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Using Animoto

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I created an Animoto video to illustrate some of the really good Web 2.0 tools I have been working on;  Voicethread, Glogster, Xtranormal and Stripgenerator.  It is very easy to use and effective take a look at this http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/hello-animoto ideas.My Animoto video


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April 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

My First Voicethread for Classroom use

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internet safety poster voicethread

I prepared this Voicethread for a Year 7 lesson in Internet Safety, the outcome of which is to produce a Glogster poster to keep by the student’s home computer.  An extension task for this would be to add some other media e.g. video or audio.

This is an excerpt from our Director of ICT’s eLearning Bulletin:

VoiceThread is an online medium which can hold almost any type of media (images, documents ( PDF’s) and videos) and it allows students to comment in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone), text, (which students type in directly) an audio file, or video (with a webcam). A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared.

Here are some excellent Voicethread Instructions thanks to Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano for these found in Creative Commons.

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April 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

ICT CPD and Adult Learners Week

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adult learners week

adult learners week

An idea for increasing the profile of ICT CPD amongst the staff might be to highlight Adult Learners Week and encourage people to learn at least one new ICT method.   We are all learners even though we teach…

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April 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Internet Safety

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Child Education and Online Protection

Child Education and Online Protection

Last year I undertook half a day’s training at the CEOP HQ in London.  This entitles me to download and use the CEOP resources to train the boys at school.  I have an idea to extend this training to the boys’ parents maybe during the first “get to know you” parents’ evening for Year 7? 

It could even be extended further for the school to provide a “public benefit” to some local primary and secondary schools.

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April 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Assessing Pupil’s Progress (APP)

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To make life easier in APP in the school take a look at this

Haylau ICT Training

Here is another good one:  Classroom Monitor

As we are planning new systems; it could be a good time to put whole school APP systems in place?

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April 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

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Research into using Myst in the Classroom

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Tim RylandsThe guru on using Myst in the classroom is Tim Rylands.  Take a look at his website for all the information you need.

The game is available for Nintendo DS, but the reviewers say it is not good.  The way forward is on a PC or a PlayStation. 

Don’t just take my word for it, take a look at Tom Barrett’s blog Tom Barret

Also Mark Warner’s blogMark Warner

Tim sits operating the PC within his audience (class), then they collaborate on the moves they make.  See below for the required specs:

Myst 3Myst III  Minimum System Requirements

    * Operating System: Windows® 95/98/ME (only)

    * Processor: 233 MHz Pentium® II or 300 MHz K6-2  or faster

    * RAM: 64 MB RAM

    * Video Card: 8 MB DirectX® 8-compatible video card (3D

       acceleration optional)

    * Sound Card: DirectX 8-compatible sound card

    * CD-ROM: 4X CD-ROM drive or faster (not recommended for use

       with CD-RWs)

    * Hard Drive Space: 250 MB available hard drive space

    * Supports 32-bit color

Myst 4Specs required to run Myst 4

Myst 4 Revelation Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 98/2000/Me/XP (only)
Processor: 700 MHz Pentium III or AMD Athlon or better (Pentium 4 recommended)
RAM: 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)(256 MB required for XP)
Video Card: 32 MB DirectX 9-compliant video card (64 MB recommended)(see supported list*)
Sound Card: DirectX 9-compliant sound card
DirectX: DirectX 9.0 (included on disc)
DVD: 4x DVD or faster
Hard Drive Space: 3 GB free (for minimal install) 8 GB free (for full install)

*Supported Video Cards at time of release

* ATI Radeon 7000 to 9800 or better
* NVIDIA GeForce 1/2/3/4/FX families
* Matrox Parhelia (PC only)
* Intel i865G to i915G

Laptop models of these cards not fully supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

This Myst forum show a discussion of which Myst games are Windows 2007 compatible.

Sheffield West City Learning CentreSheffield West City Learning Centre recently developed a teaching pack for primary schools that can be downloaded for free; I have saved a copy of this in the ICT Resources area (in the Cross-Curricular ICT folder). This is fab and appears to have everything at hand.

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April 20, 2010 at 9:04 am