Create your own personalised graphics

A number of people have been asking me how to make picture collages using personalised graphics. The reason I became interested in this myself is a heightened awareness of copyright law and a desire to create unique designs for our school website. Schools obviously don’t have a budget to pay for a graphic designer or indeed a web designer in the upkeep of their school website, wiki or blog. The…

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HP Teacher Exchange

Despite having a difficult web address to remember (http://h30411.www3.hp.com/) Hewlett Packard have one of the most interesting sections on their web site for teachers. I follow them on Twitter (@HPTeachExchange) and they often come up with some lists of great resources for teachers. For example, I used their list of animation resources for a project with my fifth and sixth class. The HP Teacher Exchange blog came up with 7…

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QuadBlogging

Earlier this year I introduced some students to blogging. They set up their blogs, wrote their first posts and started down the path of maintaining their blogs. A few weeks later when I asked how things were going, one student commented that she was still enjoying the process but felt that it was like ‘writing in a vacuum’ in that she was writing regular blog posts but not receiving many…

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Teacher Professional Development via Twitter

As the summer approaches many teachers will again engage in a range of continuous professional development courses, on topics ranging from the environment to the Internet. But did you ever consider using Twitter as a source for your own professional development? Will Richardson, http://weblogg-ed.com/, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other powerful web tools for classrooms, has stated that he uses Twitter as the main source for his own professional…

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Kidblog – Easy Blogging for Primary School Students

Are you looking for a safe, free to use, advertisement free, easy to manage blog for your primary school students? Kidsblog http://kidblog.org/home.php has ticked many of the boxes for me. I had toiled with the idea of using edublogs, blogger, wordpress, scoilnet blogs and others but this was just so clear cut for the purpose and was separate from the school blog. And what’s more, it can also be accessed…

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The ‘Interesting Ways’ Series

One of the most current and useful resources that you’ll find for ideas on how to use technology in education is the ‘Interesting Ways’ series, which is the brainchild of Tom Barrett (follow him on Twitter at @tombarrett) and which can be found on Tom’s blog at http://edte.ch/blog/interesting-ways/. The ‘Interesting Ways’ series is a fantastic resource for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most obvious is that they are really…

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2 Blog Or Not 2 Blog?

​I’ve noticed recently a marked increase in queries though the DICTAT and CESI mailing lists regarding the potential use of blogging platforms as replacements for traditional static type html websites. Though I read with interest a straw pole conducted by Simon Lewis a few months back, of one hundred teachers over at www.anseo.net, suggesting that just over 20% of the sample claiming to post to blogs versus over 86% posting…

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Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up

The above headline appeared in the Guardian yesterday, March 25th. The sensational headline is a journalist’s interpretation of a leaked report on the forthcoming Rose Report on the new primary curriculum in England. Many believe that the leaked document has been misrepresented by the journalist in question and that the curriclum documents do not specifically mention Twitter or blogs. However, there is agreement that Web 2.0 technologies should be an…

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Writing for the 21st century

The advent of Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, and social-networking, have changed the way children learn to write , according to  a new report from the National Council of Teachers of English in the US. Schools must adapt to these ubiquitous  modes of writing and develop new approaches to integrate them into the curriculum. Blake Yancey, a professor of English at Florida State University and author of the report…

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