Before I went, I wanted to find out about blogging and wikispaces, more freeware and internet based applications, and e-portfolios. I want to try these all out in my class!!
The first breakout I went to was hosted by Dorothy Burt and her daughters Ashleigh and Georgie. It was about blogging. These are three of the most important things I got out of it:
· congratulate, thoughtful, helpful = comment.
· screen shots of things like Mathletics certificates on individual blogs.
· videos, pictures, stories, poems, posting reflection or stating what they are looking forward to in the next term, class/school events, book reviews/podcasting.The next breakout I wnt to was about websites for learning. Some of the websites I am keen to try out from this are:
· fotobabble www.fotobabble.com you can use images and kids record sound based on that image.
· Telescopic Text http://www.telescopictext.org/ - this shows the kids writing/thinking process, shows their editing. Can get a login and it is important to log in to save it and go back to it.
· The Awesome Highlighter - you can create a website, great for research for projects http://theawesomehighlighter.com
· Cue Prompter http://www.prompter.com/ great for if you are videoing something – just like a news reader!!
· Popplot www.popplet.com - brainstorming tool, write, draw, add photos or videos.
· Custrmaps http://www.clustrmaps.com shows when someone visits your blog where they are from.
· Animoto http://www.animoto.com low level thinking for creating movies, but great for teachers in a hurry. Good for posting photos on your blog.
· Scratch http://scratch.mit.com download it to make games, you can then upload it. You can download other people’s games and change them.
· Kerpoof http://www.kerpoof.com the next step in gamemaking.
I met Kitty from Taharoa at this breakout and she showed me some other cool websites I also want to check out"
My StoryMaker http://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker/embed.cfm
Picture Book Maker http://www.artisancam.org.uk/flashapps/picturebookmaker/
www.webook.com/911writersblock - to overcome writers block and use headphones
http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/newpoem.htm - instant poetry forms
Xtranormal http://www.xtranormal.com makes movies
P22 Music Text Composition Generator http://www.p22.com/musicfont/ converts any text into a musical composition. Displayed in musical notation and generated as a midi file.
Later that day I went to a breakout about wikispaces. Another inspiring tool to try out. And these websites were recommended:
· VoiceThread – used to capture children talking about their strategies. www.voicethread.com
· Audioboo http://audioboo.fm/ another web based tool to record audio of kids talking about their maths strategies.
· Wallwisher (online brainstorming tool) http://www.wallwisher.com/
Today I went to a breakout about self-directed learning.
What does it involve?
- self-management: establishes clear goals; thoroughly gathers information; persistently stays with a task; uses a systematic approach to problem solving, organisational planning, and decision-making.
- self-monitoring: self-reflection; self-evaluation; process of reflecting on one’s own thinking patterns, plans, decisions, and actions.
- self-modification: feedback ….revises strategies and strives to maximise his/her effectiveness based on feedback.
And lastly I went to a breakout about more freeware and internet based solutions. I'm keen to try these ones out:
· Jing – a tool used to capture a short movie of your screen or a portion of it and save as a flash movie file http://www.jingproject.com/
· Mindnode - a mind mapping program; is text based and can be exported as a PDF; no faffing about with logins, just goes http://www.mindnode.com/
· Worditout http://www.worditout.com/ you have a bit more control over it than Wordle.
· Tagxedo http://www.tagxedo.com/ you have even more control than Wordle or Worditout. It can be exported!!!
· Story Creator http://myths.e2bn.org/story_creator/ good for reluctant writers
· PicLits http://www.piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx has pictures and it has words down the bottom that you drag and drop to create sentences. For reluctant writers.
· SlideShare http://www.slideshare.net/ good place to find out about things – lots of good stuff about maths and writing for kids.
· Tutpup http://www.tutpup.com/ maths, spelling, algebra…. games
· Awesome Screenshot - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/awesome-screenshot-capture-/ and then you can write on it!! It can grab more than what you can see.
And that is my first time. Better see what it looks like now. Melulater!!