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Unit 6

And the catchup Continues!

I also had to spend a little time redesigning my blog this morning, the previous theme was just giving me too much grief and was mucking around with cookies, so here’s hoping this new theme works out better. I’ve also included on the home bar long the top of the theme an RSS feed button and also a link to the facebook and twitter PLN account. you’ll hopefully recognise their symbols along the top there.

Moving onto Unit six’s activities i had a look at Animoto, Timeglider, Slideshare and Glogster.

I loved the look of Animoto, and the demo video on the sites front page was beautiful. However this wasnt especially new to me as I’ve been creating similar videos on apple products using apps for quite some time. (i particularly like Splice and Vintage Cam in case you were wondering). However it is a good free online tool that i can see being used in the classroom to create some beautiful projects.  

I can also see Timeglider being a useful classroom tool, and particularly relevant at the moment as we have been looking at timelines with the year fours. I did find it a little fiddly to use though, so it may be easier to have the teacher complete the timeline on the electronic whiteboard with the class rather than having each student make their own timeline.

On the lower end of the scale Slideshare looked and felt just like Prezi to me, which we are already using on the laptops and ipads, and i think i may have missed the point of Glogster…or perhaps i just havent seen a way to integrate it into our classrooms yet. I shall have to give it some more thought.

I have shared the Timeglider links via Diigo with Susan out teacher librarian – so it was also exciting to see how our new sharing group working out. Hopefully Timeglider and Animoto will be making its way into our classrooms!