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  1. Week 7 – Research Tools

    June 14, 2010 by Lynn

    My blog post this week has taken some time to get started – in between finishing the research, a long weekend, and taxi duties – I’ve procrastinated, delayed, cleaned, written the heading and saved it as a draft, and…then I read Seth Godin‘s blog post ‘Trying to please’ in which he asks “Who is your marketing or your product or your effort trying to please?”    

    I realised that I was trying to write ‘the perfect blog’ instead of ‘Lynn’s PLN’ blog and that is what I hope you are reading  now.   So here’s some of my thoughts on this week’s task of Research Tools.

    Plagiarism in the classroom is something that I think everyone would be aware of whether it be within your own school, university, college or online.  Certainly there are a lot more online tools available now to assist in detecting circumstances of plagiarism, but we also need to go on ‘gut feeling’.  Does this student normally write with such flair and cite their sources so precisely?  Is this one similar to one received last week, last month, last year?  Do students realise the disservice they are doing themselves by copying somone else’s work and passing it off as their own?  These are things that have all gone through my mind when I’ve been asked by a teacher to assist in locating the “original” piece.  Often just typing a passage into Google Search is enough in some cases but it’s good to have some other online tools to offer staff now.  The student doesn’t need to know that their work has been checked either, because every now and then someone will surprise us by producing a magnificent piece from the heart.  We do have a good little tutorial linked to our library website  that we have used with senior students called “You Quote It, You Cite It”

    Due to our current staffing levels we find it difficult to offer enough sessions on effective research methods to all classes.  Some of the examples shown this week will be great to pass on to the classroom teachers to enhance their methods (and maybe change a few) of research with students.  I especially liked the Springfield Township High School Google Search Posters which were very colourful and engaging for primary and secondary students.  The ergo website is a fantastic source of research ideas and the presentation we organised for staff last year was very well received.  I especially think the “Learn skills” section is valuable for students as a basis for classroom research on all topics.

    I did sign up for Diigo but  at the moment I’m using Delicious and will look at whether to import my bookmarks to Diigo at a later stage.

    When reading about the Google Custom Search Engine and trialling it for myself, I was very impressed by how quick it was to find relevant results matching my search terms.  I was actually doing some research into ‘student engagement in the classroom’ for a TPL group and they were very impressed with some of the findings.  A great filter tool for schools, as well as to aid in cybersafety I should think.  It reminded me of  Weblinks which we subscribe to for educational websites both primary and secondary.

    So on to bibliographies and I trialled Bibme by entering ten items for a unit of work on refugees linked to our current Year 7 novel ‘Boy Overboard’.  It was very easy to use and certainly would be a great help to those struggling to understand how to set out a bibliography.  We have a fairly comprehensive bibliographies guide for students on our library website and the teachers are often referring students to this link which is pleasing to hear.  This is my link to the finished bibliography using Bibme – http://bit.ly/bqw9Ub

    Zoho  promotes itself as an online notebook that could be used for portfolios, with pages available for various medium, and I’m going to give it a try for my next performance review process.  This has also made me think that I need a new way of presenting my finished review and I will certainly go back to the presentation tools from previous weeks for some ideas nearer the time.

    Week 7 has now come to a close and to finish off may I congratulate Will Richardson who this week celebrated his 9th year of blogging and is more motivated than ever to keep blogging as he sees them as “a way of digging more deeply into what I’m thinking and seeing”.


  2. 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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