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  1. Week 5 and a half!

    June 1, 2010 by Lynn

    Why ‘5 and a half’ – well I had to tell someone (everyone) about what a great week I’ve had – oh and what went wrong!

    Firstly I got inspired by the ‘Echuca E-Learning Wiki’ as showcased in Bright Ideas last week and thought it was about time I made one for myself. I wanted to do something similar and incorporate all the links and resources that we have been using in this PLN, as well as others that I have been storing in ‘delicious‘, and share them with our staff. So I thought if ‘wiki’ means ‘quick’ in Hawaiian then how hard could it be!  Well a few hours later and I now have my own wiki ‘eLearning-MESC’ well on it’s way – I’ll give you a sneak preview here as long as you promise to pass on comments both for and against – thank you.

    I now need to revamp the ClickView User’s Group (Vic) wiki that I have been managing (very badly until now I must admit) and hope to get that done this week.  I’ll use Wikispaces for Educators   again which is free for K-12 teachers.

    Next it was on to helping a TPL group of staff set up their own ‘Ning’ for the work they are doing on ‘E5 – Engage’ – sorry can’t show you that one but they are very happy with it – let’s just hope that the fees Ning are about to charge doesn’t affect them. If not maybe we can change them to a wiki – if it’s quicki!!

    Then all the work on ‘Digital Citizenship’ last week was fresh in my mind as I discovered yesterday that we are one of the pilot schools for the ‘Alannah and Madeleine Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative’ and we have a committee which I have put my hand up for – thank you Judith and fellow PLN-ers for all your links and resources.

    Today I ran my fortnightly lunchtime ‘ICTuesday’ session and it was a WET one – Wallwisher, Essaymap, Tagxedo – about 30 minutes of fun as we played with these mindmap/brainstorm/revision tools and talked about how the teachers would use them in their health, LOTE, ESL classes.

    So what went wrong – well does anyone use Edublogs? I’ve been trying to embed a video clip into  posts for my other blog ‘Library Lynn’ over the past two weeks and it doesn’t appear to work anymore – Penny kindly tried to help me out late last Friday night (thanks again Penny) but still not happening. The code shows in the ‘HTML’ screen and the image shows in the ‘Visual’ screen, but as soon as I ‘save to draft’ or ‘publish’ it disappears! I have done this quite successfully in the past so am not sure what is going on – any clues welcome. It does work in this blog though and the difference is that this is via ‘globalteacher’ – maybe I need to close/move my other blog.

    So it’s on to Week 6 of the PLN and more ‘Learning and Teaching Tools’ – bring it on I say!

    To finish off watch this clip which came to me via CMIS Evaluation Fiction Focus tonight and it’s ‘LOL’ – see I do know how to embed!

  2. Week 5 – Digital Citizenship

    May 27, 2010 by Lynn

    Digital Citizenship this week has certainly sparked alot of interest judging by the number of us attending the Elluminate session (74 at one point) and the number of blog posts already going up.    I know I’m on to this week’s work earlier than usual and checking through all the links that have been provided in the PLN work.  I have already asked the ICT Co-ordinator to put a review of our ‘computer use policy’ on next week’s ICT Committee agenda and I’m going to provide a list of links for them to also look at. 

    Just as there is so much out there on the web to be used, and abused, so there are many sites on cyber safety – deciding which to use and share with staff/students/parents is going to be hard.   I do believe that one of the first things we need to re-look at is getting schools and parents working together on this issue.  We did have a presentation for parents on this issue about 2 years ago, but when you look at just how far and fast technology has progressed then I think it is probably timely to think about another presentation.  Again something to put on the upcoming agenda.

    I remember photocopying and pinning up lots of ‘copyright notices’ to be placed near the photocopiers many years ago and some are still there.  But how many of our students actually read and understand them?  The Smart Copying site is fantastic for schools in gaining an understanding of copyright in schools and I’ve always been able to direct staff there when they have any queries.  Marco Torres video about using copyrighted music in videos was interesting (once I’d got past the first two minutes about how he arrived in Australia!) and one I could pass on to the VET Music students whom I usually talk to about copyright issues.

    Before trying to incorporate any of these ideas into classes I think we first need to be incorporating them into our Staff Meetings – I don’t know about you but we find it hard sometimes to get items on the schedule as meeting agendas have often been ‘mapped’ out weeks in advance and are ‘set in concrete’ – but worth pursuing on this issue.  In the meantime I’ll educate with emails and links!

    Well I’m digital citizenshipped out for tonight and shall relax with a cuppa in front of some ‘schmaltz’ on tv with the family – it’s Glee night!!

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