Classroom Displays Blog November 13, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
Linda Hartley‘s excellent classroom display blog is linked to her Flickr group where teachers and teaching assistants post photographs of their displays. The blog regularly includes images of displays from all over the web together with helpful commentary by Linda. There are some really super photos on show at the site as well as some interesting links. I loved this link to the ‘Homeworkopoly’ display on Teachnet.
ICT in my Classroom November 12, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
Nottinghamshire teacher Tom Barrett produces this excellent blog about the ways in which he’s using new technologies in the classroom. His posts provide really practical examples on how you can get incorporate ICT in lessons. He’s also not afraid to post about things when they go wrong either. Tom has created some useful Wikis on blogging with your class and using Google Earth in lessons. This blog is definitely one to bookmark and to subscribe to.
ScotEduBlogs October 4, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
This page brings together feeds from a wide variety of different blogs produced by students and teachers in Scotland. I’ve just been looking at some of the great work at Pencaitland Primary School, Law Primary School and Sandaig Primary School. Good examples of how you can use blogs with students. If you’re interested in producing your own blog then take a look at the WordPress tutorials on Andrew Brown’s blog. Or how about listening to the Connected Live Podcast? This is definitely an aggregator that is worth bookmarking.
K-12 Online Conference 2007 October 2, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
When I mentioned the first K-12 Online Conference last year I got several emails from teachers saying that it was exactly the type of thing they were looking for. The 2007 event starts next week so if you’re interested in using blogs, wikis, podcasts, mobile phones, Moodle, Google or any aspect of Web 2.0 in your classroom then you need to pay the conference website a visit.
The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from all educators from around the world who are interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This is a FREE conference run by volunteers and open to everyone, no registration is required. The conference theme is “Playing with Boundaries”. The 2007 conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 8, 2007. The following two weeks, October 15-19 and October 22-26, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog (this website) for participants to download and view. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” and a culminating “When Night Falls” event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during the conference as well as asynchronous conversations.
Tim Rylands September 12, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
You might well have heard of Tim Rylands due to his work using ICT, particularly the Myst series of computer games, to inspire students. (If not then check out his main website!) Tim’s blog documents his work with schools around the country, contains some of his thoughts on education and includes some interesting Internet links. I came across this link to a fun Russian online art package while I was reading his blog the other day.
Ictopus September 7, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities, ICT , add a comment
A group of primary teachers, consultants and lecturers have recently launched Ictopus, a free ICT online primary support service. They plan on publishing a weekly “Sharing Good Practice” newsletter (issue 1 is available now) as well as provide downloadable lessons.
(While I was on the site I noticed this great link, in their news section, to give your students an idea what ancient Rome looked like.)
Mr Pearce’s Blogs September 7, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
This Suprglu aggregator site collects together all the posts from the blogs of Australian primary teacher John Pearce. I’ve been reading his sites for quite some time now and they are definitely well worth a visit. John used his Mr P’s SMART Board blog to produce a super record of introducing a Smartboard into his primary school classroom. His Simply Science blog has some great weblinks and posts about teaching primary science. His more current ‘My Other Blog’ site discusses the use of ICT in the classroom and has lots of interesting material about Web 2.0 technologies. While you’re visiting his sites, have a look at his excellent collection of educational links on Furl.
K12 Online 2006 September 7, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
Anyone interested in using tools like blogs, podcasts and wikis in the classroom should take a look at this online conference for teachers, administrators and educators around the world. The “virtual conference” is running over the next two weeks with the theme of “Unleashing the Potential.” Conference presentations are delivered online which means you can watch them when and where you want.
Mr Belshaw’s Teaching Blog August 28, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
Doug Belshaw is a secondary school history teacher whose teaching blog I’ve just come across. It makes very interesting reading even for primary specialists like us. Of even more interest is Doug’s Edupress blogging/website creation tool. Based on the popular WordPress program it’s free to download and use. It looks good and I’ll certainly be looking at it in more detail.
Primary Teacher UK August 27, 2007Posted by Gareth in : Blogs & Communities , add a comment
Andrew Ross’ teaching blog is one of the sites that I check every day and if you haven’t paid it a visit yet then now is a very good time. Andrew has put together a copy of all the spellings in the KS2 SATs test which will be very useful for Year 6 teachers. His Simpsons target cards have been going down well with visitors to his site and he’s also done a review of our ‘Labours of Heracles’ teaching pack.