Use of ICT in Vocational Education and Training
Something a little different today, a free app for the iPad/iPhone/Android devices: the MyScript Calculator. A calculator that consists of … a blank sheet of paper. Yes, you just write your calculations on the blank sheet of paper, and it just does the calculation for you. Take a look at http://youtu.be/qSESgl3gCFM to see just how simple (and powerful) this is.
Can we have a version for Windows that would work on an IWB…Continue
The abstract 'iTILT and SMARTVET: 2 EU projects to promote effective interactive whiteboard use in Language and Vocational Education' for the co-presentation of these projects was successfully submitted for the EUROCALL 2013 Conference in Evora, Portugal in September.…Continue
Added by Ton Koenraad on March 4, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments
You would have to be very lucky to have an interactive whiteboard in every classroom you teach in, so what can you do? A cheap bit of kit and some lateral thinking can help: the humble wireless mouse. A good one costs less than GBP12 or so, and I reckon teachers should regard them as the equivalent of the the box of chalk I started my career with: don’t enter a classroom without one. You can pass it round the classroom, and combined with some of the software mentioned already in this blog…Continue
Added by Phil Ackroyd on February 28, 2013 at 10:57 — No Comments
Finite resources - time; patience vs infinite numbers of tools available
Question - is there an education guiding manifesto about what you want to use.
Theere is a rapid pace of change and if we don't have a strong education technology manifesto, we are scuppered - it is time to start emptying the bag of tools!
3 things - tools to help capture perplexity;share perplexity; resolve perplexity;
What does perplexity mean? - student doesn't know something; wants to…Continue
Joe Dale presented a very interesting talk about the many and varied uses of iPads in education - link to presentation to follow.
iPad - a multi-modal device - puts the internet into the hands of students
TPACK - Mishra &Koher, 2006: COmbine technological knowledge with pedagogical knowledge with content knowledge
SAMR: Dr. Puentedura - Substitiotion, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition
Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads - 'Prosumers' - producers and…Continue
Added by Angela Higgins on February 25, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments
Using Animoto: -
Animoto is a web application facilitating conglomeration of text, image and sound - educators can apply for free accounts.
What do you use it for?
Creating digital poems
This teacher used 2x35 minute classes to introduce animoto, and then gave students homework to create a poetic video.
Students shared with their classmates, and also with friends and families on-line.
Added by Angela Higgins on February 23, 2013 at 16:20 — No Comments
I am conscious of the fact that new members may be joining this community all the time, so perhaps I can use this posting to recap some Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) basics. There are some short instructional videos (each just a few minutes long) which demonstrate some possibilities, and also build confidence in using the hardware and software. Also don’t forget that you should also be able to put the software…Continue
Wordle is a fabulous, free, web tool. It makes designs out of the text you give it. This 5 minute introductory video demonstrates what I mean. At first sight it might seem just a novelty, but as you start to create and explore you will see scope for lots of activities within and outside the classroom, both teacher-led and student-led. Personally I sometimes just…Continue
Zondle is a games-based learning platform that enables teachers and students to create, play and share games to support their learning needs. Teachers can create over 50+ games by entering their own topics or browse through over 30,000 stored topics. Zondle…Continue
Are you reinventing the wheel? There are lots of clever people out there, producing good quality learning resources perfect for an IWB, they are happy to share with you. Here are three searchable resources you might want to look at, two geared to particular hardware, but another more generic:Continue
I stumbled upon Word Wall at BETT 2013 and I immediately thought it was an excellent addition to our SmartVET Project. It is very similar to the Lesson Activity Builder in the Notebook software but it has some excellent additional resources. And best of all it’s free to download for all teachers on their personal PC’s or laptops.
Added by Wendy O'Sullivan on February 5, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments
1st February 2013
Afternoon blog from BETT ’13
This afternoon was about checking out some of the new hardware available, including the Surface Tablet. This tablet is quite impressive, particularly because it gives easy access to Microsoft Office. It is also rather nice looking, with rounded protective corners to prevent glass shattering, and USB and SD slots built in too. Connected to a school network, it is…Continue
Added by Angela Higgins on February 4, 2013 at 14:54 — No Comments
This project developed a website which includes videos of teachers who were trained to use Interactive Whiteboards in language teaching.
The site has a very comprehensive set of search filters to allow teachers to find examples of lessons in different languages, on different topics and integrating various themes.
In the site, you will also find teacher reflection and student feedback on their experiences of the lessons.
There are also ideas for using visual…Continue
Added by Angela Higgins on February 1, 2013 at 10:49 — No Comments
BETT was very busy today, with hoards at the Excel centre attending it and a CISCO event.
We attended a number of presentations, including a presentation at the Smart theatre about the ITEC Schoolnet project - worth watching as some of the findings could inform Smart VET. It was definitely the most interesting presentation of the day. We were then brought to another room, by a person we met at the ITEC presentation, to view ISIS, a system for making videos of teachers in action for…Continue
Added by Angela Higgins on January 31, 2013 at 13:02 — No Comments
Added by Angela Higgins on January 31, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments
Mindmapping software is ideal for use with an interactive whiteboard. It offers great advantages over the use of paper flip boards, as you can add, delete and move ideas around as you go. Good quality software should also allow you to export the ideas to a Word or PowerPoint format. My own personal favourite software is MindGenius, but it is not free. Take a look at this 1…Continue
Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergman presented today in the BETT Arena, describing the concept of the 'flipped' classroom. This started with both teachers creating videos of themselves delivering the regular content they delivered. These videos were then made available to students either on-line or on a flash drive, to be studied outside school hours.
Teacher and students could then focus on doing practical and project-based work in the classroom, which allowed for more in-depth…Continue
Added by Angela Higgins on January 30, 2013 at 20:10 — No Comments
The iTILT project on IWB and language education will present its results at the BETTshow on Friday February 1, 10-10:30am in the SMARTRoom.
If you happen to be there do come and visit us, definitely if your teaching also involves modern languages.
Alternatively check out our video resources, might provide some inspiration here and there...…Continue
Added by Ton Koenraad on January 29, 2013 at 15:41 — No Comments
~Free Online Voting Tool~
I came accross this on the CESI group this morning and thought you it would be a great resource…Continue
Added by Wendy O'Sullivan on January 25, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments