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Category Archives: blog

Seven Myths about Education – Skills, Knowledge & Schooling

Daisy Christodoulou’s 2013 book ‘The Seven Myths about Education’ is a well-written critique of the current policies in UK education and their implementation through the curriculum and by school inspections from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED). The book is easy to read, while making some convincing, evidence-based arguments. HerContinue Reading

Blogging in UCD Nursing

Over the last few days, I have been talking to Dr Amanda Phelan co-ordinator of the graduate diploma in Person Centred Care (Older People) and students on the diploma in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.   The graduate diploma is part-time and blended to suit students who are working full timeContinue Reading


I have been experimenting with Google+, Google’s new social networking tool.  Google+ has elements of blogging , Facebook and Twitter. In my mind, its circles allow you to organise your communications better than Twitter and Facebook.  For example, you can organise your contacts into separate circles to discuss say ‘educational technology’ ,’photography’ or ‘politics’ .Continue Reading

Ed-Media 2011 – Blogging & Micro-blogging

#edmedia11 was the most tagged tweet in Portugal during the Ed-Media conference, according to the organisers, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).   STAT – the Semantic Analysis Twitter Tool – gives a detailed analysis of the 3,745 tweets in its archive. Crismattos was the most prolific tweeter with 496 tweets, comparedContinue Reading

Donald Clark – controversy and debate

Donald Clark is always good for a debate and frank discussion of matters educational. In a recent blog post he listed 7 Objections to the use of  Social Media in Learning … and also came up with answers to those same objections. As a regular note-taker both on paper and digitally (laptop or iPhone) IContinue Reading

Blogosphere in Practice – Linking Blogs in Class

My blogging class saw a live example of  the blogosphere in higher education.  I present short workshops on Blogging in Higher Education which show both how blogs can be used as learning tools (for example, for course work … such as learning journals) and how to write, edit and administer a WordPress blog. We startContinue Reading

Google Analytics…. Popular in Wisconsin

I use Google Analytics to try and measure readership for this blog.  There were 493 unique visitors who spent an average of 3 minutes and 4 seconds in the blog (long enough to read a post) in the last 30 days.  The date with the largest number of readers followed a new post though dailyContinue Reading

Blogging Survey

Sinéad Cochrane, a masters student in IADT, is researching attitudes to blogging in Ireland. She is looking for both bloggers and non-bloggers to complete her online survey. She will be publishing the results of her survey in her blog. For more info and the survey link go to http://www.sineadcochrane.com/2009/01/22/irish-blog-cyberpsychology-research/.

Using blogs to enhance Reflective Practice – Wimba Online Seminar

Earlier this year I attended a workshop on Wimba’s Collaboration Suite, a synchronous online classroom system. Wimba Classroom includes audio, video, application sharing and content display. Students can communicate with each other and the lecturer using voice and chat (IM). I have some doubts about the value of such virtual classrooms in a campus-based universityContinue Reading

Irish Educational Technology Conference

The programme for EdTech 2008 – the Irish Educational Technology Conference – has been published. The ninth annual conference showcases research and practice in educational technology at third level in Ireland and abroad. It takes place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on May 22nd – 23rd. Keynotes include: Sudhir Giri, Head of Learning Operations &Continue Reading