iSad – Vale Steve Jobs Some tributes to a giant – for my Grandkids

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – #SteveJobs      Here’s to the crazy ones: a farewell to Steve Jobs by Michael Rose We knew. We may not have wished to know, and perhaps it was easier to push away […]

How do you balance a top tech education with advertising in schools?

How do you balance a top tech education with advertising in schools? ] Alex Kidman Technology and Games 6 Jun 2011 What’s more important: kids getting access to equipment that they wouldn’t otherwise have? Or not being exposed to school advertising?Credit: Troy McClure teaches with Pepsi (The Simpsons) Panasonic’s recent launch of a “Global Classroom” […]

Pedagogy: Beyond E-Learning The six R’s of Teaching for Effective Learning

©JULIE BOYD Introduction Teachers are now being told that E-Learning is way of the future. Adaptable teachers will be excited by new and creative ways to use technology effectively, and by the promise of unlimited possibilities. This does need to be balanced by the premise that the role of schools is to effectively integrate students […]

Why Bill Gates (and Christopher Pyne) are Wrong

Bill Gates in his Washington Post article,  How Teacher Development Could Revolutionize Our Schools suggests that one approach is to get more students in front of top teachers by identifying the top 25 percent of teachers and asking them to take on four or five more students. Part of the savings could then be […]

The (immediate) future of technology

Last night I watched my new 9 month old grandbaby totally bamboozle her father by flipping a skype screen- he had no idea how she did it or how to undo it! Technology makes for great toys. The question is how your do we expose kids to what forms of technology. This video raises the […]


© Julie Boyd 2010  (updated from an original 1993 article) For full article including diagrams click here: SCHOOLS AS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES 2010 Taken individually, each concept in the phrase “collaborative learning community” has incredible power and together, there is a synergy, a revolutionary force that we are only just beginning to recognize in schools. […]

Students Using Technology Effectively

This is what Australian Education used to be about – students as co-developers of their own learning. What’s happened in the past decade here is shameful. In his article “The Digital Learning Farm” Alan November describes six jobs that outline creative ways that your students can make valuable contributions to their learning community.Tutorial Designers […]

Unplugged Teens

What happens when teenagers are inspired to turn off their technology for a week. An American teacher tried this as an experiment with very interesting results

Art + Technology= Creative Genius

Connectivity vs Communication

One of the main criticisms of technology is that it is often used to replace human relationships. While connectivity is so much easier, communication is not- and messages often get lost in translation. The flipside is of course that increased connectivity can help improve relationships. Check this out!