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Tuesday, August 28

  1. page Wiki edited ... Wikis are easy to learn how to construct (I have seen some 'more experienced' teachers learn t…
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    Wikis are easy to learn how to construct (I have seen some 'more experienced' teachers learn to construct quite good wikis. One example is
    http://6s6t.wikispaces.com/Language+A)
    Wiki Projects are awesome. Here's an article I wrote for the Australian College of Educators' Professional Educator journal (July 2012)
    {Wiki collaboration - Professional Educator.pdf}

    WEAKNESSES
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    to build information,information, this needs
    http://11hism2010-crm.wikispaces.com/) - but this requires 25-30 different but relevant aspects of the unit. Another way is for students to each have their own page, as in the 'experienced teacher' example above, but this runs the risk that other students will never or rarely look at their peers' work, and is not really the 'wiki' spirit, but is just an easy to build and use website.
    Compared to Moodle, there are lots of education specific features that are lacking:
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    4:14 am

Sunday, August 12

  1. page Other Resources edited ... GCF Learn Free: Tutorials from 'Computer Basics' to MS Office programs. Also Maths & Readi…
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    GCF Learn Free: Tutorials from 'Computer Basics' to MS Office programs. Also Maths & Reading
    Kerpoof: create online animations, either movies or pictures. Especially useful in Primary - Middle School years.
    IB Librarians' Continuum - Another site of good links etc.
    ICTMagic - a wiki created by a science teacher in the UK with far superior ICT skills to mine, with many links to a range of possible tools for use in an educational environment. No annotations to the links, and so unless the names of tools are self-evident, it's a bit of a stab in the dark as to what they do or how they could be useful.
    Inspiration - paid mind mapping software, but excellent. Allows the user to click between a mind map or outline view, so good for learners who prefer diagrams and pictures (mind map) or linear lists (outline). While I still prefer to plan on paper, my students love it.
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    8:46 pm
  2. page Other Resources edited ... Inspiration - paid mind mapping software, but excellent. Allows the user to click between a mi…
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    Inspiration - paid mind mapping software, but excellent. Allows the user to click between a mind map or outline view, so good for learners who prefer diagrams and pictures (mind map) or linear lists (outline). While I still prefer to plan on paper, my students love it.
    {Inspiration_eg_12HISM.jpg}
    Jing - screen capture tool. Free version gives five minutes of video.
    Mind42 - Like Inspiration, but online for worldwide access, includes ability to post sticky notes. Markets itself as a mind mapping and collaboration tool.
    My Stickies - put Post-It notes on websites to annotate as you go ... and then come back to them.
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    2:15 pm

Sunday, April 29

  1. page Other Resources edited ... My Stickies - put Post-It notes on websites to annotate as you go ... and then come back to th…
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    My Stickies - put Post-It notes on websites to annotate as you go ... and then come back to them.
    Prezi Presentation builder - 'without slides': I'm not convinced, I know some who love it, a lot hate it, especially the zooming and movement between information. One example from a student in 10 Commerce last year.
    http://www.screenr.com/ (create video tutorials from screen recordings)
    TimeToast Timeline builder: Year 7s loved it, Year 11s not so much, although they saw the benefits of having the timelines whereas the Year 7s just liked the ability to insert pictures.
    Twitter: Lots of suggestions to use it, but haven't seen anything worthwhile that could be used in a high school classroom, they are mostly teacher to teacher tips and links, or forced tasks/activities - but I want answers longer than 140 characters! Perhaps useful as an infrequent summary exercise, but these could be uploaded onto the class blog / wiki / Moodle forum etc.
    http://www.voki.com/ (create animated avatars from text/speech)
    Wix - simple to create websites, and separate sites for mobiles. I used it recently as a revision site for my Year 12 Modern History class. They loved it. Two thirds of the class say they used it in the first week... (One drawback, no visitor counter)
    Wordle - word clouds according to frequency of use. Nice & pretty, can be used for determining key words of a text, highlighting on noticeboards etc. Could be used to highlight the focus of a piece of writing.
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Sunday, January 1

  1. page home edited ... I can see that blogs are useful for some aspects, such as keeping a journal or a process log, …
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    I can see that blogs are useful for some aspects, such as keeping a journal or a process log, but as an online curriculum management system, it was never designed to be one, and has too many shortcomings. It could be useful for frequent, short posts, but I would limit the number of separate sites that students need to visit for my subject.
    My ideal would be to use Moodle, organised by unit, with a link to the class wiki at the very top of the page.
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    the discussion forum.forum, particularly if you use other resources I haven't linked to, or wish to link to your blog or wiki.
    Cheers
    Brendan Toohey
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    8:35 pm
  2. page home edited ... As with anything new, the use of Moodle and a class wiki requires introduction and reiteration…
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    As with anything new, the use of Moodle and a class wiki requires introduction and reiteration with the students until they become used to it. Ideally, a school-wide approach to ICT and Web 2.0 would be consistently implemented across year levels and faculties to give students the same expectations and conditions in all of their classes. In a few short years, I would envisage that after the initial use in Year 7, at the start of subsequent years most high school teachers would be able to post on the Moodle forum the link to the class wiki, students would receive this by email, and the teaching and learning would begin without the need for introductions to these.
    I can see that blogs are useful for some aspects, such as keeping a journal or a process log, but as an online curriculum management system, it was never designed to be one, and has too many shortcomings. It could be useful for frequent, short posts, but I would limit the number of separate sites that students need to visit for my subject.
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    the page.
    

    I'm interested in the ways others use these tools. Please leave a comment in the discussion forum.
    Cheers

    Brendan Toohey

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    8:32 pm

Sunday, November 20

  1. page Other Resources edited ... {Delicious_screenshot.jpg} Facebook: an ex-colleague has a page for a Chemistry class set up…
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    {Delicious_screenshot.jpg}
    Facebook: an ex-colleague has a page for a Chemistry class set up where he posts lots of youtube videos of experiments etc. I guess if the students are 'doing their homework' while connected to FB, then they might just watch it.
    GCF Learn Free: Tutorials from 'Computer Basics' to MS Office programs. Also Maths & Reading
    Kerpoof: create online animations, either movies or pictures. Especially useful in Primary - Middle School years.
    ICTMagic - a wiki created by a science teacher in the UK with far superior ICT skills to mine, with many links to a range of possible tools for use in an educational environment. No annotations to the links, and so unless the names of tools are self-evident, it's a bit of a stab in the dark as to what they do or how they could be useful.
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    4:21 pm

Thursday, November 3

  1. page Other Resources edited ... Inspiration - paid mind mapping software, but excellent. Allows the user to click between a mi…
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    Inspiration - paid mind mapping software, but excellent. Allows the user to click between a mind map or outline view, so good for learners who prefer diagrams and pictures (mind map) or linear lists (outline). While I still prefer to plan on paper, my students love it.
    {Inspiration_eg_12HISM.jpg}
    Mind42 - Like Inspiration, but online for worldwide access, includes ability to post sticky notes. Markets itself as a mind mapping and collaboration tool.
    My Stickies - put Post-It notes on websites to annotate as you go ... and then come back to them.
    Prezi Presentation builder - 'without slides': I'm not convinced, I know some who love it, a lot hate it, especially the zooming and movement between information. One example from a student in 10 Commerce last year.
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    8:41 pm

Thursday, October 13

  1. page home edited ... I suggest that Moodle be used to outline the syllabus, with each unit remaining hidden until i…
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    I suggest that Moodle be used to outline the syllabus, with each unit remaining hidden until it is needed. Within the Moodle page, a link to the home page of the subject wiki, and specific page links at appropriate times could be given. I would envisage the wiki having a page that corresponds to each key point of the syllabus, with a combination of teacher input/introduction, links to resources (these could be annotated much more easily than in Moodle) and embedded video. Any discussion, student upload of resources etc would be conducted through the Moodle Forum. With Moodle 2.1, students will be able to access Moodle through their smartphones, so some key links and resources could be posted on both, although Wikispaces loads quickly and easily on an iPhone so this is unnecessary.
    As with anything new, the use of Moodle and a class wiki requires introduction and reiteration with the students until they become used to it. Ideally, a school-wide approach to ICT and Web 2.0 would be consistently implemented across year levels and faculties to give students the same expectations and conditions in all of their classes. In a few short years, I would envisage that after the initial use in Year 7, at the start of subsequent years most high school teachers would be able to post on the Moodle forum the link to the class wiki, students would receive this by email, and the teaching and learning would begin without the need for introductions to these.
    I can see that blogs are useful for some aspects, such as keeping a journal or a process log, but as an online curriculum management system, it was never designed to be one, and has too many shortcomings. It could be useful for frequent, short posts, but I would limit the number of separate sites that students need to visit for my subject.
    My ideal would be to use Moodle, organised by unit, with a link to the class wiki at the very top of the page.

    
    Brendan Toohey
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    4:20 am

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