Posted on November 25, 2009 by Rhondda
I have been working on our library stocktake most of the day. Having a look on tweetdeck, I saw a reference made to this video by Alain van Heerden.
It is a good way to finish the day and certainly brought a smile to my lips.
Filed under: Humour, Video, Web2.0 | Tagged: Bohemian Rhapsody, muppets, Queen | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 24, 2009 by Rhondda
AIDLT ~ A new voice in ICT Education Site of Australian Institute of Digital Learning and Teaching
Google Image Swirl A new way to search through Google Images, with a nice interface that let’s you look at images grouped by similarities
4Teachers : Educator’s Resources Resources from 4Teachers. Can be used to assist in developing lessons, web pages and calendars to share
15 Things All Classrooms Should Have PK-12 – The Educators’ Royal Treatment Tries to come up with a list of everything a classroom should have.
25 Great Sources of Blog Ideas & Inspiration | Site Sketch 101 25 good sources of Blog ideas & inspiration
Parent Advice – Tech Talk: Beyond Internet Safety – Common Sense Media Parent advice and tips on Tech Talk: Beyond Internet Safety Common Sense Media seeks to help parents choose what’s best for their kids
Stock Photography – Search 5.8 Million Stock Photos, Stock Footage Video Clips, Royalty Free Images, and Illustrations The Fotos earch image search engine saves you time by allowing you to search over 5.5 million images from over 100 stock photography, stock illustration, and video stock footage publishers at one website. Make sure the royalty Free box is checked when doing a search
e-Learning: What’s Hot and What’s Not? « Performance X Design Overview of current trends in e-learning. According to this post, what’s hot is social media, informal learning, simulations & scenario-based learning, virtual worlds, rapid learning, mobile learning, open source, and performance support.
Learntrends 2009 Sessions Live Blogging « Online Sapiens Collected links to live blogging posts from LearnTrends Good to have all of them together in one place
Mr. Higgins’ Blog » Blog Archive » ClustrMaps as Student Motivation A good description from a teacher describing how his students are motivated by the ClustrMap on his class website, including how it inspires them to look up places on Google Earth.
Blogs Give Students an Audience | Edutopia Interview with an 8th grade teacher about how having an audience for their blog has motivated her students
Steve Stander :: Blog :: Blogging & Motivation: Psychology of Language Learning Looking at blogging as a way to motivate students to write through the lens of Determination Theory (Autonomy, Competence, Relatedness), examining how to generate and maintain motivation. Also discusses an inquiry-based learning approach with blogging.
Great Opening Sentences From Science Fiction – Books – io9 A list of interesting opening sentences from sci-fi books
Ninjawords – a really fast dictionary Great tool for students to define vocabulary or spelling words or to study multiple meanings of a word. Uses Wiktionary database for definitions instead of the WordNet database. Also has an iPhone app. Case sensitive when looking up words.
Things That Keep Us Up at Night – 10/1/2009 – School Library Journal Thought-provoking article on current technology & trends and their impact on libraries & information literacy.
A Way to Teach | The Text is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Angela Maiers Educational Services: Great Readers Have Strategies
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Filed under: Education, images, Library2.0, tools, Web2.0 | Tagged: blogging, classroom practice, cyber-safety, e-learning, K-12, language, motivation, teaching | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 20, 2009 by Rhondda
At this time of the school year in Australia, with holidays beckoning, motivation of our students is a hot topic. This is an interesting video of a TEDtalk about motivation. Dan Pink ,when looking at the puzzle that is motivation, starts with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. In fact, they are probably counter-productive.
What he basically goes on to say is that the extrinsic motivations (carrot and stick) approach often doesn’t work because they narrow the focus. They work best where there are clear guidelines and a single destination, simple tasks. In a world where creativity is needed you need more intrinsic motivation. So what does this mean for secondary education, where you want students to learn, to create, to analyse and make meaning for themselves, to develop their skills across the board and understand what works best for them.We often hear people talk about the world outside school where our young people will have to be problem-solving adults, where many jobs they will be asked to do are not yet created. What does this mean for schools in light of Dan Pink’s points? I would love to say that we are creating young people who do things because they matter, learn because they are interested in learning, not just for some extrinsic reward (be it a certificate, gadgets,chocolate or other food forms), that we are, by example, creating young men who do not ask “what is in it for me” before doing something. I’m not sure we are there yet. Motivation is an interesting concept. Have businesses got motivation wrong, and schools, that are increasing being held to business practices and standards, also? This is an interesting talk that goes against many traditional thoughts and business and educational practice with regard to motivation.
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Posted on November 19, 2009 by Rhondda
Whilst looking at more ways for students to share their information with others, I have been investigating Yudu.
It is a free service and it allows the user to upload documents in various formats (Word, Excel, Powerpoint or PDF) to create a more dynamic, magazine style presentation. This way of presenting information looks much more interesting and professional than the static versions and can be embedded into websites or blogs. You can see range of various documents here.
It is very easy to use and there are 3 simple rules clearly indicated:
- no adult content
- no copyright abuse
- no offensive material
To create your publication:
- Upload your document
- Create a title
- Indicate a publication type (book, magazines, brochure, catalogue, newspaper, portfolio,report and other)
- They then send a link to your email address when your document is ready
- lastly you can chose to keep it private or public
The teachers have been using DeskTop Author at school to create documents with the page turning etc. but these require a (free) reader to be downloaded and are not able to be embedded into blogs/websites. For the exercise we have planned, if the document can be viewed online with a click rather than having to find something via a link (provided you have the reader) it is a much better option.
Click to launch the full edition in a new window.
Filed under: Education, Library2.0, tools, Web2.0 | Tagged: e-magzines, online magazines, publishing, teaching, technology integration, Yudu | Leave a comment »