A Real Teaching Day???

Recently, this post has been circulating in a few internet mediums – however the bigger question is does it represent a real teaching day is the bigger question?

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Lent

Pancake Tuesday is a day greeted with much delight last week as people enjoy their pancakes with their many different toppings and creations. Some people even go to extremes and they have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It is a day of indulgences.However, Pancake Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday and marks the beginning of Lent.

Lent is a topic which can be covered with a range of years and can be pitched very easily to each class.

A few resources which I have picked up this year for lent are as follow!


Short Youtube clip on Lent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAuB-3V46zk


Short Youtube clip on Ash Wednesday or Lent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3L3c23MfC0


 

Lentsanity Free App designed for young adults.


Pray as You Go Catholic App Free App where you can make a digital retreat for Lent.


 

Credit @MsKeleghan and @rechatie


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Will have daily updates and resources throughout lent.


 

Sign up to the diocesan advisor newsletter! Great resources are emailed out.


 

Beautiful images to use throughout Lent

 

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Storybird

 

 

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Storybird is a Web 2.0 Tool which is an excellent tool for encouraging literacy and creativity in the classroom.


 

In a learning scenario, “starting with pictures” is powerful: it stirs the emotions while it engages the brain and jumpstarts students into their text, avoiding the blank-page syndrome. And it’s effective.

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As stated on their website it allows students to overcome blank page syndrome which they can suffer when they feel pressured and overwhelmed when trying to think outside out the box when it comes to essay writing and creative lessons.

 


 

Visual storytelling for everyone.

A platform for writers, readers, and artists of all ages.

As storybird is free to use and an accessible platform for all ages it could encourage students and family to create a story – which allows students families to feel more connected in their students learning.

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Also, it allows for communal projects and collaborations between both students and classes. This cross over can led to a library of books which can be sold and published if it’s wished through the paid feature to download and sell a book created. This incentive to allow students work to be sold and publish work can not only build up the students and schools portfolio but raise much needed funds for schools.


 

A massive attraction of Storybird is that it can be used with any devices, whether it be a phone, a tablet, a laptop, a netbook or a school computer.

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One other feature which I would encourage when using storybird is the use of paragraphs. For History and English paragraphs play a huge part in the layout of essays and the overall presentation/impression mark.

 

 

 


 

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One other feature of storybird which makes it very attractive in a classroom and school setting is due to the simple fact that it’s a private website no data is collected. A rising problem with websites is the collection of data and the risk this poses for users in the future.


 

Also, incase you missed this little bit of information earlier – it is free to use!

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For more on storybird check out these resources!

                                                                                                                    prezi logo https://prezi.com/kmgpwvqpwde7/introduction-to-storybird/

 

Christmas – Animoto style

A web 2.0 educational resource I have yet to delve into yet (plans for the weekend is to curl up with a cup of strong coffee and delve into all these educational resources!) is Animoto!

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What is Animoto?

Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. Animoto is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco. (All credit for TNW

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Sometimes it’s easier to demonstrate something that try and explain it thus keeping with the Christmas Theme let me show you an example of Animoto in action!

 

Want to know more?

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/14/animoto-celebrates-its-fifth-birthday-with-six-million-users-and-new-i-love-ny-video-style/. This article ran a great article on Animoto fifth birthday which summarised all the questions you may have about animoto!

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#edchatie

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A web 2.0 tool that is frequently used by many educators is Twitter!

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Inspired by the recent assignment to look at communication in regards to the key skills being rolled out the new junior cycle I have realised I have not communicated via blog how great a resource #edchatie is for teachers. Though I have blogged about twitter quite a bit – I feel I may have overlooked giving you a detailed insight to #edchatie which is held each monday night between 8.30-9.30pm on twitter.


 

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It was set up by Fred Boss  (@fboss ) of the NCTE (National Centre for Technology in Education). Each week @fboss uploads a poll open to suggestions of questions and topics that could be discussed vai the micro-blogging platform twitter each Monday night between 8.30-9.30pm. People are free to vote which one should be discussed. Once the poll has closed the topic and questions are tweeted out to the masses.

Each person is encouraged to use the #edchatie when discussing the chosen topic or question.

For example a recent topic which was discussed:”Teaching with teachers not open to technology”. This was a great discussion and promoted many views from all sides of the discussion.

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Unfortunately, due to the huge volume of responses I was not able to read ever tweet and response on twitter – even when using twitterdeck! (web 2.0 tool I highly recommended if into twitter, or even beginning to use twitter)

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Instead of being disappointed – I was able to download the whole discussion via a transcript a few hours later on the edchatie website. (http://edchatie.pbworks.com/w/page/37159466/edchatIE%20Summaries)

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#edchatie is one of the best discussion to join into if you are a teacher (even more so if you are teaching in Ireland). It connects you with hundreds of other teachers in similar situations and you can share tips or problems you have – which can be resolved in a matter of minutes in some cases!

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How do you sign up for #edchatie or even how do you promote the use of #edchatie in your staffroom? I found this poster via the semoraranga website (all credit to @seomraranga) which is clear and easy to understand.  edchatie_poster

Hope to see you all there tomorrow night!

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Web 2.0 Tools for teaching practice

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  • http://www.wordle.net/ – summarise long texts for students!
  • http://www.powtoon.com/ – for those creative enough to create short films for there class! Bring topics alive!
  • prezi.com – try this for powerpoint presentation! free to sign up to and very easy to use!
  • twitter  – connect with fellow educators and you may find some interesting ideas and topics!
  • #teachingpractice
  • #digtailtools
  • #edtech
  • wordpress.com – I would encourage doing a reflective blog for teaching practice. You can see what is working and how you feel about classes and what you can do to improve and reflect on.
  • facebook – have an active chat with friends who are going through a similar experience. Support each other as best as you can.
  • tes.co.uk – huge amount of resources available
  • skype – try skyping with other classes!

21classes

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Just finished a presentation on 21classes this week!

Will post our reaction and overall impression of 21classes!

For those curious what 21classes is and the suspense of an updated post is too much. Please feel free to check out the website: https://www.21classes.com/


Recently we were asked to do a presentation on the web 2.0 technology platform 21classes.com.

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Though over 40,000 users are using 21classes (which a huge percentile being for educational purposes) overall the research from our group and using of 21classes has prompted us to think it may be a good blogging platform but there is better out there.


 

That being said there were positives to 21classes.

  • One of the main reasons why people would use 21classes had to be the privacy settings and spam protection which is ideal.
  • Additionally, another huge benefit of 21classes is that your students do not need an email account to sign up. However, these features only become apparent after you have paid the monthly fee. Though it is a small amount at 8.95 a month per class and 33.98 for unlimited amount to one teacher – it does have huge drawbacks.

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  • From researching active 21classes blogs I noticed that I could access student’s works which was a huge benefit if I was a relative or friend who wanted to see what they are doing in class. Also, it would be a reflective way for students to engage with each other and possibly motivate students as to how much work they need to do.
  • Drawback as students can see each other’s work – which could lead to plagiarism – which would be distressing to students who put a huge amount of work into their work and will lose confidence if they feel their own work will not be private and at the scrutiny of their peers.
  • However, one huge benefit of 21classes for the students is that they can upload and personalise the 21classes page to their own liking. Though this is a great feature – this feature is available on other blogs and is more accessible to do.
  • Following the slides below you can see how difficult was to upload. If you have the time and resources 21classes was good.
  • Though 21classes says they offer a blogging community run and controlled by a teacher students can still change the security settings without the teacher noticing which we thought was a huge drawback.