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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Staff Professional Development Day – Web2.0

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I had a very interesting day. I went with some of the staff from my school to a conference centre in the Dandenongs to spend the day thinking about the learning we want our students to do and being introduced to some Web2.0 tools.

We were also very fortunate to have Andrew Douch speak to us about what he is doing in his school. He is an amazing teacher who is absolutely committed to using 21st century tools to help his students learn. He is also very generous with his expertise and knowledge and shared so much with all of us present, but also did not gloss over the fact that there can be hiccups, however these minor because, in the long run, the overall results are fantastic. If you don’t know about Andrew, have a look at his blog and webpage. He recently won an International Innovative Teacher’s Award for his work. He was in the Community category as his project is about creating online learning communities.

Andrew has created an enviable learning environment for his VCE biology classes but the podcasts he has produced have also been used, not just in other schools in Victoria, but around the world. He creates podcasts for students to listen to them on their ipods (whatever they have available) whilst they are travelling, running or when and wherever they want to. He used Audacity to put his podcasts together then iTunes to “get them out there”. I have never really looked beyond the basics of iTunes but they have some really useful options!

He also talked about some of the other tools he uses.

  • Jing.The Jing Project is an image and video capture tool. I have just downloaded it and want to play around with it over the next few weeks, as well as finishing up all the other little things for the year. I also found a blog post about using it.

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  • PodOmatic. A free podcasting service. Upload podcasts and embed them into any webpage. It also has a guide for creating podcasts. Subscribe to podcasts in iTunes.

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Some of us have used Audacity before but the two tools above were new to all of us. I came away with an urge to work on more pod/vod casts and try out these tools to create some exciting learning tools for our students. A lot of the teachers today also began to write in their blogs for the first time. One comment…”it was really easy, why was I worrying?”

FlickrLeech- yet another way to search for images!

What can I say? Another tool that allows you to search Flickr for images. FlickrLeech is another very simple tool to use. You can choose to search through photos using tags or for a particular user, group or interestingness.

You can also choose how you want the interface style to look, (I preferred the “dark” setting), what size you preferred the results to be shown on your screen, whether to show a preview when hovering over the picture, how many results are put up onto the screen and where you go when you click onto the image.

You can also choose to search in Advanced mode and ask for photos with particular CC licences.

Once you have sorted out your settings (it doesn’t take long) the search happens very quickly with the images found very clear and easy to see and it is easy to scroll down to fine the ones you prefer.

This is yet another very easy way to find CC images for students and staff.

CompFight: another way to find CC photos on Flickr

I am often looking for pictures/photos in the public domain that I (and/or my students) can use in things we are creating, be it blogs, wikis, video clips or other projects. I have discussed before that students are happy to “legally” use images as long as they know how to and that it is not too complicated. The Flickr collection offers a lot but it is not always easy to find what you need. There are many who have developed all sorts of interesting tools for making better use of Flickr. have been using FlickrCC and FlickrStorm as my first port of call although I also like Tag Galaxy as well, to find interesting images.

FlickrCC makes free to use photos, in Creative Commons, easy to find. FlickrStorm is another nice search tool that has some useful features such as the ability to look for CC photos only and create a list of images that can be shared.  There is the “how-to” on FlickrStorm by ICT guy as well.  

Another search tool I have come across, via CogDog is CompFight

This is a very simple search tool to use. If you click on:

  • Tags you will have the option of searching through all the tags or all text
  • Creative Commons is a link to go between all, off or commercial searches
  • Seek Originalallows you to choose whether or not you want original images
  • One caution,I do not know how the Safe optionreally works. Typing in”sex”, which the boys are wont to do at times, results in many images of naked bodies, in various poses. Of course you explain about how to search appropriately when searching the Internet in general but I would not rely on the “safe” mode to filter inappropriate images out.

The results of a search are displayed as a thumbnail, without any of the photographs details, which means you can get many thumbnails on the page at a time and, as you can scroll down, the next batches are loaded so you don’t have to click onto the pagination tag. It is very easy to compare and get an overview of the images available and simple for students to use.

Deletionpedia – Where Wikipedia’s deleted pages go

After writing about Wikipedia and Veropedia I thought I should mention Deletionpedia. There is a very good entry about this on the BraveNewWorld blog.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Wikipedia article that you swear was once there, or can’t believe a page doesn’t exist, there may be chance it’s over at Deletionpedia, a non-wiki database that automatically picks up the things that get dropped off the better known counterpart.

Deletionpedia is an archive of about 63,551 pages which have been deleted from the English-language Wikipedia. You cannot edit any of the pages uploaded here. An automated bot uploads pages as they are deleted from Wikipedia and, as you might imagine, some of the stuff at DeletionPedia was taken down because it either became irrelevant or wasn’t all that relevant to begin with. There are other occasional obscure but interesting/useful facts or biographical entries voted off for the subject not being well-known enough. It may be a useful destination if Wikipedia doesn’t quite have what you need.