Martin started off the session by outlining there things are in New Zealand, as well as providing a context for theÂ terminologyÂ which would follow. In this regard, Digital Citizens were defined as those using technologies to have:
Greater productivity (via use of technology)
A better education experience
Connections with e-government
The responsibility to â€œBalanceâ€ theÂ digitalÂ society
Politically, we can vote out non-performers
Commercially, we can only influence via our adoption and usage of technologies.
We can’t vote for everyone (politically) but we can influence viaÂ usageÂ and adoption
When my wife and I first learned we were having our first son, we asked around our friends in the childcare industry for recommendations for pre-school care. The answersÂ unanimouslyÂ came back “Tots Corner” they all gave glowing accounts of the staff and the atmosphere there and, when we had our first look around we couldn’t help but agree.
Fast forward five years and #1 son has moved on to Primary school, while his younger brother is busily enjoying his time at Tots.
The staff are fantastic, the atmosphere is welcoming and the kids are loved, cared for and taught in the most amazing ways. The teaching methodology is the Reggio Emilia Approach which I am hugely interested in after seeing the incredible effect it has on our boys problem solving skills and thirst to discover. We feel like we are part of the Tots Family and, once I got over the shock that these guys had no internet presence, I decided to register the domain totscorner.co.nz and, since then – we have set them up with domain based emails and a website.
I still have much to learn from the wonderful people at the center – how they engage, the teaching method and their reactions to the introduction of an online presence. I hope to write more on this as we all learn.
Chris McDowall is a very, very clever person. In addition to all the other cool stuff he’s done in the NZ data space, he has just released this post on taking the Maxx public transport data feed of movements over a day, and plotting it out on a map. It’s hypnotic and astounding in the sheer volume of movements – but you need to see it to appreciate how cool it is.
This video by Harvard ProfessorYoungme Moon has been sitting in my open tabs for a couple of weeks now as a irreverent reminder of the safe-play bingo phrases which find their way into so many meetings…
The following is intended to be a summary of various links covering Barcamp Auckland 2010 as my notes only capture what I was able to attend.
Much of the discovery was done via a twitter search, so I’m not expecting it to be an exhaustive list – please let me know if I’ve missed anything so I can update to include you [Note: I’m using your shortened links wherever I can to retain your ability to track clicks, so let me know what links you’d rather I use…]
Barcamp Auckland is an annual gathering of developers, designers, start-ups and social-media types. It’s a full day event held in an ‘unconference’ like style, where the attendee (see my attendee & interested folks list on Twitter) set the schedule – and people turn up to discuss topics which interest them.
The following are the session notes I took during this years Auckland Barcamp
Disclosure: I have met and spent time with Laurel during a workshop a few years back and was well impressed then, as I have continued to be as I’ve followed her commentary on all things social media. For those interested, I’d recommend following her posts, and subscribing to her podcasts.
I came across this video, speaking to the one way approach many educators are taking to using the Internet as a resource. The presenter has written a supporting article (PDF) where he explains the different roles students can take to build engagement, and to collaborate with their global peers
Food for thought – and a definite starter for our discussions at TelecomONE this weekend – how can we as an industry help support our educators and their students to become part of the global voice of learning?