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Why I can't live without TED Talks: using tech to bring speakers into class

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A very good article on technology and education

During a RE unit on death and the afterlife, I got my students to Skype a Buddhist samanera called Amaranatho so that they could quiz him on Buddhist beliefs about karma, rebirth and rebecoming. Amaranatho was on a retreat in Australia at the time, but the use of Skype was a great way around this. Moreover, Amaranatho simply used his phone via a 3G mobile network and did not even need to be at a computer.

After some initial hesitation, the students started asking a myriad of questions both on and, perhaps more importantly, off topic. The technology worked well and the students could associate the beliefs learnt in class with an actual practicing monk/samanera. The process was hassle free, only used up religious studies lesson time and did not involve booking out rooms or arranging for someone to meet Amaranatho in reception.

you can read my report and what we did at


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