Module 6

I had problems searching for images using Picasa Web. I could find the images only through Google+  but the menu/options to change size etc wasn’t there. I obviously haven’t got the right page but need to ask someone in the know how to do this.

I was able to upload photos from my computer and made a collage and also played around with the different ways we can present the photos. Good fun and something that should be easy enough in the classroom.

Once again I could not find the Blog this! key so uploaded this in a roundabout way.

 

Module 5

I looked into some other mind mapping tools and came across Popplet. From the very short experience I had with it,  it appears to be easier to “work” than Bubbl.us  and pictures can be drawn. It seems more kid friendly.

Some of the activities on BtN this week suggest using Glogster, Prezi and Bio Cube!

One day later……..

Man, I have just experienced a huge learning curve. I have put together a glog about William Shakespeare as the students love to act out his plays. Ta dahh.

http://gabriellekinsman.edu.glogster.com/shakespeare

Once I got the hang of copying images and uploading them I enjoyed the whole experience. It is easy to see how exciting it could be for students. I like the suggestions that are included to keep you focused on what content to include. This is a perfect segue to teaching the students about copyright. The following link  http://www.teachingcopyright.org/curriculum/hs is a great resource for doing just that.

Prezi is like an up market PowerPoint which I like. I have put one together which was quite straightforward.

http://prezi.com/lydgvady_qrb/edit/#1_24309637

 

 

Module 4

 

 

I have used Podcasts to listen to comedians and discover things I didn’t learn in history. I have come across a  site that offers a plethora of podcasts, 50 Educational  Podcasts  You Should Check Out   http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/50-educational-podcasts-you-should-check-out/  Not all are relevant but I will endeavor to go through the list and see if I can learn anything along the way. It  is a nifty way for students to record their discoveries/work and perhaps a more comfortable way for some as they may find talking in public very disconcerting.

I have used iTunes to download music, music videos and podcasts but was not aware that I could download videos and television shows. It is a great library for music and can be used to enhance stories the children have created.

I used Animoto and have created a slide show and am very pleased with the outcome. once I learnt how to save the images properly I put it together in no time and even uploaded a song to compliment the images.

http://animoto.com/play/LpvNKABC2WYpKxl4zA67Yw

This is a great way for students to showcase their learning through slideshows or videos and add their own choice of music. I have used a similar tool with my class to create their own myths when we studied a unit on Stories, Myths and Legends.

After visiting the various video sites I maintain that You Tube is by far the best as it has anything and everything on it. I have used it a great deal when teaching science topics. I have even used The Magic School Bus; an old but timeless series of cartoons that have the children enthralled from start to finish and explain things so well.

 

Module 3

I stumbled around gmail, Google+ and Google Drive  not knowing what was what. It gradually dawned on me that Google+ is like Facebook. Everything else came together after going over the clips again. Along the way I  discovered many links that will be valuable for my own learning and what can be done in the classroom. It  is not only documents, spreadsheets, forms and presentations that can be stored in the cloud but also music, photos and videos. I will have to learn how to use spreadsheets now . Something else to put on my ‘to do list’.

I have shared a document with a colleague and made a form which I shared with staff.  I did this with staff as I don’t have my own class. The first thing I thought when I saw all the graphs that were created when using forms was that it  would be a great  for chance and data. When the children collaborate for ‘projects’ it will be obvious to the teacher how much work each child has put in.

 

So has the USB  become obsolete? Drive is such a neat and simple way (once you ‘get it’) to go about storing and accessing data.

 

Does this mean that every student will have their own gmail account? I think it does.