Week 11 – Presentation Tools 2

Key activities  

2. Can you find and share any pertinent Slideshare, Docstoc or Scribd presentations by embedding them in your blog?

This from SlideShare. I like it because it is succinct – really to the point.

Love this! This Guy Ritchie (OMG!) comic is the bomb! But it also has swearing, so maybe not so good for schools. 😦
GUY RITCHIE – GAMEKEEPER #1 – FREE http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=28830015&access_key=key-2l623x54fqdldnuh3438&page=1&viewMode=book
But this is a great use of Scribd for students

Comics http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=31423931&access_key=key-10by56bk6xtqp2qly50z&page=1&viewMode=list

I love this StoryBird!
http://media.storybird.com/embedplayer/bin/StoryplayerEmbed.swfThe Adventure of Reading by abigailcullen74 on Storybird

3. Can you develop a brief Slideshare, Docstoc or Scribd presentation of your own? Please embed it into your blog.

I decided to use Slideshare to create a presentation. I think you will see from this presentation how poorly I think Slideshare works. It is obtuse, clunky and very anti-intuitive. It is probably the least user-friendly thing I have used in the PLN program and took me more than two hours to put this 5 slide presentation together. Grrrrr!

4. How could these presentations be used at school?

If it wasn’t so hard to use Slideshare would be great for sharing documents – but it’s not helpful or easy to use. I won’t be sharing it with ANY teachers unless they have advanced podcasting skills.

5. How could Google Lit Trips be used for subjects other than English?

First of all, here is the link to the FAQ on viewing a GLitTrip, which should be on the Home page.
Google Earth would be brilliant for bringing history to life – recreating the journeys of the great explorers – and for documenting hiking tours for Duke of Ed awards – camping or adventure camps, etc.


Week 7 – Key Activities

1. If you haven’t already seen it, watch the section of Joyce Valenza’s Wizard of Apps video on research tools.


This is such a great video. I can’t imagine (at this stage) getting any of the students at Mentone suspending their cool for long enough to do something like this. But you never know. 🙂

2.  What are your experiences with plagiarism in the classroom? How have you addressed the issue? Explore this site for more ideas.

This is a great site, and I have put it on my blogroll for later use. I have previously used Google (quote marks) to do basic searches, and really like another website that I can’t remember the name of at the moment. You can put in up to 200 words and it will analyse the text and attach links to the marching websites, which means that you can really get proof of the plagiarism.

3. Investigate some of the following tools:

  • State Library of Victoria’s Ergo

An awesome site, and one I often send senior students to for help with writing essays and getting organised.

Diigo is good. I have already used Delicious, but I think that Diigo might be a bit more user friendly.

  • Google Search Posters; Primary and Secondary. They show students how to research effectively using many Google options

These are a good idea but the design sucks! I had a go at Glogster, but I don’t like it much. Very clunky!

I tried to have a go at this, but I left my SLV card at work. Will have another go at work/ or in the holidays.

  • Set up a Google Custom Search Engine . By logging in with your Google account details (same as your Google Reader username and password) you can customise your Google search to only search from specific sites.

To tell the truth, I couldn’t see the point of this.

4. Join the Elluminate session featuring Jon Hurford from Ergo on Wednesday 9th June. You can access the session via the link in the Ning.

John was a bit boring for me, especially after the previous two fantastic elluminate sessions. I didn’t manage to get all the way through.

Week 4 – Assessment of Tools

1.     Investigate some of the following resources:

  • FUSE – Learning and teaching content. FUSE is good. I have made a couple of links for there to our Catalogue for students and teachers to access. HUGE! Needs more thorough investigation
  • Google Sites I really liked G Sites. I can see heaps of uses for schools – and it’s not blocked!
  • Google Docs A great way to share documents amongst colleagues or students who are working in groups.
  • Google for Educators Didn’t really get to have a look at this. One to go back to.
  • Flickr Flickr is good, although it is only one of many, and doesn’t upload to TweetDeck, and wouldn’t upload my photo. I ended up with a TwitPic account so that I could upload to Twitter.
  • One of the mind/essay mapping tools such as Gliffybubbl.usEssay Map Wallwisher. All of these are GREAT, and well worth sharing with teaching staff. I particularly liked Wallwisher and Essay Map – but Gliffy and Bubbl.us are definitely cool too.

2.   What have you discovered that is new to you this week?


3.   How do you see yourself using any or all of these resources in your teaching?

I’ve already used Wallwisher and Essay Map at school. All of them are useful for a T-L because we see many classes that we can try them out on.

4.   What subjects could you use Flickr for? What obstacles might there be to using Flickr with your students?

Biggest obstacle is that all the photo sharing sites are blocked at work. I can only access them at home. I can see great uses for Art, but also for creating photo essays for issues in English, recording the progress of an experiment, etc, etc.

5.   Consider joining Flickr, and following the instructions, load some photos and link them to your blog.

See above. Wouldn’t load.

6.   How could Wallwisher be used for school professional learning days or staff meetings? Add a comment to the PLN Wallwisher wall about your favourite task from this week.

7.   How could Google Sites be useful in your school?

I’m going to try out Google Sites with some girls in our Book Club. We are going to learn it together!

8.   Remember to add some content or join a conversation in the Ning.