Selected ICT Links

Blogging

  • Blogs in plain English. From TeachTube. Click the add away to see the video.
  • WordPress. Free environment for blogging, presenting content (page) and course management. If you want to set up your own environment at school.
  • Tumblr. A simple blogging environment. It doesn’t allow commenting and does not support a tag cloud. Good for younger children.
  • Kidblog. A WordPress service, but simplified for young children with safety in mind.
  • Classroom examples. A list with good examples to explore.

Concept mapping tools

  • Bubble.us. Simple brainstorming, mind mapping tool. US $1 per user per month, based on at least 50 users (limited -3-month free option).
  • Mindmeister. $6 per user for 6 months, based on at least 20 users (limited -3-month free option.
  • Coggle. This is a Google app. Simple.

Voicethread

Many tools for collaboration are text-based, which is not good for all learners. Why not have students interact using their voices? Voicethread is an environment in which you can combine different media (audio, video and slides) to make a presentation, and students can interact with the content and each other. Website | Example

Using media

  • Pages of Life (Hong Kong). A documentary by a junior secondary student.
  • Grade 8 GarageBand project. CAPTION: “At my previous school I was able to develop a program in teaching Film Music to year 8 students like a PBL (project based learning) environment. The students created their own sound effects, voice overs and background scores (either using loops, MIDI or own compositions).”
  • Getting started with GarageBand. If you have iLife. Good for recording music and audio presentations.
  • DPLE playlist on YouTube. Videos on making videos. You can search on your own for more.
  • Screenflick. This is an example of software that you can used to record screen actions and narrate your actions. A good way to show students how to complete complex tasks on the computer. The session is recorded as a digital movie and edited. It is important to set the area on the screen that you want to capture big to improve resolution; you can reduce the size later.

Audio and video files are large and need to be compressed. There are different methods for compressing and decompressing files, which gives rise to different file formats. If you have a file that is not the right format for your program, you need to use a codec (a program that decompresses and compresses files of different formats). Click here for a FAQ on codecs for Windows. Codecs.com is a website that provides a collection of codecs.

Podcasting

A podcast is a broadcast that you play when you want it, on the devices of your choice. Many podcasts are published to iTunes. You can subscribe to the podcast series that you want to follow. When you sync your mobile device with iTunes, any new episode will be pushed to that device and you can play it.

Social Networking

social media

Cyberbullying and privacy

The use of digital media for bullying is an important concern, and can take many forms. It has some specific features that are not present in other forms of bullying. What do you think you need to teach students about  cyberbullying?