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Technology – Encourage or Enforce?

While completing my annual leave this week I was able to listen in on the tweets from the Association for Learning Technology Conference from Warwick University. Although I was unable to attend the actual conference, sitting in drinking coffee watching and interacting with the tweets was very interesting and, being still new to higher education and learning technologies, allowed me to gain an insight to the views and opinions within the learning technology community. It also allowed me to add more learning technologists to my personal learning network on Twitter! One point of discussion which I found very interesting was whether to enforce or encourage the use of technology within learning. Of course, after thinking about this, I couldn’t resist writing a waffle about it.

Back to school – new or a repeat performance

It would appear that the most popular topic within all education blogs this week is ‘back to school’. We are awash with the offers on Asda’s children clothing and the essential range from Staples and WHSmiths and Facebook is full with last day comments and the excitement of a new term. I felt that I couldn’t let the opportunity go by without adding my own views to the numerous posts. So this week’s waffle is all about going back to school!