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Google Sites – Enabling students to aspire to a higher quality of research and presentation work

Last year my Year 9 History class was about to embark on their task of researching Old Boys from their school who fought in the First World War. The dual purpose of the topic was for these new entrants to learn about the history of their school, their country at the time and the battle […]

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MyColl (Our New Moodle Site) – 2 months in

Well our new Moodle Site (MyColl) has now been going just over 2 months. The idea to replace our school Microsoft File Sharepoint(less) site with Moodle grew last year as some staff started using a “Rebel” Moodle site that I provisioned. By early October I also had a handful of students requesting that we replace […]

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Implementing Google Apps Education Edition – the experience so far

Well I am in the middle of my busiest time as a teacher and eLearning Director – believe it or not but I am supposed to be in the middle of the summer holidays. I haven’t posted since September last year with good reason. In Mid October 2009 our school made the decision to go […]

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Google Docs for Collaboration (Part 4)

Well its been 6 weeks since my last posting. I have been incredibly busy but have continued to use Google Docs for Collaborative work with my students. Here is another way that I have used Google Docs in the last few weeks. Year 9 (13-14 Year Old) Research and Presentation – Ancient Rome I decided […]

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Terminating the Textbook

I read an interesting article today sourced from the Times on Line and making it to our local paper (Dominion Post, Wellington). Governor Arnie wants to “terminate” the textbook to save money for the debt-ridden Californian economy. His reason, electronic devices and online learning are replacing the textbook and will save money for schools (his State […]

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Google Docs for Collaboration (Part 2)

This is the second in a sequence of posts outlining ways that I have used Google Docs with my classes. Once my Year 11 History class had become very familiar with Docs I was able to give them a group presentation task. I mentioned in my previous post that I had split them into groups […]

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Free online Image Editor – Pixlr

Recently I had a request from one of the school management team to show him how to resize (downsize) student photos to upload to our student management website. The photos that he had taken were far too large. I decided that Photoshop would be too complicated to train him for such a simple task. I […]

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Google Docs for Collaboration (Part 1)

This is the first of a sequence of posts that I am going to make about how I am using Google Docs with my classes. We often hear about how wonderful web-based tools are for collaboration and learning in theory, but not so often in practice. I am fairly new to Google Apps having been […]

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Collaboration Webs and Mobile Tools (Part 2)

This is a follow-up to my previous post a month ago on Collaboration Webs and Mobile Tools. What has brought it about is the November issue of Interface magazine article titled “Would you look good with a mini?” (well worth a read). The article discusses the emerging trend of Mini Laptops and how they have […]

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Collaboration Webs and Mobile Tools

Well I have just about recovered from the U-Learn 08 Conference held in Christchurch last week. It is the largest eLearning conference for teachers in the country. The conference more than anything confirmed my belief that we are headed rapidly towards a combination of Collaboration Webs and Mobile tools which will take over our teaching. This year’s Horizon […]

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"Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning"
-The NZ Curriculum (p36)

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