Season’s Greetings from ICT in Education

I’m not sure how frequently I’m going to be writing here over the next couple of weeks. I hope to post some articles here, and possibly on My Writes and Writers’ Know-how. Anyway, I just wished to say thanks for reading this blog and I hope you all have a nice, restful, break.

I leave you with this Laurel and Hardy clip which made me smile. In itself, it has nothing at all to do with the current holidays

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7 MORE mistakes made by ICT Co-ordinators

the screamHaving written about 7 mistakes made by ICT Co-ordinators (and if you haven’t read that, go and read it now; don’t worry, I’ll wait), I gave the topic a bit more thought and then realised I could have easily listed a few more. Well, here are a further seven to be thinking about! Have you made, or are you making, these mistakes?

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ICT Posters: Credit Rating

CREDIT-PARENTSWhy do posters and notices in computer labs have to be so serious? Surely it just deters people from using the stuff?

I recall one school in which 10 seconds in the computer lab had you nervously looking around for the heavy mob: the walls were covered in posters telling you what was forbidden – forbidden! The general ambience was not improved by the bars on all the windows. Understandable, but even so….

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Why you don’t have to miss the ICT in Education articles even if you’re too busy to read them

podcast listenIf you’re too busy to read the articles on the ICT in Education website, you can listen to them instead.

Thanks to a neat little widget from Odiogo, each article has a “Listen Now” button at the top of it. Click that, and you will be able to listen to the article read out to you. Warning: there’s a bit of  delay between my posting an article and the Listen Now button working, so if you try it straight away and it doesn’t work, try again a few minutes later.

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Found on the web: 12/16/2011 (a.m.)

Hmm, this is interesting. I hadn't even realised that somehow I had "favorited" Desktop Organizer. — Micro Formatica in Diigo. Admittedly I was tired when I tried it out, but still: I don't usually completely miss such requests or options.

But seeing as this link has appeared, I don't want to delete it because that would cause a bit of inconvenience for people, so I'll summarise what I think of the program and others like it:

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Review of 30 Day Blogging Challenge

If you're looking for a handy, no frills book of suggestions for blogging, this book should meet your requirements. Having been designed as an email course, 30 Day Blogging Challenge, written by Nikki Pilkington, consists mainly of 30 very short articles on different aspects of blogging. Being able to buy the whole lot in the form of a book is excellent for those of us for whom deferred gratification is an alien concept.

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9 Reasons to attend BETT 2012

bett01Well, here we are again. It will soon be Christmas, and just as we're all hoping to have started to recover from over-eating and over-imbibing (not me though: I'm being sensible!), it's the BETT show. Said to be the largest educational technology show in the world, it's gruelling but also exciting. IF you can get to it, do so -- and if you can't think of why you'd want to, you're in luck, because that's what this article is all about.

There are at least 9 good reasons to attend BETT, these being to:

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Review of Problogger’s Guide To Blogging For Your Business

Before looking at the book, written by Mark Hayward, in detail, it’s worth pointing out what the book is, and is not. It is, as the title implies, concerned with blogging in order to promote your business. It is not about blogging as a business in itself. It’s an important distinction, not least because once we take money out of the equation then “business” can be used as shorthand for any type of enterprise, including a charity, a cause – and a school.

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A week to remember

People visit the ICT in Education website because they have an interest in ICT in education rather than in my private life, which is why I never post anything deeply personal here. However, recent personal events have affected my working life, the most visible evidence of this being the lack of updates here for nearly two weeks. Less publicly, a number of emails have remained unanswered. Here is what has happened during this period.
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Collabor8 4 Change at BETT 2012

whitekeys03We had a fantastic three hours at Collabor8 4 Change at Havering on the 17th November. Variety is the spice of life, so with 56 topics to choose from in total, everyone was catered for. To give you a flavour of the event, below is a selection of the talks and discussions featured. Now, if you are feeling really devastated that you were not able to be there, we have two bits of good news.
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Found on the web: 11/25/2011 (a.m.)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


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Found on the web: 11/22/2011 (p.m.)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

An experiment with randomly-generated links

I’m currently experimenting with a random link generator called Outbrain. You can see this by looking at the footer of each article and (somewhat annoyingly, I have to say), the article summaries on the front page  or some of them at least. I’m interested in whether it enhances the visitor’s experience by providing suggestions for other articles on the ICT in Education website. That’s what I’m hoping, of course, but it could prove to be an irritant.
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