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I assure you, there is nothing wrong with me; I just want Apps.

This YouTube shows off the soon to be released Moodle4iPhone application to run Moodle courses through my iPhone. It isn’t a new skin or theme, it is an App, or a piece of software that you need on your iPhone that will display a Moodle course in a way that makes it easy to navigate and use many of the common Moodle-y tools.

Because it is an App, that means I won’t need to have people select the right skin, or clumbsily try and move around a page that was designed for 10 inch+ monitors on their little phone.

I’m too excited about this, and as soon as it is released I’ll be downloading the App and testing it out – then when I’m happy, I’ll bring my iPhone-using students over to use this fabulous new tool!

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Article: Are Baby Boomers Killing Facebook & Twitter? – MacWorld

I found this article interesting. It discusses how generations move onto the Next Big Thing, and use it very differently to those who adopt it early.

For example:
Gen-Y and Gen-Z are more likely to use Twitter to follow their favourite movie and music stars, and write tweets about ‘going to get a coffee’ or ‘going to the bathroom now’.

Now that Gen-X has picked it up, they use Twitter to follow industry trends and write about their professional work, whereas Babyboomers and Gen-Jones might use it to keep in touch with their kids.

Questions:

  • How does your age/demographic change how you use or perceive technology?
  • If Gen-Z are going to keep moving onto the Next New Thing to stay ahead of any control by their parents/community guardians, is this a good thing?
  • How can we teach Gen-Z (and younger!) to be moral in their use of technology to keep ahead of the ‘cyber-bullying’ trends?

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Social networking has finally come of age, and you can now use its force for good instead of evil. Here are two communities of professionals that you might like to take a look at…

Linked-In
This is a professional networking tool that lets you get in touch with a host of experts, developers, and practitioners. It is not limited to teachers, but there is a strong community of teachers using this resource to discuss and learn from each other. I’ve found it is very useful for finding answers to ICT questions – on using the technology, as well as how to use it within and without the classroom.

me.edu.au
Focussing solely upon the education industry, the me.edu.au group is firmly attached to EdNA. Its a new community, but you’ll only get out of it what you put in; ask question and answer other’s questions, and you’ll start building something good.

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Blogs are a great way to ease into using Web 2.0:

  • They are easy to write and edit. They have a little toolbar a bit like Word to format text and you do not have to know html or coding to make something look good and work well.
  • It is easy to add links to other relevant sites and pages. Using the little toolbar, I can click a Link button, copy-paste in a URL, and select if it will open a new page or replace this one. By doing this, if there is a technical jargon term that I want to give you more information on – I can link to a page with that information rather than make the text of the post too long. Its a little like footnotes in academic essays, building cross-referencing into the posts.
  • Interaction! This is not like Announcements in WI Online where you can not ask questions or have something clarified or even add your two-cents in on an issue – you can comment on blog posts and get replies from others as well as the author of the post.
  • Tags and tag clouds provide another layer of useful information. Instead of each post existing on its own, tagging allows us to weave it into a web of information. As we tag posts, the cloud builds, the bigger or bolder the text, the more information we have on that subject that can be accessed. 

Questions to think about and comment on:

  1. What experience have you had with blogging before? Have you created or participated in a blog – or perhaps you are completely new to the world of blog?
  2. Can you see a use for blogging within the classroom? What would be a difference with a young Primary aged child or an older Secondary school student and the types of ways they interact with blogs?
  3. A DEEWR report on Collaboration in Teaching & Learning found that quiet and shy children were emboldened to ask questions using Social Networking tools – why do you think this would be?

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According to Wikipedia,

A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

As part of your training in Education, we are giving you this opportunity to interact with a blog and get your feet wet with technology that your future class are likely to be very familar with.

The main focus of this blog will be ICT and Education, and the authors will be Education staff: Susannah Brown (Ed. Co-ord. & ICT person), Julie Mathews (Dir. Teaching & Learning) and Pam Harvey (Head of Education).

We encourage you to start a blog of your own (we are using a free service known as WordPress) and hope that you’ll come to enjoy working with blogs… and exploring how a class community might be greatly enhanced by using Web 2.0 technology.

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