The HongKongKiwi

Ever felt like nobody understands you?

Hmmm so that is what happens if I blog about my blog with the Blogger button! Not nearly as exciting as I thought it might possibly be!

Such a lot going on at the moment at my school there are a lot of china plates in the air waiting for me to miss my timing…
  • Preparing a 1:1 computing initiative
  • Introducing laptops to teachers
  • Investigating iPads in our Prep classrooms
  • VLE and SIS development
  • Moodle is coming
  • Intergrating our new information system with Google APIs
  • Student ePortfolios
  • New campus design
Enough already?

This changes everything again…er, again?

Electronics show to bring fiercer competition to iPad

This is great news, as once again apple lead the way and the masses follow, forcing the issue of price and function back into the open market. I think that even though the technology field is often led my Apple’s innovations there is always a slight problem in the way that Apple control the release of features and manipulate their fans and buyers so blatantly.
Also, I am keen to buy the first cheaper tablet that has flash enabled. Even though HTML5 is supposed to supplant flash animation it will still be some time before it disappears ( if at all! ) and there is a lot of interactive content that relies on it… I think that Apple may have shot themselves, if not in the foot, at last close enough to ruin their best pair of sneakers in that respect.

I can’t wait to see the prices tumble and the features skyrocket! Looks like my five-year technology plan might be adjusted again, er… again!

Have you googled yourself lately?

Google yourself
70% of HR professionals will now search for your digital footprint on the web… already there are cases of students being turned down from colleges and kicked out of schools or denied graduation because of public performances on the web… time to make sure these kids really know that their digital footprint is here to stay!


Facebook Wants to Supply Your Internet Driver’s License – Technology Review

This is a very interesting article… a great example of how a popular web “fad” can gain legitimacy and morph into something else. I can see how the security issues raised by their methods of cookie handling would be a concern – especially if more banks like the one in New Zealand ( doh! ) start to use such an insecure website as Facebook to access banking information! The new cookie sniffing add-on for firefox… what possible legitimate use could you have for running such a programme!

Welcome to 2011!

Be Literate.

Be Literate.

The blog of Darren Price  (Director of Technology & School Improvement Gyeonggi Suwon International School (Suwon, South Korea) & Taejon Christian International School (Daejeon, South Korea)

It is great to come across other educators who blog. I wish I could be more consistent, but sometimes I just run out of time…
I am about to launch the Pages function of Google Apps for use as student ePortfolios.
Since Google now include the Blogging tool in their Education Package I am thinking that it might be a good way to encourage reflective practise in our students ( and the teachers! )
Since I have the shiny orange “blog” button embedded in my favourite browser  ( Chrome ) I guess I really have to try and set a good example!

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"The death of education and the birth of learning"

“The death of education and the birth of learning” –  a memorable and challenging quote to end this excellent and thought-provoking video from Consortium for School Networking(COSN).

This video is a couple of years old now, but still a very relevant statement about challenging our traditional notions of education and the prevalence of “bricks & mortar” entities in education. I wonder if education wuld still rank 55 out of 55 industries. I am hoping that we can at least claim to have outgunned “coal mining” by now!
At my current school we are investigating the development of an “online college” to deliver AP courses both as part of a hybrid solution for our on-site students, and also to reach out to the wider community here in Hong Kong and eventually across SE Asia. It really presents some challenges to our current concept of our “school”!

Exciting times. 
Scary times.

Communication breakdown

Is there a technology that on the one hand does so much to improve communication between geographically diverse people, yet on the other does so much to cripple communication between a group of people in the same room? If you have ever been in an internet cafe you will know what technology I am referring to…
Mac or PC… what’s your poison?
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