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  1. Successful takeoff!

    April 12, 2011 by Lynn

    As I’ve mention previously I’m involved in a Year 7 Action Research Project titled “Portia 7/11” looking at the creation of a differentiated curriculum for Year 7 students. My role within the group (9 staff members) is to look at how online Web2.0 tools and new technologies can be integrated into the classroom. I have created a Design Space on the Ultranet (with a travel/flight theme) for the team (flight crew) to collaborate and share ideas throughout the year (the journey). Last week we had an official launch of this site with Principals and Year 5/6 teachers of our local feeder schools present, together with members of our own staff and our RN Leader. It was a little daunting for me to be speaking in front of this group but luckily Rhonda (first captain) introduced the aims and spoke what we hoped to achieved before I gave them a tour (as navigator) of the space. I’ve used tools such as Voki, Slideshare, Blabberize, One True Media, Animoto, etc. where possible and this has engaged the staff within the team and encouraged them to have a go themselves with their students. It now looks like I will be doing a little PD with the primary schools now on some of these tools hoping to “inspiring the uninspirable” was one quote!

    I am also working with both classes (only 2 classes are involved in the project) through the ROK Reading Program and trying to integrate some of these technologies into the program in order to encourage and engage them. This term we participated in the Accelerated Reader ‘Ashes Reading Challenge’ and also conducted an inter-class challenge over the 6 weeks of the challenge. I emailed the students each week with the points together with a fun video clip that would hopefully keep them on track with their reading. A lot of fun and a great way for me to engage with the students and get to know them better.

    Next term we are going to try making our own book trailers – below is my attempt using the Year 7 class text ‘Boy Overboard’ – I think the students will do better than me.
    Boy Overboard – Book trailer

  2. Week 11 – Presentation Tools 2

    July 25, 2010 by Lynn

    Wow what a choice of presentation tools this week and what do I choose to share with you?   I’ve checked them all out and got quite enthused by Slideshare.  I didn’t like Storyz – couldn’t seem to get into any or did I? – it seemed confusing to me.  Scribd would be great for budding authors looking to expand their audiences beyond the classroom and especially for those more ‘mature’ students (I thought of a friend who has recently completed a TAFE course when looking at this one).  Docstocs appeared useful for small businesses looking to set up some proformas for various uses.  Google Lit Trips was just so vast and I was amazed at the amount of work that goes into each one.
    This Chris Betcher slideshare is something that I’ve had for some time now and hope you find it as thought provoking as I did.  It’s certainly made me think about my ‘mindset’ and what differences I hope to make within my own school through the use of ICT in the classroom.

     This week my ICTuesday PD session for staff is on creating an iGoogle search page, so I thought I’d make a powerpoint to share with them and you.  I’ve uploaded it to Slideshare so feel free to use it yourself and let me know what you think.

    View more presentations from Lynn Swannell. (I only have the one presentation available here at the moment!)
    All of these presentation tools are accessible, shareable and do-able!  I did get a bit ‘seasick’ with Prezi and Livebinders is probably not something I would use.  Google Lit Trips would be fantastic for SOSE and in particular I could see the Year 7 Ancient History staff being impressed with it.   The LOTE department are always looking for new ways to ‘engage’ the students and sending them on German or Indonesian ‘trips’ would be fantastic (and much cheaper for the parents too!)
    Only one week left of this program and I can’t believe how much I have learnt over the past eleven weeks and how much I still have to explore.   I hope to meet a few of you in person at the Joyce Valenza SLAV PD in Melbourne on Friday – only 5 more sleeps and ‘get-ups’ to go.

  3. Week 8 – Presentation Tools 1

    June 22, 2010 by Lynn

    I have to admit that it’s been a busy week and I haven’t spent as much time as usual on this week’s topic. 

    Some of these tools are used quite successfully in school – Glogster, ToonDoo, Wordle – with a variety of classes from LOTE to VCE Health.  Wordle is often used to start a new topic and/or revise a topic and teachers loved the idea of a ‘tag cloud with style’ which is how Tagxedo promotes itself.  I tried putting in my own image (the school logo) but it doesn’t come out very well because of the design.  The soccer ball is quite popular at the moment in German classes due to the World Cup and I’ve seen many students sharing their images – all in German of course! 

    ToonDoo has been used in Year 7 English as an extension activity for those who have finished their novel report.  They get to put together a little animation (3 slides) explaining an aspect of the novel.  It’s also great to engage a few reluctant students into producing work.  Our VCE Health teacher liked the idea of using VoiceThread with her class when revising topics as well.  Her classroom walls are full of ‘visual reminders’ regarding the various health topics they are studying.  She thinks this would be great to use with them and also for them to be able to share with each other. 

    I’m presently using Wikispaces for Educators to create an ‘eLearning-MESC’ wiki highlighting many of the online tools that we have used in this program.  It is  very much a ‘work in progress’ at the moment and of course I am editing and adding to it all the time at the moment.  It’s been a great way for me to learn about wikis and how they can be used, as well as get a few other staff involved in setting up their own.  The Echuca College eLearning wiki showcased on Bright Ideas recently was certainly a catalyst for me in getting this one started as well – so thank you to them.

    I’ve really enjoyed using animoto – so much fun for home as well.  I’ve signed up for animoto for education and in the meantime here’s a little clip that I made for you to look at

    I’m going to explore issuu further as I think this would be a great ‘online school brochure’ to put on (or link – will need to investigate further) our website – looks alot better than a pdf document for sure!  Some other staff are also interested in using it as a way of presenting their TPL Project instead of a ‘written report’ – will see how they go with this too.

    Storybird would be great not only at school with some of our Year 7 reading classes, but also at home with children on a rainy day.  I’m going to pass this one on to family and friends I know with younger children and I’ll try it out next time I’m babysitting my 4 year old niece who loves it when we make up our own stories.

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