I LISTENED TO mainstream Irish television as George Lee unpacked issues concerning Irish education while simultaneously watching a whitewater flow of teachers tweeting about how to make the best of limited resources. The TV show is three years behind the pack.
That's not unusual, because mainstream broadcasting often takes several years to cop onto what's really happening on the ground. Plus, there's no way a primetime researcher would be able to keep up with the rapid-fire exchange of information inside an hour-long #edchatie. As I listened to the 50th running of #edchatie, I admitted I was drowning in the flow.
To speed my recovery, and to aid others who want to go frame-by-frame through the 5 March 2012 Edchatie session, I'm empowering two teams of third level students to build an annotated link list of resources arising from the 50th running in the edchatie series. And because my blog pushes over into the Irish Teachers Blog Network, those subscribing to that touchpoint will see the result.
Some day, this collaborative group dynamic, linking teachers from all levels of Irish education, may pique the interest of a mainstream broadcast. In the meantime, there's a lively CESI backchannel and the 19 May 2012 ICT in Education Conference, both suiting the needs of those who want to make an impact through creative uses of technology in education.
Previously -- "Towards an Edchatie Hub", August 15, 2011.