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Try the visual dictionary visuwords. Limited use but looks pretty. Probably most useful as a thesaurus.
This morning I had the delight to share my thoughts on Web 2.0 and the new SACE to around 20 people at a Youthjet breakfast seminar.Amazing to see so many teachers dressed and alert at 7.30am! For those present my powerpoint is on slideshare.To see an example of what a plp blog may look like click here and steps to try and create your own (or instructions for your students) go here.
Lies, damn lies and statistics. Gapminder.org gives you some amazing statistics presented in a brilliant manner. Watch Hans Rosling show you his baby on Ted.A great starting point is the gapminder tutorial.
I have blogged before about Picnik..a web 2.0 photoshop style app. Stumbled upon this post about an add on for Firefox... read about it here. Actually this whole blog is excellent, definitely worth a read.
This annual conference is a great opportunity for educators to get together and get new ideas and learn how others are implementing ICT across the curriculum. My first workshop focussed on web 2.0 tools... tag galaxy, bubbl.us, slideshare, glogster, dipity and dvolver. If you want to check out some more, try picnik (a web 2.0 photoshop) and animoto, and of course blogspot, wikispaces etc etc.If you want the handout for the first workshop click hereThe second workshop was very full and very enjoyable. A quick tour of some resources... images, powerpoints and videos, then we got down to the point end - Stellarium. We covered all the basics then finished with watching a lunar and solar eclipse. Find the handout here.Afterwards I was kicking myself I should have shown everyone that you can go to other planets etc. Select the object (those red cross hairs) and then ctrl "G". You can then look at the Earth. If you go to the Sun (not as hot as you would expect) watch Australia come into view (sun rise) and spin out of view (sun set). Then advance a week at a time "]" to watch the tilt of the Earth change with the seasons.For all those people in my workshops thank you for your participation... just make sure you take the word back to your schools and share your knowledge with your colleagues. Perhaps run your own session and a staff or faculty meeting. Feel free to use my worksheets, powerpoints etc and modify them how ever you want.
Fast easy tutorial demonstrates how to use Glogster.Get GLOGGING!
You may have noticed that my astronomy posts have disappeared from my blog... I have migrated all those blog posts to a new blog "A teacher's adventures into cosmology".It's main aim is to trace my journey finding web pages, web tools and software to help teachers teach astronomy.
Here is a great site with some ready to use activities in the classroom.
I have stumbled upon an awesome astronomy site celebrating the year of astronomy called From the Earth to the Universe. It is designed so people can organise their own exhibition showcasing breathtaking images of astronomical bodies. I will be using the images in the classroom to stimulate learning... I am coming up to teaching the EM spectrum and this fits beautifully as the images are from many areas of the spectrum. Perhaps during science week you could encourage your IT people to put on a new desktop image every day for your students. Download or just play their trailer.Check out what people have done all over the world to use these amazing images. Perhaps you can apply for funding to set up your own exhibition by applying to ASTA to run an event during science week. Or just grab some students, laptops and projectors some extension leads and head down a dark alley with a white wall to put on a show that costs next to nothing. Mentioned on the site are approximate costs of Platinum, Gold and Silver events... these costs are not paid to FETTU but approximate costs that they figure you will have to fork out to host your own exhibition... personally i can't see why it couldn't be done on a shoestring.(I have been very quiet of late, apparently life can get in the way of blogging rather than the other way around! Looking forward to CEGSA!)
http://debategraph.org - This concept map allows people (or your class) to participate in a public debate. Very appealing interface, loads of issues to put your point of view forward.
Stellarium has been changing since last year, the interface looks more complex, but you can do more with it. (see previous posts on Stellarium)Good changesJust press F1 and you get instructions for all the keystrokes (this helps as the more complex button arrangement can be avoided completely). The keystrokes remain the same as previous versions.You are no longer tied to Earth. You can view the Earth from another planet, moon, or just as an observer of the whole solar system. This is a screenshot I took (shift+prntscrn to take, then paste into windows Paint program) of Earth from Mars.You can also look at the night skies from different cultural perspectives, by selecting the culture (eg Chinese, Egyptian, Norse etc) and viewing their constellations and star names... however indigenous Australians are not yet included. It may be tricky as there are many indigineous cultures and they all have different stories.
One of the RSS feeds i am subscribed to on my Google Start Page is science@NASA which told me to be on the look out on the 10th of January (2009) for the full moon that is "fuller" than usual. The Moon orbits the Earth in an elipse, and it happens to be at perigee - it's closest point, so looks a lot larger.It looks even larger when rising or setting. Now I say it looks a larger... this is an illusion created by our brains... not by the atmosphere or our eyes. You can measure it's angular size near the horizon and when it is at it's zenith and your measurements will be the same, so the cause is an optical illusion. For an explanation of this trick of the eye, read this.
Youtube is a treasure trove of documentaries. Downloaded using download helper and mozilla firefox (especially if you have slow internet) makes for smooth viewing. See my blog for downloading youtubes. They come in parts due to youtube's size requirements.Here are some things I have watched of late and would certainly appreciate hearing of any other documentaries.Absolute ZeroDangerous KnowledgeDaniel Tammut - the boy with the amazing brainFermat's Last TheoremN is a number (Paul Erdos)The End of OilThe Secret Life of the BrainWho killed the Electric CarOn Google Video they don't have a size requirement so you can watch the whole documentaryUnderstanding TimeSicko (Michale Moore on the US health system)Einstein's Unfinished SymphonyHappy watching! Start with Absolute Zero... it is excellent!Of coourse you could just visit my favourite youtube user New Scientist or How Stuff Works VideoEnjoy!
I have already been thrilled by the online mind mapper Bubbl.us. There are quite a few online photo editors, but none as smooth or fun as Picnik. It has similar effects to expensive propriatary software such as Photoshop. It is free and you can import your pictures from many online photostorage sites like Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket or Flickr. The interface is easy and fun to use.... even my six year old had fun with it for hours.
Wow, those great guys from science 21 at Flinders Uni have blown me away with their use of the online card creator JibJab. To check Wardy's, Debra's and Martin's effort see their animated JibJab card look at their site (great stuff on their site for science educators).I simply HAD to make one for myself despite my tiredness and the lateness of the hour. The best ones come at a price, however some are free.. some are animated and others are static postcards, to embed or email - go NUTS.I had embedded my personal JibJab, however my son protested, so I removed it.
Wow, those great guys from science 21 at Flinders Uni have blown me away with their online card creator. To check Wardy's, Debra's and Martin's effort see their animated JibJab card look at their site (great stuff on the site). I simply HAD to make one for myself despite my tiredness and the lateness of the hour. The best ones come at a price, however some are free.. some are animated and others are static postcards, to embed or email - go NUTS.My children...Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!
Animoto is awesome software that turns your snaps into a music video. They accomodate educators register for your free account for you and your students with Animoto for Education.Or just register as a regular person and start by seeing how easy it is to make your own free 30 second blockbuster - the software is intuitive and times pictures and effects the beat of the music. Makes your holiday snaps a little less boring!
Last week I ran a workshop on blogs at the ASMS, specifically how blogs can fufil some of the requirements of the PLP (Personal Learning Plan) which is an element of the "New SACE".The workshop addressedhow blogs can be used in the classroomthe benefits of students bloggingdifferent gadgets(widgets) that can be embedded into a blogFeedback I recieved was most favourable, workshop participants could see how blogs could be used by students to accomplish a variety of tasks; and that really it is just a simple way to create a web page.To view the steps to make a blog... or even send students to this site so they can get started, or get an idea of what a PLP might look like. (if you are at school some sites will be blocked)I would like to thank Jayne Heath for asking me to present the workshop.This is my powerpoint posted on to slideshare...Personal Learning Plans using BLOGSView SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: 2.0 web)
I have been rather quiet of late... you know teachers, we are lazy and don't do any work. God knows why they even pay us... who wouldn't want to be a teacher... all that free time and goofing off with kids? That being said i really did choose teaching rather than chasing my dream to make surfing my career... go figure!Bubbl.us which is a web 2.0 mind mapper, way better than freemind from what i can see, dead simple to use. You don't have to download software, and you can embed the mind maps into your blog, wiki or web page... save and print them. of course it has all the best features of web 2.0... collaboration and sharing etc. For its features read this or watch a youtube. I would love to see a search feature where I can peek at other peoples maps.
Things are heating up in Adelaide... not only is there the AIP congress happening but numerous events... i went to see Dr Karl "Science is Golden" on Tuesday night and there is another RI event at the Governer Hindmarsh "Physics to blow your mind next Thursday.What is the RI? It is the Royal Institute... and we have the first branch outside of Great Britian here is Adelaide... Royal Institute Australia which is dedicated to the advancement of science communication.
There is a slideshow that you can embed into blogs or myspace or wherever you fancy... it is called slide. Sure this is a sad attempt because i am too busy to upload stuff... however you get the drift.
I have been looking at ways you can store or archive documents on the web, and I have already blogged about Googledocs and Slideshare. Well Scribd (not pronounced scribed, kind of rhymes with squib with an "d" on the end.) is a way of saving a trillion documents to the web... free. You can make them public or private or let only selected people view them. What kind of documents? Well there are oodles... and good to see they are supporting openoffice.Documents are saved as "ipaper" and so people who view your files don't need to have the program that you wrote the document in (eg the latest version of word). By becoming a member (dead easy sign up) Scribd is an online community that screens for objectional content or any spam.The documents you can turn into ipaper are ... Adobe PDF (.pdf)Adobe PostScript (.ps)Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps, .pptx)Microsoft Excel (.xls, xlsx)OpenOffice Text Document (.odt, .sxw)OpenOffice Presentation Document (.odp, .sxi)OpenOffice Spreadsheet (.ods, .sxc)All OpenDocument formatsPlain text (.txt)Rich text format (.rtf)This is perfect for students to showcase their work, linking their ipaper documents with blog, eportfolio or webpage.Watch this youtube for some fast info or this youtube for a more detailed look.
There is a new timeline creator called timerime. I did not find it as easy or as fun as Dipity, and you can't use RSS feeds to automatically create them like Dipity, however you can collaborate on them. This enables students to work in groups making their timelines.
I hope people have checked out the new "street view" on google maps. I looked at my house and found that I was a "google celebrity"..... I was snapped outside my house washing my car! It is absolutely amazing (and a bit scary) that Google have driven down most streets in Australia (and a few other countries) and taken 360 degree panoramic photos that give you the feeling you are really there. Australia was added on august the 8th and Google have plans to "street view" the globe. You can read about how they did it here.
Celebrate science week! This is a sample of what my school is doing, all organised by Ms Lara Lang, science teacher and cake maker extrodinaire!Science Week at CabraDay ActivityMonday Quiz for home in the morning – prizes to be won!Lunchtime Demos on the Aq Lawns – feat. The Science of Popcorn Van der Graff generator and Mythbusters playing in Lab 2 at lunch.Tuesday Quiz for home in the morning – prizes to be won!Lunchtime Demos on the Aq Lawns – feat. The Science of Slime Make a foaming cupcake in Lab 2.Wednesday Quiz for home in the morning – prizes to be won!Lunchtime Demos on the Aq Lawns – feat. The Science of Sherbet Watch “dragon’s breath” demonstrations in Lab 2.Thursday Quiz for home in the morning – prizes to be won!Lunchtime Demos on the Aq Lawns – feat. Rockets and blow up hydrogen balloons Enter the Paper Plane making competition and compete for prizes!Friday Quiz for home in the morning – prizes to be won!Lunchtime Demos on the Aq Lawns – feat. a pluck dissection and a human skeleton Look at strange stuff under microscopes and watch a human dissection movie in Lab 1Colouring-in Competition (year 6 & 7) winners displayed and awarded prizes on the Aquinas lawns at lunchtime.Check out our channel on youtube !!
On Thursday (14/08/08) I had the pleasure to run several computer sessions to enthusiastic teachers, part of the AGQTP to enhance teachers learning. Teachers at the session were introduced to Stellarium, one of my favourite free software simulations and if you want to get some about how Stellarium fits with SACSA Earth and Space Strand click here. Even if you are from somewhere else on the planet the document has plenty of good about how your students could use Stellarium to explore the heavens.We did things like researched the dates of solar eclipses and went to that date to view them (see picture above), discovered how close Comet McNaught came to Earth and watched the planets revolve around the Sun to work out how long their year is.On a second session we investigated some Cool Tools like Dipity and Glogster, and on the third session we trialled the podcasting rubric by marking two podcasts. Judging by the smiles on the faces of the teachers listening to them, they were thoroughly entertained.If anyone has any further suggestions on how to use Stellarium or worksheets for students of any age level, leave a comment on this post and we will work out how to share your thoughts or worksheets.Thanks to Lara, Linda and Mary and all the attentive teachers.
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I almost forgot to post the results from the podcasting workshops. It is quite a simple process to upload podcasts to the web, but it is also just as easy to place them in your shared area on your school server. Neither group had quite finished editing so it was very generous of them to let me display their work.Coenraad and Jeanie's "Journey into the Maw" Powered by Podbean.com Di and Dave's "mastication" Powered by Podbean.com Perhaps students will then make their own podcasts of their work in senior years to learn exams!Why use Audacity over other software (GarageBand etc) for podcasting? Well it is FREE which means students can download it on their own computers and work on their podcasts at home. In addition it is cross platform... so can be used on any operating system... linux, windows or mac.
On the suggestion of Meera on an earlier post, i checked out toondoo. A really flexible cartoon creator... although after I published my first one some of the speech disappeared! Here is my second bite of the cherry...My insights of students at the ASMS... mouse over to see the whole strip.
Thank you to all the people who went to my workshops. If you want to refresh your minds you can view the RSS and podcatching powerpoint by clicking here.I was running out of time before the end of the podcatching workshop and I should have mentioned the players you need to view some of your downloaded vodcasts.wmv - windows media playermp4 - vlcm4v - quicktimeThe vlc player is a great open source multimedia player that is free of charge, download from here.If you want to see the podcasting powerpoint click here.You may want to check out the podcasting rubric or the podcasting task sheet.View all the video tutorials for audacity (and other things), screencasts are a great way to learn.Chris Betchers keynote "Learning is a Conversation" is also up on slideshare.Had a few people ask me about saving youtubes... check out my menu to the right--> and click on "youtubes" for all my posts on youtubes.
I had a Frappr (friend mapper) map on this post, anyone can make one and embed it into your blog or wiki. However I found it a tad annoying so removed it! Frappr makes a map which visitors to your site can interact with and leave a message. It detects the visitors IP address and leaves a map pin and they can add a message if they like.
There are several sites that offer updates via RSS and many are enabling custom made RSS feeds. For example - if you know that MaryBlogs manages to find great stuff and tags it on delicious you can follow Mary's tagging efforts by using the feed -http://del.icio.us/rss/maryblogsor perhaps Mary has a penchant for uploading videos on her speccy chemistry experiments onto youtube. You can be alerted to her recent uploads by using the feed -http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/maryblogs/uploadsOr perhaps you are interested in videos that that might be uploaded on a certain topic like the olympics.http://www.youtube.com/rss/tag/olympics.rssI use a RSS feed for del.icio.us to watch for new cool web 2.0 toolshttp://del.icio.us/rss/tag/web2.0toolsIt is an amazing tool for cyberstalking a user's every move through cyberspace! If you don't know what RSS is and what it can do for you, i will upload my CEGSA slides (this time ppt 2003 compatible) onto slideshare.
So far I have blogged on Dvolver, Makebeliefcomix and now Bitstrips. I found Bitstrips through Brenda Frisk's blog Brennie's Bytes. You can make your own avatar in minutes, embed, print and save the comic. This is a bit different from makebeliefcomix in that you join the community, can comment on others comics, rate them etc. Like Glogster in my last post it contains all the best features of web 2.0.Brenda's blog entry has plenty of links to sites extolling the virtues of comics in education.Brenda introduced me to podcasting using audacity in a workshop and on Thursday I will be sharing the love - thanks Brenda, you rock!(Because I have short hair my avatar looks a tad masculine!)
I stumbled upon this by playing with a tagged RSS feed in del.icio.us - and it is a beaut. It is called Glogster and you can construct a funky looking page that can then be shared with the Glogster community and the world.This is the electronic equivalent of creating a poster and I can see students unleashing their creativity in poetry, essays and the like. Last year my had the task of constructing and advert inducing people to decrease their carbon footprint through various ways (eg switch off and save... walk to school and save the planet etc) and this would have been a much better way for students to convey the message.Why is this better than a conventional poster?sharable with the world (can show parents etc)can be embedded into a blog or e-portfolio (be warned they are big!)you can create clickable links on the glog pagetotally electronic - doesn't require paper, glue or a printeryou can message and comment on other people's glogs (I received a message from someone in Japan moments after making my first Glog. In this way you can particpate in the glogging community)emo friendly (you will have to check it out to understand what i mean!)Check out some top Glogs for inspiration.Here is a nanotechnology glog i found - too big to embed... when i tried it covered my sidebar.
Everything you need to know about podcasting with audacity (almost). This series of screencasts by Tech-Ease give you the low down.Better still - let your students teach themselves!
If you are signed up for my CEGSA workshop on RSS, pod and vodcatching, I am giving away 5 DVD's to give away to the first five people who leave their name under this post. To add a comment click on the little picture of the envelope.First name and initial only - be cybersafe!The DVD will contain a smorgasbord of pod and vodcasts for you to sample, as well as free podcatching software and free video player to play all the file formats you will encounter in downloading vodcasts.See you at the conference!Thanks to all... I have given away my free DVDs. I will be assisting Lara in the Moodle session Learning Common 4-5 at 10.45. If you find me beforehand or after and you have a USB I can give you the files. 2.7GB for the DVD contents... but I have made a pared down sub 1GB for people with smaller USB's.
Here is an excellent web based comic creator. Sadly you can't embed or download them, but you can email a link to people or print them out. To snag this one I had to do a screen capture (using the prntscrn button on the keyboard) so you can have an electronic copy with a bit of fussing. Ranges of characters, expressions, speech ballons and colours.Go to Makebeliefcomix for some fun.
I spent an evening venturing into the virtual world second life. In creating a username you have to have a last name and are presented with limited and reasonably uninspiring last names to choose from. As a result my final effort was Uber Szczepanski, which I was moderately happy with.After making your character you are beamed down to Orientation Island where there were a lot of "dazed" people walking around... I too was dazed. I think they should change the name to Disorientation Island. I asked someone how to get some clothes because I felt a little vulnerable and chilly even though it wasn't real. Through trial and error I selected clothes and altered my appearance so my avatar was a reasonable representation of me.I teleported to Scilands (science islands) and was very very lonely, I didn't see another soul. Not a popular tourist destination. No one to ask anything... i.e. "how does this work?" and "what is a fun thing to do around here?" I did note that the Naked scientist show broadcasts from there, and it would be cool to "watch" the show being made and interact with others watching the broadcast. SLURL:
I attended an event last week - Science in the Cafe - an event hosted by SASTA. Dr Martin Westwell spoke about glimpsing the future of neuroscience... electrodes in the brain controlling parkinsons, medications that can aid memory and other medication that can help us forget. He also spoke of the future of synaptic devices, that one day our brains will interact directly with computers with no need for keyboards or computer mouses. In the meantime my son showed me this youtube, a truly astonishing multitouch interface which is just around the corner.Check out SASTA's new site.
The holidays are approaching and winter is still here. Of course there will be fine days when my family and I can go an enjoy the beach which is on my doorstep, but I plan to have a holiday of a different kind. I hope to start exploring Second Life (SL) with my children. We now have a 1:1 computer ratio in my household (sad really!), and as my six year old has learned to navigate through a game (he now has his own iGoogle page and gmail address too) I thought I may just hijack that enthusiasm and take them for a SL field trip if my broadband allows.On my "to see" list of the metaverse...go to the Exploratorium Islandvisit the "Scilands" a group of science related islandsgo to the International Space Flight Museumgo into the Mars Impact Simulatorhitch a ride on a Gemini rocket to the International Space Stationgo to Mars to see vehicles that have landed theretour through a giant testicle to watch spermatogenesisLater in the year we do nuclear reactors with my year 12 physics and we may just go for a virtual field trip to a nuclear reactor. No permission slips needed and no risk of radiation.So many more things... be mersmerised by the potential of science education in SL on youtube.
Create a tag cloud. A tag cloud is a visual representation of common words in a block of text, a website or an rss feed. This is a tag cloud for my website created in TagCrowd. being blog called classroom click com comments computer content cyberspaced del document download easy educators feeds files free google http icio map movie page podcasts rss saving school science search second site software students tag teacher tools topic twitter useful video view virtual vodcast watch web world www year youtube created at TagCrowd.com
Today was a grey winters Saturday so i decided to do science experiments with my children. My daughter grabbed her cheapish camera, we took some video and some stills. Then we put the files onto my computer. With Windows Movie Maker (proprietary software but came shipped with my machine) and a little editing this is the result. When saving the finished product i selected the lowest "Media Windows Low Bandwidth" so it would be small enough to upload to youtube. Sadly the quality was much better than this originally, but to make it small enough to fit down the pipes you have to compromise on quality.Then to youtube and selected upload.. and voila, my first youtube. Just click on the embedded product below.I always pause youtubes at the start as I have sluggish broadband, then wait for them to load to watch in a continuous uninterrupted stream.Methylated Spirits Rocket...
The annual CEGSA conference is being held on 17th and 18th of July at the ASMS. That's in the second week of the holidays on the Thursday and Friday.I hope to be taking two workshops - 1. RSS, Pod & Vodcatching and 2. An introduction to podcasting.A banquet of digital delights for teachers of all persuasions. Moodle, RSS, IWB's, blogging, podcasting, secondlife, m-learning, you name it - they have it.
Plagiarism has become as easy for a student as mastering ctrl V and ctrl C. With these key strokes they can knock up and essay, a powerpoint - virtually anything in a very short space of time, without typing an original word.Two years ago I participated in a trial of turnitin - a plagiarism detector. It was mesmerising as I watched it correctly the sources of a cut and paste, but sadly the cost is prohibitive for most schools.Recently i stumbled upon plagiarismdetect, a FREE web based plagiarism detector. Just cut and paste the text in their magic box and it searches the web. I tested it with wikipedia and even my blog and it detected the plagiarism within seconds.Next time I set and assignment or an information search, I will ask students to place a copy of the text in a word document (if it isn't already) in my drop box and will use this.Tell your colleagues today!!!