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Geek 2.0 October 28, 2011

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I love learning new stuff and how to get more from my gadgets, and tonight I’ve had a massive hit of success!
Our school is buzzing with BYOD talk and elearning.
Lots of teachers, and one librarian (!) talking about what device is best, what apps, what’s the best approach and lots of differing opinions, as you’d expect.
Amongst our talking I was shown the fabulous feature of the iphone4; that it can be made into a personal hotspot.
Green with envy, I was gutted that it’s apparently only a iphone4 feature, sadly I’m still on a 3.
So, tonight when I discovered that indeed my nearly retro iphone3 is actually a personal hotspot and I then get my laptop and phone talking to give me the world wide web away from my completely retro fixed internet connection, I really feel like I’ve won first prize!!!
(Check: Settings >Personal Hotspot is under WiFi, select and turn to ON.I’m connecting through a USB to my laptop. It’s not superfast, but it’s fantastic for what I want tonight!)
After much discussion and lots of playing I’ve recently chosen an iPad2 for our school library, to add to the very small but growing “sandpit” of toys we can involve in the students teaching and learning as we push on as a school with encouraging the development of any elearning environment.
Lake Tuggrenong College in Canberra so kindly donated money to Riccarton High School after the February earthquake. Their teacher librarian, ex Christchurch Kiwi Janice Wilson, organised an Easter egg hunt and sausage sizzle. Lake Tug also has a Joint-Use library and we’ve worked together over the last 7 years.
The donated money paid for much of our new ipad!Thanks so much Janice xxxxx
After being the lucky receipent of the Hydstore Development Fund and sponsored by LIANZA Aoraki to attend uLearn 11 in Rotorua last week, one of the conclusions I came to from those amazing 3 days that – everyone can lead change,you don’t need a label or title, or to be a certain age or certain anything.
You need a good dose of belief in yourself and what you want to achieve and why.If it doesn’t work hey, lets do it differently next time and think about what we learnt and try again.
Keynote speakers Simon Breakspear and Tony Ryan were inspirational, as was Paula Jamieson who delivered the App Harvest session, and it’s awesome to have them in my PLN through Twitter at least.
For me, uLearn delivered the rev-up I needed to share more through this blog while developing my skills along the way.
Thanks LIANZA for the support and encouragement.


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