Saturday, December 04, 2010

VSR36: Connected

In this episode I get to have a fun chat with three highly connected educators about the value that being connected brings to them. Chrissy Hellier is a New Zealander working in Bangkok; Amanda Marrinan teaches in Brisbane Australia; and Paul Wood works in Dallas, Texas.

We talk about the idea of connectedness, the value of what it means to be a connected educator and the opportunities it can open for your classroom. We also talk about Skype, Twitter and other tools of connectedness, as well as the value of actually starting the recorder when recording a podcast! Enjoy!

Mentioned in the podcast...
Amanda Marrinan

Chrissy Hellier

Paul R Wood


  1. I really enjoyed this episode Chris, I also miss having a class to 'connect' with others and it's got me thinking about ways around this. I ran a project along with a colleague (another twitterer @MrsBanjer) within EdQld called Beyond Your Back Door! this year and it frustrates us that we don't have the ready tools to connect outside EQ. Amanda was going to participate but it all got a bit hard. We're planning to do it again next semester, would love to work out how to connect with classes both within EQ and further afield than last time.

    Keep the great podcasts coming, I've been a fan of them since you started! (@jeni_wren)

  2. Thank Jenni. Yes it's an interesting situation up there in Queensland. On the one hand you've got a progressive education system that wants to hand you all the tools you need to work digitally and provides a wonderful (from what I hear) environment with The Learning Place, and on the other hand makes a blanket assumption that you would never want to actually collaborate with anyone outside of Queensland. It's a bit of a tricky one.

    I guess their thinking is aimed at keeping children safe by managing who they come into contact with. Good thing that all Queenslanders are nice people, and all the really bad people are outside of Queensland! whew! What a relief it must be to know that! ;-)

    Thanks for the kind words about the podcast!


  3. I know Chris, but it pains me that all the 'good' people have to be within the state system within Queensland as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm a great advocate and trained facilitator within our EQ PD framework but I'm chomping at the bit to be able to connect with all the other wonderful educators out there for the sake of our students' and our teachers'learning. It is tricky but we'll be following it up in the new year.

    Happy Christmas Chris!

  4. Hi Chris, wow,I loved the podcast and have learnt quite a bit. I'd love to skype in the classroom and shall give it a go when school goes back next year. I've had a class blog for two years now and we all loved it but never thought of skype or twitter in the classroom - exciting. Excuse my ignorance, but what is "isti"? Brilliant podcast, thanks again
    Pauline Quealy

  5. Thanks Pauline. ISTE stands for the International Society for Technology Education. They are a US-based body that does a lot of work in the area of educational technology and they have some great resources (although their definition of "international" differs somewhat to mine, as they are very US centric)

    They run a large edtech conference every year known as the ISTE Conference, or simply "ISTE". Until a couple of years ago it was known as NECC (the National Educational Computing Conference). Next year it will be in Philadelphia I believe.

    Thanks for the kind words about the podcast. It's much appreciated.

  6. Brilliant Chris, thanks very much. When I win the lottery I'll attend the conference in Philadelphia. I'm finding being a teacher in this day and age incredibly exciting and expensive. It's difficult keeping up financially with all the mod cons required to teach the 21st century learner in the manner they should be taught. Santa didn't bring me an iPad! I'm just about to listen to your next podcast. Thanks again, you're a great help.