Gavin McLean
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About Me
ICT Professional Development Facilitator, Teacher of Media Literacy, eLearning enthusiast, Sound Designer, Musician -I enjoy making Songs, Videos & Music with kids (and teachers!)


I, for one, welcome our new Reddit financial overlords.

I, for one, welcome our new Reddit financial overlords.



Please stop touching your face, even if it’s to express the...

Please stop touching your face, even if it’s to express the profound loss and unending terror you feel inside.



Wanna hear a joke?

Why is the stock market like sex?

I should have pulled out way earlier.

Awww yeah! Check out this sweet logo I just made!

Awww yeah! Check out this sweet logo I just made!



Meanwhile, in China…

Meanwhile, in China…

He’s not reacting to the crash, he just finally watched the...

He’s not reacting to the crash, he just finally watched the final episode of Breaking Bad.

This dude is all of us right now.

This dude is all of us right now.

That face you make when you check your 401k balance.

That face you make when you check your 401k balance.

Bad timing, Peter.

Bad timing, Peter.

Well shit. This blog is suddenly relevant again.Oh, and STOP...

Well shit. This blog is suddenly relevant again.


“He tweeted what? I just… what does ‘but so fast’ even...

“He tweeted what? I just… what does ‘but so fast’ even mean?”

“All I’m saying is, if the Earth was round, why don’t planes...

“All I’m saying is, if the Earth was round, why don’t planes just fly off into space?”

The moment Peter realized that market volatility was his fetish.

The moment Peter realized that market volatility was his fetish.

sadguysontradingfloors:Aw man. The house is a mess, mom’s going...


Aw man. The house is a mess, mom’s going to kill me when she gets home.

Today, this blog turns 10 years old. Thanks for a decade of likes, reblogs and general ambivalence.

The hats! They stopped working!

The hats! They stopped working!

From my dad, who signs his texts.

From my dad, who signs his texts.

EEEEEEEEEEven floooooowwww

EEEEEEEEEEven floooooowwww


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Game Education Special Interest Group

Posted on January 1, 2009 at 11:23pm 0 Comments

IGDA Education SIG Spawns First Global Game Jam
42 Sites In 15 Different Countries Already Signed On And The List Is Growing

Quote of the week

Posted on October 4, 2008 at 12:20pm 0 Comments

"Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we're all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories."

One Month in Al Ain UAE

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 7:00am 2 Comments

This is me walking in "my own private Oasis."

So its the end of my first month in Al Ain. Its very nice town, with lots of parks and gardens. I am lucky to have a lovely apartment, with 6 bathrooms! Accommodation is cheaper and nicer here in Al Ain. In the larger cities like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it is more common to live in a high rise apartment. parking is a problem in these places. In Abu Dhabi we saw people just parking in the middle of the… Continue

Al Ain Here I Come!

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

Well its official, I am off to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates on the 31st July to work as an ICT in Education Advisor. I spend 4 days initially in Auckland meeting my "team", then we leave for UAE on the 4th August. I will, of course, post pictures of our apartment, which I am waiting to see now, and document my big adventure with pictures and video! So it would be great to share this journey with my Classroom 2.0 friends!

It will be… Continue

Greetings from Classroom 2.0 Blog

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

So this is how it might work, I can blog here and have this appear in my Blogger Blog feed.
If i've dome tihs right you should seeeing this is my blogger page!!!
Fun experiments...G

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At 11:44am on January 7, 2009, Jill Machemer said…
Working on developing my page and blog as we speak!! I enjoy kiwis-- nice to meet you!
At 9:59pm on December 27, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Gavin,

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on You can find us at . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 11:01pm on October 12, 2008, Paul said…
Cheers for that Gavin. I hope to get the application off by the end of the week Just had 1st day back (term Four) spot of testing and athletics were on todays to do list. The Children worked on their learning powerpoint, sort of a more structured blog.
At 1:45pm on October 10, 2008, Paul said…
Thanks for that Gavin, I've registerd with a couple of agencies so we'll have to see how it goes. Part of the CV process asks about challenges to teaching in the UAE any tips there please.
At 9:20pm on October 9, 2008, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
How can i make teachers exchange if i can't afford visa? Can anyone sponsor my exchange?
At 10:36am on October 6, 2008, Rebecca Vaughan Frazee said…
thanks for the welcome, Gavin.
glad to be here.
At 5:14pm on October 4, 2008, Kimberly James said…
Great recommendation to pick my 3. It's tough . . . I'm on Ning, I have 3 blogs on wordpress, I manage 3 websites, and I'm on Friendfeed, Twitter, Plurk, and FBook. I can't decide how to prioritize my SM time. I guess the first I'd have to let go of is Plurk. Suppose I'll start there.
At 4:07pm on October 4, 2008, Ana Balboa-Guenthner said…
Dear Gavin,

Nice beginning thoughts..Do you have facebook? let me know. I would like to also continue conversation there..
With so many social networking sites, I struggle to maintain ongoing conversation. Thus, response is usually slow, from my part. My incentive with facebook is that it connects me to friends all place, one click.
At 4:05pm on October 4, 2008, Paul said…
Hi Gavin, Just found your blog while searching for info on Life in Al Ain. I am looking to come to the UAE for work. At present I'm teaching yr 5-6 here in Christchurch. Hows the advisors role going as this is a position that i'm interested in as i have friends over there doing the samething. It would be great to here from you Paul.
At 3:45pm on October 4, 2008, kosh said…
Hi Gavin,
It's always a pressure to meet someone who is also into video here. I am working on a screenplay for a feature at the moment and would be grateful if you can read it and pass me your comment. you could send me your email address so i can send it there. Thank You!


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