eduBuzz Open Meeting

This afternoon’s eduBuzz Open Meeting had been pretty well documented by
Ollie Bray, David Cain, Don Ledingham, Lynne Lewis & Tess Watson by the time I finally got online this evening and so I’ll simply make a few bullet points:

  • eduBuzz Conference – I was delighted to hear that a traditional (as opposed to Skype) conference seemed to be favoured. I’m all for technology but, to quote the recent Yellow Pages ad, “here’s to the face to face.”
  • mention was made of the likelihood of pupils wanting to drift into txt language and Ronnie Summers, I felt, hit the nail on the head by suggesting that this was not an issue of right or wrong but simply of encouraging pupils to have an awareness of audience and of the importance of not alienating anyone. Sandra, who is behind much of the prolific blogging from Law Primary, pointed out that, in creating blogs and comments, the need for “quality feedback” was stressed and that simply posting “Cool!” as a comment was not very informative.
  • Extreme Learning – Instrumental Instructors are the only (teaching) group able to follow through (in person) from P4 – S6 – yet exactly how interested instructors can become involved in this exciting cross-curricular, ageless development remains somewhat unclear
  • Recording – it came out in a conversation that the pupils whose mp3s grace my blog receive very little, if any, notice as I cannot guarantee being able to get hold of the equipment I have been using – might this be a possible area for funding?
  • Ollie pointed out that keeping in touch with or contributing to a blog ought rightly to be considered as CPD.

Interestingly, as I flicked through a few pages on the site before posting, my better half, Lesley (who is involved in web design), looked over my shoulder, impressed at the set up (I was looking at one of the new Transition pages). She asked, “is East Lothian simply light years ahead of other authorities with this?”

One thought on “eduBuzz Open Meeting”

  1. A more useful comparison than where we are in relation to other authorities is perhaps where we are in relation to the students in East Lothian schools. The recent Demos report Their Space which I blogged about develops this idea.

    The world has changed so why haven’t we?
    The current generation of young people will reinvent the workplace, and the society they live in. They will do it along the progressive lines that are built into the technology they use everyday of networks,collaboration, co-production and participation. The change in
    behaviour has already happened.We have to get used to it, accept that the flow of knowledge moves both ways and do our best to make sure
    that no one is left behind. Chapter 4 talks about a necessary shift in values to make this happen. Chapter 5 goes on to outline the practical changes that need to happen at every level in the system from policymakers to practitioners in order to see real transformation.

    We’re moving in the right direction, but mustn’t be complacent.

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