Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I really like this Prezi on Bloom's Digital Map as it gives, in a very brief way, examples of what HOTS (higher order thinking skills) mean in terms of digital use. Really interesting to see the different examples shown. I cannot use a few of the ones listed under each skill and wonder how many people feel the same...
Here's the link: http://prezi.com/kmpwndr6zk7j/copy-of-blooms-digital-taxonomy/
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This year we're promoting use of web absed applications and open source programs amongst our students both adults and YLs. So far we're received good feedback :-) so all good stuff. I came across this site and I fell in love with it as I'm always searching different sites for short videos that I can use both with students and trainee teachers, and this one I think is really good to mnake my life easier :-)
Here's the link: http://www.getmiro.com/
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I came across this application via The Twitter Times. I think it's even simpler to use than Storybird, but in the end it is pretty much the same thing in terms of writing. I sort of like Storybird a little more because of all the already-there stories which can serve as inspiration for more YL writing both by the teacher and why not the students.
Simple Booklets is also a good application but gives me a little sense of being more serious in its presentation so I would probably use it more with older ss. I like both though :-) It must be said that simple booklets offers a lot more possibilities as links to various sources can be added. I haven't seen this in Storybird yet. I'll check it out.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I came across Prezi.com and I've spent the last 2 hours putting together a presentation for one of our inset sessions. I like it very much, probably because I'm a really visual learner. However, I'm not totally convinced. I think it'ìs got potential and I just need to dedicate a little more time to see how to really exploit it! I may be just a little too tired today!
There are lots of prezis ready to explore and some are really interesting so it's worth checking them out anyway!
Here's the link: www.prezi.com
I just came across this super cool application that allows you to create, add text, sign, add notes, modify and read PDF file for FRE!!! It's super cool. I just tried it out and I can already see how it can be useful to create and anotate worksheets and the like for students. Really neat!
Here's the link: http://www.nitroreader.com/
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This is a super cool site I came across during an Elluminate session on the E-Moderation course I'm doing with The Consultants-E. Gavin told us about it and I just checked it out :-) I love it. Just off the top of my head, I think it could be very useful for building up my own e-portfolio. In the classroom, maybe to work off line using it as an authentic text for a text-based presentation, discussion, language focus? I don't know, I still have to think more about it.
Check it out: http://pdfcrowd.com/
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I was watching Aadm Bellow's session on Classroom2.0 and he mentioned Storybird to create your own stories either on your own or with others. I think this site has lots of potential for both the YL teacher creating stories for the classroom and for collaborative work with older students. In my current context we don't have access to IWBs so this could easily be done as homework and then for ss to share their work with the class. I'll try it out and see what happens.
Here's a link to a screenshot of the site anotated by me using Bounceapp.
You can create a free account and get started!
Here is the link: www.storybird.com
Monday, October 11, 2010
This is a really cool application I found out about via Adam Bellow in a Classroom2.0 show on EduTecher. It is really nice and although I think you can still do pretty much the same thing with Jing the good thing about Bounce is that you get a URL which you can share so it's easier to add to an email or your blog rather than having to deal with the image itself.
Pretty cool! Check it out!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I recently discovered iTunesU and all the educational TV channels available. It's absolutely fantastic. I've been watching lots of TV programs from e-learning UK, TeachersTV, and others that are really exciting! My favourite one right now is TEACHING AND LEARNING SCOTLAND! There is lots on cognitive development and teahcing students to think about thinking and about their learning. Empowering them so that they can understand and reflect and think about what works best for them in the classroom. Really cool stuff!