A Question of Transformation: Are you still driving around on a hot day with the windows down?

So...Are you still driving with the windows down and the air- conditioning blasting?

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.

Read more: A Question of Transformation: Are you still driving around on a hot day with the windows down?

Transformation Begins with the Right Question

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!'IMG 0681

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!

eLearning Powerpoint from NZACS

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.

Shaun

http://www.christianeducation.org.nz/elearning/elearning-powerpoint

The top 100 tools for learning - 2011

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 . . .

Blessings!

Using a Wiki in the Classroom

icon Using a WIKI in the classroom (251.7 kB)~What is this WIKI thing?

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)

~Why use a WIKI in the classroom?

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...

~ Getting Started with my WIKI

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.

~So I have a WIKI…What Now?

There are two ways to edit your wiki, you can edit a page OR make 'global changes' with the 'Manage Wiki' link.

Global Changes (Manage Wiki)…

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.

 

Look and Feel…

This is a good place to start. Here you can customise your WIKI, change the theme, colours, logo and more.

Notifications…

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.

Pages…

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.

User Creator…(Plus Plan)

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)

 

 

To Edit a Page…


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

Insert Hyperlink…

Hyperlinks are 'shortcuts' to other places on the web, either in the current website or another website all together.

Embed Widget…

A widgets is a little piece of the internet that you link to (embed) in your own website. (Slide for example.)

Insert Code…

Hmmm...the technical stuff, HTML language for geeks, not needed but does allow someone with advanced knowledge to do even more with their WIKI.

Other Considerations

Organisers vs Members…

An Organiser has the overall rights to the

Uploading a File/Photo...

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].

 

GETTING A HEAD START ON TOMORROW'S SESSION...

 

Check out the following WIKIs...

About Wikis and Web2.0

https://tcsarc.wikispaces.com/2009+Term+3

https://tcsarc.wikispaces.com/Worthwhile+Webs

http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com

http://gettingtrickywithwikis.wikispaces.com

http://thetoolbox.wikispaces.com

http://leadingict.wikispaces.com

https://teacherportal.wikispaces.com/

 

Examples of Class Wikis...

http://cis-mr-betts.wikispaces.com

http://room18tis.wikispaces.com

http://7allsaints.wikispaces.com

http://nzedublogs.wikispaces.com

eLearning

  • Transformation Begins with the Right Question +

    It's the questions you ask that make all the difference. Recently I was discussing with a teacher in a secondary Read More
  • A Question of Transformation: Are you still driving around on a hot day with the windows down? +

    So...Are you still driving with the windows down and the air- conditioning blasting? For so many years we spent the Read More
  • The top 100 tools for learning - 2011 +

    Life has happened . . . I have moved into a new role at my school, my family has grown, and I have Read More
  • eLearning for young children +

    I came across a nice review of a few phonics sites. It was published in the Boston Globe. Surfing the Read More
  • Software to support eLearning: OpenEducationDisc +

    We live in financially challenging times. Fortunately there are people who don't allow themselves to be put down by the Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

@lostarefound

Latest Posts

  • About Calling

    Such a curious thought, that I would have a calling on my life. A purpose.Knowing you have a calling can be the most fulfilling aspect of living. Yet, not know what that calling is can Read More
  • The Parable of the Man with a Holden, and the Ford Service Centre

    A friend from Church asked me today, 'Why would I send my daughter to a Christian School when it is so much cheaper and closer to send her to the state school down the road, Read More
  • Welcome!

    Welcome to ChristianEducation.org.nz.  Here you will find my scattered thoughts in three areas of my passions, Christian Education, Learning with Technologies and Leadership.  I have been involved in Education for a little over 15 years and Read More
  • 1

iBooks in the iBookstore

  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random
  • READ THIS BEFORE YOU GIVE YOUR CHAILD A DEVICE FOR CHRISTMAS.Finally a book to help parents who have children with devices at home!  Keeping Your Child/Teen Safe in the Online Jungle contains a buffet of ideas for parents in the 21st century.  Chapters include:~ Ideas for managing devices~ Internet monitoring and filtering options~ Helpful websites~ Managing iPads ~ Family sharing  
    Read More
  • Measured Success explores the need to gather evidence through a means such as statistical analysis when implementing change.  This book looks particularly for ways to gather evidence for successful BYOD and iPad initiatives in education.  Inform your community with sound and meaningful data, then go and tell your story.  A must have for implementing change.One Best Thing.  
    Read More
  • Hacking at Trees with Chainsaws explores the most fundamental flaws with devices in education.  Flaws that ultimately could end up jeopardising the use of devices in education.  This book has three objectives: 1. To explore what is now possible in education because of new tools 2. To draw attention to the risk of implementing an education programme without consideration of how the tools can be used 3. To provide some frameworks help teachers, school leaders and district supervisors integrate devices in a meaningfully way that will add value to learning.   With devices in education it is not what you have that counts, it is how you use I.T. that counts.
    Read More

Login