Woah, my tutors are really going to hate me, I am going to give them a hard time armed with this stuff from the NECC conference in the US. William Lynch is the head of the School of Eduacation at Drexel University. They have decided to give all incoming Education students iPods.
Check out the following bits:
…On Challenging the faculty
[6.25] We want to stimulate the students, to ask the faculty for help, to engage the faculty to challange them… to say I’ve got this idea, is there anything in the literature that says that this idea would work in principle? is it a good learning strategy? Is there anything that you have experienced in related technologies that says to us that would be a good application… but its on the edge its a place that we haven’t been before. Is there anything about the kids that we work with either in urban, surburban or rural settings, [7.00]that this technology might address one of the problems that they have, one of the challenges that they encounter on a day to day basis in terms of learning.
So its that notion, that level of engagement, that goes beyond training people to meet school system requirements, to teach the curriculum in the classroom, to think beyond that,to think at a level that says how can I be something more than I’m expected to be.
Thats what we are trying to engage our students in.
And, we are using technology as a vehicle to get there because we think thats this is the last great frontier where we can really make a difference.[7.40]
…On bringing teacher’s in-school experience back into the school of education by podcasting [he calls it plogging but thats unnecessary creation of a new term in my opinion]
[9.00 - 10.00]
…On the school of education becoming a creative lab.
[14.40 - 16.30]
I was trying to link to each part of the podcast using Jon Udell’s Soundbite technique but it seems I have to run a script on my server to pull the original file then only send out the snippet to the user. I’ll try to work out how to do that another day.
For the full podcast see the following link:
2005 NECC Podcast: William Lynch