Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Following on from the success of SuperClubs Plus, another social networking site for students aged 9 - 16 years is called Quest Atlantis.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Well, now you can create a version of yourself...
Busy, unavailable or just relaxing - then let your CyberTwin do the work for you! A CyberTwin is an artificial intelligence character that functions on your behalf. You can train your CyberTwin to be just like you and represent you online.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Here are some videos about SuperClubsPLUS:
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I love having a wireless mouse and keyboard, but have often thought wouldn't it be great to have wireless electricity. I once told someone and they said it was impossible. Check this out...
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The three video links are here - I don't think the links work on this embedded presentation:
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Click here to see some kids from England talking about their experiences with Super Clubs Plus.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
After a two week holiday, I am back online and looking forward to posting more ICT information for my readers!
The Australian Government has just created a brand new website called Cybersmart:
Developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Cybersmart is part of the Australian Government’s cybersafety program."
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
As you may or may not know, I really am a fan of Sir Ken Robinson - an expert in creativity and educational reform. Well, he has been in Australia and interviewed on one of our most respected current affairs shows. The interviews were aired over two nights and these are the links:
I came across this website the other day called digizen.org and I was impressed by the section on cyberbullying. There are videos and plenty of resources for teachers to discuss this isuee with their students. You can watch the main video and then see the individual interviews with the characters, powerful stuff. This site is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary students.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I would like to write a post about my class blog. It has been almost half a year since I started it and feel it is time to reflect on a few things:
Check out the latest puzzle on my class blog - it is a real beauty!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Congratulations to all for another great conference yesterday! Our keynote speaker, Bruce Dixon (director of Ideaslab), was truly a great speaker and got everyone inspired for the fantastic range of presentations that followed. Although a bit cold and windy, there was plenty of great coffee and hot food throughout the day! It was five years ago that I was nominated to be on the State Council of ICTEV and I feel really proud to be part of such a great teacher's association. I hope all who came to the conference had a great day and we all look forward to ICTEV hosting the National Conference, ACEC2010, in April!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
About two weeks ago my grade 3/4 class and another were involved in a project with some students from RMIT (The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). Their project was about endangered animals and students using art to represent their thought about how they might adapt to changing environments. The project, ArtAptation, uses a new blogging application (well new to me!) called Tumblr. Please take a moment to see the wonderful work these students did, but also check out Tumblr - I think I would like to use it for my next blogging project!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I am very excited about Fliggo, a place where you can create your own video sharing sites. I have created one for the students at our school to share the animations they make at school and at home. The site is called Animation@PHPS and all videos and comments are moderated by me, so no nasties getting through!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Math Playground - has a selection of games as well as instructional videos.
Math.tv - has a lot of useful videos, although mainly for secondary maths
IXL - Another site full of useful games, etc
Note: These sites are from the USA, so some of the activities around money and measurement may not be relevant to Australian school children
I found out lots of new things at the conference and will endeavour to showcase them in future posts. To start of with I learnt about a Ning, a place where you can create your own social network. So have a look at the Educator's Guide to Innovation Ning and find out all about the Innovation Showcase.
Friday, May 15, 2009
"Animation is all about problem solving."
So, as I have been trying to inspire animation I have some things to share!
Firstly, this one is from Aniboom - my kids loved it! Unfortunately I tried to imbed this video but there problems with their new format that make it slightly imperfect. I must admit I am a perfectionanist when it comes to this kind of thing - if it is worth watching...so here is the link:
Secondly... I would love for all my kids to do clay-mation projects, but time and technology are in short supply. So, I showed this next video to my kids as a way of saying; "Hey, you don't need lots of colour and a huge story..."
Well, maybe when you watch you will see what I mean.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I have had problems fitting this video in and so click here to go to the website and see it full screen.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Have you seen this image on websites, blogs, etc? This is a RSS web feed button. It enables you to get the latest posts and news from your favourite blogs, news sites, video and audio sites.
This video is a great start to help understand RSS feeds...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
This video can also be seen on YouTube.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
As I have just been to an ICTEV meeting I thought it was timely to put out a reminder about our state conference, "ICT for Tomorrow's Learning". This will be held at Melbourne Grammar, on Saturday May 30th. This will be ICTEV's 30th conference and the theme is weaving ICT into all areas of education. Check out the website and have a look at the conference program and details!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Participate in hands-on workshops, exhibit your favorite Scratch projects, and share ideas with members of the MIT Scratch Team. We'll be organizing sessions on getting started with Scratch, integrating Scratch into classrooms, controlling Scratch with sensors, and more. Scratchers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome!
Online registration is now available at http://sdmit.scratch.mit.edu"
From the Scratch Website
Find out where events are being held all over the world, click here.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Today we had an incursion from a famous Australian animator, Anthony Lawrence, to talk about his work to our grade 3/4 students. He showed the students the many elements in creating backgrounds, the staging of the animation and puppet creation. It was an inspiring presentation and the children are now keen to create their own. You can have a look at a range of his animations on his website in the Animation Gallery.
Here is one of his first animations, "Looking for Horses" 2002 (Direction/Photography/Animation by Anthony Lawrence Written by Chrissie McMahon Awarded Special Distinction 2002 Annecy International Animation Festival):
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Don't worry, there is nothing wrong with your screen. I have slightly changed the colour scheme of the blog as a celebration towards post number 50. Let me know what you think...
...and for those who have never seen my blog before, it used to be kind of green.
I am absolutely loving my wireless laptop modem.
As a Victorian State School teacher, a lot of websites are blocked by our education department. I do not necessarily disagree with that, however it is useful to be able to show clips from Youtube and using Google images (both one of many blocked sites). Having a wireless modem for my laptop has been fantastic, as I can access anything on the Internet that would normally be blocked. We are doing a unit that has an animation aspect to it this term and was able to show some of the amazing animations from Aniboom, a website that is blocked by the department.
Also, I have been very impressed with the speed. I normally use ADSL at home and thought wireless would be a lot less slower, however I hardly notice the difference. A good indication of speed is watching a video at a video sharing site (see list of links in right hand column).
Note: Altough the image is of an Optus modem (which I use), I do not promote any particular ISP it is just I have all my other connections with the one company - and thus a better deal.
I introduced 'Scratch' today with my grade 3/4 students and decided the best way to begin was to let them explore the website and see what other children have created. They were to look at least five 'Scratch' creations and evaluate them:
What was it about?
What could you do with it?
What did you think of it?
Well, they were really into it and had a great time looking at the great range and variety of creations on the website. They are now all really keen to learn how to use the program.
There are some great resources and 'how to' videos in the support section of the website, but here is a great video to introduce programming with 'Scratch':
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In a previous post, I introduced the free programming language for students called "Scratch". This free download was created by Mitch Resnick, from the MIT Media Lab. As I am about to introduce this to my students, I have included this video about the program:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
...and then there is this:
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the Government would lead the development of a national fibre-to-the-home broadband network up to "100 times faster than what many people use now".
The ambitious project will take up to eight years, cost $43 billion, create tens of thousands of jobs and will see fibre-optic cable laid out to individual houses.
The fibre-optic network, providing speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, will cover 90 per cent of Australians, while the rest will have access to a mix of wireless and satellite connections."
text courtesy news.com.au
SEE NEWS REPORT HERE
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Save your Pivot animation as a movie file:
- When you go to save the animation there will be options down the bottom - choose the "Save as type" option and then choose the "Gif" option. Save the file.
- You can now edit and put together your animations using Movie Maker
Insert a background:
- Choose the "file" option from the top left. Now choose the "load background" option. If you want to use more than one background - save each seperate a animation as a gif file and then put them all together using Movie Maker or other video editing software.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
"The Ultranet is a student centred electronic learning environment that supports high quality learning and teaching, connects students, teachers and parents and enables efficient knowledge transfer. It will establish a schools environment for the future that improves the educational outcomes of all Victorians."
The question is, are schools ready? This diagram is also from that website.
Would love to hear from schools in Victoria about their thoughts and experiences.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Please also check out this video about ICT excellence at this school.
If you know of any great school websites from around the world, please let me know.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at aniBoom
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I really enjoying the creativity that ICT lends itself to, especially animation. Pivot is a program (free download) I have used for many years. It is still on of the best introductory programs that exposes kids to the elements of animation. However, I was interested in other ways to expose kids to animation techniques that were free. Of course you can do animation using PowerPoint, the animation function is quite a good way to teach children basic animation techniques. I still wanted to find something else. I found this the other day, FluxTime Studio, and am trialling it at the moment.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
When I was at the ACEC2008 conference last year in Canberra, we gave out 1GB USB wristbands to anyone who registered interest in the ACEC2010 conference here in Melbourne. They were a great hit.
I would like to sell them at our school for our upper primary students. I think they are a great way for kids to keep their information and not lose them!
I have some websites here that I am investigating - although am still trying to find out if they have kid sizes. Please let me know if you use them or know anymore information.
AAC ID Solutions
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Here is one I made quickly:
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
What are your thoughts on different browsers and their pros and cons?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
When I was at the ACEC2008 National Conference in Canberra last year, one of the keynote speakers was Mitchel Resnick.
"Mitchel Resnick is LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, Director of the Okawa Center, and Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. Resnick's research group has developed a variety of educational tools that engage people in new types of design activities and learning experiences, including the "programmable bricks" that were the basis for the award-winning LEGO Mindstorms and StarLogo software. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse, an award-winning network of learning centers for youth from under-served communities.
Resnick's group has developed a new programming language, called Scratch, that makes it easier for kids to create their own animated stories, video games, and interactive art. Resnick is also involved in the next generation of Programmable Bricks and in the $100 laptop project."
Courtesy Wikipedia article "Mitchel Resnick"
I hope to use Scratch with my class this year - will let you know how it goes!