December 31, 2006

June: My favourite moments from 2006 on edu.blogs.com

June was the month where things began to take shape a little more concretely in Scotland, in the UK and beyond with regard to social media use in education.

June
1st: East Lothian Head Teachers invited me to show them the way it could be done... and employed me two months later as part of their team to make it so.
2nd: blog.ac.uk gave a great excuse to score more edubloggers off my list of face-to-face meetups, to have some debate about the best way to introduce social software to institutions... but did it lead to any lasting impact? Some great ideas we're reminded about from the blog, but we'll have to see.
6th: The rest of the world got first wind of the Internet Safety Qualification which appeared to have already been sewn up. The guys at the SQA relented and invited people to a collaborative wiki and podcast four months later.
8th: I was able to convince Assessment for Learning people that Assessment for Learning could be improved with some social media backing it up.
23rd: Between more travels I had been able to address Telford and Wrekin ICT coordinators with my most popular file/talk of 2006, 10 Ways To Stay Connected Without Losing Your Mind And Why Blogging Isn't One Of Them. I also found out that long titles are not necessarily a bad thing.
24th: I discovered QR codes to make mobile phones more useful in the classroom - still waiting for mobile phones which can do it to arrive in our classrooms ;-)
29th: After spending a few days marking out how East Lothian might move forward with its imminent social media plans, I was pleased to announce the opening of TeachMeet06, ScotEduBlog Meetup's big brother.

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