Module 9

Scootle is an excellent resource for the classroom and beyond. It has a vast array of websites to use and the fact that it is all connected to the Australian curriculum makes so much sense. Another tool I will have to put more time into.  Pinterest is fantastic for this too. It is a very simple tool that has a category of teaching ideas that are constantly being added to. The fact that it is image based is a winner for me.  Clicking on the image brings up it’s web site.

Second Life looks very interesting and I like that it is “virtual learning”. Being involved in a  Shakespearean play or visiting Roman baths would be a novel way of instilling as “doing” is one of the best ways of learning. The limitations would be the topics it doesn’t  offer.

I use Facebook and find it a great way to keep up with all my friends and discover a few good sites, Earth Porn being one.  Primary aged children can’t use it and I think this is a good thing as you need to be accountable for what you contribute online.

I can’t really see the point of Linked In for primary aged children or teachers.

Twitter is something I will have to investigate more for the educational links it offers. I can”t really see how primary children can benefit from this tool.

 

Module 8

I can see the benefits of using a RSS Reader- everything comes to me so that I don’ t have to click from one site to another. I can see that I could spend a great deal of time reading all that is available to me. I have used Feedly to provide me with up to the minute news etc.

I need to give this a bit of consideration as to how beneficial it would be for students in the classroom. I think I need to look into the type of websites students regularly use first then decide.

Module 7

This is exactly what I have been needing and am so happy to be using it. It is a bit like the Pinterest of websites. Previously I was using a document to record all the links  but now I have Delicious. I like the tagging tool which categorises. Being able to look on other people’s lists is a great opportunity to add to your own resources. A good tool to use in the classroom for recording links for “projects” etc.