iTunes U – A Special Section of the iTunes Store For Education

8 06 2009

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Learners and teachers already use mobile technology in nearly every aspect of their daily lives. Now education has been plugging into that massive chance for learning by providing permanent access to educational materials, along with easy ways for learners to connect, collaborate and share.

You know that mobile learning is reshaping the educational experience. Learning no longer happens only in the classroom or at a desk.

I am sure that loads of students are iTunes users already. Now instead of just going to iTunes for their music and movies they can also find entertainment for their brains!

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iTunes U in the iTunes Store offers free audio and video content from top universities, well-known museums and other cultural institutions. With iTunes U your students can learn from the world’s leading thinkers, attend free lectures, peep at an exhibition, listen to audiobooks or just brush up their Spanish.

Students can sync iTunes U content with any iPod or iPhone, so they can go right on learning while they grab something to eat, walk to class or work out at the gym. They will only have to search, download and play educational content as easily as they do with their music, movies and TV shows.

It’s accessible to anyone with a Mac or PC.

If you haven’t got iTunes, you can download it for free – click here!

Try it yourself! Learn anytime, anywhere.





Smartboard and Health Education

1 06 2009
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Health education is essential these days but it can be quite difficult to explain the concept of a balanced diet. Fortunately, teachers can use some great interactive websites and their interactive whiteboards to help students learn the concepts of a balanced diet.

ActiveScience GSK has a great interactive activity called Balanced Diet that challenges students to interact with different people, read about their goals for a balanced diet and then choose the best meals throughout the day. They are provided feedback about their choice of diet that helps educate them about the importance of the types of foods they are eating. This activity also has supporting worksheets including a word search and a word scramble.





Using Videos in the Classroom

1 06 2009

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Many teachers love using video to enhance their lessons. The downside: many videos are too long, and it’s time consuming to scan a video to find the clip you want to use. Here are two sites that can help streamline the process.

TubeChop and SPLICD allow you to select a section of a Youtube video and crop the bits that you do not want to use, then you obtain a link that you can share with your students or place into your SMART Notebook file. This gives you the ability to launch a quick video clip with minimal classroom down time.

All you have to do is to copy and paste the YouTube URL, crop the video and copy the link to share or the embed code to insert in your VLE.





5min Life Videopedia – Another Amazing Video Website

26 05 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5min is a platform for instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos. This library includes tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 subcategories, which are professionally produced and brand-safe.

5min features content from some of the world’s major media companies as well as the most innovative independent producers. You can watch video recipes, yoga and fitness routines, tech tutorials, DIY projects for home and garden, health videos on specific conditions, beauty and fashion tips, video game walk-throughs and much more.

It’s a great tool for every subject area. Go and have a look.





Befuddlr

18 05 2009

What can you do to keep your learners engaged when introducing them to a new topic?

Why not play with Befuddlr?! Befuddlr will take pictures from Flickr, or you can also upload your own, and befuddles them to create a fun picture puzzle to solve.

It’s a perfect application for the SMART Board! Try it out!





Etherpad – An Online Collaborative Text Editor

18 05 2009

Try out Etherpad for a fast, free, easy and really live collaboration and chat session.

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Etherpad is an online collaborative text editor usable by anyone with an Internet connection. There is no sign up required; you just share a unique URL (web address) with the people you want to collaborate with.

Each user has a different colour and there is a chat box. You can use the random URL assigned or make one up just by adding the name of the document to the end of the URL.

It is real time; you see the edits of the other people as they make them, and you may discuss changes as you make them in the chat box.

The potential for use in education is unlimited. This is a great web tool for collaborative writing and planning; writing reports, stories or scripts, answering questionnaires, improving writing, making lists or also discussing opinions.

It really is simple to use.

  1. Just go to Etherpad and create a new pad.
  2. Email the link for the pad to your learners.
  3. Learners click the URL and they are ready to start writing and chatting in the same pad. You can see everyone editing the document.
  4. All revisions of the etherpad can be saved at any time.
  5. It is simple to format text as well as headlines and bullet points.
  6. You may delete your etherpad

There are also loads of opportunities for using it with staff. There are many situations where we have to put a document together with just one scribe! Well now everyone can get involved in the self assessment! It could also be used for communication!





Wallwisher

11 05 2009

 Another great web tool! Another great way of communicating. And free!

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 http://www.wallwisher.com/

Wallwisher is an online notice board maker. You can use it to make announcements, make notes, share opinions and resources, etc … Just think of wallwisher as your virtual post-its!

It is extremely easy to use. You don’t need to register or create an account. You just have to click on write post and that’s it.

You can add images, links, videos and music to your comments or post it.

To arrange your post its, you just need to drag and drop them where you want.

Check the wallwisher I have just created to try it out with you, and please write something to play with it. To add you comment you just need to double click on the denim background.

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http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/WAESelearning

What do you think?

I am sure you can think of some good ways of using wallwisher with your students. You can ask your learners to give opinions on something you brought up related to what you are teaching, or you can ask them to try answer a difficult question and everyone checks all the answers and can have discussions.

All you have to do is to click on build a wall, choose a URL, pick a theme, add an image (optional), enter your name and email and edit the title (here you can type in your question). Then just click on done.

To share your wall, copy the link and send it to your students. Or wallwisher will send you an email with the link and a template email that you can use to send to your students.

Have fun!