I am busy trying to construct a template using Google Sites as PortFolios for pupils to showcase their progress of the ICT learning we will embark upon via other subjects. There will be no physical space to store work and each class will have ICT lessons from either of the two ICT teachers and potentially six other subject specialist teachers throughout each year. There is a lot to discuss about PortFolios, but for now I thought others might like to see this embed in Google Sites at work. Initially I tried using http://popplet.com/ and embedding a page that PortFolio visitors might use as a feedback wall to leave a comment for the pupil. However, popplet are having trouble creating code … Continue reading
Google have launched a new *learn to search* site. http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/index.html It includes: Lesson Plans & Activities (differentiated for beginner/intermediate/advanced) Live trainings (collection of videos on a broad range of search disciplines) A link to vote for Google Doodle Links to A Google A Day (which is pretty cool if you’ve not tried it) Which are you? Very useful for teachers to learn as well.
Popped over to Google+ for a quick hello to that stream. Saw this cool little share from Danny Silva who works for CUE and was one of the lead learners at GTAUK10 where I earned my Google stripes. I wondered what CK-12 was so clicked through – looked legit (which it is). So, I re-shared his post. I tweeted it. All good… And then I actually clicked all the way through to get a copy of one of the free titles. They were free because CK-12 is a non-profit shared under creative commons licence. But to get here, I had to make sure my Google Wallet is active. It didn’t cost me anything but my bank details had to be … Continue reading
Okay. This is pretty cool functionality… It starts like this: Google Text Doc. You highlight some text and insert a comment which appears down the side. Nothing happens. The comment sits there and that’s about that really. But, when someone replies to your comment. It triggers an email to the original commenter. You can see the original comment I made: *this is a bit vague* If you reply to that email the message body becomes the next response in the GDoc comment thread. Simple and awesome. After I tweeted this, Mark Allen replied with a similar feature: Mark Allen @EdintheClouds @daibarnes Students share Docs comment-only with teacher. Teacher’s interventions and student’s response visible in revision history. #awesome Google Apps for Education … Continue reading
I’m a big fan and user of Google SketchUp 3D modelling software. You can build all sorts of things in SketchUp and then create an AVI movie and export it to showcase your work (image above shows this in action). It works very well in the classroom, engaging pupils beyond standard expectations, boys and girls alike – every year I introduce it to Y8 and am blown over by the amount of time the majority spend working on their creations. Also, we have started using it in GCSE Graphic Design course instead of ProDeskTop (blogpost about that here). But I’m not going to miss SketchUp because it is only changing ownership. See this official blogpost for more info. I’m mildly … Continue reading