March 06, 2006

DUBLIN IRELAND: Talking with Prof. Stephen Heppell. Episode 2 - Not School! Seducing Kids back into Learning | connect.educause.edu

Another fascinating nugget, from following links in the Elluminate session on the subject of podcasting in education (see previous blog posts). Last year, Allan Carrington took part in Educause 2005. I think he was the "official" podcaster of the event. Coming all the way from Australia, tho, he realized that it was quite possible, even desirable, to break his journey en route and talk to some people in the field of education and particularly online learning and/or edtech. Being the hi-tech guy he is, he created a blog for his journey, and podcast his interviews and meetings.

Here's one, a gem right off the top of the pile: an interview with Stephen Heppell of the UK (tho recorded in Dublin, Ireland, for reasons we can only guess at), on Stephen's brainchild, "Not School", an online learning program designed to help kids who can't or won't go to school (kids who've been expelled,for instance, or kids who are bullied and refuse to go), to obtain some kind of equivalent qualifications, and it has succeeded, apparently. The blog post also contains a link to a short excerpt from a documentary on the subject of edtech and why it's important for the future of schools, a subject that I find particularly fascinating. Don't miss this short QuickTime movie.
The podcast that goes with Alan Carrington's blogpost is linked to as an attachment at the very bottom of the blog-post. Click on "attachments" and the entire blog-post will open up in the window, and the audio will start. DUBLIN IRELAND: Talking with Prof. Stephen Heppell. Episode 2 - Not School! Seducing Kids back into Learning | connect.educause.edu

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