Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Nothing to report from last week, but I would like to highlight some great free ICT PD opportunities!
K12 online conference – a free online conference taking place now!
K12 Online invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2010 conference theme is "Cultivating the Future." This year’s conference began with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 11, 2010. The following two weeks, October 18 and October 25, forty presentations will be posted online for participants to view, download, and discuss.
Check out the link here to see the schedule for upcoming presentations and for links to presentations that have already taken place.
Of particular note, is the presentation by NZ’s own Allanah King which looks at ‘A Week in the Classroom 2010’. Check out the presentation above, or the full presentation and supporting info here.
Other interesting topics include: ‘Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know’ and ‘The Classroom Social Network’ – lots to check out!
If you prefer your PD to be more bite-sized, you are welcome to check out the Teaching and e-learning blog. This blog is designed to provide ICT PD support for all teachers, offering weekly updates and online tutorials. You feedback and ideas are welcome!
Also, Fiona Grant has been working at establishing a #tag for identifying posts relating to ICTs in English, simply add #ictinenglish to any posts relating to the use of ICT in the English clasroom, that way related posts can be easily searched! These posts will also be displayed on our ICTs in English blog
If you check out the K12 online conference, make sure you share you feedback and recommendations here!
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Thought I'd take this opportunity to share some of the tools/activities/resources that I have bookmarked to use with an English class (when I get back into one!!!!).
A great resource for poetry techniques is Patterns of Poetry .
Shakespeare plays in a Wordle .
A couple of great links for writing around comic books and superheroes are Real life superheroes and Superhero Squad .
Fun writing starters at Shortest Book Titles , UK TwitterLit , 100 best first lines and Weird things banned at school
Pairing poetry with photos at Poetry Pairing .
A fun way to differentiate tasks The Differentiator
Fun with language learning at 11 longest words ... and with photos of famous people (US Presidents) !!
Discussion around books at Banned Books
Some interesting conversations around literature Complicated relationships and Book Covers
Great editing/adapting of films 40 film speeches in 2 minutes and Film tattoos
For those of you thinking that I'm not going for any 'high brow educational theory' here's a study and thesis site for Plath and movies for Gifted Students.
The thing is of course, that by the time I have finished this there will have been approximately 60+ tweets from the 60+ (I can't keep up with too many more) tweeters that I follow on twitter :o The joy of time and a mobile internet connection!
@The Invisible Teacher
Monday, 18 October 2010
Last Week on ICTs in English
There was a continuation of the discussion around the topic of ‘Using Twitter as a PLN’
There were several great recommendations:
From Simon Evans:
Software for Learning There is a full write up about twitter and some useful links on the Software for Learning website for teachers starting out.
From Tamara Yuill Proctor:
I have found Twitter a useful way to gather information/resources over the past couple of months. I did a collaborative paper where one of the tools I looked at was Twitter - a small section of this is posted on my blog if anyone wants to have a look.
From Fiona Grant:
by Sue Waters
And Allanah King:
This wiki of Twitter types may help you.
Other contributors also offered up their “Who I follow” lists for inspiration
Kelly Faulkner - @kiwispouse
Karen Melhuish - @virtuallykaren
And for those who can’t bring themselves to peruse twitter itself, I really like this software that allows you to read Twitter links of the people you follow as if it were a newspaper!
Here is my paper paper.li
You can even view twitter entries about a specific topic (posts identified with a specific keyword – referred to as a hash tag on Twitter). Here is one for #edtech
By using this, you could even follow topics from Twitter without even joining Twitter – but what fun would that be!?
This week I would love to hear from you about how you are integrating or combining software and websites for your students – do you combine Moodle and Google Docs, or wikis and blogs? What else?
Thursday, 14 October 2010
As any good conference does, I came away with many questions.
How are we meeting the challenge of faced paced change and meeting the needs of increasingly diverse learners (I refuse to believe they are indeed all digital natives). Also, how are we starting to integrate all of the great software out there? Are you embedding apps into your wikis? Embedding forms or calendars or videos into moodle?? It feels like it is no longer about one software, but more about the effective integration of a whole range of tools and strategies to meet specific teaching and learning needs. Your thoughts (and own questions) are invited!
The last week of last term was a quiet week on the ICTs in English forum.
The following is the post I sent out during that week (any other recommendations about who to follow is also invited!).
One idea that seems to be going down well is the idea of using Twitter as a PLN (Personal Learning Network). All this really means is that you create a Twitter account for yourself and simply "follow" people or companies that can keep you updated and deliver you relevant links and readings to your home page.
You don't even have to "tweet" yourself if you don't want to. I have only recently got back into Twitter, and have found that it is really effective as a kind of personal professional development tool that can be completely tailored to my own needs and interests. Below are some of the people and places I have been following:
Considering Twitter as a PLN!
Who you could follow on Twitter:
Another good technique is to have looksy at who like-minded educators are following, and poach from their list! You could check out:
Let me know who you recommend from the Twittersphere (including yourself!) and how you use it.