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Ed Podesta

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About Ed Podesta

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  • Birthday 01/03/1973

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    Newbury, Berkshire
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    Teaching history, blogging, talking authoritatively on things that I know little about.
  1. Hi all, John has asked me to update you all on the kinds of things that I’ve been doing since giving my talk at Heerlen in, wow, 2006! Firstly I’d like to write about the effect that the Heerlen visit had on my teaching, and on the way that I thought about ICT for learning. In short it was an extremely engaging and informative weekend. I left with a hundred ideas, and having had some of the most interesting professional conversations that I’d ever had. In particular I was delighted to find myself listening to experienced teachers who, without cynicism, and with enthusiasm, could reflect on
  2. Hi All, firstly, please accept my apologies in not being on here more often. Turns out that being a parent of a two year old (three last thursday) is no easier than being a parent of a one year old. Who would've thought?! I've also been working on my website at www.onedamnthing.org.uk, and trying to write a diploma portfolio about ITT in history. Which brings me neatly to the reason for this post. Quite straightforwardly, I need your help. I've got a project running at school, in which three ITT students are going to spend three weeks making 9 lesson plans and resources for topics acr
  3. Knowledgeable, clever, passionate, but above all open, friendly and humane, I would have thought that Richard was one of IST's greatest assets. Meeting him and the other teachers on the E-Help project at Heerlen was a real inspiration for me. I hope that the parents of students at the IST recognise the potential harm that this decision could do to their childrens' education and use their influence with the directors to reverse his dismissal. I'm shocked that the management of a school would risk the educational welfare of its students in a move that seems to be more about kneejerk fears of
  4. A quick update on recent changes at One Damn Thing. There's already quite a few activities, a couple of articles under the "research" category, Dave Stacey is working on some really interesting stuff about reviewing and drafting a KS3 curriculum, and today I've posted the first proper curriculum entry, a mini scheme of work about transport in industrial revolution Britain. Take a look, and let me know if you think this is useful. ta Ed.
  5. I've always thought that history teachers, at least those with a strong sense of helping children to "do" history - as opposed to those who help children to simply "learn" it, are at an advantage when talking about information skills. What are historical skills if they are not techniques of obtaining, evaluating, manipulating (in a non pejorative sense) and presenting information? A good place to start with this kind of thing might be Albert's e-help seminar. One of the links he posted was this. (edited for daft spelling)
  6. They might be able to run to a daisy.
  7. yeah, and the room should be round, on at least two sides, with big curving displays... mmmmm
  8. Reference books, easily reached by students. F-off fast (colour) printer(s). Headphones and sockets. oooh - a soundproof booth - (for recording stuff, swearing in) Scanner(s). Roll of paper that can be torn off at the size you want with huge box of large colour markers. Air-con/heating/amazing insulation and ventilation so that neither was needed. Water cooler. Not really classroom related, but here's my extra wishlist... No SCHOOL BELL (ours broke the first day of term, and the universe did not implode, neither were students late ® than usual). 30/50 hours teaching limit. well fund
  9. Terry, this looks really helpful, will read in detail... thank you. Ed.
  10. Perhaps I should stop taking a crack at geography teachers then... You could send them a site map... Ed.
  11. ????? Richard means this rather hideous thing I think http://geographyforum.invisionzone.com/ Sheez, you'd think that with all that colouring in experience they'd choose something a little easier on the eyes! Ed.
  12. thanks David, especially for the stuff you write about peer observation and blogs. I've been (tentatively) asked to set up an ICT champions group at school, with the intention of implementing ICT across the curriculum more deeply. I've thought about using an action research/peer observation model, and your post makes me think I could use a blog to assist with this. hmm food for thought. Ed.
  13. Cheers John! What you need is a wiki log in, then you could change what I've written to reflect what you know, showing the strength of the wiki. Can I PM you one? Ed.
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