February 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi

I recently read an article about ICTAC coordinators and the coercive skills they require. I like Gandhi’s interpretation of the situation.


Everyone is Doing It

February 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

Posting about Google Earth that is. Version 5.0, with – and I ‘copy and paste,’ the new lexicon for quote…

  • Historical imagery from around the globe
  • Ocean floor and surface data from marine experts
  • Simplified touring with audio and voice recording

Their demo video pretty much says it all. The historic imagery lets you go back in time to see how the location you’re viewing has changed. The cubicle-based deep sea explorers, the new ocean features integrate maps of the ocean’s floor along with videos from National Geographic with Google Earth, very impressive. But where I think GEV5 has the most application is in recording custom tours. Pretours could be the new presentation modus operandi.

There are a series of great Youtube videos, blocked by the eduthinkers outside the classroom so enjoy, when and where you can.

Utility Belt

May 14, 2008 § 2 Comments

utility_belt.jpgI am again wondering if teaching ICT is the best way to educate our learners at Hamble College and the best way to seep ICT into learning. In the past two cover lessons I have been able to introduce a range of ICT tools that the students have, and will continue to benefit from. I was quiet surprised by their response if I am honest. My second thought is how do I share these resources effectively, I am not sure the College delicious account and news letter are kicking it!

Today in Year 8 French I introduced google translate, Oddcast’s audio translator and taught a handful of students how to create Polaroids in Powerpoint. The student were genuinely impressed with the translator and a few expected to use it at home. Finally today, I used picnik an online photo editing tool to help modify some images, now there is a lot more that can be achieved with that tool and the instant Polaroids look neat.

So back to the original thinking… how can best can ICT / E-Learning Director best effect and encourage the uptake of ICT skills for learning? In an ICT context or out in the trenches in the wider educational environment. Just image what could be achieved if we had a mobile IT learning unit! Eeeepck.

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