EdTechRoundUp Weekly #17 – The future of EdTechRoundUp

25 February 2009

ETRU WeeklyThis week’s meeting was led by Doug Belshaw and focused on the future of EdTechRoundUp. Those at the Admin meeting fed back to the rest of the group about the decision made and discussed where we were headed. The new features and areas of EdTechRoundUp are summarised in this blog post. We’d like to invite those reading this post and listeners to the podcast to get more involved with what we do. 🙂

Many thanks to John Johnston for grabbing the audio from the FlashMeeting!

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The area for discussing this podcast is on the ETRU Forum here.

Dai Barnes has collated the links from the meeting on ETRU diigo account.

 

Louise Jones has kindly tidied up the ETR wiki page for this week’s meeting.

 

The music sample in the podcast is taken from Alice Russell’s ‘What We Want’


ETRU Hub and Forum

22 February 2009

Eagle-eyed visitors may have noticed two new tabs to the top of this blog. At the previously-mentioned EdTechRoundUp FlashMeeting, we discussed ways in which we could help develop more of a community around ETRU (as we shall henceforth abbreviate ourselves to!)

We’ve two new sections, both of which anyone can participate in and through:

EdTechRoundUp Hub

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This syndicates blog posts from those part of the ETRU community that are on topics related to educational technology. It won’t syndicate all your blog posts (just the ones you choose), so if you’d like to have yours featured on the ETRU Hub, please get in touch with Doug (@dajbelshaw) who’s organizing that. 🙂

EdTechRoundUp Forum

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To encourage those who listen to the podcast to interact with the ETRU community, the Forum has been set up. Agenda items from the wiki shall be posted so questions can be asked and conversations continued!

Please let us know what you think about the new additions. 😀


EdTechRoundup Admin FlashMeeting

18 February 2009

EdTechRoundup Admin FlashMeeting

Background:

EdTechRoundup is going from strength to strength. In order for this growth and success to continue, some of us felt that some planning and discussion regarding the future of the group was required. As a result, this evening a few of us who have a stake in EdTechRoundup met together via FlashMeeting to talk about the future of the group. These were:

Dai Barnes, Tom Barrett, Doug Belshaw, Joe Dale, Louise Jones, Sinclair Mackenzie, David Noble, and Joe Rowing.

A couple of others (John Johnston, Lisa Stevens) were unable to make it due to other commitments.

Agenda:

  1. Roadmap – where are we headed?
  2. Sustainability – allocation of roles so everyone knows who’s doing what.
  3. Guides – showing how to go about capturing audio, editing podcast, etc.
  4. Security – who is going to have access to what?
  5. Technologies – are we happy with what we use? Is FlashMeeting serving our needs?
  6. Any other business – has anyone got any other suggestions?

Decisions made:

  • Due to capacity issues with FlashMeeting we shall:
    • Ask E2BN/Open University if we can have a larger ‘room’
    • Ask those intending to attend a weekly Sunday FlashMeeting to add their name to the relevant wiki page in advance. Those beyond #25 (in the first instance) may be asked to leave in favour of those who have signed up.
  • We shall not be asking for monetary contributions for members at the moment.
  • The group shall be known by the abbreviation ETRU, being the tag to be used on blogs, wikis, etc. On Twitter, the hashtag #ETRU should be used.
  • Dai Barnes shall be in charge of passwords for EdTechRoundup accounts. He will change them regularly and inform those who need to know by way of a collaborative Google Doc.
  • As a group, we shall work towards producing guides on how to do the administrative tasks we all have a part in. This should allow enthusiastic but less technically-able newcomers to take a part in the group.
  • A new installation of WordPress somewhere on the EdTechRoundup domain (either subfolder or subdomain) shall collate posts from ETRU member blogs. These will have either been tagged ETRU or be within a category of that name. The collated posts will be displayed in excerpt form on this ‘hub’. We shall be following the model of NextGenTeachers, of which Tom Barrett and Doug Belshaw were part.

If you’d like to view/listen to the two-hour meeting, you can do so at the link below! Please add any thoughts you have in the comments section. 😀

ETRU Admin FlashMeeting

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EdTechRoundup Weekly #16 – Open Source Software and circulating ‘good practice’ within schools

18 February 2009

This week’s meeting was led by Doug Belshaw and focused on two main areas. As a number of us and the wider community are involved in the Open Source Schools project, we discussed the role of Open Source Software in schools and our favourite examples.  The only other agenda item was raised by Dave Stacey who asked how we circulated ‘good practice’ regarding educational technology within our schools. Both topics generated some quality discussion.  🙂

Many thanks to Sinclair Mackenzie for grabbing the audio from the FlashMeeting!

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Dai Barnes has collated the links from the show on Diigo here!

 

Lisa Stevens has tidied up the ETR wiki page a bit for this week’s show.

 

The music sample in the podcast is taken from Alice Russell’s ‘What We Want’


EdTechRoundup Weekly #15 – Learner voice and Internet filtering (again!)

11 February 2009

Note: Dai mentions that this is ETR 16 but please be assured that this is actually ETR 15! 😉

Dai Barnes steered us through this week’s meeting. We discussed the potential of educational technology with regard to ‘learner voice’ (sometimes called ‘student’ or ‘pupil’ voice), the age-old problem of Internet filtering, as well as some asides on active learning software and why teachers should be able to ‘Bluecast’ files to multiple mobile devices quickly and easily. 🙂

Many thanks to Sinclair Mackenzie for grabbing the audio from the FlashMeeting!

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Dai Barnes has collated the links from the show on Diigo here!

 

Lisa Stevens has tidied up the ETR wiki page a bit for this week’s show.

 

The music sample in the podcast is taken from Alice Russell’s ‘What We Want’


Hello world!

10 February 2009

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!


EdTechRoundup Special – Student blogging and WordPress Multi-User (WPMU)

4 February 2009

ETR Special“Best EdTechRoundup so far!”, “You guys are awesome!”, “I really enjoyed that discussion!” – just some of the comments by participants after last Sunday’s special on students blogging and using WordPress Multi-User (WPMU).

We had a number of participants who are experts on WPMU, including Jim Groom from the US and Dave Gilmour from East Lothian (Scotland).

Many thanks to John Johnston for grabbing the audio from the FlashMeeting!

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Dai Barnes has collated the links from the show on Diigo here.

 

The ETR wiki page for this special meeting was, appropriately, very much a team affair! 🙂

 

The music sample in the podcast is taken from Alice Russell’s ‘What We Want’