Even this website and blog on Action Research Projects which have been undertaken show off how well web 2.0 technology is incorporated into CSPE lessons
Once education resource website I would defiantly encourage any teacher that teaches CSPE or has been involved with it in some shape or form to check out the Oireachtas website. They now have an educational programme http://education.oireachtas.ie/ which is full of great resources and clips.
Even looking at these clips you could encourage students to design the Oireachtas or one of the tours using minecraft for assessment. It is a fun way of learning minecraft and learning how the government works at the same time.
Another resource which I have come across is the CSPE.tv xitizenship education. http://www.cspe.tv/ It is packed with resources and ideas.
There is a an excellent resource on Children of the Holocaust which you can do without dwelling too much on the Holocaust with students but yet highlight the importance of the Holocaust through the Rights and Responsibility section of CSPE.
Small youtube tutorial for anyone who wants to learn how to use emaze!
If you want to start using emaze – here is the link to their website!
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.
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.
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.