I like this video. Its a great summary of many of the things I talk about when I am working with groups and talking about students and change.
In class today I had my students work through a process where they watch the video and then when through and identified what were the key points for them. Then they pared the list down to the 2-3 most important points. Once they refined the list down they choose their most important point and had to defend their decision to the class. Their peers then supported or debates their points.
Interestingly, the two key elements they brought out where the importance of play and the value of risk. isn’t it interesting that in many classes these are the two things that are scrupulously avoided.
In this update of on the wire we have a variety of resources including some brilliant digital citizenship videos.
1. Exposed – CEOP-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ovR3FF_6us Exposed is the latest release from the CEOP, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. This video examines sexting from the perspective of a young person. This 10 minute videofor 14 to 18 year olds.
3. Divided attention disorder – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12406677 – This article examines Divided Attention Disorder or DAD – it looks at the effect of technology on attention and concentration. This is worth reading. Other recent articles include
In this update of on the wire we have a number of useful sites for you viewing pleasure – these include sites for science, the environment, videos, chemistry, health & biology, mathematics and humanities
1. ChemEd DL – Chemistry Education Digital Library - http://www.chemeddl.org/ This is a digital repository for chemistry education resources. This is another site funded in part by the National Science Foundation. A useful resource for science and particularly chemistry.
2. Medical Animation Library – http://www.pennmedicine.org/health_info/animationplayer/ This site has a wealth of medical animations that are very useful to the biology and health classes. Most are suited to the senior end of the school given the depth of information and the topics covered.
In India, all women must confront the cultural pressure to bear a son. The consequences of this preference is a disregard for the lives of women and girls. From birth until death they face a constant threat of violence. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/undesired
2. Fotopedia – http://www.fotopedia.com/ Fotopedia is a collaborative photo encyclopedia. This is an interesting site with some brilliant photography. You are asked to (as a member) vote on images. The materials uploaded and placed on the site is licienced according to the owners wishes, so please check out if its in creative commons or all rights reserved, and respect this. http://www.fotopedia.com/help/guidelines
3. Ask Sir Ken Robinson - This is a sereis of short video clips from Sir ken Robinson in responce to a series of questions posed to him via twitter.
Merry Christmas. I hope you are all having a great time with your family and enjoying the festive season. I am.
I have a video to share with you, its been doing the rounds, but I thought I would save it for a special day, the most appropriate day. Please enjoy the digital story of the nativity. A clever and thoroughly web 2.0 version of the christmas story.
On this on the wire update we are looking at a couple of videos that worth watching. Here is the first:
1. Next is Now – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvad4B0lCdk in the same vein as the famous almost cult (well in educational circles) video Shift happens this is an excellent video with a catchy sound track too.
3. Hans Rosling – 200 years in 4 minutes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo This is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Health vs wealth. this video looks at the last 200 years of statistics in a brilliant and awe inspiring animation.
2. MammalsRus - http://mammalsrus.com/index.html The name isn’t the best and does make it sound like a shoe or toy store, but its a nice clean straight forward site that is a good reference for science and biology. A good selection of video are posted/linked to the site too. I would also recommend my favourite camera site - http://africam.com for live video of waterholes etc.
3. NuVu Studio – Innovation Center for Young MInds - http://nuvustudio.org/ This is a site to watch, its a joint project between MIT and Harvard, students work on a theme or as they describe it a specific studio and work in small teams with access to professors, experts, practitioners etc. Each of the studios is about 2 weeks long and has a review process and exhibition. worth looking into and would be great fun to play in. This reminds me a lot of the excellent work done by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis in the Flat classroom project- http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/ and the exciting flat classroom conference next year in Beijing - http://www.flatclassroomconference.com/
3. Create your own comic - Superhero Squad – http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic – This is another useful free site. This one from Marvel, allows you to create your own superhero comic strip. Anotehr option well worth considering is Comic life by plasq – http://plasq.com Once a mac only product its been available for Windows for quite a while – very economical on a school wide basis.
This update has a number of interesting resources and some brilliant professional development/student learning videos. Stuff here for technology, digital citizenship and more. Most of this update is video based.
1. The commoncraft show - http://www.commoncraft.com/ This is one of my all ourite website and Lee LeFevers’s work is stunning. Here are the latest video clips from them
Please buy them, they are reasonably priced, I would like to see these guys make more of them.
2. Seven things you should know – http://www.educause.edu/7Things This is a regular briefing paper, focused entirely on education, looking at new or emerging technologies and what we as educators whould know about them. Here are the latest three:
3. Animated explanations – http://animatedexplanations.com/ This is similar to the commoncraft show in that it gives you access to tutorials but does not have the tight focus and contains interactive applets which you can download, at a cost.
4. INSIDE ITGS - http://www.insideitgs.net/ This is a blog started by ITGS gurus and colleagues Julie Lindsay and Madeliene Brookes. Nice work ladies, tick subscribed!
At the ISTE conference in Denver I was asked where I found the videos and other resources that I used in the presentation. Here is a list of the materials I used and also some of the other ones I didn’t use but are worthwhile looking at depending on your audience.
CEOP – Child Exploitation and online protection Centre