Friday, July 29, 2011

Elearning Stuff

As we move into the second half of 2011 there are a couple of themes on the ICT Landscape: Elearning and 1 to 1 computing. You may have read about Orewa College’s plans for next year.

iPads in schools - are we missing the point?

Partly pushing all this is the proliferation of elearning apps and opps (opportunities) which have meant that so much learning can be undertaken with just a web browser whether that’s on an ipod, ipad, tablet, phone or computer.  So here are a range of elearning  apps that I have seen in the past couple of months:

First up a dictionary of e-learning Jargon


Brainstorming? Gathering ideas? Try Popplet



Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools:

Scribblar – Online collaboration – shared whiteboard.


Online painting:


Create animations online:



Students as curators of Information.


More educational Apps can be found here:

Ipad apps:





Take your smartphone when you’re out walking? Tree identification App

Khan Academy + ………..

Scott McLeod : Why use Twitter??

Older, but excellent example of in depth learning using digital tools: 

Matrix – Technology Integration:

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Adding Content::

Titled because once we have a learning management system up and running, we need to be able to add content which helps us enhance it as a learning tool.

What a great writing idea for older children. Uses a Facebook model (Fakewall) to get students to create a Facebook wall of a famous person. For example Cinderella


or John Lennon:


Video is very easy to embed as is any other interactive media. Embedding video means you can get rid of all the distractions of other videos and ugly comments on Youtube.

This is a great NZ resource on NZ films and videos. There are some classic music videos too


And teacher tube has a range of educational videos….


And from an inspiration point of view, try Edtalks – a NZ site with a range of addresses from NZ educators


Info-graphics make great class talking points too. Have a look at the ones below.


Info-graphic:  Radiation chart:


Fun fact: eating one single banana gives you a higher dose of radiation than living 50 miles from a (functional) nuclear power plant for a year.

An InfoGraphic of Number Ones – Every country is number one at something – Guess what we are! Or better still what do you thing Australians are number on at??

This one provides a visual representation of how much longer out resources will last.

Inspiration has always been a popular brainstorming / mindmapping application. We have a limited number of licences so Inspiration is not on our computer image by default. There are some alternative web based applications which have the advantage of being free and also being available from home and school.







What’s you reaction to ebooks for children used on a touch pad such as an Ipad?

The future of print: 21 interesting e-books for kids

Why Laptops? The reasoning provided by the ICT Director at Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland for their laptop programme. Compelling information:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ICT Literacy for 2011

Web 2.0

I haven’t sent anything around for a long time so here’s some more stuff to think about.  Recently I sent a page around with things Andrew brainstormed for his class to use in ICT and learning. The links below take you to sites which list web2.0 tools you can use in your classroom:

Remember that if you find something you wish to use with your class, you can place a link or embed the site on your KnowledgeNet class site.


A great way to look at information in a way which makes sense. This one looks at video game statistics. 

or you can work out how much radiation you expose yourself to each day or night. Very topical.

A TED video with a novel way of presenting health information:


Music listening Infographic – The future of music

Quick Ideas

Ideas for using a digital camera in the classroom.

Using a Flip camera in the classroom.

Not much I can say about this one – it does resonate slightly with Monday’s staff meeting…..