Tuesday, 15 December 2009
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Monday, 7 December 2009
This is the first of two recordings. This talk on Aspects of Good Learning was delivered on the opening morning of the conference.
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Michael Newman Aspects of Learning
The wiki is Unions On-Line. If you join you can edit and add content to the site. The principle behind the wiki is the same as the inspiration and purpose for this blog. However, I hope that the wiki format will encourage participation and collaboration amongst union educators. At the conference we utilised the wiki as a place to create a plan for an education module on introducing union members to twitter. One of the hopes I have for the wiki is that more of this type of sharing will occur. The wiki also allows for the working and philosophy of the development of education for on-line activity to be open and up for discussion. Please visit and consider joining to add your ideas.
This blog will remain as space for my musings on union education and on-line union activity.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
The problem may be that we just expect members to pick up these tools and use them successfully. Actually, just like any other organising we want our members to participate in, we need to have a clear purpose, develop understanding and support people's developing ability to use them if they are to be successful.
There are some particular issues to contend with - lack of web and tech skills amongst union educators, uncertainty about the involvement of educators in an area that may be seen as the doman of the webmaster, variable web access amongst members and nervousness about the lack of control over the views expressed to name a few. However, even if we can deal with these issues it still remains that we need to have a planned approach to encouraging worker engagement that is grounded in the same principles that shape our approach to union education for face to face organising.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Michael Newman will speak at the Australasian Union Educators Conference 24-26 November 2009.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
NZEI is the union for school support staff in New Zealand, people like school office staff, teacher aides, librarians etc. Many of these people are very poorly paid and have limited job security, facing cuts to hours or being laid off if wages are increased. NZEI has mounted a Fair Deal campaign for support staff. A key focus of the campaign is development of member leadership and activism. This represents a considerable shift in the way the union has worked in the past - the focus on member driven activity is exciting, and challenging.
As part of the campaign a Fair Deal Ning has been set up. There is some staff input - this was particularly important at the beginning to get the ball rolling but now the bulk of the Ning members are union members. The site had a real boost when support staff participated in a day of action meaning there were plenty of photos and video to add. The focus of current comments is around support for the negotiation team bargaining the support staff collective agreement. Letting members have their head and speak out without carefully shaping the message is something very new for NZEI and is a welcome development.
I see the staff role as bring the Ning to the attention of members and showing them how to use it. It will interesting to see if the momentum can be maintained. I would be interested in hearing of other examples of unions using Nings or other similar sites and particularly the role of union staff with these.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
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Wednesday, 8 April 2009
What I like about Ning is that the discussion and interaction elements are to the fore-front - much more so than on a blog. I've been looking around for an on-line platform that is about more than just reporting and would lend itself to collective engagement and I'm quite impressed with Ning so far.
I decided to take a look and see whether unions had been picking up on Ning (there's a Ning search facility). Through that I came across UnionSocialMedia.org, a network for people who want their "union to make better use of new media and communications tools". I've joined up and you'll find a badge on the sidebar if you're interested. Thee is currently a really interesting discussion about the potential of twitter for union organising and activity.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
The opportunity that new technology opens is endless. Communications that cannot happen face to face can now be continued online, overtime, and with new and better tools for creation than the old union hall could ever muster.
The keepers of the means of production attempt to assert control over the lives of their workers by being the gateway through which all thought and expression. We must support the freedom of access to information and education in all workplaces. Starting with our own…
There is now also a specific union social networking site - Unionbook
Monday, 16 February 2009
Now the issue is how to get unions to discuss and consider the issues raised in the paper.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Friday, 13 February 2009
Union Education: Unearthing Seeds of Fire
Thursday, 12 February 2009
It's really easy to embed Youtube and other video clips into your posts. Even better record videos, upload them to youtube and embed those. Action clips from the picket, role plays in union education, vox pops or whatever else you think of.