Do You Know These People?

“These people you tweet,” she begins. “Do you know these people?”

I hear so many variations of this theme. I read an educator (on Twitter no less) say that it was important kids learned to negotiate ‘real’ — that is face to face, geographically close — relationships before they could be expected to make sense of social media.

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Most Outstanding Student

I have just returned from TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute (Nowra Campus) Major Awards where I was fortunate enough to receive an award. I knew I had been invited to this event for some time but only found out tonight why.

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Blog Categories and Tags

Cindy asked about what was more important in terms of blogging — blog categories or blog tags. Infact they are both useful ways of describing how blog posts relate to each other. [Read More…]

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Virginia Apgar’s Perfect Face

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Reinvention

Information is everywhere. Information scarcity is a thing of the past. The problem you will experience now and in the future isn’t a lack of information, but rather an excess of information. Connecting won’t be the issue, so much as disconnecting, saying no, choosing certain things instead of others. The potential cost of all this information may be your time and your sanity, if not managed well.

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Permission To Suck

This isn’t the first time I’ve written this post. It probably won’t be the last time either. As a concept it is easy to express and understand, but as a way of living, of being — at least for me — it is a real challenge.

I have to give myself permission to suck. [Read More…]

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TAFE Graduation 2013 Student Address

On 19th March graduating students from the Nowra campus of Illawarra Institute TAFE NSW gathered to officially receive their certificates and diplomas. I was asked to give the student address. What follows is my beautifully written speech. I don’t think I was terribly faithful to my prose. Although people told me it went really well, it felt like a strange out-of-body experience. And yet it was characterised by so many bodily sensations — dry mouth, shaking (I hope it wasn’t too visible from the audience) and a general uncertainty about where to direct my gaze.

No amount of conscious rationalisation could fend off the odd primal ‘fight or flight’ urge. But we got through it, and it was fine in the end.
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Existential Crisis

I forget sometimes all the lives I have lived. All the things I have dabbled in. All the times I thought I was one thing or another, all the times I tried — and all the times, quite honestly, I’ve crumbled and gave up.

There’s a graduation ceremony happening in a few days time for two of the courses I did last year at TAFE (Certificate II in Visual Arts and Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies, specifically). I rather hastily agreed to give a speech. The speech is to be about my TAFE experience and what I hope to do in the future. Which leaves me with but one dilemma… what do I hope to do in the future?!

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On Replacing Teachers With Machines…

If I’m being completely honest I was quite surprised by the way my EDCMOOC peers responded to the Arthur C. Clarke quote about replacing teachers with machines. Things like:

The artefact touches on the topic of digital education and the value (or not) of humans as educators in a high tech world where robots and machines are fast replacing humans due to their superior ability to minimize or even eliminate error.

Woah, steady guys!

People think this is a particularly dystopian idea but I want to suggest it is really a utopian one that will empower learners and teachers alike to be more efficient.

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Dystopia Daily

“I should preface this by saying, ‘I’m not really a conspiracy theorist,’” I find myself explaining. “But I’m doing this course on e-Learning and Digital Cultures and I created this website as a digital artefact for the final assessment.” [Read More…]

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