Tag-Archive for ◊ web2.0 ◊

No ID? No Prezi for you, young man
Friday, December 03rd, 2010 | Author:

Prezi – You must be 18 years old – or, if the age of majority in your state or province is greater than 18 years, such age of majority in your state or province – or have obtained the consent of your parent or guardian to use the Prezi Service

Voicethread – You must be at least 13 years or older to register and use this Service. If you are under the age of 13, you must use an account created by a parent or guardian, and you must have the explicit permission of a parent or guardian to use the Service.

Above are just two examples from countless websites that state users must be over 13/15/18 to use and access them. Yet I know of some outstanding work going on in the primary classroom using these tools and others like them. So what is a school to do?

Do we:

  • Make a class account and have all of the children log-in with this? (I’ve done this with Prezi)
  • Let the children sign-up to these tools with their own email and then it’s ‘not your fault’?
  • Sign them up using a school email – after all, both of the examples above mention guardian and we are loco parentis are we not?
  • Ask parents for permission for their children to use these sites?

This issue has troubled me for a while. I love these tools as well as Voki, Zooburst, MyEBook and others like them but they are all bound by this over-13 limit. For most of them, I don’t understand why. Unless the service allows you to browse through a library of old videos and saved files and some of these were inappropriate, then what’s the problem?

Are the terms there just for the sake of it? Does it matter if we use the sites in the primary school? I know I have to be careful as our work gets put on the blogs which gets seen by the public and people on Twitter and I wouldn’t want it to look like our school was advocating children breaking the law.

So what do you do in your school? Do you use Voki? Vimeo? Animoto? These all have all restrictions. I think what I will be doing in my school is asking for parental permission. In the same way I ask for permission to use children’s photos, I will be asking for parents to agree to let us use these tools. Is it brave? Is it stupid? Would we even be covered by law? (although saying that, if the police come and arrest me because year 4 made a Voki, I’d be surprised – I’m sorry sir, I’m arresting you for illegally making a talking koala).

I would make it an opt-out agreement so that everyone can use the service unless their parents had a huge problem with it. I am very happy to share my ideas with parents, after all they only need to Google me to find this post! I would have to be careful to ensure the site was suitable and didn’t contain libraries of dodgy pictures etc, but I would’ve done that anyway.

So what do you think? Am I going down the right road? Am I totally wrong? Or am I caring too much about a problem that doesn’t really exist if we all keep quiet? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this as I want to give these exciting tools to my children.

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ICT Cluster Spring 1 – Roundup Pt1
Wednesday, February 03rd, 2010 | Author:

So, another ICT cluster has finished and this one seemed to fly by like a whirlwind! I think I probably tried fitting too much into a short space of time. I promise next session I will slow down and give more playing time! (and find a room with a decent projector)
So here is a round-up of some of the things we did, and didn’t, cover. I will also send this out on twitter and hopefully people will add examples below too.

The purpose of this session was to show you some of the exciting websites that I have found recently, the majority through Twitter. These range from time-saving to collaboration-based tools. After meeting with some teachers before Christmas and one of them stating that there seemed to be a lack of innovation from Lead Teachers and above, I thought I’d try my best to lead by example. Who knows if it worked or not!

So, what did we look at? (BTW, all of these are free.)

Delicious – http://www.delicious.com/
Examples: www.delicious.com/ianaddison or www.delicious.com/parkfield
What does it do?
It allows you to store websites and favourites online so that they can be accessed from anywhere. Now this might sound like a small thing for some people, but if you think a bit bigger, such as creating a school account like @simonhaughton has done, then collaboration becomes much easier. I showed this at an inset day at the start of term and the teachers added their favourite sites, within an hour we had 50 websites for them to share. even amongst this small number of teachers, they were all adding websites that others hadn’t heard of. This means that next time they want to find a site for poetry, it might have been found by someone already. Very useful indeed. Next step? What about a Hampshire-wide account? hhmmm..might need some thought!
Top Tip
If you create a school account, make sure you decide on the tags beforehand. Otherwise, you’ll end up with KS2, KS 2 and Key Stage 2.

PrimaryPad http://www.primarypad.com/
What does it do?
Primary Pad is a tool that allows you to upload a word document or start from scratch and then have multiple users adding to and editing the document at the same time. Sounds chaotic? It can be. But now that @johnmclear has limited it to 6 people per pad, it works brilliantly for small groups of children. We have used in Hants to plan testing for Wizkid, we were all online plotting our next steps in real-time. It’s quite a lot of fun too!
Possible Uses
Why not get the children to collaborate on a story or piece of writing? Poetry? Playscript?
What about teachers editing a policy?
Top Tip
Go to www.primarypad.com/whateverwordyoulike and providing someone hasn’t put that word on there before, you can make a new pad. This means that you can have a pad tailored for your class or group, much easier to remember than using the random letters at the end!
Also, let the children try it first, then decide on rules. They can edit and delete each others work, so session 2 may need some rules!

Wordlehttp://www.wordle.net/
What does it do?
Wordle takes a selction of words you have typed or pasted and create a collage of them with the more frequent words appearing larger than the others. The best way to see this is to copy and paste a news article from a site such as http://www.bbc.co.uk/ and then try to see the key words of the article. I showed this using Andy Murray’s match report and the key words were ‘Murray’, ‘Tennis’ and ‘Open’. Useful to see if a child has written one word more than the others.
Possible Uses
Why not ask the children to list different words for ‘said’ or ‘walked’? Write the main word e.g. ‘said’ 3/4 times, then the others will appear smaller. Great for a vocabulary display or a way of creating a wordbank before starting a poem.
Top Tip
When typing words, put ~ between them. This way, the words stay together e.g. once~upon~a~time would stay together as a phrase. Perfect for story starters! More tips can be found at www.delicious.com/ianaddison/wordle

Part 2 will follow with Wallwisher, MyEBook and Animoto as well as details of Home Access

Collaboration is the way forward
Thursday, December 24th, 2009 | Author:

I love the new way that I work. I used to sit, thinking of ideas, occasionally bouncing them off of my partner, as she is a teacher too, or seeing what I thought would be good. Those were the old days. It doesn’t work like that any more.

In January I have two sessions showing web 2.0 technology. One is my local ICT cluster that I run and the other is a session at a school that was put together because I was asked to come in and inspire the staff.
Now, web 2.0 covers a lot of areas and the cluster meeting is only around an hour long! This left me with a huge dilemma. What do I cover? Do I briefly show lots of things? Or really delve into Primarypad (was Etherpad) and blogging? But what about Wallwisher? Twitter? Go Animate?
I knew what to do, I asked my PLN (Personal Learning Network) for some help. I created a Primary pad (http://mraddison.primarypad.com/2) and started coming up with ideas. I then sent a link out on Twitter and within seconds, I had the help of 3 other teachers who were keen to share their ideas.

Unfortunately, they had so many ideas that instead of trimming mine down to a manageable hour, I have been inundated with other things to try! MyEBook is a particular favourite that was suggested. I think Delicious will have the biggest impact long term on the way that they share and work as a school, but for a quick win that they can use the next day in class, I think Wordle or Primary pad will be a good start. Showing Blogging/Google Reader will help them to develop until I see them again in later sessions.

I know that the sessions will be fantastic and should really capture the attention and imagination of the teachers there and for that I have to thank Twitter and my PLN.

Thanks to @icklekid, @colport, and @primarypete_ for their help and ideas!
Oh and @johnmclear for his work on Primary Pad