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Saturday, July 26, 2008

My Plick

NBC's best pictures of the year is a new favourite for me at MyPlick,
but there are a lot of other great presentations there. I plan to use this site for presentations from now on - hopefully it will work with Sliderocket, my other new favourite tool for presentations. Although Sliderocket is currently in Beta and by invitation only it is shaping up for me as really cool - especially with the ability to upload existing Powerpoint files.
Meanwhile, back in school my Year 13 media students have been having some fun with Animoto - Elise showed her presentation to us the day after I introduced the class to it. This just proves that students will do 'work' at home if we make it fun enough - she had even read some of the tips!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Comics as texts

Teaching with comics resources from thinkfinity arrived (via my friend Miguel Guhlin) at a very opportune time. Having ordered a supply of graphic novels through our National Library service, I had been wondering about some ways to use these for more than purely a source of recreational reading to encourage reluctant readers into texts.

Another very useful resource about Powerpoint and how to is here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

'We think' sums it all up nicely

This animation by Charles Leadbeater sums up a lot about web 2.0 and how students can operate in real world situations today.
I intend to show it as a lesson starter for classes to encourage them to see themselves as powerful learners.

Now playing: Radio New Zealand - Belfast Touring Poets Group
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Moodle morning

A team of teachers and associates braved the cold and surrendered part of their teaching recess on Wednesday to join in what turned out to be a very collegial and productive experience. Several Mount Maunganui College teachers were joined by Jan from Trident at Whakatane, Richard from the Katikati Matamata ICT PD cluster, Mel Gibb from Tauranga Boys College and Amy Wilson from Bay of Plenty Polytech - along with some of our children and Mel's new (boxer dog) baby Millie. The best part of the day was that we all enjoyed helping each other in an extremely supportive learning environment.
To me this was a classic example of the way classrooms/learning environments should be structured. What do you want to achieve? What steps could you take to achieve this? Who can help you? Why are you doing this (purpose/audience)? Where do you plan to publish/create/post it? When do you plan to complete it - are there steps in your timeline?
For those who came with a specific purpose in mind they were happy to have achieved those goals, for others - once they had explored some of the possibilities of establishing a moodle class or metacourse - they were back to some solid thinking and planning before we take the next steps.
Clearly it is essential to know what we want our learners to gain from an experience before we set it up - it is essential that we are not continuing to follow the time honored tradition of busy work that merely keeps learners occupied. If ICT is to be integrated successfully into learning we must constantly keep asking ourselves why we are using a particular tool and how will it help learners gain what they need, and to remember that the needs are extremely broad and varied - maintain the no size fits all approach.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Maungatapu Winners

These great kids are the age group winners in the Jane and the Dragon animation competition - well done, they created three great animations. Their creations are a reflection of a huge amount of effort and some wonderful team work, not to mention the support of their teacher Vicki Coe. It was great to meet them and view their prizewinning products today, and to be able to show them Marvin software which now has them enthused about creating more animated stories next term.
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