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Ready Made Exercises for Teaching How to Search with Google Efficiently

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(image provided by Keso via Flickr CC)

We have all spent ages on fruitless quests for information on the Internet.  We have all watched students spending an inordinately long time searching for something and not getting the results they are looking for.  Here are 2 excellent websites to teach how to use Google properly and a quiz to test/consolidate that knowledge:

The Google Guide which also has a Teen Cheat Sheet .

There is also the Plenty Smart Google Quiz.


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January 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

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Ngram Viewer – a data mining tool & ICT Research Network (ICTRN)

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I was alterted to this brilliant tool by Seb Schmoller on the ICT Research Network (ICTRN).  A discussion list which was transferred from Becta to ALT, working in partnership with Naace, and with the support of the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education, the eLearning Network and the Mirandanet Fellowship, in December 2010. To subscribe to ICTRN, send an email to listserv@jiscmail.ac.uk .

ICTRN is an email discussion list. Its purpose is to support research into ICT in teaching and learning, and the work of researchers and research-users in the field. The focus should therefore be on asking questions and providing answers, links, and advice. We strongly encourage those who ask questions to circulate a brief summary of the responses they receive back to the list. Whist we discourage use of the list for commercial purposes, using the list in moderation to distribute calls for papers, chapter/article proposal requests, and conference details is generally acceptable.

Google’s Ngram Viewer, which is a database of 500 billion words – mainly in English – and their occurrence over the last 2 centuries.

Ngram Viewer is explained here http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/info, and there is a Harvard University “how to use” at http://tinyurl.com/2vjvwue.

You may also be interested in “The Liberal Arts Goes Data Mining” an 11 minute MP3 interview by the IEEE’s Steven Cherry with Google’s Director of Research Peter Norvig for the IEEE about Ngram http://spectrum.ieee.org/podcast/at-work/education/the-liberal-arts-goes-data-mining.

By way of example, here is the Ngram Viewer’s view of  * the relative frequency of use of the three terms “educational technology” “learning technology” and “instructional design” between 1975 and 2008: http://tinyurl.com/2upvfea

* the relative frequency of use of the two terms “online learning” and “elearning” over the same period: http://tinyurl.com/3339shx

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January 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

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360 Degree Safe Self Review Tool

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Currently we cover eSafety in Year 7 both in GEP and ICT.  We use the Child Exploitation and Online Protection resources amongst others on the thinkyouknow website.  We collate and update CEOP with a questionnaire we give the students and the number of students trained each year.  See Kerry Turner’s Year 7 ICT blog for more detail and excellent videos.

The 360 degree safe self review tool is currently available free of charge and is intended to help schools review their eSafety policy and practice, providing:

  • Management information and stimulus that can influence the production or review of eSafety policies and develop good practice.
  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
  • A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for eSafety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.

Benefits of the online tool

Use of the online tool allows:

  • Collaborative online use.
  • Immediate feedback as to the suggested actions required to move from one level to the next.
  • Users to log sources of evidence, comments and action points.
  • Users to compile and print a wide range of reports.
  • An opportunity to easily compare/benchmark your responses with other users of the online tool.

Using the 360 degree tool might further improve our eSafety good practice?

Written by sammi

January 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Scratch Programming

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Year 7

We have been using Scratch Programming in Year 7.  The boys enjoy learning programming in this way and as a result they produce usable games.  As an extension task this competition brief which I got from the Specialist Schools Academies Trust might be a good idea?

The SSAT are holding their 2nd Scratch programming competition. It is open to all SSAT registered schools.

Click on the boy to download Scratch.

The task was to design a Maths educational game to make learning Maths fun.

There are previous winners games available to play here.  You need to register though for this.

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January 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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