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My ideas for using ICT at school

Presentations – the funny side!

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I found this on mannerofspeaking.org by John Zimmer. He has lots of great advice about public speaking. I thought this video of Don McMillan who traded in the corporate world to become a successful stand-up comedian is brilliant and a useful tool to show classes about to embark on the dreaded powerpoint. You could also point them in the Prezi direction.


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April 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Chorlton ICT Spring Conference 25 March 2011

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Peter Ford

On Friday I travelled up to Chorlton Park Primary School, Chorlton cum Hardy in Manchester for the Chorlton ICT Spring Conference #CISC.  The presenters were:

  • Bill Lord
  • David Mitchell
  • John Sutton
  • Matt Woods
  • Peter Ford
  • I went with two other members of staff; Anthony Simpson, Head of ICT and Rachel Slater, Head of English from Nottingham High Junior School.  We had a thought-provoking and inspiring day.  The ideas that appealed to me were:

    • “playful” learning to improve literacy levels
    • using student mentors for non-geeky staff – but a good idea all round I think
    • classroom tweeting Year 1 upwards – e.g. @giraffeclass
    • peer assessment via comments – train the students to make good comments using constructive criticism
    • using book reviews at http://abookaday.posterous.com/ – although I need more information on how this works in practice
    • Quadblogging to increase the blogs’ audience – classes are grouped in fours where one class is the focus each week
    • CoverItLive as a simpler more practical alternative to video conferencing – this could be brilliant for us between schools or for languages between twinned classed the possibilities are endless
    • Google’s Map Gadget – if your data is geographical e.g. postcodes Google can map it
    • Comment Press to be able to make more detailed constructive criticism on longer pieces of work
    • using a Blogthenews tag to automatically post your posts to a central school newsletter type blog – I look forward to finding out how to do this

    I have lots of homework to do to find out about some of the above.  I am now following many of the other delegates and hope to swap ideas and experiences.

    Thanks again Bill, Peter, Matt, John and David.

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    March 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Infringing Copyright Laws?

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    As you are merrily blogging or using Google Images on your website, do you ever worry about whether or not you are infringing copyright laws?   Just because you are online and saving images is as easy as a right click doesn’t mean to say that copyright laws do not apply and also that you or your organisation will not be fined heavily for abusing it.


    By St Murse

    Take a look at Sue Water’s very comprehensive article on Teacher Challenge Blog Kick Start Activity 5 – Beginner – Enhancing posts with images.

    So what’s the solution?

    1. Use Creative Commons images
    2. Use your own photos
    3. Create your own images using a range of different tools

    These are the different Creative Commons Licences:

    Thanks to Scott Fisk


    See webdesignlessons.com for 16 websites with Free Stock Images for commercial use

    See also the official Google blog for ways to modify your Google Image search so that only images which are copyright free come up.

    Also see Sitepoint.com (Sean P Aune) for a list of 30 sites with Creative Commons media.


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    March 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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    I have been following @ruseltarr on Twitter and he tweeted about www.makeuseof.com if you click on the picture there is a link to five ways to generate ideas using brainstorming apps.

    There is also a huge range of useful guides to a wealth of topics:

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    February 16, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Report Writing in Word 2010

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    I was asked by Rachel Pearson an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) teacher to provide some input on creating reports in Word 2010. The emphasis was on the best way to add images, charts, footnotes and endnotes, but I also included page and section breaks.

    These are the resources I found to help the students.  I would like to make a screencast myself eventually.  Please click on these links to see videos and instructions:

    Click here to watch a screen cast on YouTube of how to add footnotes

    Thanks to GCF LearnFree.org, Shauna Kelly and Titan Tech Training for the videos and instructions.

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    February 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Stupendous Study Habits

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    This resource is fantastic.  It gives tips to:

    • overcome any anxiousness before a test or exam
    • Improve your study habits.  The HoverBeam Habit Detector. Click on the statements that best describe your habits. The HB Habit Detector will automatically reveal ways to help you build on good habits and improve the bad ones. Follow these suggestions and you can actually spend less time on your assignments, yet achieve more! “Work smarter, not harder!”

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    February 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Ready Made Exercises for Teaching How to Search with Google Efficiently

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    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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