Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Module 10

I can see the value of Nings in the classroom as the children can make their own profiles. This could be our next challenge after we have developed our 3/4 blog. Google sites look amazing and I think they would be useful for the children to develop as possible portfolios of their school year. I would have liked to have seen more examples but the sites weren't available. I can see this as a definite challenge in the future.

Module 9

I found Scootle fascinating and have now registered as well as following it on Twitter. After reading 10 ways you can use Scootle I'm keen to start using it in the classroom as a collaborative tool as well as a source of ideas for my personal use and to share with my team. Following it on Twitter has also lead me to some other great sites such as Curric Lessons. I've also joined Facebook and am finding it a great time consumer but enjoyable. I'm using Twitter and realizing it is a great finding out tool. My iPad is rarely out of my hands.

Module 8

Exploring Feedly was fun and when I typed in education I was presented with a great variety of resources. I also enjoyed Digg as it was such a quick way to catch up on current events and follow areas of interest.

Module 7

I think the idea of social bookmarking is great as you can access your favourite sites wherever you are. This is especially useful at school when we are always moving from one computer to another.
I can see how this would be useful for the children as well while working collaboratively to research during inquiry. It would also help us to view and assess their learning paths.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Module 6

Loved the visuals and the music on this video I found on Picasaweb so thought I might use it as an introduction to a science lesson on plants we are doing this term.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Module 5

I have used bubbl.us in the classroom before and find it a really useful strategy for teaching children to organize their thinking. I also loved the glogs and found them visually exciting, allowing for originality and creativity.I have some very artistic children this year who would love to make their own. I think these would also help engage reluctant writers. I’ve registered on Gloster and am currently experimenting with it. Here’s a summary of what I have learnt so far during our course.


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Module 4

I found this module really interesting and again got lost in time exploring these areas on the net.
I already use YouTube in the classroom as you can always find something to add to your lessons to engage the children. We were recently writing persuasive texts on whether animals
should be kept in captivity or not and used YouTube clips of people experiencing encounters with dolphins in the wild and in captivity. The clips sparked off great discussion and terrific debating
amongst  the children. YouTube, podcasts and videos give us the opportunity to bring the world into our classrooms and make learning real.
I found the Animoto site very easy to use but a fairly slow process however it was great to see the finished product.
I found some very useful clips and sites on School Tube and Teacher Tube and will definitely be using Storynory during our C.A.F.E. reading. I also loved the art lessons on Schools World TV.