Posted on November 30, 2011 by Rhondda
The quote seems to be timely at this part of our school year
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Posted on November 23, 2011 by Rhondda
Do students understand their ‘digital footprint’ and how it can affect their employability? – eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time A good presentation that is given to tertiary students that end with… ” let us be sensible when we use any online service (Facebook, Twitter, eBay, LinkedIn, etc), think about how we want to be viewed by whoever may find the content (whenever they find it) as it may just come back to bite you”
Recommended Resources: Digital Citizenship, New Media Literacies, Games and Learning | DMLcentral ”Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World is nearly 500 pages of workshops and lessons plans dedicated to teaching youth ethics for a digital age. Produced through a unique collaboration of Harvard’s GoodPlay Project and Project New Media Literacies, it is all free online, as one giant download or as separate files”
Survey Says Library Users Are Your Best Customers From Publishers Weekly “Library Journal released the first issue of a quarterly publication called Patron Profiles. Based on surveys and data collected from library users across the country, the first issue—on libraries and e-book usage—indicates that libraries are a powerful economic engine for the book business.”
Voices for the Library» Blog Archive » More than just fiction? It’s unbelievable! ”The web, online reference works and e-books anticipate reflect the library of today. Now amazing stuff can be had virtually as well as in every walk-in library. As ever, the library seeks and provides. E-resources are too unaffordable for most; a library’s info service is without compare; knowledge collections critical and free computers crucial. “
Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Search Tools and Tactics Teachers and Students Need to Know Richard Byrne has compiled a list of search tools and tactics that every teacher and student should know
2011 ITL Research Findings and Implications This report provides the findings from the 2011 analysis across 7 participating countries. From Innovative Teaching and Learning research site (sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning)
Buttersafe – Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays » Archive » Traps A simple little cartoon showing how easily some (all?) of us can get caught by scams on the Web.
Instant Wild – Live Wildlife Photographs ”Images of wild animals are sent to you directly from small automatic cameras placed in remote locations. When you identify the wild animal by matching the photo with the relevant image in the Field Guide you save conservationist thousands of hours by helping to sort the images by species group. This enables scientists to analyze the data much faster and assess whether the threatened animals are increasing or decreasing.”
Cybils: 2011 Nominations: Fiction Picture Books
Search by colour This is a demonstration of searching by colour across approximately 18,500 images from the National Library of Australia’s photographic collection. You can pick a colour from the colour chart or fine tune your selection using the colour sliders. As so much of the collection is made up of black and white images, not all colours will bring back results.
Steve Hargadon: The Kindle Fire – So Close… A Review with Education in Mind A very well written review of many of the aspects of the Kindle Fire. He looks at what works well, what is available, what is limited and what is not there.
Citation Wizard – Bibliography and works cited page generator The Citation Wizard is a free online utility that automatically generates citations according to MLA style speficiations. The site is simple to use: select the medium that best describes the work you would like to cite, type in the requested information, and click on the “view citation” button. Your citation will appear instantly, saving you time and eliminating the hassle of consulting style manuals. In addition to instant citation generation, the latest edition of the Wizard allows you to create an entire bibliography document from scratch! You will be able to begin a document, add entries to it, and save the document to your computer.
Children’s Books Forever Free children’s books that have become classics/favourites and you can use with interactive whiteboards, projectors, etc. Permission granted for non-commercial use.
SlimeKids – School Library Media Kids Free website for elementary/middle school-age kids with book trailers, educational games and literacy-related resources.
Citing Websites: APA Style A very simple but effective tool. Site also affers same type of tool for AMA, APA, Turabian, Chicago and MLA
Free Audio Books – Download an audio book in mp3 or iPod format today! Site offers free audiobooks to download tags:
This Week In Education Offers overview of news from mainstream sources and social medis and analysis of education policy issues
CorkboardMe Even simpler to use than Wallwisher. Paste virtual sticky notes on the virtual corkboard. One useful feature allows you to paste a url address for a link to an image and the image will then show up on the sticky note. You do not need to register
Monkey Machine – online drum machine Monkey Machine is a free web-based program that allows students to experiment with drum set sounds and rhythms. Using Monkey Machine students can customize the selection of drums and cymbals in their virtual drum set. Monkey Machine also allows students to customize the tempo in their drum tracks and the frequency with which each drum or cymbal is played. All tracks created using Monkey Machine can be downloaded as MIDI files.
WolframTones: An Experiment in a New Kind of Music This tool is from the same people that brought us the great computational search engine Wolfram Alpha comes Wolfram Tones. Wolfram Tones uses algorithms, music theory, and sound samples to generate new collections of sounds. Visitors to Wolfram Tones can experiment with sounds and rhythms to make their own sounds. Wolfram Tones allows visitors to choose samples from fifteen different genres of music on which to build their own sounds. Once a genre is selected visitors can then alter the rhythms, instrumentation, and pitch mapping of their sounds. When satisfied with their creations, users can download their sounds or have them sent directly to their cell phones.
UJAM – Make your music. Be heard. This site is easy o use and helps make your singing sound better. You sing or play an instrument while recording to UJAM. When you’re done recording, use UJAM to alter the sound quality of your voice, turn your voice into other sounds, adjust the tempo of your song, and or remix a song to include your recording. UJAM is essentially an online, light weight version, of Garage Band. Watch the video below to learn more and see UJAM in action.
beatlab – make music together Beat Lab is a free service through which you can experiment with thousands of sound and rhythm combinations. Using Beat Lab is easy. Beat Lab provides a grid on which you select the sounds you want to have played. You can specify how often you want each sound played and how quickly you want the sounds played. There are twelve default sounds provided in the Beat Lab grid. You can add more sounds by selecting “add more sounds” and choosing from the huge catalog of sounds. If the sound you want isn’t available in the Beat Lab catalog you can upload your own sounds.
Free online Music Creator – Aviary.com’s Roc Using Aviary’s Roc service you can create your own music loops or samples. After you’ve created your music samples you can download them, reuse them in Myna, or embed them into your blog. Below you will find a brief tutorial on how to create sound loops using Aviary Roc.
Historic Map Works, Residential Genealogy ™ Historic Map Works is an online gallery of hundreds of historical maps. On Historic Map Works you can browse for maps by continent, country, state, and province. Note: Downloading the map images is not free. But, you can view more than half of the maps as Google Maps overlays using Historic Map Works’s free Historic Earth Basic.
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Posted on November 22, 2011 by Rhondda
At a recent SLAV conference I was fortunate to hear Alison Lester speak about her latest book One Small Island (Penguin).
Alison engaged in a conversation with Laura Harris of Penguin Books to help us understand the inspiration behind her career as an illustrator and author. It followed very neatly from a presentation by Sue McKerracher who spoke about the National Year of Reading (NYOR). Alison is an ambassador for NYOR and her book Are we there yet? is the feature book for the 2012 National Year of Reading. Her discussion with Laura focussed the book she wrote in collaboration with Coral Tulloch One small island and a very special preview at her forthcoming title Sally Scott goes south.
The picture book One small island was written by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch. Together they bring the history of this amazing speck of land called Macquarie Island found in the vastness of Southern Ocean between Australia/New Zealand and Antarctica to life. It is the story of how this remote and precious World Heritage Site has been affected by human interference. The island has a unique ecosystem and humans have caused a lot of damage since the island was first visited by humans. Today there is a battle being fought to restore it.
The beautiful illustrations in the picture book were put up on a large screen in the auditorium for us to admire and they were very eloquent. We all left the session wanting to buy a copy of the book and all of us are very interested in what will become of Macquarie Island.
If you want to hear Alison talking about the book herself you can go to ABC Radio National’s Life Matters site where, on the 1st of August, they aired a great interview with her about Macquarie Island and her book.
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Posted on November 18, 2011 by Rhondda
It is that time of the year again! The Edublogs Awards site is open to allow you to nominate your 2011 favourites. Over the past few years I have had put in my nominations so that some of the great work that on-line colleagues are doing can be recognised. It is always a had job trying to pick out one from the many I subscribe to, read regularly or follow via twitter, etc. For every name I put down there are at least a dozen others who could also be worthy of nominations. I was informed about the nominations being open via a tweet from Judith Way about her post on The way forward blog.
The directions for nominating your favorite blogs, tweeters, blog posts, podcasts, wikis, PD opportunities and a lifetime achievement award are available here.
Essentially however to nominate you need to write out your list of nominations post it publicly using your blog, Google+, etc and share the link to your nominations on the Edublogs Awards website. You don’t have to nominate someone for all the categories, if you prefer you can make nominations in just one or a few categories. I will be thinking about who I will nominate over the weekend and put them forward next week, as I said the hardest part is nominating just one person for each category.
The following are the 2011 award categories
- Best individual blog
- Best individual tweeter
- Best group blog
- Best new blog
- Best class blog
- Best student blog
- Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
- Most influential blog post
- Best twitter hashtag
- Best teacher blog
- Best librarian / library blog
- Best School Administrator blog
- Best free web tool
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
- Best educational wiki
- Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
- Best educational use of a social network
- Lifetime achievement.
Nominations are open until December 2nd so you have enough time to do some thinking and nominate your favourite blogs.
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