Thursday, June 7, 2012

Social Media for Educators with Mr DK

Yesterday I went along to the ‘Social Media  for Educators’ Core Education Breakfast and Master Class with DK  and it was full of ideas about reconsidering how and why we might use ICTs in and beyond the classroom. 

One example was the website SoundCloud which is primarily used for musicians and DJs for recording, uploading and sharing music. Basically it’s an audio version of YouTube, but you can comment and annotate tracks online – anyhoo we got talking about other ways we could use it and it struck me that this could be a really powerful English teaching platform where you could get students recording readings of texts, poems and then annotate and identify/comment on language techniques or practice and feedback on delivery of speech???

AudioBoo was another, it is a website and available as apps too. It is a free voice recorder that can then be embedded or emailed as an audio file – again, the ways students and teachers could use this is endless and the fact that students could have it on their smartphone or access it online so easily meant it could be anywhere. Imagine doing locational writing but instead you recorded an oral description as a starter.

Also when you start combining platforms/software it becomes even more interesting – creating a blog with embedded slide shows created on Animoto with oral text embedded from AudioBoo and annotated oral texts thanks to SoundCloud.

I guess for me it is exciting because it gives us a chance to do justice to the three strands of the English curriculum – the oral, visual and written, in a way we couldn’t do so easily in the past…and then we can mash them up in any number of combinations.

I also wanted to share the Booktrack app (which provides a soundscape to go along worth your digital text) – could be a great way to engage reluctant readers. I would also love to see students have a go at creating their own!

And finally this clip which looks at the power of blogging as a metacognitive process. Blogging is definitely one example of an ICT platform that has a huge range of uses and opportunities.

All of this is thanks to DK – someone well worth looking up online.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Digital Citizenship training for students


I just wanted to share something I have been working on - a resource for our Year 9 tutor teachers to provide some Digital Citizenship training for our students.
As always, feel free to use, adapt, ignore at your leisure.
Also any suggestions and/or feedback would be appreciated!


Digital Citizenship training PPT - feel free to download and adapt
Digital Citizenship Doc - feel free to download and adapt

Using ICTs in English




Yesterday I did a presentation to our English dept about ideas for integrating a range of ICTs in English, highlighting tools and strategies that supported thinking, collaboration and differentiation. Although in an English context there are many ideas that might be of interest to any curriculum area.
I have attached a link to the original PPT below which has several embedded videos and links to the resources discussed, and above a video recording of the presentation.

Ideas for Using ICTs in English PPT - feel free to download and adapt if anything looks useful!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ignition 2012: Teach a teacher to fish - teaching as inquiry


Teach a teacher to fish teaching as inquiryThis week I attended Ignition 2012 and was lucky enough to participate in an Ignite presentation,  a five minute talk (15 slides, 20 seconds each) about the importance of 'teaching a teacher to fish' (rather thank giving a teacher a fish) and sharing my enthusiasm for Teaching as Inquiry and four ways that you can use it to lead school wide change.

Ignition 2012 was an a great meet up of like minded edu-geeks, sharing their passion for all aspects of education and educational leadership. A huge thanks to Mark Osbourne and his team at Albany Senior High School for a magic two days.  
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