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Class Accounts
Sunday, October 03rd, 2010 | Author:

As more and more of what we do is moving online, there comes the problem of logging in and remembering email addresses. I don’t know about you but I probably have 50+ logins to various sites, banks, email accounts or whatever. How can we manage this in the classroom? I know many¬† people see this as obvious, but people have been asking how we’ve managed our logins so far.

Well, this term we have already used our blogs, Animoto, Prezi and Viddler as a whole class, so how do we log in? I’ve created a class email account for each class (and also for the sports team, school council etc) and signed up using those.The benefits of this are that when we made Prezis, we could all see the work that everyone else had done. Of course this could lead to problems if someone wanted to maliciously delete someone else’s work, but I doubt that’ll happen. It also gives you more space, for example with Viddler, we now have 2gb per class rather than for the whole school.

To make it easier, I also have a whole school email account and all of the class mail forwards automatically to the main school one meaning I only check one account and not 15. Saves a lot of time!

Even if you are but 1 teacher trying this with your class, think bigger. I have set up the whole school (or at least chose a naming convention the whole school can follow) just in case they all want to start prezi-ing or animoto-ing in the future. Having a whole-school plan in place will help in the long run.

PS If you want to make more email addresses quickly, check Oliver Quinlan’s post on it.

ICT Cluster Spring 1 – Roundup Pt2
Friday, February 05th, 2010 | Author:

Part 1 of the Roundup can be found here

WallWisher – http://www.wallwisher.com/
What does it do?
Wallwisher allows you to create an empty space or wall and collate children’s comments. You can create any name for your wall so you can make it easier for your children to remember e.g. www.wallwisher.com/wall/ianaddison
This can then be embedded into a VLE to show the children’s learning or their ideas.
Possible Uses
Starting a topic: What do you already know about_____? What would you like to find out about___? Or later on, what have you learnt about ____ ?
Top Tip
This doesn’t work with Internet Explorer 6, so if you still have that, you’ll have to wait until you get an upgrade. For EdICT schools, this should be happening in the next few months.

MyEBook – http://www.myebook.com/
Examples – http://www.myebook.com/mr_hill_3-4H from @colport
What does it do?
MyEBook allows you to create an online book to showcase children’s work. There is an over-13 limit on it, and some books are not suitable for primary, but if created by the teacher, they could be used within a VLE or website. You create a book, choose a template or blank book and start dragging photos, sound or text onto the pages. You can add and remove pages at will. Why not get the children reading the text in a story or their work and upload that too? For an exmample of this, look at the Wallace and Gromit book from the link above.
Possible Uses
You could have a book for 1 child over a year, showcasing their work and creating a portfolio of their learning or create a class book to showcase all learning from a particular topic.
Top Tip
MyEBook links to online photo sites such as Flickr, Picasa or Facebook, so if you have pictures online already, you can link to them to save you uploading.

Animoto – http://www.animoto.com/ (Free 30second long videos) www.animoto.com/education (Free, longer videos)
What does it do?
Animoto allows you to upload pictures and create an online presentation. Create a free account, choose some pictures and then upload them. These can then be manipulated and re-ordered if necessary. You then choose a soundtrack from the library or upload your own and then finish. Within 10minutes or so, you’ll have a presentation video that can be linked to or embedded within a VLR or website.
Possible Uses
Uploading pictures of a DT project so that the photos show the making process from start to end. Picture 1 being the materials and picture 8 being the final car/sandwich/model.
Top Tip
Why not get the children to record some audio to upload onto their presentation?

The next session will be on March 18th at Hulbert Junior School and we will make it a 4:15pm start this time as that seems to be when I start anyway! If you can get there for 4, you’ll be treated to tea/coffee and some biscuits too.
The next session will be looking at blogging. This will be a mixture of getting the children involved with blogging, getting YOU to start a blog and sharing examples from other teachers too. Don’t be scared about it, I only started in December, so we can all be new at it together! Brilliant for reflection and I will show how it can be brilliant for CPD too. I might also try and fit in a brief bit about convincing you all to join Twitter too…but we’ll see if time allows.

I am running a Home Access meeting for parents at Hulbert next week, (8th February) so will post resources after that.