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Some final thoughts on ICT and blogging…

August29

So having been blogging a couple of times a week for the last 6 weeks and this being my first experience with blogs, I have some thoughts…. It has been a good experience to write down thoughts and experiences undertaken in this unit so far, as well as other areas of ICT I have encountered. […]

Photo editing with Picasa

August27

So I downloaded Picasa to see what it was like as I had vaguely heard of it before but haven’t used it! This is the original photo I used which is of a poem I love. I then took this screen shot which shows what Picasa looks like in the editing screen! You can either […]

iPads for Learning

August26

I have decided to reflect on the use of iPads in the classroom for learning as on my current placement, as well as the school I work at are using them in very effective ways. From what I have been seeing, it seems that iPads can be used in quite a number of effective ways […]

My slideshow….

August26

So this is my slideshow put together in iPhoto. It shows some photos from my recent trip to Europe, I decided to do something a little more personal as obviously everything on the blog is related to education. I think it’s also important for students to express their interests not only to keep them engaged […]

Very delayed thoughts on Google Reader (RSS)

August22

So for anyone who may not be entirely sure on what Google Reader is or how to use it…. Having now been subscribed to Reader for a number of weeks I am discovering more and more how useful it can be! Teachers could use this to keep track of their student’s blogs and any other […]

GoAnimate! ….fun and useful!

August22

So thanks to a great post by Jayde S I have gone onto goanimate.com and made the clip below! I think this site would be a great resource to have in the classroom where students could create animations for projects as a way of presenting their information. They could then post this on their Ultranet […]

Garageband Audio

August19

So I thought I’d just post on here a few instructions on embedding your audio from GarageBand as at first I thought it was quite tricky! So for those of you who don’t know, this is what GarageBand looks like… ┬áIt is easy to create a podcast by simply choosing “Podcast” when first opening the […]

STAY SAFE ON THE INTERNET

August19

The above image shows a website on cyber safety which I think is a great resource for everyone, having areas and activities for both kids and teens as well as for parents and schools. Cyber safety issues appear to be becoming quite prominent in today’s society and having awareness of safe ways to use the […]

AUDIO….finally!

August19

So, after quite the number of issues and a few recordings here is my podcast (with I admit, a slightly funny voice due to being sick all week!). Reflecting on the use of audio recordings I think they could be of great use within the classroom. Instructions of explanations of class activities or homework could […]

OPEN PLAN CLASSROOMS….”free flowing creativity” or simply a distraction?

August17

I am currently on placement in an open plan learning environment for all grade 5 and 6 students within the school, which is between 92-100 students in the one area. This experience has caused me to reflect on the effectiveness of such a classroom space. Prior to starting placement i had heard a number of […]

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