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3/17/2006
Workshop Reflections

My degree exhibition workshop was in school last week where staff could come and view the site whilst I supported, answered questions and gathered feedback. Scheduled to last about 30 minutes it went ran from 3pm through to 4.30 with people coming in and staying for between 20 and 40 minutes. People looked, talked, ate cake afterwards :-).
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Click on the image to see a slideshow of the event.
It was very different to the pilot exhibition. I got lots of feedback, mostly positive but some critical too.
I'm going to reflect on it using Gibbs Reflective Cycle.
There was feedback from what people said in person, from my observations, from the exit survey (which worked surprisingly well collecting lots of qualitative data) and from blog comments. There's been feedback since too with learning journal observations of informal conversations and a couple of interviews.
Now I'm wondering about how best to measure impact in school after a very positive interview with my head teacher.

Posted at 6:17:29 pm by lmhartley
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3/11/2006
Classroom Displays Blog on the TES site

The Classroom Displays blog got blogged by someone at the TES!
UK Educational Resources - TES - The Times Educational Supplement
Classroom displays by teachers around the world are now commonplace on the web. For example, go to the http://lmhartley.edublogs.org/ and you will find detailed examples of work displayed by teachers. Some of them have linked their pages to Flickr (www.flickr.com), which is a free photo uploading service that allows you to share comments on pictures.

It's a really interesting article about the shift web 2.0 is causing in education resource production, too. So there's evidence of impact :-) Fits very neatly with my research findings.
On a less happy note some one managed to mess up the link in the article so I've em-mailed the TES to see if it can be fixed.

Posted at 1:41:40 pm by lmhartley
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3/7/2006
My Degree Exhibition

My Degree Exhibition is now open.
Come and see my research, find out what I've been doing for the last 3 years :-) Come one, come all! But don't forget to leave me some feedback, please.
The actual f2f event will be in the ICT suite on Wednesday after school. I'm going to wander round supporting/talking to people about the research while they explore the exhibition. I've got back up cd's for them in case the internet crashes. Wish me luck :-)
I've got another version to share with the children - that should be interesting too!

Posted at 12:07:28 am by lmhartley
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2/25/2006
Typical!

Just when I give up on a goal in 43Things I have to sort it out after all! I gave up trying to learn more about Dreamweaver yesterday. All this web 2.0 stuff makes it irrelevant right? Wrong! Last night I realised that for my exhibtion I need to make anchors to definitions in the glossary page. Can't do that in VoodooPad (memo to self - moan about that on the VoodooPad list!) so I have to open up Dreamweaver and edit the two VoodooPad html export docs. Ah well - it actually took about 10 minutes to work out how and do it :-) But I was really grumpy that I had to!
So this counts as learning more about software packages, which I was convinced I wouldn't do in Module 3 as I'd sworn not to do a presentation.
I'm happy with the way the web site for the exhibition is coming on. It needs more visuals, and I'm deeply tempted to add some video/audio stuff - just to make it less boring for me if nothing else!
The plan for the exhibition is a little unusual . I'm putting it on-line as a web site on March the 6th .Then on March the 8th I'm holding an afterschool workshop in the ICT suite. After a brief introduction from me I'm going to do what I do best in there and wizz round supporting people while they explore the exhibtion. It should be fun, if a bit manic! It should give me chance to make observations, collect feedback, and generally prevent the 'it's very nice - so where's the cake?' syndrome!
There will be cake and coffee of course, but that will be in the staffroom afterwards. You can't take food and drink into the ICT suite. Sneaky? Me? lol!

Posted at 11:48:16 am by lmhartley
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2/20/2006
Invented Memories

Invent a memory of me and post it in the comments. It can be anything you want, so long as it's something that's never happened. Then post this in your blog so that people can invent memories for you. Who can resist a meme?

Posted at 10:53:08 pm by lmhartley
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1/22/2006
More McNiff and values

Review
When reviewing the impact my actions have had by analysing the data I need to set the criteria. This will help me to asses whether my action has taken me nearer to my values (McNiff 2002).

My Values and McNiff notes
Notes and ideas for setting the criteria against which to evaluate my research
Flat world - equality of voice
sharing resources beyond community boundries - putting what is inside on the outside
value of CoPs & CoIs
collaboration at all levels
lack of geographic boundries
practitioners as theorists

The consideration of ontology, of one's being in and toward the world, should be a central feature of any discussion of the value of self-study research (Bullough and Pinnegar, 2004 p. 319)

The value informed life
My belief in:
freedom
justice
an appreciation of the common good
personal integrity
personal responsibility
the right of the individual to contribute and be heard
the need for creativity as basic to humans
the importance of lived experiences
the need to test theory against practice

Theory into practice (personal values)
Have my actions moved my lived relationship with those I work with both in school and online nearer to my values?
In what ways?
Cite specific instances from the data collected.

Given the value I place on informal, situated learning (add ref to relevant reports) have my actions provided opportunities for myself and others to learn in this way?
Again be specific.



Posted at 11:14:57 pm by lmhartley
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1/16/2006
Unblocking Blogs

James has got the structure of nonscholae up today.
nonscholae.org


nonscholae.org is a site devoted to the responsible use of blogs, instant messaging and other social software in schools.



Non scholae sed vitae discimus
We learn, not for school, but for life - Seneca, Epistulae

We believe that these tools and resources should not be blocked or banned from schools. As educators, we should be familiarising learners with these technologies, supporting and facilitating their responsible use and equipping our students with the skills to keep them safe and savvy in the online world.

However, at the moment, many schools are simply closing their eyes, banning these technologies and doing their learners a disservice in the process.



I've asked my head to get the LEA to unblock the Classroom Displays Blog at school in time for my exhibtion. I discovered today that the smart filter even blocks it on the staffroom computer, which wasn't even supposed to be filtered at all :-(
So much for showing someone the blog at school or teachers accessing it during PPA time. Grrr!
Quite how I'm going to do a workshop in the IT suite as part of my exhibtion week if I can't get into the blog is another issue.

Posted at 6:33:15 pm by lmhartley
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1/6/2006
Podcasting

Oh good grief - podcasting on radio 4. Sheesh! Jenni Murray just asked "So is it like audio blogging then?" Mainstream or what!!! Radio 4 The Message
As part of a trial the BBC has been offering some programmes and programme highlights as downloads and podcasts. The trial, which was due to finish at the end of 2005, has proved so successful that it will now continue into 2006, with a number of new programmes due to be added. But what is a podcast, what can you listen to and where's the catch?
Interesting though, they are covering the "Why Podcast? Why blog?" questions.

The explanation about the podcasting trial and the list of available programmes are here .

Mind you we were very tempted to record the first ever ukcider tasting podcast last night lol! Now where did I put that digital sound recorder???

Posted at 4:45:01 pm by lmhartley
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12/27/2005
Creativity?

I woke up this morning with an old familiar itch. It's the one that used to lead me to start a new quilt project, get out the janting and do some batik, pull together some ideas and start an embroidery or even start making pots again. It's that need to create something - part of it is a need to 'be in the moment'. That one I know is a symptom of spending too much time up in my head, so it's about grounding myself. You can't think about anything else when you are throwing a pot or cutting into a new piece of fabric.

When we had access to JellyOS I used to scratch that itch on line by creating 'jelly quilts' but now all the creativity seems to have gone from the degree.
I don't have enough skill to get that sort of satisfaction from using something like Photoshop - what I produce just looks really bad. Anyway part of this feeling is to produce something quite tangible, not something virtual.
I'm going to try to ignore this feeling, just sit with it till it passes. Try to focus on what needs to be done rather than what I feel like doing. Hard though.


Posted at 2:09:07 pm by lmhartley
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12/17/2005
Aha-re:pilot

I re-read my whinge about the pilot exhibition and something jumped out at me.

It didn't feel natural standing up in front of them telling them stuff. It doesn't fit my prefered pedagogy. I'd rather have got people doing something real but that wasn't possible

Why not?
Why couldn't we have done this in the IT room and let them spend at least part of the time looking for themselves at what I was talking about?
  • my presentation could have had live links perhaps that they could have followed.
  • there could have been some sort of online provision for making comments, maybe  a permalink to my exhibition page on the research blog
  • we could have visited blogs and wikis - much clearer than me explaining

Ah well - no time for double looping before the module was handed in. Still this insight does give me some clues about the main exhibition, if I still do one in school.

Posted at 9:55:40 am by lmhartley
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