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 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’


ETR Weekly #13 – BETT 2009, TeachMeet and Diigo

21 January 2009

Joe Rowing expressed a desire to lead the discussion this week and did a bang-up job of keeping everyone on track. After Doug Belshaw plugged our weekly FlashMeetings at TeachMeet on the Friday night of BETT 2009, we had a record turnout – 25 – on the Sunday evening! The discussion focused on the best and worst elements of BETT, how TeachMeet might be both protected and developed, and the merits of Diigo over Delicious for social bookmarking.

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.

 

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’

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ETR Weekly #12 – BETT 2009, Jumpbox, and more!

14 January 2009

Dai Barnes did a sterling job steering the conversation this week. Whether it was because it was the week before the all-pervasive BETT 2009, because it was the weekend after the first week back at school, or a combination of the two, there were less in attendance. Thankfully, the quality of the conversation didn’t drop with the numbers and, in fact, the fruits of the discussion in terms of an installation of Jumpbox, can be found at EdTechRoundup.co.uk 🙂

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.

 

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

 

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


ETR Weekly #11 – CPD, Edtech-related resolutions, and more on Education in 2020

7 January 2009

The first EdTechRoundup Weekly FlashMeeting of 2009 saw a welcome return of the mix of (mainly UK-based) educators discussing all things to do with educational technology. Daniel Needlestone discussed the slot he had to promote edtech/elearning at his school during an in-service training day. After that, we discussed the resolutions we’d made relating to educational technology, and then we talked more about education in 2020.

Happy New Year!

Many thanks to John Johnston for sorting out the audio. 🙂

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Dai Barnes has collated the links on Diigo here.


Lisa Stevens is currently working her magic on the ETR wiki page for this week’s show.

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


ETR Weekly #10 – BETT 2009, Wiki textbooks and Education in 2020

21 December 2008

This week’s EdTechRoundup Weekly started with a discussion on what education was going to look like the year 2020. We also discussed who’s doing what at BETT 2009 and a little bit about what people can expect from TeachMeet on the Friday night.

We moved on to discuss wiki textbooks and why they haven’t taken off as well as some ideas for Christmas lessons. 🙂

Many thanks to Joe Dale for sorting out the audio. 🙂

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Dai Barnes has collated the links on Diigo here.


Unfortunately the two wiki pixies were not in attendance, meaning the ETR wiki page for this week’s show is looking somewhat sparse…

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


ETR Weekly #3 – Open Source, Internet Safety update, iPhone Apps & more!

15 October 2008

ETR WeeklyThere were a good number of regulars missing from this week’s FlashMeeting – all for good reasons – but it was great to welcome some new faces. We began with a quick plug for David Noble’s Edonis project, which forms part of his Ed.D. research. We then discussed Doug, José & Ian’s involvement in an upcoming Becta-funded Open Source Schools project and issues surrounding that. After this, we moved on to an update on Internet Safety materials, prompted by Louise Jones, and finally we got to the wonder of iPhones and educational uses for the plethora of applications available for it.

You can listen to the podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed of this blog in iTunes (see button in sidebar), or by using the embedded player below:

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del.icio.usThe links mentioned in this week’s meeting have been kindly collated by Dai Barnes and are available at del.icio.us

A reminder that planning, contact details and more information is available on the EdTechRoundup wiki, ably tended in the absence of Lisa Stevens by Louise Jones.


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


15 days of Google answers – day 5

4 March 2008

We’ve reached the 5th day of our series featuring the answers we received from the UK Google Education Apps team. Our question today was submitted by Ian Stuart, Principal Teacher of Technology and Design and ICT Coordinator at Islay High School.
“Where do Google see education in 5 years time? What products do they predict will be important?” – Ian Stuart

Google replied:

Well we don’t have a crystal ball but we do think that working in groups and providing tools that support collaboration will be increasingly important. Pupils today are very tech-savvy and they will increasingly expect access to email and to work collaboratively in school or college in the same way that they share photos, participate in conversations on the web and make ideas available to others in their day-to-day interaction with the Internet. With the cost barrier now removed, schools and universities can provide the type of technology which may have a positive impact on the way pupils and teachers work and interact with each other. This could have an impact on everything from how lessons are taught to the way homework is set, marked and delivered. In short, we hope technology in education will become a lot easier and user-friendly in the coming years.