June 28

End of term two…. update

Well….. another term bites the dust…. I haven’t heard anything from the people running the TPL as to where we should be at and how and why…. ahhh welll we carry on regardless….

This is the first time I have been able to log in from work for ages…. and I still can’t access the wikispaces site :(. That area should really be jumping… but by the time I get home I don’t have the energy to add anything to it….. jumping online over the holidays. I will have to hassle Trev and Sue to get some of what they have done onto it… as it is creating a great resource.

Moodle is really working well, there are many courses now being offered with a Moodle component, from Art to Humanities and Science, as well as the ICT based ones.

I have also explored some of the Cybernetrix stuff http://www.cybernetrix.com.au/ with my Web Design Group, and they loved it, and I think they even learned from it. It is a government site which gets students to play some online games (shhhh don’t tell anyone) and run through some online and mobile technology scenarios where they have to make decisions. We had a discussion forum set up to discuss aspects of online safety and ethics.

I participated in an online conference through Australian Flexible Learning while I was home sick, which was awesome…. covered some great ideas for ways of using elearning, including the use of Virtual worlds such as second life. That may be a bit beyond our scope at secondary level, and would need a lot more research, but a very cool idea.

Working with my Multimedia kids we explored some ways to create podcasts and vodcasts, and I am working through how to create them using Photostory… a great little piece of software. Camstudio also works well, but I keep making the files too big. The Photostory program lets you create media suitable for “SmartPhones” which leads me to my next thought about harnessing the hardware technology the kids have in their pockets to assist their learning. I know my Multimedia kids all had phones that could play the software, and are excited about making some stuff suitable to go on for viewing.

WEB 2.0 I am loving the flexibility of the tools… however, being hamstrung through lack of access, as many are blocked like flikr and youtube… which I can understand…. but it would be reat to be able to use some more…. I have been using iGoogle for my planning, but can’t access it from school…. however, I can access my protopage one – I was sorta hoping to just have one resource…

I also checked out motionbox, which is a new video posting kid on the block….and you can upload straight from your phone… and it’s o new it’s not blocked…. yet …LOL

Ohhh I also did a great little TXT project with my web design kids… they had fun and it was interesting to see the range of use of that form of language.

Next term I am working with two Year 9 Digital Art groups… I hope we can use some of the mobile technology, I will take some ideas from the yellow arrow project. I would envisage using photostory to create some portable web galleries of their work, that they can add to their phones or websites.

I hope to be able to post some links to some of the trials I am coming up with, particularly the fractal art gallery…. but that may have to wait til the holidays….