For so many years we spent the hot summer days at the beach. And the trip on the way home we always did the same thing...jump in the car, blast the fan and dream of life inside a refrigerator.
It's the questions you ask that make all the difference.
Recently I was discussing with a teacher in a secondary school about the SAMR model of technology in education and what possibilities there would be if all our students had a device such as an iPad.
After about eight minutes of my raving she cut me short with the following comment, 'it would be no good to me because I need big computers with big screens for spreadsheets!'
Wow! I understood where she was coming from straight away. While I had been asking myself, 'What could we do with her syllabus if everyone had a device' she was asking herself, 'how would a device work with my syllabus?'
While some would say it would be completely suitable to use an iPad to create and analyse spreadsheets in high school accounting, I agree with her that the tool is not perfect. However this does not mean the tool could not completely transform her syllabus.
She could dump the 100 page PDF inspired workbook and copy and paste the text into an iTunesU course. The text could be supported with dozens of videos from the Internet. It could have numerous check point quizzes and questionnaires which are emailed to the her. She could reference websites showing examples and exemplars till the cows came home. The world could be her oyster if she only took the time to ask the right question!
Due to several requests I have just put my powerpoint from the recent NZACS conference on this website. It is quite big so I will not not be able to keep it there for ever. Please feel free to comment on it and contact me if you need any clarification.
Life has happened . . . I have moved into a new role at my school, my family has grown, and I have taken up triathlon . . . as a consequence, blogging about the world of eLearning has been moved to the backburner. However, as we in the North American school system approach our summer holiday, I would like to blog about eLearning again. Perhaps more than just eLearning.
I have been privileged to attend the Vancouver Symposium on Christian Education for the 21st Century. It has rekindled the interest I have in the integration of technology in education, and it has broadened my definition of technology. We live in a drastically different world (as Shaun's PowerPoint shows - check it out on the eLearning home page on this website). How is the Christian school community going to respond? We want to prepare our students to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and world-changers. Is our present educational model achieving that? I plan to blog on that more later.
I came across a really cool link on my Twitter feed. If you are wondering what are some of the online learning tools available out there, visit http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/2011.html. A very interesting list . . .
A wiki is a collaborative Web2 tool which multiple people can contribute to and an easy way to 'get online'.
Search www.youtube.com (Wikis in plain English)
A Wiki is a communication and collaborative tool...both communication and collaboration are important facets of any classroom. The uses of a Wiki are only limited by your imagination. Here are some possible uses are:Book Reviews, Publish children's work and have parents comment on the work, minute recording for meetings, homework tasks, visual language tasks, collaborative planning tasks, outlining inquiry tasks with links to websites...
Choose a wiki service and stick with it. (for today we will use wikispaces)
I prefer to use wikispaces because you have the option to 'Hide' the wiki from the general public, and as we have meeting minutes and curriculum reviews on the wiki this is a handy feature. Before you create or contribute to a wiki on wikispaces you have to 'join' wikispaces . You can then create your own wiki.
Sign in and click on the [Create a New Wiki] button.
There are two ways to edit your wiki, you can edit a page OR make 'global changes' with the 'Manage Wiki' link.
Global changes are changes that apply to the entire WIKI, for example the theme. When you hit the 'Manage Wiki' link on your wiki, the following page appears.
Many of the icons are self explanatory so I will just make reference to the most commonly used tools.
This is a good place to start. Here you can customise your WIKI, change the theme, colours, logo and more.
Here you can set what you want to monitor on the WIKI. I suggest monitoring 'all changes'. This means ANY changes made to the WIKI are emailed to you…an easy way to stay on top of it.
Here you can view and change page details, such as permissions, redirection and you can delete, rename or print any page on your WIKI. It is a good idea to lock your front page.
This is a good way to create and invite bulk people, ie a class. Just follow the directions on screen. (I think this only works once you are upgraded to the plus plan)
Make sure you are signed into wikispaces and open to the page you want to edit. Click on the [EDIT] button. Now you can type onto the page as you would in a 'Word' document OR use the 'Editor' toolbar to do cleaver stuff.
The majority of the buttons on the 'Editor' toolbar are self explanatory, but I will point out a couple of gems...
Insert Hyperlink Embed Widget Insert Code
Hyperlinks are 'shortcuts' to other places on the web, either in the current website or another website all together.
A widgets is a little piece of the internet that you link to (embed) in your own website. (Slide for example.)
Hmmm...the technical stuff, HTML language for geeks, not needed but does allow someone with advanced knowledge to do even more with their WIKI.
An Organiser has the overall rights to the
Click the [Edit] button. Then the Insert Images and Files Button.
Then 'browse' to the file you want by clicking on the [Choose File] button then pressing [Upload].
Check out the following WIKIs...
Examples of Class Wikis...