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  1. Week 6 – Learning and Teaching Tools 2

    June 7, 2010 by Lynn

    It’s been a busy week outside the library with mid-year exams, work experience, careers program, and report writing about to start, and a busy week of PLN learning as well.  So many resources to assess this week and to find a favourite was very hard – where to start?

    Digital Learning Objects in FUSE – overwhelming with an a-z of resources from Aaron Baddeley to Mabo to Zart Art

    Edmodo – similar to the DayMap LMS tool we currently use and perhaps what the Ultranet will be providing for us?

    TeacherTube, edublogs tv, YouTube – who has time to watch television when you have access to these resources

    iTunesU – ingenious way of getting information out to students who are ‘on the go’ – perhaps whilst tackling the weekly ironing I should be listening to “Italian for beginners” instead of Cliff Richard on my ipod!

    Shelfari and LibraryThing – for the likes of me who are always lending out books and forgetting who has them – not a good idea when your daughter wants to read it – now who did borrow that copy of “Alice I have been”?

    100 Incredible and Educational Virtual Tours You Don’t Want to Miss, eField trips, Google Lit Trips – maybe I’ll empty the ‘world trip’ piggybank and buy some chocolate to eat as I work my way through all these from the comfort of home, especially after the tour of Hershey’s.  I did keep checking back on the cranberry bog ‘livecam’ but not much happening this time of year and I always thought they grew on bushes like berries!

    Poll Daddy, Google Forms, Survey Monkey – currently working on a survey on the use of ‘Wikis, Nings & Blogs in the Classroom’  – really had to get the thinking cap on with this one with help from fellow PLN’er and psychology teacher (ie survey expert) Marion and trial a couple of versions ourselves – will post a separate blog/twitter with the link shortly.

    Digital Learning Objects and Virtual Excursions from the SLV – suitable for subjects from Art to Medieval History to Science – hang on must remember to save some chocolate when previewing these too!

    So which was my favourite discovery of the week – well I’d have to say the virtual tours (all of them) which took me to other worlds both in time and distance, and all for the price of a chocolate bar!  Another rewarding week of learning and teaching.

  2. Week 4 – Learning and Teaching Tools 1a

    May 24, 2010 by Lynn

    What a busy week this has been for learning – lots of new resources too. 

    FUSE – Learning and teaching content and will obviously have to spend a lot more time exploring it’s many resources. 

     Google Sites (creating websites) is not something that I would use but I could perhaps see it as being a useful tool for family wanting to share information (wonder if I could re-do the family tree using this now I think about it – something to explore). 

    Google Docs was very interesting and something that I’m keen to use more, especially if it means I can forget about learning Excel! I was fortunate to attend Jenny Luca’s Elluminate session this week about Google Docs and this really helped in my understanding of how it can be used and I also gained some new ‘friends’ who were also attending. 

    Google for Educators is another site to show staff,  Google Earth and Google Maps are used already but Google Lit Trips is a great idea.  

    Flickr I have used before for sourcing images (particularly Creative Commons images) but this time I uploaded a few photos as well. 

    Wallwisher, Gliffy, and Essay Map were all new to me but I can see myself using some of these straight away.  I had fun showing them to some students today and  will also show them in one of my ICTuesday sessions for staff.

  3. Week 3 – Professional Learning – Part A

    May 16, 2010 by Lynn

    Week 3 started off just like any other week – work, home, play, study… then I became reacquainted with’ TED’  and I was once again addicted!  I watched James Cameron talk about his life as a small boy, allowed Bobby McFerrin to hack my brain in 3 minutes,  laughed at  Einstein the parrot and then I met 12-year old blogger Adora Svitak who believes that “learning between kids and teachers should be reciprocal” and that the world has much to learn from “childish” thinkers who are the leaders of tomorrow.  This reminded me why I was here and I started to explore all the other resources provided in this week’s PLN learning.

    TED started in 1984 showcasing ‘Technology, Entertainment and Design’ talks and has since grown into a phenomenal series of audio and video podcasts that available online for free, allowing access to “some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers” – I have watched many TED talks over the past couple of years and they are great to use as a starting point to many discussions or to lighten a moment.  I often check out links provided by other people which invariably leads to me spending an hour or more ‘looking and listing’ links that I may use later or forward on to others.

    Australia Series  is a part of ‘Learn Central’ which showcases discussions and PD events at ‘Australia-friendly’ times and with largely Australian educators.  The ”TechTalk Tuesdays’ are great sessions, which Anne Mirtschen has often created and are well worth visiting.  You can also sign up to Steve Hargadon’s twitter to find out more about the sessions on offer.

    FUSE professional learning links took me into the depths of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Develpment website and one that I shall be revisiting again to find out about a possible professional learning grant (looks like I just missed the cut off date for this year too – oh well!)

    The State Library of Victoria’s Programs and Events provides a world of learning for all age groups and it is just amazing to see what is on offer.  I often pop into the SLV (a friend of mine works there I must admit) and I loved taking my daughter in when she was young – at first she was amazed at the size of it and then when the ‘Experimedia’ section opened it was hard to get her out.  Linda Angeloni (‘ergo’ Education Officer) came along to a school staff meeting shortly after ‘ergo‘ was created and she was very enthusiastic about what it had to offer.  Quite a few of our staff agreed with her too.  It’s well worth asking to have someone out to explain what is on offer to both staff and students from this site.

    I noticed a few familiar names when going to the TL Virtual Cafe  for the first time – Buffy Hamilton who is far from the ‘unquiet librarian’ that her blog suggests and  Carolyn Foote who blogs about a ‘not so distant future’ of technology, libraries and schools.  This is yet another site for me to revisit when looking to the future of ICT in schools and two educators well worth following.

    #edchat tweets form an ‘ongoing’ meeting with no start or end time for topics.  Start a discussion by ‘tweeting’ about it, add the #edchat tag to your ‘tweet’ and see where it leads.  I like the thought of being a part of a discussion and not feel that you are being rude to the presenter when you have to leave part way through – you can always come back to it and catch up on the bits you missed too!

    Steve Hargadon is Elluminate’s Social Learning Consultant who blogs about educational technologyand is the founder of the Classroom 2.0 social network.  He is passionate about a number of issues and these are reflected in his blog posts and the many activities in which he is involved.  I have now added him to my Twitter followers and subscribed to the blog – again a person whom I can learn alot from.

    Edtechcrew – now if you are still reading this post then it is now time to confess that I do not have an iTunes account in fact I still use a sonywalkman Sony walkman when going for my early morning walks (I like listening to talk radio, early morning Red Symons and the news, oh and also finding out what time it is in case I’m running late!)  However I am going to investigate these Edtechcrew podcasts by downloading them into the ClickView system that we use in our school and who knows perhaps some other staff will be interested in them too.

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