About the founder Paul Reid:

Paul ReidWelcome to the multi-user blog AusMacEd the online hub for Australian educators using Apple Macintosh computers, medications iPods & (iPhones). I am passionate about the use of Macs and iPods in educational settings having experienced their superiority in engaging students and facilitating sound pedagogical outcomes. I am also interested in the use of online collaboration tools and ICTs to engage and motivate students of all ages. Specifically the use of Macs and iPods and OS X as a powerful, this safe, scaleable and secure platform.
Before starting this site, I ran, or helped run, a number of other websites. This site was inspired by the success of Digital Chalkie - an open group blog for Australian K-12 educators interested in the power of ICTs to enhance educational outcomes. We recently received a nomination for best group blog in the 2006 Edublog Awards. My old school’s website for example utilises Wordpress as a multi-user web presence for the school community. I am maintaining Aus Mac Ed on a volunteer basis fuelled by a passion for the Macintosh as the best ICT platform for educational settings.

Interesting things of note might be that I love media production with computers and have done so for many years. For a while I worked at The Edinburgh International Film Festival as technical support. I also once ran an international film festival in a bomb shelter in southern Japan. I spent three years as ESL teacher in a Japanese High School using C.A.L.L. (Computer Assisted Language Learning) - helping a run a Windows 2000 lab in Japanese was ……. lets say an educational experience. For two years I ran a Macintosh lab on a Windows network at Paraburdoo Primary School, teaching by integrating ICTs across the curriculum - with the right tools and scaffolding in the learning process I learnt Apple’s ICTs had high efficacy in the achievement of educational outcomes. Currently I live and teach Curriculum Through ICT to teachers in Perth, Western Australia working as a Senior Curriculum Officer in the Department of Education & Training. One day I hope to my get my own blog up and running after many failed attempts of talking to myself - currently I prefer this more social setting than a personal diary.

Genuinely, I hope you find it of some interest and use. For easy reading please add Aus Mac Ed to your RSS reader.

I would like to make it clear at this early stage my motivation in establishing Aus Mac Ed. The inspiration is both professional and out of genuine interest the possibilities to advance education through the use of ICTs. I Aus Mac Ed will be a good venue to network and share my interests with a wider audience. I hope that authors on Aus Mac Ed will gain the same benefits. To this end Authors posts are collated via clever PHP scripts into their own library of postings. Click on a post authors name to see what I mean.
I am providing the server space on a voluntary basis and can handle 100GB of traffic a month (just in case one of us posts something really exciting that hits the RSS feeds on blogosphere. ie. we get DiGGed). If you would like to donate to increase our bandwith please do so via the icon to the right. I reserve the right for future initiation of Google Ads if the traffic becomes higher than is financially possible. The hope will then be that incoming funds willDonate towards my web hosting bill! fund a future transfer of the Aus Mac Ed webspace to a dedicated server. All earnings from these Google Ads will be declared to the Aus Mac Ed community upon receipt. I am currently hosting this website through a shared and cheap DreamHost server. There is the option for Aus Mac Ed to be associated with a professional association in the future, or to remain independent. First we will need to determine how much interest there is in such a hub.
Personally, as this is a voluntary project I’d prefer to set up the shell and let it grow organically with as little monitoring as possible. I won’t be commenting on every post made to the site - in fact I will be so busy in my day job that I may have very little time to conrtibute. I hope the KISS principle will apply to all Aus Mac Ed operations.

Personal disclaimer: Aus Mac Ed is in no way affiliated with Apple Inc. The information in this group blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights. Please refer to the disclaimer and privacy policy if further clarification is required.
This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer. It is solely my opinion and that of other authors.
Feel free to challenge me, or disagree with me in the comments section of a blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) - so keep it polite, please.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.1 Australia License.

Have fun blogging and educating with ICTs.,

Paul Reid
Contact: http://paulreid.id.au

Australia Day. January 26 2007


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