More highlights from CESI

CESI Main Notes

  1. net

Fun activity to do if in the computer room to raise awareness how easy it is for professional hackers to gain students personal information if they become targets.

 

  1. Neil Butler https://twitter.com/mrNeilButler?lang=en

Ignoring his twitter page he has somehow incorporated grand theft auto in the classroom for Pythagoras theorem. He drives out a course and then gets the students to use the course and apply them to the theorems.

  1. TechWeek2016 (Trying to get some resources packs)

Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every area of life .Education, health, environment, social interaction, leisure, citizenship … the list never ends and the pace of change never stops.
April 24-30 2016

  1. Scratch Cat Selfie

It’s part of a scratch pack – didn’t manage to get one but emailing and tweeting to see if I can get my hands on one for the school.

  1. Digital Time Plan

Allowing people to create their own timetables and plans online. Free app – easy to download on ios, android and online at their web store. It could be used to encourage students to take control of their own study planning if it’s an app online which can be downloaded onto their phones.

  1. @teamacademic

New online notes session that is about to launch in the next few weeks. Only a teaster/taster was given at the techmeet.

  1. net

Resources for the classroom for all subjects.

  1. Tech Team

Using minecraft in the classroom. Looked at how minecraft is an app which can be used in class on moblies. Not possible unless students have accounts.

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Alternatives to Youtube

Using IT in the classroom is always a welcomed challenge for teachers and a distraction for students.

Films, TV documentaries, short media clips are all great resources when used correctly in the classroom. However, YouTube is not always available in secondary or primary schools due to the PDST security. Despite this many schools have set the level to incorporate YouTube.

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Youtube however is a social media outlet which does wish to make profit from it’s availability and services, thus youtube has started integrating ads into youtube clips as people are skipping the advertisement. This does pose a problem in a school and learning environment.

One way to overcome this is to use quiettube. Quiettube takes out unnecessary extras and just allows the youtube clip to be shown.  It is ideal if teaching younger students or if you wish students not to be distracted. Quiettube additionally takes out the autoplay next video which can lead to distributions when teaching.

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Another great IT resource to use instead of YouTube is Vimeo. Though I have discussed Vimeo in a previous post – it is always good to reflect and revise on resources.

Vimeo has been proving itself in regards to the high quality and easy to use features. One student recently, created an amazing 1916 project using Vimeo. Additionally, they were able to make the video from their phone and they had their family helping them which they said was ideal as their family then became involved in the students learning. Furthermore, using Vimeo allowed the student to experience HD quality features and enhancements which aren’t always available when uploading YouTube clips.

The wealth of resources on Vimeo is also worth noting. Most topics have something there which you can view and use. What I have found from using Vimeo in the class is it can be tedious to load at times due to the HD Quality.

Wingclips is another media clip which I would highly recommended using the classroom. It has a huge amount of short clips to choose from which are ideal in the classroom. Wingclips is designed to be easy and friendly to use. It even caught my eye that in the Catholic School Week resource pack they recommended using short clips from wingclips to tie into lessons. It was ideal to use in the classroom and also suggested other clips. Furthermore, wingclips seems to use HD quality clips which are ideal in a classroom full of students. It eliminates the usual

I can’t hear the clip or it’s very blurry.

One feature of wingclips which does put it above other websites is it has been split into themes and categories. Furthermore, it has also designed an educational section on its website. This section is packed with resources and inspirational shirt clips which can be incorporated into any lesson theme or even at the start or end of a lesson.

Additionally, wingclips has the length of the clip beside the clip and key words. Knowing the length of a clip before you even click on it is ideal if you are trying to plan a class as time is of the essence when teaching. One of the most common complaints you hear from students who are reflecting on teaching practice at this time of the year is they do not have enough time. Similar to how the crunch of the coursework is on top of many students and teachers and how they say that they feel that there isn’t enough time in the day for what needs to be done.

Also, another reason why wingclips is highly recommended for the classroom as a resource is there is no advertising or advertisements shown on the page beside the wingclips logo and a link to buy the whole documentary or clip.

Religious Education Resource is Bible.com. Though it is very much so aimed towards the Christian part of the course, it does have a huge amount of resources which can be pitched at any level. Recently, more and more clips have been uploaded to this website. Additionally, it has since adapted to the way society has gone and can be downloaded as an app. By being able to download bible.com onto your phones as an app you are able to research and look at the resources on the go. Having the option to log on via your phone and browse resources.

Edmodo

 

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Edmodo is a free web based platform which allows both students and parents to connect and collaborate with teachers both inside and outside the classroom.


 

Safety

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Safety is seen to be the number one reason why an increasing number of teachers are using edmodo in the classroom.Additionally, it allows students and teacher to communicate with each other outside of the classroom – in a professional manner.

It’s designed to allow social networking in the classroom but in a controlled and safe manner.

Students can post and chat to each other via a wall. You can see the similarity of edmodo to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in its layout in a classroom setting. These familiar layouts can increase student’s confidence in collaborating with others students thus creating an online learning environment which can promote potential among students.

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Students can’t create accounts without their teacher thus there is no spam accounts or false pretence as to who is online. How this is done is each account is set up by a teacher and given a unique code which they can give to their students.


Another appeal is teachers can upload documents as it can be difficult to locate handouts and powerpoints weeks after they have been given out in class.

Additionally, Edmodo is accessible on moblie phones making it ideal to log in and quickly check something while on the go.


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Would I recommend it?

The verdict on edmodo is this is one of the most useful and available resources that should be taken advantage of by teachers and students. It also allows for an open communication between the teachers and parents as to what is being covered in class and what notes students should have!

Short tutorial on how to Edmodo is used!

Tutorial on how to get set up with Edmodo.


For more on edmodo try the links and articles below!

  • https://www.edmodo.com/teachers
  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fusionprojects.edmodo&hl=en
  • @edmodo
  • Holland, C. & Muilenburg, L. (2011). Supporting Student Collaboration: Edmodo in the Classroom. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.),Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 3232-3236). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • http://conference.pixel-online.net/ICT4LL2012/common/download/Paper_pdf/90-IBT18-FP-Kongchan-ICT2012.pdf
  • Sanders, K.S. An examination of the academic networking site Edmodo on student engagement and responsible learning. Ph.D. thesis, University of South Carolina.
  • https://www.edmodo.com/images/rttd/Edmodo_RTTD_Overview.pdf
  • Batsila, M., Tsihouridis, C. & Vavougios, D. (2014). Entering the Web-2 Edmodo World to Support Learning: Tracing Teachers’ Opinion After Using it in their Classes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), 53-60. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.
  • Batsila, M., Tsihouridis, C. & Vavougios, D. (2014). Entering the Web-2 Edmodo World to Support Learning: Tracing Teachers’ Opinion After Using it in their Classes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), 53-60. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.

Web 2.0 – History Hub

http://historyhub.ie/

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Another great history resource is History Hub.

History Hub is a great resource for senior cycle history and even an undergraduate standards.

It has excellent resources for Junior and Leaving Certificate history and with the 1916 Rising coming up listening to Podcasts is an excellent way to engage students in the classroom and get them motivated in helping commemorate 1916.

Additionally, one feature of History Hub which I enjoyed is their From the Archives section of their website. More and more it’s noticeable that students are losing out on engaging with primary and secondary sources as we are teaching for an exam. Though true it’s great to be able to use primary sources from archives whereas possible.

(Images of the 1916 Rising aftermath)

Additionally,for T.Y. and senior cycle history students can use the website to get ideas for Research projects and topics.

Another simple fact about History Hub which makes it worth checking out is it’s updated regularly and they have a mailing list which you can subscribe to. I found this idea appealing as I sometimes forget what website I saw a great resource on but if I’m on their mailing list a quick search of emails usually turns up what I was looking for.

Look up?

 

In today’s world we are completely immersed in technology. Recently, while reviewing Web 2.0 tools and looking at how to incorporate new ideas into the classroom. For example I used the star wars and arcade generator off classtools.net. Though these web 2.0 tools are marvelous to use and explore it’s easy to forget how immersed in technology we are becoming.

It’s sometimes easy to forget to look up at the world around you. One prime example of people forgetting to look up at the world around us is at the Bus stop.

 

While we stand at the bus stop we are all culprits of having our phones out and checking our phones for updates and news.

Though I see the benefit of the being immersed in technology I think it’s wise to remind ourselves of how to put away technology, even for a brief period in time.

 

 

Bowka – Mental Health Week

Bowka

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Exercise improves your mental health.

Music also improves your mental health.

Exercise + Music = Mental Health overload!!!!

Bowka is the new craze of exercise and music combined. Though you may not have heard of Bowka, think Zumba but with numbers and letters and you have a fair idea of what Bowka is. Bowka is as physical as it get’s yet it’s meant to be simple to learn – which is why it’s starting to gain popularity. Additionally, it’s for everybody. The young, the old, the lazy, the high energy!

You will burn any calories or negative feelings you have away I have been told. Seems like a win win situation considering tonight’s #edchatie was about how do teachers cope with stress?

Not one hundred per cent sure what Bowka will bring tomorrow, but I know it won’t be dull considering it derives form boxing and kwaito – African words for a style of South African music and dance.

To give you a test of what is in store for tomorrow – here is a short clip!

#edchatie #mentalhealth #littlethings #bowka #zumba #happymonday #motivation #keepfit #teaching

Kids and Homework: A bad combination?

Source: Kids and Homework: A bad combination?

In response to this article I think sometimes students think

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However, though students may think happiness equals no homework we must remember that homework is used to reinforce the material learnt in class. Though students may feel less inclined and enthusiastic about a subject due to the amount of homework they have to do.

Those who are supporting students through school must remember that if students are saying:homework.png

Maybe it’s because they are feeling similar to this:

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Tips to help students combine homework:

  1. Set up a homework area. This can reduce stress in the evening as students know that there is a certain area to do homework and can leave that area knowing they aren’t going to find school work anywhere else. Additionally, it can help family to leave Stationery and other schools supplies in that area for the student to find. Also, make sure the area is well lit so students aren’t straining their eyes.
  2. Lock up distractions. This means no phone, no TV, no gameboys, no playstations, no xbox, no laptops, no computers (sometimes research and assignments can be done on computers thus don’t rule them out completely) etc. etc.
  3. Praise their work. If a student does an extra hour of study or looks up something they don’t understand praise them. Same for teachers – if you see a student working that bit harder or focusing that bit more, praise them. You never know what small words could change their perception of study.
  4. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Nobody is perfect. Teachers are there to help and they monitor students homework and classwork. They can tell exactly where a student needs to improve in a subject or area and can help or at least steer you in the right direction as to where to get help.