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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!


Unit 5

So Unit 5’s task includes writing our opinions on an article released in 2010 by the OECD titled ‘The Top Five Actions to take in Education Today.

Well firstly lets list the points;

  • Teach to think, not to regurgitate.
  • Commit to education as a public good and a public responsibility.
  • Focus more on creating a long-term love of learning and the ability to think critically than teaching to standardised tests.
  • Ensure all children have the opportunity to discover their natural abilities and develop them.
  • Ensure that children from disadvantaged background and migrant families have the same opportunity to quality education as others.

Now, im not exactly a teacher, just a library technician so im not sure how valid/valued my ideas on these would be. I do agree with all the points – especially point 3. I think a long term love of learning is a far better outcome then just having the ability to answer test questions well. And i think just simply ‘testing’ children rather than fostering abilities places far too much pressure on them.

As for my opinion on the place if technology in the schoolroom – i think it is a welcome addition! Please note i said addition and not ‘replacement’; sometimes i fear people get these two words confused.

I think technology is very beneficial to the classroom- it can make learning fun and can help children who may not learn in a traditional way. However i don’t think technology can replace teachers or books. It should simply be aid them.

For example – we are currently doing Poe’s work with year sixes. The teacher is reading The Raven aloud to the class (reading quite poetically, setting the mood, pausing in the correct places, adding rhythm to the story) while they follow along reading it in Ibooks on the Ipad. If they come to a word they dont understand they can simply select the word and use the dictionary function.

Together the teacher and the Ipad can help the student better understand the poem better than they would individually.