Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ICTs in English Update - it's a bumper edition!

In this update:
  • e-books
  • Upcoming conferences
  • Handy handouts
  • Moodle 2.0 news
  • Free PD opportunities
It has been a busy couple of weeks on the forum with a lot of discussion around e-books! There is clearly a divided camp out there - one still passionate about the tactile experience of paper books and those passionate about the pragmatic nature of the e-book. I for one am happy to have a foot firmly in both camps - I will always love the smell and romance of a second book shop and will continue to collect and fill book shelves around the house. That said, I also think I need (okay...want) an e-reader for Christmas - much easier to transport a virtual library to my seaside summer holiday! Or maybe I need an ipad (for the virtual magazine shop).
It would be interesting to see how we would view this forum discussion in 10 years time?! Would we be heartened or humoured. It sort of reminds me of the discussion that used happen when vinyl started to be CDs and now itunes...I guess it is just a matter of "only time will tell".

Karen Melhuish shared some interesting resources to support this discussion:
Electronic books in the just-released Horizon Report 2010 (from page 8)........sneak peek via Derek Wenmoth's blog

Upcoming Conferences

Learning @ School Conference

23-25th February 2011.

Much Ado About English

IFTE /NZATE Conference 2011

18-21st April 2011

Of particular interest to this forum is the strand 'New Technologies, New Practices'

This strand invites contributors to focus on, but not be limited by, one or more of
the following sub-themes:
• Impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning
• Challenges and tensions for teachers
• Changing parameters of the classroom
• Transformative possibilities for teaching
• Online learning
• Digitization of literature
• New conceptions of text
• Pedagogy of e-learning
• Co-construction and the digital classroom
• Assessment practices in new times
• Plagiarism, intertextuality and creativity
• The social networking classroom

Check out the details (and consider presenting a workshop as well!)

Finally, here are a few things I have been working on and looking at over the last couple of weeks. I thought they may well useful as you start to think about how you might integrate ICT into your planning for 2011

Handy Handouts

I have put together a series of handy one page handouts suitable for teachers or students, including:

  • Introduction to Facebook Groups
  • Introduction to Google Sites
  • Introduction to Google Forms
  • Introduction to Google Docs
Moodle 2.0

Many of you will have heard that Moodle 2.0 is coming. It was officially launched on 24th November. If you are intereted in finding out more about how Moodle 2.0 differs from the present version, you can check out the release notes here:

You can find out more about Moodle on Software for Learning

PD opportunity for teachers - a free online seminar for Google Apps for Education

With senior classes gone and the term winding up, you might like to take up this opportunity for some free PD!

Taking the Core features of Google Apps to the next level.
Skill level: Intermediate
Lead by Michael Wacker, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Teacher

We will explore 5 "killer" features to be used in a K-12 setting in 5 Google tools. Take your Google
astuteness to the next level. Join us to learn tips and tricks on Search, Documents, Forms/Spreadsheets, Sites, and Calendar.

or you could simply check out a Google apps demo here.

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