Archive for the “Software and Skills” Category
Nov 06 2012
Oct 10 2012
Here is my presentation from today:
A big thanks to all those who came along!! Do contact me if there are any things we can follow up with given we couldn't get online in the session itself. I am happy to help in any way
Aug 23 2012
This is SOOO cool. My mind just went nuts with all the different applications of this technology:
Well worth taking 8min to watch this …. and the app is FREE!
Google Docs is great for some things but the new Drive format sure has a lot of stuff. Here is a neat viewing tip:
Jun 08 2012
This is pretty informative and shows just how easy it is!
Making webapps and 'real' apps is explained and some really practical ideas. Nice!
May 15 2012
Been a busy week or so for things coming through the RSS and in the different projects I am involved in.
Some of the more interesting ones….
Learning and Teaching:
* Another list of top 10's but interesting to note the alignment in the thinking that these have around specific trends. Comparing with the CORE 10 Trends for example – http://edudemic.com/2012/05/the-10-biggest-trends-in-online-education-right-now/. There are more and more references to this mag (for the ipad) assuming it is at the same sort of level as the Edutopia site which is a pretty meteoric rise.
* iPads v Laptops – short but good post outlining the benefits-pitfalls of each
* Alllanahs great google site on iPads in education. Have iPads you need to have a look here. Deal Extreme (dealextreme.com) is a good place to get some of this sort of gear and they do free international postage.
* Harvard Teaching for Understanding Framework. I came across this through some work in the Future Schools in Singapore. Similar to Inquiry but project based and more teacher directed. Some great reflective questions and resources. A site worth taking the time to browse around.
* The spaces we learn in are critical. The size of the bodies makes no difference to this truth but it is often only the smaller ones we think about. The Reggio philosophy for example has a specific focus on the physical classroom as a 'teacher' for chidlren. I have always had a fascination with this and the Learning Spaces space on the Enabling eLearning site has some great links and resources. Have a look if you are planning any upgrades ….
* quite a different view on learning. Good to challenge yourself a bit ….
* GREAT post about using data. The importance of collaboration in making OTJ's and for the learning of the team.
* tips and tricks with iOS. Slow to navigate but some geeky wee things
* Some people have just too much time on their hands!!
* Interesting new player in the ISP game in NZ. Very different pricing model and getting the squeeze from the big boys after less than a week it would seem.
* iPads and other tablets now account for 40% of the mobile broadband market globally. WOW! There has been talk of the inevitability of BYOD …. so it is happening even if it is not sanctioned by the school. I know our kids friends tether to each others devices to get around school filtering to get to facebook at break times for instance. There are increasing numbers of 'how to' and 'readiness' posts on the BYOD topic – heres another good one.
* speed up the reaction time of the home button on your iPhone – this worked!!
* Slow motion capture on the iPhone …. not actually tried it but sounds great for PE skills.
* There was a blog I used to follow ages ago with lots of these wee venn diagrammes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/02/28/the-six-enemies-of-greatness-and-happiness/ this is a snappy but still useful list of things to think about. With reference to rutts – I once heard them described as a grave with the ends knocked out … mmmm
* photography posing guide – the series of these are great! This is the couples one but they cover all sorts of situations. Could share with older kids to work on their composition and shortcut to 'what works' too.
* find free Kindle books – the good ones, the best sellers.
* A Blog title designed to get attention but some wonderfully funny and cleverly written posts – Stuff white people like
* creating success quickly as a key factor in development. Leadership Freak blog is a great place for succinct leadership tips. This is important in our work as Facilitators as well ….
* If you need something special in the clothing line and want to go custom made.
Apr 30 2012
At a recent BeL team meeting we were trying to work out how to convince an iPad to upload files downloaded as an email attachment. This is the kind of thing you will need to do to add to Moodle etc.
This is one of the things that prevents an iPad from being the ONLY device you can use. Still need the laptop for some things
The next day I stumbled on this in my RSS reader – Thanks Darren!
Oct 08 2010
Laurimar school – Melbourne.
Support site with lots of information HERE. This is well worth having a look through!
Gone for an ASI 10″ tablet netbook. Making it clear to community etc that the technology will change and will upgrade at some point. Very robust option chosen.
100% uptake from families …. but took careful planning and ‘selling’ to staff and community.
Edustar – free image (mac or PC) supplied by Victorian govt – LINK
Digital Portfolio integral part of programme.
iPad programme – going for iPads (probably) next time/ from now on.
Ongoing monitoring essential as well!