Angry Birds & Education – it doesn’t have to be about Math!

October 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Education | Leave a comment
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This is going to be short and sweet. Angry Birds is often discussed in terms of mathematics and projectile motion, however in this blog post Dan Meyer takes a different view. This post is well worth a read if you want some good, quick and simple tips about teaching and instructional design.

Check it out: Five Lessons On Teaching From Angry Birds That Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Parabolas

Ulearn presentation: Effective online teaching and learning

October 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Conferences, Education | Leave a comment
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Sandy Dougherty and I presented at breakout 4 at ulearn on effective online teaching and learning. It was the first time I had presented outside of my school. I think it went well and have had some positive feedback. We looked at some online tools that we had used in online teaching. I’ve embedded the presentation below (done on Prezi), but as it was an interactive session, I’m not sure how useful they will be.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Effective online teaching and learning, posted with vodpod

 

Tsunami – Instructional Design Project

September 28, 2010 at 8:24 am | Posted in Education | 1 Comment
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About the project

Throughout this year I’ve been working on a post-graduate paper in Instructional Design for e-Learning through Massey University. This has taken up a fair bit of my time (and part of the reason that my posting on this blog has been a bit irregular recently).

As part of the paper, I’ve been working with a group of 4 others from around the country on an instructional design project. We had to follow instructional design processes to plan, develop and implement an e-learning resource for students and teachers globally to use. We had to present the resource on WikiEducator – an online resource for e-learning content. It’s a wiki so anyone can add to, delete and edit any of the content. It’s similar in design to Wikipedia.

Other tools we have used in our design project are Skype and Google Docs. Skype was used for regular online meetings. We decided to use a text chat in Skype for two reasons. Firstly, not everyone was able to voice chat – lack of headsets. Secondly, a text chat meeting allows a history to be kept, so we can go back through the log of the meeting and see what was discussed etc.

Tsunami

The context of our project is about understanding, preparing and planning for tsunami. We decided to make it slightly interactive with students taking the role of a survival agent. They are to be the experts in their area. As the expert they have to learn about what tsunami are, how they form and the impacts they can have. They also have to learn what is required to prepare for a tsunami and how to recognise the signs that one is on the way. Planning escape routes and putting together getaway kits is vital for their success. At the end of the learning resource students play an online survival game, where they have to get a town ready for an emergency.

Have a look at the resource. Feel free to use it and please post comments/feedback here.

http://wikieducator.org/Tsunami

MeeGenius! – Read kids books online

June 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Education | Leave a comment
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MeeGenius! is a site that has a range of kids books online. You can read them online of have them read to you. You can personalize them and share them with others.

This could be a great resource for teaching reading – especially at a distance.

Some of the titles include:

The Princess and the Pea
The Tale of Tom Kitten
The Three Little Pigs
The Ugly Duckling

If you’re a teacher of reading – check it out.

Google Series – Part 4: Google Docs

June 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Education | Leave a comment
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Well I was thinking of heading to Google Docs for this post, and I will, but I’m not going to post much as a good blog post was recently made. It outlines new sharing and editing options in it.

So next time I’ll start to go into detail about Google Docs, but for now – have a look at this post from Free Technology for Teachers to see if you want to explore it further.

I will say this now – Google Docs has great potential for education, collaboration etc.

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