ACEC – Workshop


Thursday, 8 April 2010 4:00 – 5:30 in room 207

Use to post questions, interests, issues, etc.

Here’s the Workshop blurb: This session follows on from the keynote “It’s broke, so fix it” and details the main strategies discussed. Find out how Web 2.0 tools and rich media can be integrated into a research based framework that finally makes the shift from teacher-directed to student-managed learning that spans a student’s school years and results in greater achievement and preparation for their futures.

Take a targeted Self-assessment for skills related to the strategies below: Digital Learning Skills List Checklist (doc)

Here’s a snapshot Roadmap for  integrating Web 2 tools into these three strategies.

Look to Learn



A New Take



ACEC- Melbourne

speaking-at-acec2010_0Many of us in the EdTEch world in Australia will spend much of this week in Melbourne at the Convention and Exhibition Centre to attend The Australian Computers in Education Conference 2010. I’m looking forward to seeing many colleagues and friends, including Alan November, Lynn Davie, Jenny Luca, Greg Gebhart, Geoff Romeo, Adam Elliot, Trudy Sweeney and Sue Urban.

Tom March Sessions

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Thursday, 8 April 2010

You can download a handout of links for the sessions.

Comment on the Keynote, especially Wikicademy and iPademy

Alan November, Lynn Davie, Jenny Luca, Greg Gebhart, Geoff Romeo, Adam Elliot, Trudy Sweeney, Sue Urban
Tom March Sessions
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
1:30 – 2:30 Plenary Hall Choose Your Own Keynote: Tom March – “It’s broke, so fix it” – re-making education for our digital era
4:00 – 5:00 Soapbox Tom March on his Soapbox
Thursday, 8 April 2010
16:00 – 17:30 207 Tom March “It’s broke,so fix it” Tom March Workshop

New Millennium Learners

New Millennium Learners Conference
Brussels, Belgium
21-23 September

The OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) launched the New Millennium Learners (NML) project in 2007. It has the global aim of investigating the effects of digital technologies on school-age learners and providing recommendations on the most appropriate institutional and policy responses from the education sector.

Tom will be sitting on a Roundtable discussing: The New Millennium Learners – Needs, Opportunities and Responses
If appropriate, he will share these slides. (7.5mb swf)

Here is a more comprehensive set of slides with a main menu to jump to main issues.

IWBnet Gold Coast Conference


The following links will support people attending or interested in my sessions at the Third National Leading a Digital School Conference – 2009.

First off – I’m doing a keynote I’m calling “The Future Began Last Year”.  A main point is that the world has changed around education and it’s in everyone’s best interest to invent the next model for learning in our new digital age.

Here’s the Keynote blurb:

We are entering an era when a student with broadband access to an unfiltered Internet can learn more than he or she could in many of our schools. At the same time, another student could use the same technologies to derail the course of his or her life. The key differences between the two involve intrinsic motivation, a disposition toward critical thinking and the ability to navigate this century’s digital environment. What role will your school play in support of students’ growth and learning?  Will technology enable students to “supercharge” and personalise learning or will personal technologies only disrupt last century’s assembly line schools? The important thing is that you get to choose the future you want.  The hard part is that we’re already a few steps behind. This brief session will establish the above argument and then offer a new framework to guide education’s transition from a culture focused on standardised outcomes and compliance to one that empowers students to achieve their full potentials. Perhaps ironically, such humanistic goals are best accomplished through a comprehensive integration of emerging technologies.

(Apple is putting together a composite of my talking head & slides so if it’s okay, I’ll link to it.)

Workshop: A Vision for the Future:  Building School 2.0 3.0

Session Blurb:

Blogs, wikis, podcasts and RSS?  Whatever happened to just “the Internet” and when did “Web 1” pass its use-by date? More importantly, how will your school grow and prosper in an era of YouMyFaceSpaceBookTube? Be reassured that the answer resides in developing educators into experts in pedagogy, not technology. This double session is designed as an engaging exploration of Web 2.0 technologies, the CEQ- ALL personal learning framework and classroom practices that promote the best of emerging technologies using strategies for today’s schools.

Pedagogical Foundations:

Session handouts:

Exemplars: Blog, ClassPortal & WebQuest


1 – Looking to Learn – Disposition toward Inquiry

2 – ClassPortals: Choice, Competence and Relatedness

3 – WebQuests – Flow & the Pursuit of Quality

Other Helpful Documents

10th Anniversary Clean-up Sale

Tom March
G’Day All, It’s time for a little house cleaning…

After over a decade as a “Web-based educator,” I’ve accumulated a few too many things to look after myself. So it’s time to see if they can find a better home. Next month, I’ll share a few domains that are catchy, but that I’ve never used. This month, though, it’s time to see if any school district, company or association is interested in two of ozline’s most popular Web sites…
BestWebQuests for Sale

  • Launched in 2001, BestWebQuests is the only directory of fully reviewed directory of WebQuests that are really WebQuests.
  • Here’s an example review. Note the barchart. This is created automatically by adding and reviewing the site through BestWebQuests’ powerful Control Panel and comparing it to the BestWebQuests’ Rubric
  • Included in the site is all the coding (written in Active Server Pages – ASP), a comprehensive administration back-end and a database of over 1100 quality WebQuests.
  • Includes the domain and (for BestWebQuests University – the potential for an online course)
  • BestWebQuests can be installed on any Windows server
  • Offers over $15,000 considered – as is: The database suffers from my neglect over the past two years and a fair bit of LinkRot renders 404s for individual WebQuests. If the quality of the database is important to the purchaser, we will go through and update the links for an additional cost.
  • Development offers considered – if your organization wants grow BestWebQuests into a mecca of Web 2, Challenge-based learning resources, I would be happy to consult on such an enterprise. for Sale

  • Launched in 1998, Web-and-Flow was Web 2.0 in a Web 1 era. Teacher and librarians create up to six different Web-based activities from the Interactive software.
  • Includes a built-in Link Checker to assist educators to keep their activities fresh each year.
  • More than a Web-page maker, Web-and-Flow was lovingly written by me as online mentoring in curriculum design. Included are a host of Help pages and Tutorial modules. The Purchaser would retain copyright to the written content if they want to repurpose it.
  • Includes the domain
  • Successfully licensed to school districts and associations to foster a collection of educator-made learning activities.
  • Written in robust Perl, purchasers might want to develop a revision in something like php and AJAX. This would create a real killer-app for a start-up company or expand the reach of a current portal.
  • Offers over $25,000 considered
  • If the purchaser wanted to redevelop Web-and-Flow into its full Web 2.0 + potential, I would be pleased to serve as a design consultant as an additional contract.

Hume eLearning Conference

humeOnline Tour

This set of links serves as a main menu of sites for the Elluminate keynote Tom March is doing for the Hume eLearning Conference.

Sample Skills


Feeds & Podcasts

Cool Web 2 Tools

Handout for this session (doc)

You can view the recorded Elluminate session

Curriculum Mapping in Melbourne

I’m fortunate to be working with ACEL and ASCD as they bring Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Ann Johnson to Australia to continue the introduction of Curriculum Mapping to our schools.  My perspective is that available technologies enable students to “side-step or super-charge” their learning.  The determining factor is a meaningful and individualised curriculum that engages intrinsic motivation and develops a culture of thinking.  My session is titled “Curriculum Mapping + Web 2.0 = Personal Learning” as I don’t think education stands a chance of taking advantage of digital technologies without better articulating and tracking individual student learning. Curriculum Mapping has to happen.

The following handouts accompany the session:

Finally – don’t miss the Conference Archive on Heidi’s Web site, for access to presentations, handouts, etc. A real treasure of support.

CPTLA Conference – Teacher Librarians!

Nice to join some of my favourite people: teacher librarians.  Part of what makes them so precious to schools is that they perform one of the few roles that has truly altered in the past few decades.  From card catalogs to server closets and from a stack of Britannica to Encarta collapsing under the weight of Wikipedia.  Teacher Librarians have had to step up to the times, whereas some in classrooms have not had to face the challenges of change.

Part of what I’m talking about in this keynote is “Info Lit 2.0”.  Yes this involves great Web 2 assets, but more importantly, a clear awareness that in our digital world, we owe it to our students to pursue the second definition of “literate”.  The awareness needed is that “taught” information literacy skills really only achieve the first:


  1. Able to read and write
  2. Knowledgeable or educated in a particular field or fields.


Like all forms of critical and creative thinking, it’s the disposition that counts once the skill is learned.  This means we must develop a culture that fosters the sensitivity and inclination to engage in the task.

Then we are ready to couple the Challenge and Skill in a scaffolded process.  I tend to “take the mickey” out of Info Lit “processes” that have a neat little step called “synthesis”.  This is where WebQuests came into the mix, addressing the “insert magic here” aspect of most Info Lit approaches.  Similarly, Flow theory shows the way: a balancing act between Challenge and Skill where scaffolding is decreased as skills increase. The nice thing is that teachers and teacher librarians can get into Flow just as easily as students!  I hope that the Look to Learn strategy and tutorials for using WordPress and Pageflakes support participants as they explore the challenges of our evolving profession!

Here’s a handout for the session that focuses on the Look to Learn strategy and a few handy Web 2 tools and tutorials for working with them,

Look to Learn Launched

I’ve just launched a site I’ve been wanting to get onto the Web for a while.  Called “Look to Learn,” the site combines what I like to call “Real, Rich and Relevant” resources with thinking prompts.  The rationale is to help teachers and students use such activities frequently (3+ times / week) as a way to nurture a culture of inquiry and to help students develop a disposition toward such thinking.  Another way to put it is, “Here’s an engaging way to foster an appetite for deep learning and the joy of learning that accompanies it.”

Web 2 & the Studies of Asia PD

Welcome to participants in this two day workshop held at the University of Melbourne and organised by Lindy Stirling, State Advisor, Studies of Asia (see the Studies of Asia Wiki).

Day 1

We will mostly be working from Tom’s CEQ-ALL site.  The outline of Day 1 with Tom  is:

  • Web 2.0 – Empowering Learning
  • Beginning with Web 2 Tools  WordPress, Pageflakes & Diigo
  • Designing your Learning Activity

Here’s a page of handy Web addresses and resources.

Day 2

Lisa Hayman will facilitate Day 2 which will bring in the VELS and authentic assessment as well as more time to work on the learning activities.

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