Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The iClassroom - Book Chapter

Today, a copy of Critical Design and Effective Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education: Theory into Practice, edited by Dr Roisin Donnelly, Dr Jen Harvey, and Dr Kevin O'Rourke of the Dublin Institute of Technology (published by IGI Global), arrived in the post. I excitedly opened the book to look up the table of contents to see my own chapter iClassroom – Opportunities for Touch Screen Hand-held Technologies in Learning and Teaching. It is the first time I have had a chapter in a book - mine is one of 21 chapters and is in Section 2 which is about Effective Tools: Web 2.0 and beyond.

Other chapters cover a variety of subjects from Learning Design, to Virtual Worlds, Wikis, Games, ePortfolios, Web 2.0, Pedagogy 2.0, and Screencasting. Many familiar faces, whom I am glad to call friends as well as colleagues, feature in the book with chapters on the above subjects. It's almost a "Usual Suspects" roll of honour of Learning Technologists in Irish Academia - I will have great fun reading the chapters over the next few weeks. I have also got the book added to some module reading lists in the College.

My chapter is on what I called the "iClasssroom", and is about iPhones, iPods, and iTouchs in the classroom. This is not my term - Google it and you'll see that others beat me to it, though as I write this - a link to my chapter is the 10th item on the Google search. It is also an example of how quickly the literature can get out of date in today's classroom technology. Arguably the iPad will have a greater impact - it is not mentioned at all in my chapter as I did the final document submission in December 2009 when it was no more than a rumour of things to come.

The chapter can be purchased on its own for $30.00 - I don't get any of this. But I did get a free personal copy of the book worth $180.00 which was nice (that's it in the photo above). 

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