Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is introduced in Module 5. These YouTube videos hosted by CAST (the creators of UDL) are an excellent introduction to this wonderful way of supporting all learners in an inclusive classroom.
The Horizon Project focuses on emerging technologies likely to have a significant impact on learning and teaching. The 2011 report highlights Cloud Computing as one of these key technologies. Indranee Liew, an active participant on our course this summer, has distilled its main points in this super presentation.
Indranee’s powerpoint (download): new technologies in ed Horizon 2011 or View via Google Docs
Full report: 2011-Horizon-Report-K12
Michael Wesch gave an amazing keynote address at the NCTE / Diverse Conference in DCU on Wed last 29th June 2011 on the impact of the Internet on learning . The gist of his argument is seen in this YouTube clip. I think it certainly raises very important issues for teaching and learning.
The YouTube video which brought Professor Wesch to worldwide attention was this famous video entitled “The Machine is Us/using Us”
This is a very nice video from Teacher Tube on the need to adjust our thinking to take account of the changed learning landscape.
In this talk (in Dublin, Jan 2010) David Puttnam emphasises the need for the education system to embrace technology and foster digital literacy at an early stage to create the next generation of informed and responsible digital participants. He called on Government to prioritise education spending and provide the resources necessary to meet this challenge. As a resident of County Cork, Lord Puttnam takes a keen interest in developments in Ireland and he concluded his speech with his observations on the Irish education system.