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I'm heavily into ICT / Multimedia and enjoy blurring the boundaries between traditional and digital art.

Prior to commencing my postgrad teaching studies I've spent over ten years working within the ICT / Multimedia industry. In my most recent role, I worked for 'a large organisation' (who shall remain nameless!) in support of e-learning and computer-based flexible delivery learning programs.

I have a Bachelor of Multimedia and am looking forward to dragging schools kicking and screaming into the 21st Century through flexible learning, instructional design, Problem Based Learning, animation, web quests etc.

I am currently employed as the Art Teacher and Teacher-Librarian at Coomera Rivers Primary School, on the beautiful Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia).

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Posted on September 25, 2012 at 12:08am 0 Comments

I've just discovered Storybird! It looks good but I'm wondering if anyone used it for setting tasks/assignments and assessment? http://http://storybird.com/teachers/



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Posted on July 26, 2007 at 5:43pm 0 Comments

G'day Guys :-)

I just stumbled across this site yesterday whilst researching 21st Century educational transformation, and I must say I'm pretty impressed! What a great idea. It's awesome to see a collaborative network of like-minded folks who are striving to push education forward. Hopefully this mentality will spread across Australia as well!

Thanks Steve and Art Goddess for the welcome. I was only here 5 minutes and you wanted to be my friend already…


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At 9:33pm on December 28, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi James,

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 'e-learning and online teaching' 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 a competition for startup funding on ideablob.com. You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . 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 alightlearning.com, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 12:54pm on October 4, 2008, Gavin McLean said…
Great page James,
Lots to explore and learn from here...Gavin
At 1:59pm on October 29, 2007, Andrew Robitaille said…
G'day James. Thanks for your comment on my profile. I only just discovered it. I'm glad you like my school's website (www.eschool.net.au). If you're needing to do some prac or work experience, feel free to look us up. You can read my iTeacher blog at http://iteacher.edublogs.org. All the best.
At 10:54am on October 10, 2007, Dennis O'Connor said…
James, I like the way front load your page with media. Very effective. I'm going to copy your moves on the E-learning & Online Teaching Group page.

Is it simplistic to assume all Australians are Moodle fans? I'm deep into Moodle myself. I've taught with all the major CMS software and like Moodle the best. (My buddies at Moodle rooms tell me that social networking elements are being built into Moodle profiles for release next year. Have you heard anything about this?

At 4:23pm on August 31, 2007, Judy O'Connell said…
Hey James....Very kind of you to include my presentations on your page :-) Welcome, and hope you enjoy your collaboration with others. Good to have another nerd on board!
At 1:56am on August 4, 2007, Hans Feldmeier said…
Hey James, nice stuff around you!
Greetings and welcome from Germany
At 7:10pm on July 31, 2007, Jason Hando said…
Hi James,

Thanks for commenting on my Ning page and visiting my Clever Learning podcast. Good to see another down under ossie (as the American's say) in here digging around.

At 6:43pm on July 31, 2007, Ricart Prats said…
Hi James, Good to connect. Very cool profile photo. I am glad to see you are a student as well as a teacher ... it's good to be both.


At 11:27am on July 30, 2007, Annie Gentithes said…
Hey there, James. Thanks for the invitation and greetings. I look forward to connecting. I am loving the fact that I can connect with like-minded people all the way across the world so easily!
At 4:24am on July 28, 2007, Jacinta Gascoigne said…
Hi James,

Thanks for accepting my invitation and it is great to connect with others in Oz.
Not sure about the duty of care angle, hotmail was blocked due to bandwidth issues, many sites that one would not want learners to access are still accessible, yet those that make up a learners world today, blocked - still does not make sense to me.
A duty of care is also expected with regards to the learning and quality of the learning provided. I personally feel that we are breaching that duty as the learning we provide on campus, is missing critical elements, elements that learners are asking for and need, to prepare them fully for their future's work and life.
Great if you can integrate by getting learners involved off campus and certainly better than neglecting, however I still firmly believe, all involved in learning in Australia, need to rally and make it clear to government and those making policy decisions, that if we do not improve the current situation, education in Australia is going to take backward steps whilst the rest of the world, forges ahead.



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