Libraryhack is an opportunity for kids to get in volved in creating a mashup or app for State Libraries across Australia and NZ. Looks like it might be interesting way to push the boundaries of IT and Media in schools.


Mention Map

This is a cool little tool to see where you do your most learning/ have the closest connections on Twitter. Thanks to Bev Novak for the link.


Thought I would share my new Prezi.

It’s hard to use a new tool unless you’ve got something specific to make using it. So I designed this Prezi to use with my Year 9s next year to facilitate a conversation about Goalsetting, and hopefully help the students to think more deeply about their personal goals.

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. 😦
But this is a great use of Scribd for students


I love this StoryBird! 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 9 – What comes first, pedagogy or technology?

Key activities

As a teacher librarian in collaborative mode, it is sometimes difficult to get Web 2.0 embedded into your curriculum. Too often teachers don’t come (like today), or they have another agenda, it’s ‘their’ class and you don’t want to butt in, or they have less skills in Web 2.0 than you and aren’t interested in getting up to speed.

My main aim with Web 2.0 is to get more teachers up to speed with a number of Web 2.0 tools, and to keep feeding them expertise and assistance. Last week I had a Moodle win, and an Elluminate win (same teacher, and the Elluminate success fed the Moodle tryout). Trying to get into the regular all-staff PD sessions is also tricky, as they are being gate-kept at the moment. I will keep on plugging away nonetheless.

I can see so many great ways to use Web 2.0 tools in classrooms, but as a newby I have to tread softly and carefully lest I step on toes. 🙂

3. Here is my Tagxedo of this week’s main points

 Well, it would be if it would upload! Epic fail! Twice! See my Tagxedo in Week 8 for my ace technique!

4. Jenny Sargeant’s presentation was quite text heavy (as she said in her intro) but there was heaps of great stuff there to share with ‘other’ staff in a PD situation. I can see myself using that Elluminate to inform other teachers about p vs t.

5. Can we quantify student improvement when using Web 2.0 tools vs. traditional tools? Should we try to quantify? Why or why not? Does this article by Will Richardson help clarify your thoughts?

It’s an interesting article, but a bit airy-fairy on the detail. Of much more interest to me was the model shown by Richard Buckland in Week 8 where he used a wiki to increase learning, and where the learning WAS transparent and quantifiable. I think that sometime teachers get really caught up in the assessment and not in the long term, and possible unassessable goal. For example, the English department at my school recently decided to timetable English class into the library once a fortnight to increase literacy. Great! Woot! said I. The HoE then send an email saying that teachers must check what the students are reading, and get work from them. Aaaargh! If this is a long term project, then we’re not going to see the results of this initiative for at least 12 months. But we had to be seen to be assessing the work, and not just sitting around on our bums reading, which IS what we are doing – but there’s is so much more going on than just a ‘slack’ lesson for the staff and students.

Small steps, small steps. 🙂

Week 5 – Q. 10-13

10. Watch some of this Marco Torres video relating to students using copyrighted music in videos and how to avoid problems:

Oh, wow! This is one of those tl:dw moments. I got about 23 mins in, and had to get back to work. But I’m going back to this one. You really need to go BEYOND the music, because it gets way deeper.

Pity about the sync problem.

11. Explore these resources.

Loved the Spectrum of Rights comic strip. I would definitely use this with students to show how using Creative Commons works can really help their presentations. I have always had trouble with searching for items that have CC licenses. Any ideas, anyone?

I have seen and used all the other sites before, and they are all good. Most overlap each other, but none cover the whole range of copyright issues, so you really need to use them all together.

12. What are the things that you need to be addressing at school in terms of protecting intellectual property?

Definitely music, and web images, especially thumbnails/ images that you can search for using Google. Students use these media all the time to ‘jazz’ up their presentations, but have no idea about attribution or usage. Trouble is, neither do their teachers, so maybe that is where we have to start. 

13.  Attend the Elluminate session on with Sandy Phillips on Wednesday 26 May. Access to the session is via the link in the Ning.

Good stuff! Lots of Dept resources that non-dept school teachers don’t know about. Plenty to share. (When?!!!!)

On to Week 6.