Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tinychat is big collaboration


Came across this from an oz/nz online meeting and think it ticks the right boxes.

My real respect for this comes from the lack of barriers to entry. This is a video conferencing space

that allows people to video chat with up to 8 participants and chat with upto 100 others. I tried to join a couple of rooms that were on Iran and the election. There was no one in them and I guess that shows that purpose is required and that we need a tinychat only when we need a chat. So when do we need one.

  • When the people are far away and we know them but can’t be with them.
  • When we are co-constructing a topic, event or experience
  • When we are wanting feedback form an unbiased and neutral
  • When creating home school partnership
  • If we believe there is some extra learning and competencies being created as a result

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tomorrow is a big day

Extracts from what I want to say about the need for open access fibre networks to connect learners, learning organisations the world over.

I was unable to attend the first planning meeting of the group who have organised this event but have since understood the brief given for this part of the day’s programme to be look at Wow technology .

I was somewhat uncomfortable about this at first because afterall we were to address school principals. People who have had technology pitched to them over along period of time. Often we have shown you the big picture, the future, nirvana, the promised land of technology. And the education landscape is littered with failed promises, the unused and the past its use by date. We all know there are some realities around education that have not always worked in well with life on bleeding edge of technology. 

So before we consider wow factor I think it is important to look to look at the future through rose tinted glasses, through binoculars and under the microscope. We will not be able to do this in the timeframe of one day or meeting but what we may be able to consider is relationship of network connectivity to what we are trying to achieve as learning organisations. This will add to our ability to move towards a preferred future rather than the default one.

Connectivity is at the heart of this meeting and we will briefly outline the different types of network connection people are using to be part of the internet.


In terms of wow technology we have chosen a video conference and matched its participants to further discussion the potential of learning over networks.

This we hope will give a working example of the capacity of fibre optic bandwidth unachievable without such a connection.

We will look at what one New Zealand Council believes about the need for open access fibre networks.


What is happening with infrastructure

A student starting school today if attending till year 13 will leave in 2022.


From Ian Jukes


In Broad Sweeping Generalisations

We are increasing the number of devices because of

  • Weight
  • Cost
  • Battery life
  • Reliability
  • Connectivity
  • Functionality
  • Value of the network to which they connect

The implications are

  • We need either greater simplicity/reliability of equipment or greater technical support
  • Increased device density requires better internal networks especially wireless
  • Learners create more as well as consume
  • School/community partnerships and
  • anytime anywhere anyhow learning grows
  • Much of this relates our new curriculum whose vision is “for young people who are confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.”
  • And this relates perfectly to networks and connections.


I hope it goes well tomorrow.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Are We connected ?

Well is being connected becoming increasingly important and contributing to learning. Here in New Zealand the vision of the new curriculum is

“for young people who are confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.”

What we get from connectivity is an opportunity to talk with others, participate and be heard in ways that weren’t possible. I was reading the newspaper the other day a story about a woman whose partner is working overseas. They have a Skype conversation every morning and night. They do not feel separated.

When learners connect something happens too.

We have a meeting this Thursday of local school Principals talking about the possibility of connecting up to a local fibre service. I hope this will bring about more understanding of connectivity. I would like to have some reflections from around the world about when they feel/have felt connected and whether this matters. Click on either of the pictures to add your thoughts to when and why we are connected. If you don’t feel like writing just a name and where you are from will be fine.

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