Episode 6 contains part 2 of our interview with Dr. Greg Thompson of Murdoch University, and Dr. Nicole Mockler or Newcastle University, in which we talk about the issues associated with Australia’s NAPLAN testing regime. Dr. Thompson, who tweets under the handle @effectsofNAPLAN, has devoted significant time and attention to the impacts of NAPLAN on teachers and school communities, and shares with us some of his insights into the positive and negative effects of NAPLAN in the 5 years since it was introduced.
In Episode 5 of TER Podcast we discussed Connected Learning, and outlined some of the benefits and risks associated with increased use of online connectivity and social media in education. As a follow up to that episode, here are some suggested ways that teachers can get more connected with others in their profession, or help get their students connected with the each other and the world beyond the classroom.
Please note: While some of these sites incorporate commercial services, this post is not sponsored in any way, nor a direct endorsement of those services, this is just a list of tools that some teachers have found useful in the classroom and in their own professional development.
In Episode 5 we discuss Connected Learning and its impact on teaching and teacher professional development, including interviews with Professor Alec Couros about the relationship between connectivity and teaching. We also speak to educator and writer Dan Haelser about the rise of BYOD policies in school as a way of providing access to technology and the internet for learning.