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’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.