What is going on here

by Darren on June 25, 2009

A very interesting thing happened today. I can actually see you tube video’s at TAFE. I am not sure if this is a mistake or someone out their finally figured out that teachers and adult students have enough grey matter and common sense to be able to use you tube in a sensible way to learn, inform and yes, even entertain. I probably shouldn’t get too excited, might be turned off by tomorrow. To celebrate this liberating event I have included a you tube video which is a great demonstration of the classroom (almost said of the future) which already exists using e learning technology. How close are you to this type of learning environment? How easily could you make this happen. Is it the students who would not be prepared for the change or is it the teachers/trainers? Enjoy!

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1 Ross McSwiney August 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm

And at first you tube was thought of as an environment for erratic teenagers to post videos of radical things they did, both legal & sometimes illegal.
As e-learning becomes more prominent the incidence & utilisation of these types of sites is a fantastic resource to draw upon allowing an extra dimension of available materials.
Surely the greater the depth of resources available to the trainer the more effective & interesting a topic’s delivery becomes to the learner.
I say bring it on & let the learner be stimulated by a variety of resources. The days of “Talk & Chalk” or “Stand & Deliver” should be left buried in the methods of past generations. Lets embrace “Variety for vibrancy”.


2 Jo McLaren July 3, 2009 at 4:17 am

We actually have quite a lot of this technology in our office. We have 2 training rooms in Sydney and 1 in Brisbane with the interactive whiteboards (SmartBoards) and they are fantastic, although when you write on one it looks like you have the writing of a 5 year old.

We also have technology that allows the presenter to control the computers in the room. We don't use this as often, but it can be really handy if people aren't paying attention. You can send files or little messages to them, block access to certain applications (ie the Internet), that sort of thing. You can also take control of their computer and even broadcast their screens to the rest of the room.

For our web conferences we use WebEx (very similar to Adobe Connect). This isn't used so much during training due to the costs involved, but we are now also using something called Office Communicator. It's a Microsoft product, very similar to Windows Messenger but for internal use only (or at least that's how it is set up in our office).

This tool is quite snazzy as you can also use webcams. With trainers in each office it's a great tool for me to use to keep in touch – a bit more personal than just a phone call as you can actually see the person. I can see this being useful for us also as the amount of remote training we offer has increased over the last few years.


3 Stewart D. Robinson June 30, 2009 at 1:37 am

Thanks Darren that was awesome to see what technology can do for us now and in the future – how exciting…..'The Jetsons's are coming!!!'

It would be great if we all had the technology, unfotunately all at such a high cost! I am certainly on the lookout for this type of technology as my next opportunity of employment. Cate tells me she has these at work but no-one knows how to use them…the IT person won't tell anyone, how stupid….I guess it to keep them in a job.



4 StuBee June 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Hi Darren,

Thanks, I enjoyed the video. I have some ex school teachers in my current TAA Certificate IV learner group and will show the video to them next week.

Personally I am making much greater use of technology in my role as facilitator, but my RTO does not yet have an interactive whiteboard.

I suppose it wouldn't be too difficult to make it happen as long as the will to do so was there.

I am sure the students would love it so any resistance would probably be on the teacher/trainer side.

Thanks again.
Stuart Barrett.


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