Saturday, 31 May 2008
Introduction to the conference
In case you missed last weeks conference, here are links to 3 podcasts of the event.
(To be added soon)
1. Introduction to the Event bu Antony Evans and Peter Shepard.
2. Ewan McIntosh - Participation Culture
2. Karl Hopwood - e-Safety in schools
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Here are some fab websites that I have found – hopefully they will prove useful!
http://www.jumpcut.com/ – enables you to share photos and videos – you can also re arrange adverts from top name brands – a useful link to Literacy perhaps?
http://www.earth.google.com/ – when the new system gets put in this will be on the system – a fantastic tool for Geography and used in conjunction with Flickr enables you to ‘fly’ to your destination.
http://www.flickr.com/ - a fantastic photo sharing website – I am currently setting up a group site – similar to blogging but will enable us to upload art work – this site enables you to do amazing things – can create a galaxy, put post it notes on photos – really worth checking out! It also has some great groups – classroom displays – lots of ideas!, six word story – does what it says in the name, tell a story in 5 frames – again does what it says on the tin!
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - a website that gives advice and lessons on e safety!
http://www.gogivers.org/kids_home.cfm a great PHSE resource with lesson plans and ability for children to create timelines and vote for school councillors.
http://www.classtools.net/ – some excellent ‘games’ for IWB – includes a fruit machine which randomly selects childrens names for answering questions and my favourite a timer that counts down to tv theme tunes including mission impossible and Dr who!
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
The slide show below is a display of all the images from the London borough of Redbridge Pool and was easy to embed, once you found the group id. Instructions for which are given on the Flickr Slide show Generator website. but if you miss them you need to:
Go to the group you want to get pictures from -
click on post new topic -
the url will end with a long code like this 38113494@N00
copy this part of the url and paste into the group id box of Flickr Slideshow Generator
Copy the code and paste onto your site/blog
The London Borough of Redbridge Flickr Pool - enjoy
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Let me know your thoughts and perhaps you can input comments below or at the next ICT Subject Leaders event (9th of July or course book now @Redbridgepdc)
Aniboom is a great place to watch short animations, and thus would be a great springboard for animation projects. Though as with every site, check it out before you share it out! There are also two free creative tools on the site that allow you to make your own animations. There is the Shapeshifter tool which allows you to create simple animations using the geometric shapes. It seemed quite easy to use, though there were some small irritations, such as not being able to copy and paste shapes and group objects only seemed to last per frame. However there were some nice tools and effects, for example you could add music and there appeared to be folders of special effects, which I have yet to explore. I also like the bomb icon which basically made all your shapes explode gradually across the screen- instant animation there! The completed animation could quickly and easily be saved as a gif , file- thus this could then be stored on a hard drive for pasting into SMART notebook, PowerPoint or uploaded to a website.
Alongside the Shapeshifter, the site also has a web cam application (Microsmotion) that lets you capture images and add silly effects. For instance you can marvel as an arrow goes through your head or you can bounce a (virtual) football on your head.
Have a look and enjoy ( lets hope Aniboom isn't blocked in school!!)
A big 8.76 out of 10 for me on this one!
IBoard New Maths
Subject Leaders and and anyone on any of my IWB training gigs will be familiar with this one. Its those lovely IBoard sims and demo tools again, but this time they are all pegged down to the Renewed Framework.I had been showing these on a BETA site, but now the product is officially on the London Grid for Learning (apologies non London people) and will therefore work in school or @ home with your LGFL logon. I note the site is still in BETA version and though most things work as they should, there is still the occasional anomaly and some things don't work as you'd want or expect, but there is the opportunity to feedback your comments and this will allow the developer to update and improve the tools.
The write up on the LGFL site goes something like this:
At every level, the user can:• launch the activity• check the Help button for the selected activity to find out how the activity works• send feedback on the activity (or suggestions for new ones) back to the developers at I-Board
I have been using these for quite a while now and I like them a lot, they are great for lessons that involve any sort of scales or measurements. Furthermore the images and animation is bright and easy on the eye without the patronising silly reward dances of some Maths content sites. But then these are not games, they are teaching tools in the style of ITPs.
Friday, 23 May 2008
Many of you asked for Karl Hopwood's links from his presentation. I have included them all here, a huge thank you to him, for passing these on to me:
Child Safety Online - teaching resources
www.hectorsworld.com excellent resources for all ages but good for KS1 – incl. lesson plans and useful activities
7 – 11 year olds
www.childnet-int.org Ongoing excellent materials including for teachers and parents
www.kidsmart.org.uk Primary and secondary resources created by childnet
11 – 16 year olds
www.digizen.org.uk Created by Childnet for DCSF – brilliant resource with video and comprehensive lesson plan
Validity and Bias
www.allaboutexplorers.com Superb site which contains a lot of very useful information. Ideal for a teacher who isn’t too confident about some of this.
Webcam sex is bad! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdYdRPEG0y8&mode=related&search
Think before you post http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/adcouncil/26474/
CEOP films and other resources http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/ sign up on the site
For further information on resources, lessons and esafety in general please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Karl.Hopwood@swgfl.org.uk I hope that the session was useful.
My Records show the following schools and their designated places for week commencing 30th of June
If your school is featured and you have not booked a place on the pre Emission training afternoon, please do so as soon as possible.
(see redbridgepdc for details)
Monday 30th June am Alison Seagrave Parkhill Junior
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Thank you to all of you who came along to the conference. we hope to have a podcast of Ewan's speech and Karl's powerpoint posted here too. In the meantime, check out our write up in the Ilford Recorder, released today