Monday, 13 September 2010

ICTS in English Weekly Update - Week 8, Term 3 2010


Last week on ICTs in English:

Jill Hammonds launched a Earthquake-Shakeup wiki

This is designed to be a truly interactive collaborative teaching and learning opportunity!

From the wiki creator Jill Hammonds: "Over the next weeks we hope this will be a place where schools, students, experts and other interested people from around the world will come and share their ideas and experiences around earthquakes. This is a collaborative project opportunity, and the collaboration extends out to helping me design the inquiry and the wiki site. Please click on Edit on any of the pages and contribute your thoughts and ideas. "

This is a great opportunity to participate in an exciting and and important project. It is entirely open and public which means anyone can edit the site - so feel free to add your ideas or use it with your students.

Karen Melhuish drew our attention to the ‘Computers in New Zealand Schools’ discussion series:

Over the next few weeks Computers in New Zealand schools is holding a series of online discussions with authors who contributed to the April July 2010 issue of the journal. The first of a series CINZS open discussions with authors is about to kick off with Marilyn Small. For those of you who have not yet caught up with Marilyn’s article she was an e-fellow in 2009 investigating the impact of an authentic audience on student engagement and motivation in literacy. The context was Manaia School’s involvement in Pukeko Echo, a children’s television show run by Channel North.

To be involved go to:

Integrating movie making into classroom programmes and inquiry learning - Marilyn Small, click here.

The current discussions are accessible from the contents page for each issue. You need to log in if you are to contribute to the discussions.

Deidre Senior, Keryn Pratt, Sue Bedford and Andrea Robertson will all be available for discussions over the coming weeks.

Over the next week I thought we might look at Google apps and docs.

If you are interested in finding out more about how Google can be used to support the teaching and learning of your students, you might like to check these links:
Google educator
Free tech for teachers - google tutorials

Or if you are already using them with your students, it would be great to hear from you!

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