Thanks to ewan.mcintosh's bookmarks for alerting me to this slideshow from CORE by Derek Wenmoth.
Digikidz have collaborated with children at Pt England and Elm Park schools to ask and answer questions to help them in their role supporting their peers and teachers with eLearning. Last week the Digikidz coordinated their first animations using kid pix. They came up with their concept, planned the sequence and executed it with varying levels of success. Half the group completed their animations whereas the other half ran out of time. In reflection the children were able to appreciate that they had chosen more difficult subject matter which took longer to create/adapt on each slide.
I really like the quote from slide 5 in the CORE presentation describing the changing role of learners where once they were solely content consumers and now they are in an "architecture of participation". In my current role as an 'eCoach' released from the classroom to support teachers in the Junior school with eLearning I particularly identify with slide 6 about competing philosophies where teachers are not regarded as a problem to be fixed but as supported professionals.
The concept of ubiquitous computing - learning anywhere, anytime from any device fits well with the new technologies being trialled in schools: apple iPads and iPod touches or even iPhones with all the apps and more to come no doubt. Belinda Johnston's mLearning workshop at the Cluster Expo will be one to watch, I'm sure. Perhaps this is the affordable way forward for schools struggling to afford one-to-one laptops and everything else that goes with them. I am currently trying to reorganise PCs and laptops with the Year 0/1 team so that children and teachers have access to a group of computers every day rather than three classes sharing but we have difficulties to overcome with furniture and connecting into the network without disrupting the physical flow of the classrooms. This wouldn't be an issue with iPads or iPod touches. I thought the children and I had it all in my room last year in terms of digital resources with 5 computers, an IWB and data projector, teacher laptop, digital camera, headphones, tablet, easi-speak microphone. But now the potential of the iPod touch and iPads once readers become available in this format! You'll never run out of books for a group or worry about books going missing or getting damaged again. One-to-one iPods sounds like it could be possible for schools and monies could be invested in these rather than atlases, dictionaries etc.