Thursday, March 09, 2006

...And another thing

Still working on the next post about wikis but thought of a couple of things that probably go best with the previous post.

First, I should have acknowledged Ewan's quote:
It's not about the tech; it's about the teach
I really like this quote. (Is it a McIntosh original?) I've often said that you can give a duff teacher the best technology available and they'll still be a duff teacher. Similarly, you can take an outstanding teacher and put them in a wooden hut in the middle of nowhere and they'll still do a better job teaching than the duff one with all the technology! However Ewan's quote says it more concisely and with some humour. This is sad I know, but I was pleased with the way I animated it in the presentation. You know how when you are up against a deadline, you can get distracted and spend a silly amount of time on something that is relatively trivial... well I spent a silly amount of time animating that quote!

The second thing I wanted to say is related to Lessig style presentations. I said in a previous post that I don't think I quite got the hang of this style. I also said that I felt they really need an audio commentary to be of use. Well I came across this entry on Lessig's blog where he talks about how he adds audio and various people have left comments giving further ideas.

Now I need to do a bit more marking before getting back to the wiki post...

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Ewan McIntosh said...

"It's not about the tech, it's about the teach" ©McIntosh, 2005.

Only kidding - it's Creative Commons ;-)

marlyn moffat said...

True...often the tech gets in the way of the teach...but then a good teacher will want to try any tech that they are confident with, to extend the teach. I speak as one who has recently emerged from the hut!

David said...

Thanks Ewan.

Hello Marlyn

Absolutely. A good teacher can do great things with the right tools. Welcome to the world outside the hut. :-)