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.
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!
This week went so quickly with so much to explore that I feel I’ve only just touched the surface of many of these resources and will need to spend alot more time on fully exploring them before I can see their true potential.
The use of eBooks is a growing issue and according to this article I appear to be in the right category for using one! I would be interested in finding out more about how other school libraries are using them. We have purchased a Kindle and many staff have borrowed it prior to deciding whether to purchase their own. I do like the portability of it and the ease of downloading content (albeit Amazon books) but there is still nothing like the smell and touch of a page in your book. I’m also quite happy to lend one of my books to friends, but would not lend my entire collection at once by giving them my Kindle!
Moodle is an open source learning management system that supports learning communities with a range of activies and resources. A great starting point, for smaller school communities, into the world of ICT with a fabulous array of learning tools. There are some great activities to engage students in their learning and bring some fun into the classroom.
Evernote is an organisational tool which allows you to ‘save ideas, things you see and things you like’ when browsing on your computer. You are then able to find them again, from any computer or device that you use. Information can be categorized and index for ease of use – bit like an online filing cabinet only smaller! Definately a tool that I would use along with Wallwisher.
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).
Wallwisher, Gliffy, bubbl.us 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.