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The first thing an audience of a talk, seminar or conference asks for is a copy of the presentation. Whenever I can, I share my SlideShares, Google Presentations or Prezis as openly as possible.

This simple presentation is for the Japan Association for Promotion of Educational Technology (JAPET) delegation which visits NIE tomorrow. In the spirit of open sharing and sharing under the Creative Commons, I am making my slides available here.

But sharing has its issues.

Some people may not be comfortable with sharing information. If that was the case, then we should not host visitors in the first place.

I think that it is not a case of if you share information but how you share it.

I think the presentation slides should be as helpful as possible, so I try to embed links in them. But I do not think that the slides alone should tell the story or provide all the information. That is what I am there for. That is why most of my slides are heavy on images and light on text.

There is one important exception to that rule. There are many excellent presentations in SlideShare that are designed to convey information in the absence of a presenter or a voiceover. Those presentations are standalone.

Whatever the presentation, the resource should be open so that you have an immediate and an extended audience. The immediate audience might benefit now and the extended audience later. You just don’t know exactly when or how with your extended audience.


This SlideShare probably raises as many questions as it does answers on digital literacies, but that is not a bad thing. After all, what counts as “digital literacies” is as emerging or as amorphous as “21st century skills”.


I could probably look at John Connell’s revised slides on “Good eLearning and Bad eLearning” and pick up something a bit different every day.

For example, there were lots of quotable quotes, mostly by famous people, but my favourite was probably the simplest one in slide 63: Young people across the world today are possibly less bound by received wisdom than any generation in history. It reflects how connected the world is today and begs the question of how education must change.

My favourite slide is also the one that hints at the changes (slide 75):

What should education look like?

  • A place where learning is the focus rather than teaching
  • A place where faculty and learners learn together
  • A place for social learning (and solitary learning!)
  • An entry-point for collaborative learning
  • An immersive environment stretching far beyond the campus walls
  • An open-learning environment built on negotiation and mutual respect
  • An extended community resource

I also like the creepy treehouse syndrome as described in slides 77-79. This is when a professor requires his/her students to follow him/her on Facebook or Twitter. I do not make my student teachers friend or follow me. I just let them know that I have a treehouse, creepy or otherwise, that they are free to visit.

But if you want a few answers to what good e-learning is, you have to read the summary at slide 90:

Good e-learning:

  • is built on careful consideration of the purpose of the learning
  • recognizes the changing relationships between teacher and learner, and between learner and information
  • avoids the worst features of creepy treehouse syndrome
  • recognises the cultural, ideological and political impact of education
  • permits the learner genuine and increasing autonomy in their learning as they grow and learn
  • enables learners to nurture rich, heterogenous personal learning networks
  • makes room for conviviality in learning

That is a tall order. No wonder we have a fair bit of bad e-learning, a lot of e-doing and not so much e-learning!

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Many thanks to @hychan_edu for sharing this on Twitter.

This is probably the best SlideShare I have seen on the impact of social media on modern life. How anyone can ignore this in the educational context is beyond me!

This semester I am including QR codes in my ICT course in a more basic way.

In semesters past, I have used QR codes for station-based learning and scavenger hunts.

This semester, I am simply adding QR codes to presentations in SlideShare. The QR codes lead to resources that are relevant to the content on a slide.

I hope to add value to the presentations by allowing my student teachers to not only get information on their smartphones but also go beyond the content of each slide.

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Here are some reused and rehashed slides from Steve Wheeler about The Future of Learning.

Not that reusing or rehashing is a bad thing. Things worth saying need to be repeated and sometimes said slightly differently before others get it.

I get it. I am excited by it. Don’t know what “it” is? Process Wheeler’s slides for it!

Embedded below is an excellent Slideshare on Why Technology is Failing in Schools. (Spoiler: The leadership, administration and pedagogy has not kept up.)


For any change to take place effectively, there must be shifts in leadership, adminstration, pedagogy and a whole host of other factors. But if there is one factor that can forge ahead without the support of the rest, it is changing the way teachers teach.

How might this happen? Shelley Blake offers a few clues as he shares how teachers might Stop Teaching.

The same message is delivered in different forms. One is an electronic slideshow and the other a simple digital narrative. Both raise (or imply) questions and both provide answers (sometimes for the other piece). It’s up to us to connect the dots.

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