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Creating an informal Back Channel for the classroom

27 March 2014

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Learning in the 21st Century is seeing more teachers defaulting to the position of facilitator to support and develop the learner. With students embarking on personalised learning pathways with differentiated tasks, blended learning, group work and independent research all possibly running simultaneously the classroom has become a difficult place to manage, or has it? Why […]

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Recording Notes to accompany Web Video – great Educator’s tool! Videonot.es

18 September 2013

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VideoNot.es is a a great tool that lets you take notes and add them to a web video. It is an app that integrates with Google Drive, so is great for all those schools who run a Google Edu Domain, works with all major browsers and is designed with educators and students in mind. Being a […]

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Managing Collaboration in a GoogleDoc

18 September 2013

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There are a number of ways of managing collaboration within a Google Doc to help manage the work that your students are producing. Here are some ideas: Insert a table (1 column and multiple rows) assign a cell to each collaborator for their work Colour code sections of the document for different people to use […]

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Using Google Maps Engine Lite in the classroom – Student Worksheet included

3 July 2013

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After feeling inspired by completing the Google Mapping course I have created a worksheet that is suitable for Year 8/9 students to use in order to develop their understanding of online mapping and Google Maps Engine Lite. This could be run as a standalone lesson or as part of a wider project. I have used […]

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The evolution of online schooling

14 June 2013

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A lovely infographic brought to you by the team at College Degree Search. Certainly makes you think of the role that educators will take in the future. What humble beginnings begot the massive explosion of online schooling? Let’s take a look. 1930’s – Radio education was tried, but unsuccessful 1940’s – Military successfully uses TV education during […]

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Hosting E-Portfolio’s using Google Sites

13 June 2013

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With an increasing number of schools in New Zealand taking advantage of their Google Education domain I thought I would turn my attention to unpicking some of the pitfalls of using Google Sites to host e-portfolios of supporting evidence for Unit/Achievement Standards. Having spoken to a few teachers that are using Google Sites to manage […]

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Update to Google Forms

7 June 2013

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So, the new interface gives us a great way to get started with Google forms – more intuitive than the old one and a range of newer features that really help the workflow of an educator when using them. Great additions: Being able to collaborate simultaneously with others to build forms in real-time (just like […]

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MentorMob – creating mashup playlists to deliver your learning content, some thoughts

27 September 2012

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Today I stumbled upon MentorMob- a great free resource to help educators create learning playlists that can consist of a wide range of media including YouTube videos, websites, Google Docs, PDFs, and more. The playlists can be created and edited collaboratively or privately and then embedded into blogs, websites, and LMSs. This is all available for free, there […]

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Thinglink – Create interactive images in the classroom

7 September 2012

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Thinglink is a great tool for creating interactive images that can be used in the classroom. It is really straight forward, non fuss approach to authoring –  create an account, upload an image and start tagging it with pinmarks. The pins are links to websites, images, videos or sound clips and you can select from […]

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The iPad as an information consumer, collaborator and producer

6 September 2012

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I found this image and thought it would be a great one to share with fellow educators. The iPad in the classroom is a great way to become a dynamic consumer of knowledge, with a variety of apps that can really engage and inspire. Like most things though, just giving someone the best tools does […]

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