Posted by: networklearning | September 16, 2005

Empowerment through technology

Yesterday I got up and expressed myself as a seminar speaker for the 2005 ICVET Conference. I was pleased with the response from the 60 or TAFE teachers in attendance. My premise:

‘Show one technology to a teacher; you have satisfied him for today. Train a teacher to manage technology and network with peers and they will be empowered for the future’

Paper -pdf 213kb
Powerpoint – pdf 1.2mb

The emerging paradigm of Peer to Peer Network Learning will significantly affect the way we teach, share information and resources. These changes are best outlined in George Siemens paper ‘Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age’ and website Connectivism ‘A learning theory for today’s learner’.

As a education technologist I will use this blog to record my personal progress and growth as I learn and adapt to these network technologies and practices; to empower myself with network learning and learn from my peers and TAFE colleagues.



  1. Hi Steven, glad to hear your presentation went well. I like you adaption to the proverb, and got thinking about the work TLRC does…

    “Leverage the latent skills and knowledge of innovative TAFE
    Provide systems and technology to facilitate communicating and
    sharing ideas and innovations that benefit the entire organization.”

    I’m thinking you guys should drop the last one, and add the proverb at the top. So you end up with:

    “Show and leverage”.

  2. Show and leverage the latent skills ad knowledge of innovative TAFE teachers, absolutely. What I want at the moment are quick and easy solutions for teachers with basic skills to intermediate skills to make the leap with using technology.

    Blogger, Bloglines and Delicious are options but I can’t get past the fact that alot of teachers still don’t know how to use Word!! I think advanced teachers with aptitude for technology need to be identified and get paid as part of their normal duties. To support their peers with group learning professional development; in all aspects, blogs, wikis and word! anything and everything. Empowering the majority of teachers with basic to intermediate skills with systems to network, support and learn from each other and their advanced peers is the issue for the TLRU at the moment.

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