Wednesday, 26 August 2009
This quote neatly summarises:
"I believe attention is the most powerful tool of the human spirit. We can enhance or augment our attention with practices like meditation and exercise, diffuse it with technologies like email and Blackberries, or alter it with pharmaceuticals. In the end, though, we are fully responsible for how we choose to use this extraordinary tool."
Visit this site to learn more: http://www.lindastone.net
Sunday, 23 August 2009
What's being mentioned in the Twitterverse?
Often, it is about "change" and how hard to is to get traction.
Horse to water etc versus don't let them get you down!
Also, various tweets about DETNSW:
DETNSW laptop rollout.
My thoughts? It's all good!
We were always told not to forget to read the fine print for any service, product, contract etc.
What about the fine print at the bottom of websites in truly tiny print?
Website review checklists are in abundance on the net. Caution, most of them were designed for reviewing regular content-based web pages.
What about the web2.0 or social media websites?
Those that are in fact commercial services or products.
It's all in the Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy requirements.
Much, much more to follow.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
"End users — god bless ‘em. You can’t live with ‘em — but without them, you wouldn’t have a job. They’re the reason you have an IT infrastructure; they’re also the single greatest threat to the security of that infrastructure.
Because, in the end, most users have no idea how dangerous their online behavior is.
No matter how many times they train them, no matter how many classes they hold, most IT professionals still watch helplessly as end users introduce new malware because they 'just couldn’t resist looking at the attachment.' Security pros cringe as their users download software for personal use, turn off firewalls to speed up a connection, or leave their passwords stuck to their laptops."
My comments: Follow this link to read the whole article. It is a must-read if you are an end-user in any enterprise.
It is also vital reading for teachers as they review website products and services for student access.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Great UK interactive esafety website
The site reports:
cyberbullying, so you might like to see what your students think of http://www.thatsnotcool.com/
My delicious bookmarks for online safety are a starting point for gaining the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions.
34 Interesting Ways to Use Search Engines in the Classroom
PC World - USA writes about how Google has made explicit image filtering much easier.
Lucy Gray's Google custom search engine
Easily incorporate Google Apps into your curriculum with these classroom-ready lesson plans.
Look at all Kevin Jarrett's google links on the left side of his blog.
Check out these useful links via Jane Hart on her Social Media in Learning Blog .
Thursday, 13 August 2009
"The Australian Government has a strong interest in the wellbeing and safety of young people. It believes that all students have the right to learn in a safe and supportive environment that is free from bullying and victimisation.
This Government continues to work closely with state and territory education authorities to ensure that all measures are taken to deal with bullying. There are a number of initiatives being undertaken to address this issue in Australian schools. "
Read the advice at the SafeSchools website.
Who cares exactly?
What are they missing?
Why is this conversation important?
Chronicle of Higher Education study.
I am not sure students can benefit greatly from using twitter. I am sure there are lots of opinions out there.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
If you are embarking on school redesign, planning a curriculum change or need support for long-term strategy setting, then Vision Mapper, a free online resource, will help. Vision Mapper has a wide range of practical group activities and inspirational materials, including six possible future scenarios, current trends to consider when planning for the future and case-studies of successful long-term planning initiatives to help you create a reliable long-term vision and strategy for your organisation.
Try the Beyond Current Horizons for scenarios too.
More school related thinking comes from Wes Fryer in this post.
HP and intel "Digital Learning Environments and Resources" has a range of resources to explore on professional learning with web 2.0 tools, laptops and other tools.
This link highlights some Twitter users whose tweets are worth following.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Anne-Maree Moore has a useful wiki dedicated to IWB tips and tools.
A very comprehensive web 2.o tools wiki by Sondra Munro.
The following are some super wikis by American teachers.
Using wikispaces tutorial
Team blogging ideas for professional learning.
Managing your personal brand through blogging
YouTube also keeps you up to date with what is new from those people whose videos you like.
Check out my page and you may want to follow some of these people too.
How to Use YouTube in the Classroom
Offers a brief video tutorial about educational uses for the video-sharing Web site.
Other video sharing sites include:
A useful site for educators on being net savvy.
My delicious links on online safety will also be a good place to start to find out what guidance is available nationally and internationally.
I'll be keeping an ear open to what functions this tool will be put to by students and teachers in NSW public schools.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
In fact, yesterday I even got the edublogs sign-in page up and ready to go!
But, at the last minute I hesitated, thinking, do I really need another blog?
The sensible answer is probably no. The emotional answer continues to be yes.
I believe, I can separate my posts into websites useful for learning for my new blog and other types of posts to remain with this blog to ensure I do justice to two blogs.
I still use "Blog This!" an awful lot as the lazy person's way of blogging topics of interest.
I will spend time checking out the useful information at these sites.
Check out these class blogs
New edublogs features
This is a work in progress ... what are the issues?