTkm “The Learning Design Studio: Educational Practice as Design Inquiry of Learning” #ectel2013
  10. We need to broker innovative pedagogical practice between contexts, a Community Of Practice model is one way to do this #ectel2013
  11. More innovative practices are more difficult to scale DOH #ectel2013 Need top down strategies for bottom up innovation, innovation organic
  12. Strong messages in all three keynotes at #ectel2013. More focus on teachers and pedagogy. Focus on existing tools and get close to practice!
  13. Hellerup School in Denmark mimoa.eu/projects/Denma… similar to Albany Senior High School in Auckland NZ #ectel2013 ashs.school.nz
  14. #ectel2013 scale & sustainability about innovation and systemic change – reconceptualizing T & L a cultural change twitter.com/thomcochrane/st…
  15. Redesigning Prof Devt: reconceptualising teaching using social learning technologies @thomcochrane & @vnarayan #RLT bit.ly/159Nkwg
  16. Redesigning Prof Devt: reconceptualising teaching using social learning technologies @thomcochrane & @vnarayan #RLT bit.ly/159Nkwg
  17. Redesigning Prof Devt: reconceptualising teaching using social learning technologies @thomcochrane & @vnarayan #RLT bit.ly/159Nkwg
  18. #ectel2013 if we transferred the presentation skills from the demo sprints to the papers then they would be much more engaging
  19. @BergstrmPeter I expect a non PowerPoint presentation next time :-) #ectel2013 121 computing classroom twitter.com/thomcochrane/st…
  20. Confusing University brand with teaching quality Hence MOOC pedagogy is rubbish :-) #ectel2013 No evidence that Top researchers are teachers
  21. MOOC pass rates low and dropout high, also no cross credit towards formal qualifications #ectel2013 twitter.com/thomcochrane/st…
  22. John Daniel’s article on MOOCs. A must read for all interested in understanding the paradox of the concept www-jime.open.ac.uk/jime/article/v… #ectel2013
  23. xMOOCs have no relationship to Ivan Illich’s view of open education #ectel2013
  24. It’s not technology that creates a revolution, it’s how you use it – revolution comes from changing culture and new ideas #ectel2013
  25. St Paul one of the first distance educators in Cyprus via correspondence #ectel2013 St Paul wins the TEL Eurovision Competition!
  26. AUT University – Business School – Excellence in Business Support Awards 2013 vimeo.com/74032287 @thomcochrane
  27. @thomcochrane thought you might appreciate/empathise with dilbert.com/strips/comic/2…
  28. Thank you for reading your PowerPoint slides to me #ectel2013
  29. @yishaym even Siri on my iPhone got bored – randomly asked “I’m not sure what you mean by that!” LOL
  30. Yawn, tell me about your project and its impact on learners rather than your research methodology – I can read that #ectel2013
  31. Eurovision competition for TEL #ectel2013 bring on Engelbert Humperdink :-)”
  32. @thomcochrane but then there’s an 11% acceptance rate for short papers… #ectwl2013
  33. 22% full paper acceptance – you are more likely to get bumped down to a short paper :-( #ectel2013
  34. #ectel2013 Digital Didaktik Designs for iPads blog iml.edusci.umu.se/ictml/
  35. #ectel2013 Digital Didaktik Designs in iPad Classrooms etiquetar.com.es/go/129
  36. #ectel2013 brainstorming curriculum design projects with the French and Swedish connection @atz119 @IsaJa :-) twitter.com/thomcochrane/st…
  37. “@ATZ119: workshop sum up from @IsaJa @thomcochrane twitter.com/ATZ119/status/3…#ECTEL2013 merging curiosity and curriculum driven learning
  38. OH @ #ectel2013 “I’m not from a creative industry, I’m a computer scientist”
  39. Very engaging discussion round creativity in the creativity workshop #ectel2013 We as the experts must model creative behaviour ourselves!
  40. Our #ectel2013 Creativity Workshop paper @thomcochrane @atz119 docs.google.com/file/d/0B9kx7n… MSM for creative pedagogies
  41. “creative pedagogy” like! We use “digital didactical designs” similarities/diff? @thomcochrane our paper #ectel2013 iml.edusci.umu.se/ictml/
  42. our paper for #ectel2013 @thomcochrane @atz119 MOPCOP Mobile Community Of Practice dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-…
  43. @thomcochrane tx, I’m @ iweplet2013.eu might join you after coffee / lunch
  44. our paper for #ectel2013 @thomcochrane @atz119 MOPCOP Mobile Community Of Practice dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-…
  45. Our #ectel2013 Creativity Workshop paper @thomcochrane @atz119 docs.google.com/file/d/0B9kx7n… MSM for creative pedagogies
  46. @thomcochrane is the creativity workshop today? which room? (I’m still a bit flight-shocked) #ectel2013
  47. #ectel2013 Creativity workshop – @thomcochrane @atz119 our presentation notes picasaweb.google.com/10407144415989… MSM a catalyst for creative pedagogies

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