Everybody’s got access to the Library of Alexandria at their fingertips. We can take the conversation up a whole other level,” he said. “Students will be able to supply better and more recent answers than the teacher can, which is exciting and threatening maybe for some teachers.
is true. However, what was not mentioned in the article is the need for students (and teachers) to verify the validity of the information at their fingertips. This is what librarians did (and still do) when selecting books to be placed in the library collection. Librarians also do this when curating and developing Libguides, YouTube playlists or other resources that point to valid information online. This video from QUT Library helps show students how to validate what’s available online.
Yesterday I posted about the EduTECH 2014 conference in general. Today I’d like to add a little more information about the content of the session that I participated in.
If you read yesterday’s post, then you’ll know that the title of the panel session was ‘Future possibilities of the cloud for schools’. (Interestingly, when I was talking to non teaching friends pre-conference, almost every one asked me what the cloud was.)
Our focus questions were:
How can we capitalise on the vast information available and networks online?
Selecting cloud-based resources such as videos, apps and portals
Reimaging school in a paradigm of online learning
How will the cloud continue to extend the roles of technology in education?
Paul Hamilton of Matthew Flinders Anglican College chaired the discussion. My points included:
Anytime you have connection to the internet, you have your documents. The latest, synced version. No need to wonder if you’re working or collaborating on the latest version.
The cloud is device agnostic
Perfect for devices like Chromebooks that don’t have storage.
Black Saturday photos, documents in cloud wouldn’t have been lost.
Perfect for collaborating across the room or across the world.
A great way for introverts to collaborate.
Social bookmarking. Curation.
The cloud caters for our online library system and ebooks that can be discovered and downloaded immediately at anytime.
Self organised learning system. 4-5 children per PC. Broadband + collaboration + encouragement.
Edna Sackson’s post Too many iPads. Is 1:1 ideal or should we ensure there’s someone online somewhere to collaborate with?
I select cloud resources by reading blogs and through Twitter feed, by trying them out personally, then professionally then sharing with colleagues.
Cloud resources I use include: Blogs, wikis for student resources, wikis for professional learning, google docs, google forms, history pin, YouTube channel and embeds, Flickr, padlet, Google+, twitter, diigo, scoopit, zite, Feedly, storify. Used to love Ning and posterous. Potentially publishing to iBooks and Kindle. Google docs for PBL class.
Today I ran a Google Docs workshop for our teachers. It was voluntary, which I had hoped meant participants were keen and willing to ‘grab their learning’ (quote thanks to Brette Lockyer). The second session will take place on 11 November, where the plan was for teachers will share how they’ve been using Google Docs in their classroom.
For today’s session, I was aiming for teachers to be able to differentiate their own learning, however we were somewhat hamstrung by people without computers, people who’d not already registered for a Google account or those who couldn’t remember their password.
I was too ambitious hoping for lots of sharing and discussions about how we could use Google Docs for Redefinition, when the actual need was to learn how to name a Google Form, how to add questions and how to send a form.
Hopefully some teachers may do some learning on their own before the next session as I had provided a number of how-to resources. I’ll need to reevaluate what to do with the next session or if we need a third session.
Another wonderful teach meet on Saturday hosted by Simon Keily at Scienceworks. As always, terrific presentations, but this time we were fortunate to have a preview of a new show in the Planetarium as well.
After trying to unsuccessfully create a Storify for the ICTEV13 conference, I thought I’d give the Twitter embed search tool a go. I would have liked to have separated the sessions into different stories, but this is probably the next best thing (I hope).
A couple of interesting things occurred during the classes.
Only about four students out of eight classes had heard of the term digital citizenship;
the vast majority of students (aged 11 and 12) had Facebook accounts and
more than half of the students admitted to using the internet when they were meant to be asleep.
The feedback was good from students and teachers and a few teachers were going to use the resources with their own children. Hopefully this will help students manage their own digital footprint now and into the future.
So today’s the big day of the Penguin Teachers’ Academy that I’ve been blathering on about here for the last little while. It should be a great day of sharing and learning. To help continue that, the vast majority of the resources I’ll present can be found here:
Some time last year, I showed Phys Ed teacher Andrew Thickins’ year 11 Outdoor Ed class how to make their own QR codes. The students had developed online surveys and posters to advertise said surveys. I suggested adding QR codes to them, which a fair number of the class did.
I’ll be presenting on innovative reading and book promotion techniques using ICT and will focus on:
The Readers’ Cup – a free reading competition for Victorian schools
Book promotion and sharing students’ responses to text using ICT
eBooks. How we’re using eBooks at Kew High School
It is $120 for the full day, which is a bargain in my opinion. If you are interested, you can access more information and the booking form here. Also have a look at the day run by Corrie Barclay on ICT for Primary literacy at the same link.