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EdTech BYOD #fail

EdTech BYOD #fail

Never agreed with BYOD system. Fundamentally flawed. Inappropriate to impose such costs on a family. Students rarely prepared to use such devices in an effective manner.

Iridescence in the sky over the Illawarra

Iridescence in the sky over the Illawarra

There was iridescence in the sky wet of the Illawarra last night. The sunlight passing through the icy clouds, creates a rainbow effect.

TESOL WebQuest

TESOL WebQuest

I have been working on a WebQuest activity as part of an assessment task for a subject I am currently enrolled in at the University of Wollongong.

TESOL times at uni

TESOL times at uni

Recently returned to study at university and presently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

App Smashing Ideas

App Smashing Ideas

The following links are resources for the App Smashing workshop at the iPads in Education Conference.

iPads in Education Conf

iPads in Education Conf

I am heading up to Sydney today to attend the iPads in Education National Conference. Shall be conducting a couple of presentations on Thursday and Friday.

Sydney Vivid Festival

Sydney Vivid Festival

Shao Ping and I visited the Sydney Vivid Festival last night. We had a great night and saw some interesting light & sound exhibits.

Crossing the event horizon

Crossing the event horizon

My recent experiences will forever serve as a milestone for me as it was the moment during which I completed the crossing of an event horizon in my career.

Singapore National Academy

Singapore National Academy

I conducted a significant and rather special iPad in Education workshop at the Singapore National Academy in Surabaya, Indonesia, yesterday. I shall never forget this workshop.

Pupils and publishing

Pupils and publishing

Today I am giving a workshop at the annual MANTLE conference here in Newcastle. The workshop focuses upon publishing by students with an emphasis on writing.

Visit to WISS Shanghai

Visit to WISS Shanghai

Had the good fortune to visit the Western International School of Shanghai the other day. Tania Mansfield organised the visit and she gave me an excellent tour!

Riding the #3 Bus, SongJiang

Riding the #3 Bus, SongJiang

There were calls and cries when people needed to alight, weaving their way through that congested congee of contented commuters. They were happy and chatting.

People watching, The Bund.

People watching, The Bund.

There was quite a few people walking around the Bund that day and in so many ways it is the people that you meet and see that make travel interesting.

The Bund, Shanghai, China.

The Bund, Shanghai, China.

The promenade adjacent to The Bund 外滩 provides a great place from which to photograph the impressive skyline of the Pudong district of Shanghai.

Nanjing Road Shanghai

Nanjing Road Shanghai

I think the best aspect of Nanjing Road is the people that flock to the precinct to shop, take photographs and people watch.

SongJiang Walkabout

SongJiang Walkabout

On a walk around SongJiang crossed a number of canals that criss cross the town & managed to capture a few photographs of a rather elegant arch bridge & mural.

Songjiang, Shanghai, China

Songjiang, Shanghai, China

Went for a walk this morning before I began work. I am staying in Songjiian, which is situated west of the city of Shanghai. It was quite cold this morning.

Meetup with Brian Lockwood

Meetup with Brian Lockwood

Met up with Brian Lockwood, Director of IT at the NIS (Nanjing International School) in Nanjing. We’ve been communicating on Twitter since the early days.

Shanghai to Nanjing

Shanghai to Nanjing

Took a high speed rail service from Shanghai Hongqiao rail station to the Nanjing South rail station. The distance is a little over 300 kilometres and the journey just over one hour.

Swarming honey bees

Swarming honey bees

I went to check in on our veggie garden this morning and was surprised to see quite a number of bees swarming around our compost bin.