Interesting ways to use…. by Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett has been sharing his class ideas and tips about using various tools in GoogleDocs presentations for quite a while and I have been collecting them in my bookmarks. He has now put all of them together in his blog. The presentations are in easy to use in their Google docs format and he invites others to share ideas. They are worth looking at/using and, if you have some tips that have not been mentioned, think about contributing.

The latest one I found was Ten Interesting Ways* to Use Audio in your Classroom. We have been doing some work with audio and I recently listened to a discussion on music in the novel, so I am interested in exploring this area some more.

 The other presentations are listed below but don’t be surprised if the numbers have changed.

Still in the early stages are:

Visual Blooms

As a discussion starter Mike Fisher, an instructional coach and education consultant, has created a great one. In a wiki called Visual Blooms he is trying to puts web2.0 resources into the Bloom’s Taxonomy structure. The resources are placed into the well-known categories of remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating.

Visual Blooms

BloomsVisual-remeberingFor example, Delicious, YouTube, StumbleUpon, Diigo and Google are placed on the Remembering page. He has started some discussion on the Creating page.  Tools such as Google Docs, when used to allow us to collaboratively create documents and/or presentations and VoiceThreadare placed in the Creating category. Wikis, used so that many can collaborate to synthesize the combined knowledge of about a topic on a shared website.
He then begins to discuss other tools eg. Picnik, which allows us to modify photos in many creative ways and the as well as YouTube as a creative tool.

There are many pages/places to fill in and you can do so by joining the wiki and adding you houghts. It certainly make you think about each of the tools. The Visual Bloomscould be an excellent resource for teachers to start to think about how they could best use the many tools available. We are a notebook school. We want our students to learn many different skills. A wiki like this, one that encourages discussion and collaboration, can help us find the most appropriate tool/s for our needs. When I look  at web resources I can see that many can be used in more than way and so don’t necessarily fit into just one of the categories in Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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Catching up, reading my feeds and back in the digital world

After more than a week absent from the on line world I have been trying to catchup and read some of the feeds that have come my way over the school holidays.

Imagining Links - Will Lion Shirky quote

Imagining Links - Will Lion from Shirky quote

38 ways of using wordle

38 ways of using wordle

Tom Barrett had a post entitled Interesting Ways to use Voicethread, Wordle and the Nintendo DS. I have only touched on Voicethread but I love Wordle. The slide shows he has created offer a lot of great ideas for the classroom  use of these tools. I love the way he invites people to add to the range of ideas about interesting ways to use tools. A truly great way to use technology to add to the education knowledge bank.

17 ways to use Voicethread

17 ways to use Voicethread

Such items show the positives about becoming part of the participatory culture of the Web2.0 world. It allows people to develop skills that connect people together to create something larger than at the individual level. These are the social (digital) skills that we need to be teaching our students, the things they need to know to become digital citizens (and workers) in the future. The combined skills of the group will be an important part of the future. Our students need to develop the social skills that will allow them to  talk and share ideas, safely and with confidence.

Many of the feeds I am reading only serve to reinforce my belief that we are doing our students a great disservice if we do not incorporate the new technologies, and related literacies, into our classroom practices.