Monthly Archives: December 2008

Christmas Cheer⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

Merry JISCmas

christmas bauble

A few websites for some Christmas fun this time:

Dvolver creates creativity widgets - software that enables people to creatively communicate using internet technologies. www.dvolver.com

NORAD Santa Tracker - It is very good this year, with educational games for younger students, plus lots of other goodies.On Christmas Eve they team up with Google Earth to track Santa as he speeds around the world delivering his presents. As he reaches places of interest there is information about the towns and Cities. http://www.northpole.com/ 

Buying a Present - One for the lads - forearmed is forewarned!http://bewareofthedoghouse.com/videoPage.aspx

Elf Yourself - For those of you who had fun a year or two ago - just to let you know The Elf back again this Christmas: http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/KQHtQ4ef9fWLQ9h118fI

Toondoo“ Create your own comic strips, Publish, Share & Discuss”: a creative site with a community presence, very visual, embed or link to favourites, your own or other peoples. http://www.toondoo.com

Have a happy Christmas and New Year - I'll be back blogging in 2009 - Joan

Christmas Cheer⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

Merry JISCmas

christmas bauble

A few websites for some Christmas fun this time:

Dvolver creates creativity widgets - software that enables people to creatively communicate using internet technologies. www.dvolver.com

NORAD Santa Tracker - It is very good this year, with educational games for younger students, plus lots of other goodies.On Christmas Eve they team up with Google Earth to track Santa as he speeds around the world delivering his presents. As he reaches places of interest there is information about the towns and Cities. http://www.northpole.com/ 

Buying a Present - One for the lads - forearmed is forewarned!http://bewareofthedoghouse.com/videoPage.aspx

Elf Yourself - For those of you who had fun a year or two ago - just to let you know The Elf back again this Christmas: http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/KQHtQ4ef9fWLQ9h118fI

Toondoo“ Create your own comic strips, Publish, Share & Discuss”: a creative site with a community presence, very visual, embed or link to favourites, your own or other peoples. http://www.toondoo.com

Have a happy Christmas and New Year - I'll be back blogging in 2009 - Joan

Digital Storytelling – Are they Tall Tales ?⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

Digital Storytelling describes the practice of combining narrative with digital content. Consider how Broadcasters present history and current affairs now e.g. "The History of Scotland" and "Who Do You Think You Are". Take a look at The BBC project Telling Lives which illustrates the concept of digital storytelling.

Theoretically it is suggested Digital Story Telling could be applied to any subject area as a legitimate technique that can support learning & teaching. Integrating skills from a range of disciplines is an obvious possibility and provides a natural fit for e-portfolios. In addition Digital Storytelling could provide a means of introducing technology to areas of the curriculum that sometimes have difficulty of seeing how it can be applied in non-technical disciplines.

Someone with little technical background should be able to create digital stories. Typically, a project starts with a script and then digital artifacts are assembled or created to illustrate the story which is then pieced together to form a short movie.

It is argued that as well as enhancing the oral tradition of knowledge transfer through storytelling, the process also has an impact on learners by forcing them to think critically about the combination of the elements that construct the story.

There are many easy to use online tools to support the concept over and above well known applications such as photostory3, Windows moviemaker or iMovie. Timeline tools, genealogy tools and the excellent Museum Box which provides tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a online and virtual box.

http://www.learningtools.arts.ubc.ca/timeline.htm
http://www.geni.com/
http://museumbox.e2bn.org/index.php
7 things your should know about Digital Storytelling (www.educause.edu/eli )

Digital Storytelling – Are they Tall Tales ?⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

Digital Storytelling describes the practice of combining narrative with digital content. Consider how Broadcasters present history and current affairs now e.g. "The History of Scotland" and "Who Do You Think You Are". Take a look at The BBC project Telling Lives which illustrates the concept of digital storytelling.

Theoretically it is suggested Digital Story Telling could be applied to any subject area as a legitimate technique that can support learning & teaching. Integrating skills from a range of disciplines is an obvious possibility and provides a natural fit for e-portfolios. In addition Digital Storytelling could provide a means of introducing technology to areas of the curriculum that sometimes have difficulty of seeing how it can be applied in non-technical disciplines.

Someone with little technical background should be able to create digital stories. Typically, a project starts with a script and then digital artifacts are assembled or created to illustrate the story which is then pieced together to form a short movie.

It is argued that as well as enhancing the oral tradition of knowledge transfer through storytelling, the process also has an impact on learners by forcing them to think critically about the combination of the elements that construct the story.

There are many easy to use online tools to support the concept over and above well known applications such as photostory3, Windows moviemaker or iMovie. Timeline tools, genealogy tools and the excellent Museum Box which provides tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a online and virtual box.

http://www.learningtools.arts.ubc.ca/timeline.htm
http://www.geni.com/
http://museumbox.e2bn.org/index.php
7 things your should know about Digital Storytelling (www.educause.edu/eli )

Vision of Education in the year 2020?⤴

from @ Islay ICT

Last June we held an open day on the use of ICT in the school. This was successful in terms of what we got across if not in terms of actual numbers who visited the school. It was definitely quality over quantity.

We have been thinking about what we could do for next year. Add into that mix the desire to run an Islay TeachMeet. The TeachMeet idea was met with very loud enthusiasm when I suggested it at TeachMeet SLF08. Though I suspect that was more to do with the drink than it was an actual commitment to coming to Islay.

I have spent some personal reflection and lots of time chatting to Andy Wallis. We decided that if people were going to make the effort to come to Islay then we need to develop the TeachMeet model to something more.

We are both passionate about education. Education being delivered and accessed using the best and most appropriate tools that are available and not about the next , shiny new technology. I feel that sometimes we all get caught up in the ‘ooo look at the new toy, what can we do with it’ syndrome(I have to be particularly careful that I don’t do this.)

So the idea we had was an unconference to look at where we all like to see education going. In particular where we see it when this year intake formal education (Age 5 in Scotland) are able to choose to leave school (Age 16 in Scotland) in the year 2020.

We wanted the dialogue to be as wide spread as possible. So we have a wiki put in place. This wiki is not about the unconference. Its about education. The unconference is part of the discussion on education.

So what do you think education should look like in the year 2020? What do you see as the stepping stones to allow this vision to be realised? What do you think are the threats?

Don’t put these answers/visions/solution/arguments/proposals/anything else here. Put them onto the wiki at education2020.wikispaces.com.

Also, please talk to your colleagues, pupils, parents, cleaners,etc about this. Get their ideas. Start the conversation. Most teachers haven’t considered this

Blog/twitter about it. I want it to be a place where everyone can make a voice heard.

Vision of Education in the year 2020?⤴

from @ Islay ICT

Last June we held an open day on the use of ICT in the school. This was successful in terms of what we got across if not in terms of actual numbers who visited the school. It was definitely quality over quantity.

We have been thinking about what we could do for next year. Add into that mix the desire to run an Islay TeachMeet. The TeachMeet idea was met with very loud enthusiasm when I suggested it at TeachMeet SLF08. Though I suspect that was more to do with the drink than it was an actual commitment to coming to Islay.

I have spent some personal reflection and lots of time chatting to Andy Wallis. We decided that if people were going to make the effort to come to Islay then we need to develop the TeachMeet model to something more.

We are both passionate about education. Education being delivered and accessed using the best and most appropriate tools that are available and not about the next , shiny new technology. I feel that sometimes we all get caught up in the ‘ooo look at the new toy, what can we do with it’ syndrome(I have to be particularly careful that I don’t do this.)

So the idea we had was an unconference to look at where we all like to see education going. In particular where we see it when this year intake formal education (Age 5 in Scotland) are able to choose to leave school (Age 16 in Scotland) in the year 2020.

We wanted the dialogue to be as wide spread as possible. So we have a wiki put in place. This wiki is not about the unconference. Its about education. The unconference is part of the discussion on education.

So what do you think education should look like in the year 2020? What do you see as the stepping stones to allow this vision to be realised? What do you think are the threats?

Don’t put these answers/visions/solution/arguments/proposals/anything else here. Put them onto the wiki at education2020.wikispaces.com.

Also, please talk to your colleagues, pupils, parents, cleaners,etc about this. Get their ideas. Start the conversation. Most teachers haven’t considered this

Blog/twitter about it. I want it to be a place where everyone can make a voice heard.