Monthly Archives: June 2009

Realising the Benefits⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

The previous post of images from our recent conference uses a number of web2.0 technologies. Practice what we preach is the mantra in our office and I'm rather pleased with myself having uploaded to Flickr and embeded the slide show in my Blog. It's a slick way of doing things and means that our collection of images can be used in a variety of different ways. Hope you enjoy them.

Realising the Benefits⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

The previous post of images from our recent conference uses a number of web2.0 technologies. Practice what we preach is the mantra in our office and I'm rather pleased with myself having uploaded to Flickr and embeded the slide show in my Blog. It's a slick way of doing things and means that our collection of images can be used in a variety of different ways. Hope you enjoy them.

Playing about with Flash…⤴

from @ Digitalkatie's blog

Download Blobs

It's my first project since downloading the trial of Adobe Flash.

My inspiration was the little blob animations you get when iplayer is loading CBeebies programmes! Sad, huh!

I couldn't figure out how to get the blobs to wobble well.  I'll try again later.  Not bad for my first animation after my training course yesterday though!

Playing about with Flash…⤴

from @ Digitalkatie's blog

Download Blobs

It's my first project since downloading the trial of Adobe Flash.

My inspiration was the little blob animations you get when iplayer is loading CBeebies programmes! Sad, huh!

I couldn't figure out how to get the blobs to wobble well.  I'll try again later.  Not bad for my first animation after my training course yesterday though!

A banking scheme that’s paying off⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

"Very useful, informative & motivational"

Last week we finished the initial phase of our Bank on Success project based training initiative with 35 individuals taking part over the 4 days we ran our workshops.

The deal that in exchange for a free training day delegates would send back 2 x 10 question assessments seems to be a sound model and we'll be busy processing everyones' hard work and BonSlogo putting them on our web site over the next 6 weeks or so. These assessments just keep rolling in!  In fact the enthusiasm was such that many participants managed to complete one of the assessments on the day. We were also able to include images and hyperlinks in questions and feedback  using the template used for question design.

"An excellent session - I feel entirely confident that I could now go back and develop e-Assessments and also show the rest of my staff group how to go about it"

The opportunity to consolidate new skills learned on training days provided by the project model is what it's about really with the bank of questions that will become available to the sector an additional positive outcome but not an end in itself.

The feedback has been very encouraging and we'll be rolling the concept out in the new academic session so if you're from an institution we support in the West of Scotland and interested in finding out more about e-Assessment contact me or support@rsc-sw-scotland.ac.uk and we'll keep you informed.

"Just the right mix of theory & practice"

A banking scheme that’s paying off⤴

from @ eCurriculum Blog

"Very useful, informative & motivational"

Last week we finished the initial phase of our Bank on Success project based training initiative with 35 individuals taking part over the 4 days we ran our workshops.

The deal that in exchange for a free training day delegates would send back 2 x 10 question assessments seems to be a sound model and we'll be busy processing everyones' hard work and BonSlogo putting them on our web site over the next 6 weeks or so. These assessments just keep rolling in!  In fact the enthusiasm was such that many participants managed to complete one of the assessments on the day. We were also able to include images and hyperlinks in questions and feedback  using the template used for question design.

"An excellent session - I feel entirely confident that I could now go back and develop e-Assessments and also show the rest of my staff group how to go about it"

The opportunity to consolidate new skills learned on training days provided by the project model is what it's about really with the bank of questions that will become available to the sector an additional positive outcome but not an end in itself.

The feedback has been very encouraging and we'll be rolling the concept out in the new academic session so if you're from an institution we support in the West of Scotland and interested in finding out more about e-Assessment contact me or support@rsc-sw-scotland.ac.uk and we'll keep you informed.

"Just the right mix of theory & practice"

Data labels in Excel XY plots⤴

from

Ever had one of those days when you really wanted to show the data on the Excel XY plot chart you just created? Well ordinarily you can’t but this neat plugin  lets you do just that thing. It seems you’re out of luck if you want to change the text in the popup that appears as you hover over each of the data points, though.  Those Microsoft meanies, eh?

Islay High School: a model for us all?⤴

from @ @derekrobertson's...

As you will have seen from the date of my last post I have been a bit busy of late. Or lazy as may be the case! Never quite finding the time to get online what I have been thinking or finding out about in my work and play time. However, my experience at the Education 2020 Unconference in Islay last week was soooo good that I just had to share my thoughts about it.


I first had the pleasure of meeting Ian Stuart from Islay High School a couple of years back when he presented at HHL07 (he also won a Wii in the prize draw). I learned all about how they had been looking to integrate ICT into the life of the school by virtue of the umpc and One Note amongst other things. So after hearing all about this it wasn't too long before I had managed to make my way to Islay to visit Ian and the school, a visit that left me truly impressed with the school's set-up, vision and ethos.

So after this initial visit it was with great pleasure that I received the opportunity of visiting Islay again last week to attend the Education 2020 Unconference. This unconference was a focal point for a group of educators from all aspects of the Scottish (and further afield) Educational landscape who use a range of online technologies to collaborate with professional colleagues in order to develop their own professional practice but also to contribute to their peers development. It must be said that I am less than prolific contributior to this community but to be part of it is something that I greatly value and feel confidence in. I can honestly say that I am a better profesional person for being a part of this community.

The chats we had were excellent, the high jinx and singing in the pub on Friday night just superb but the thing that impressed me the most about my time on Islay was my experience with the young people from Islay High School who presented to the conference delegates on ther Friday morning and then interviewed us on the Friday evening. Here we saw a group of articulate, confident, self-aware and mature individuals who presented a quite analytical yet wholly positive view of how the the opportunities afforded to them by the school had increased their self-confidence and enhanced their levels of attainment in whatever path they chose to take. The interviewers in the evening were also delightfully impressive and more than willing to ask for clarification if they did not understand one of my obscure mutlisyllabic references on innovation or if they felt they need to ask a probing supplementary question. What a credit you were to your school and if this is the kind of student that Islay High School turns out then I hope to send my girls there one day.

There were also interesting contributions to the conference that seemed out of kilter with the general consensus of opinion of the delegates but is it not the case that this debate is one that still needs to be argued? I'm sure that the tipping point is on its way and that the idea that interaction with online technologies offers so much more than just 'staring at a computer screen' will become stronger and will eventually become the norm. Education 2020 and the learners of Islay High School have given me even greater confidence in what I am doing in order to help contribute to the continued evolution of young learners' experiences in school. I am delighted to be in a position to do so.

Thanks to all at Islay High School (and the various distelleries) for a great time on your beautiful island.