July 31

Showcasing your talents

Once again I am putting the College eLearning update on my blog, and hope to get some feedback about what everyone is doing. It was great to hear the beginnings of some wonderful conversations about how we are each developing our ability to use technology in the classroom.

For those of you who were not at the whole staff meeting last week  here is a snippet

My presentation was created with prezi, and can be found here

Using Technology in the classroom is not a passing fad, which, if you wait long enough, will blow over. It is an integral part of 21stC life, and now is a good time to jump on board and prepare your skills and your own confidence for using a range of these in the classroom, and in your day to day life. I am here to support you in that, expose you to a range of tools, let you know what has worked for me, and others, and work with you to find what works best for you. The fact that we don’t have the infrastructure and technology to do these things in every classroom right now should not be stopping you from developing your own skills and understanding of the potential of these 21stC tools.

I mentioned Moodle, and we are hoping to have external access to this shortly.

Moodle is a Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment – which means it is an online space where you can create dynamic learning for your students, and teams you may work in. You can put links, files, quizzes, games, digital learning resources, forums, assignments, chats rooms, etc for your students to add to and create with.

Domain teams can have spaces where they share resources across the college – no reinventing the wheel. Cross campusing can be made easier less need for having to get there the share resources. Teams across the college or across a campus can have a space to share and reflect, which is private.

The other project I discussed was the Redback Project

This project can help you to develop your understanding and capacity to use a range of Web 2.0 tools. It is self paced, and can take from a couple of weeks to complete to a year or more, working at your own pace.

Starting with finding your starting point by using the ePotential tools and track your eLearning journey with reflections in a blog. Those of you who are power users may already be beyond blogging( ahh my working title for the next project) and may just choose areas to focus on. Regardless of whether you work through the Redback Project or not, we would like all staff to complete the ePotential survey, as they informs the leadership team on areas we need to focus on with PD etc.

There will also be some Redback support on Moodle

How are you using ICT/eLearning/technology/21stC tools in YOUR classroom? Reply to my post here, and share with the rest of us. (If you would rather keep your links private – this is an open blog, please post them on the Redback Forum in Moodle (this link will only work at school)

My Textiles classes both have blogs, and the Year 11s are beginning to work on their own blogs you will find them here

Year 11 Design and Technology – Textiles

Year 12 Design and Technology Textiles

My year 10 Media Production class

I also have a Ning group for my textiles classes, and Moodle course for my Media class.

Are there other tools you use in your class? Please feel free to add your comments 🙂

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….