Thursday, 9 August 2012

Reciprocity - Learning with and from others

I love that we are teaching in a time where the tools are there to share, to learn from others experiences, their success and their mistakes. This learning disposition is of great value to our students as well, I use this learning muscle all day every day, and it is so rewarding to see the growth of this among out teachers and students. Click on the image to check out 2 great links, the eLearning wiki and the iPad Snapshot.
Thanks Nikki for this find.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Awesome App-Check it out

New blog post- Little Story Maker App: Listening, Reading, Customizing, Personalizing- @grasshopperapps -- Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches)
I played with this but you can't share and I can't find a way to delete an unwanted story, also freezes. Got potential but needs refining, then it would be worth buying.


R U Ready 4Twitter? | Langwitches Blog

I need help to make twitter work, I find Blogger more 4 me but I think it is harder to build a sharing network, Twitter is more immediate, in the moment, and easier to connect with like minded sharers.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Learning Theory Resistors-Change Resistors?

i pads in classrooms

A group of teachers met as part of the NEAL network to set up a group with the opportunity to listen, contribute to and map out the purpose and goals of using the i-pad as a tool in classrooms.
Essentially it was about discussing structured, on-the-ground action around the use of these devices. 

The variance in the implementation of i-pads across schools is quite astounding, from schools that have made them a compulsory stationary item, to those school like ours who are just dipping their toe in the ocean of possibilities.

The universal message is that there is no question there is student engagement, students want to use this technology. The question is how does it best support our teaching and learning. Is it that the i-pads fit in with our pedagogical model or is it that the pedagogical model is shifting due to new technologies such as the i-pad?

A universal message needs to be that teachers cannot keep it, it needs to be given to students - they will drive the use. Apps are so simple and quick to use....there is not a great number of instructions. My 4 and 6 year old can navigate around an i-pad at home......there are simple routes to access an app, not a whole series of clicks, scrolling up and down with the mouse etc. etc.

The NEAL network group run through Andrew Cowie is a great opportunity for teachers and leaders to get together and share best practice with using i-pads with students and enhancing teaching and learning.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

the committed sardine blog

From the 21st Century Fluency Project this blog always has some thought-provoking entries. Try this one about the 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools:

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Horizon Report 2012

I think its interesting to look back at these over the last 3 years.  It's amazing how they don't link to each other - a real sign of just how fast things are moving

eBreakfast Club

A group of like minded teachers met for breakfast this morning. Talk around eLearning but no real agenda, just sharing our finds, our ideas, successes etc. Our guiding principal is that it is only positive, just the good, the exciting. We considered our top digital tool or wish??

  1. IWB and notebook software was high on the list as a teacher tool for guiding lessons, keeping resources at the click of a button 
  2. Devices that are fast to open the required information or app and require minimal maintenance, no cables, chargers etc in a word tablets. 
  3. Ability to connect easily, to reach out to others and share 
 The eggs were lovely, the company good, who could ask for a better start to the day.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 1

iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 1

Flipboard in the Classroom

Here are some educational uses for Flipboard, both for research and in the classroom:
  1. Find and curate your list of educational blogs; have them all on one page for easy access. You can set this up directly within Flipboard, or within your Google Reader;
  2. Get your students to create their own Flipboard categories for their interests pertaining to any school-related subject;
  3. Create a class Twitter account and have all your students add that as one of their Flipboard selections;
  4. Brainstorm a list as a class to add content to your subject;
  5. Find educational hashtags to expand your professional development (#edchat is a great place to start);
  6. Add your classroom blogs; students can see a more visual version of their posts/works on Flipboard;
  7. Research with your class a city, country, culture or language that you are currently studying;
  8. Follow annual events like Wimbledon or Le Tour de France;
  9. Subscribe to newspapers that are not normally available in your area. Flipboard has full access to articles from The Globe and Mail. Also, the New York Times has recently given their subscribers full access to all their articles on Flipboard;
  10. Continually look for new and better boards to add! Suggest them in the comments.

This list come from

Untethered Teachers: Using AppleTV in the Classroom

Untethered Teachers: Using AppleTV in the Classroom

Ideas for using your Apple TV box in your teaching


Online graphic organisers to help us frame up our thinking.
Remember to go your Thinkbox
MODEL your thinking out loud to the kids
What kind of thinking do we need here?  Evaluating/analysing etc
Check out the possible tools you can use.
Exploratree may have what you need.
It is done online so you can share and collaborate, post it to your portfolio etc


Mobile Blogger

Downloaded Blogger app for phone, no idea what I am doing (but that will change, PERSEVERANCE, my middle name)

First Time Blogger

First time using Blogger

  • can I use this with students
  • is it safe enough?
  • how easy is this going to be
  • who is going to see this, do I care?
  • is this eLearning??
Yes this is the beginning of eLearning, the techie bit, learning how to make the app work

BUT the real stuff is just beginning, the students need to do this next bit as life long learners, effective thinkers,communicators, citizens and self managers

  • what are blogs? 
  • how will we use Blogs to share and enhance our learning? 
  • why would you want to have one? 
  • what responsibilities do you have if create one? 
  • which blog site is the best? 
  • what tools/thinking will we need use to explore this? 
  • what will safe use look like? 
  • what do I want record and reflect on? 
  • will this make a positive difference to my life or the lives of others