Archive for February, 2013

eyePlorer ~ Graphical Knowledge Engine

| February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments 

eyePlorer is “an interactive data visualization of various facts and the relationships between them. Keywords related to a user-chosen topic are placed in a circle, which once selected, reveals the nature of the relationship. An engaging, visual exploration of information.

The colours within the circle denote different categories such as people, countries or organizations. Click on All Facts and see many of interrelated findings, by category.

I think eyePlorer is superb but has the one limitation that it is only based on Wikipedia entries, which are excellent sources of information but aren’t exhaustive. Give it a go and let us know what you discover.

Project 2

| February 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Project Two, from DataDreamer, is a simple experiment in audio manipulation. Investigate placement, volume & combimnations, by dragging elements on a target . A discussion starter on mixing basics if nothing else. (This Flash based so will not work on some tablets, sadly).

PicMonkey

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments 

PicMonkey is a an easy way to manipulate, or gather, images.

Click “Edit a Photo” and get editing. Click the Effects tab to dramatically change the mood of your photo in one click. If there’s a person in your photo, you can experiment with the Touch Up tools to bring out their best features. Click the Touch Up tab to try such free tools as “Blemish Fix,” “Blush Boost,” and “Weight Loss.”

Like Poster-My-Wall, it is also possible to make quick collations of images. Useful tools for students & teachers.

American International School, Chennai, India ~ Day 5

| February 26, 2013 | 2 Comments 

It has been a total honour to be woven in to the social fabric, and learning community, of The American International School, Chennai, in South East India, for the last week. To travel, in real and virtual ways, with such creative, imaginative, warm, “love of learning” based people, is such a joy. We have learned a lot together, and that can only be good: the word “Teacher” does not imply that we are finished with learning. The staff, and the children, of this special place, are up for challenges.

Inquiring/Enquiring. Discovering. Questioning. Laughing and learning. Adapting. Giving. Forgiving. Changing. Adapting. Sharing. Caring.Very much already in place here. We hope we have been able to bring just a few ideas to extend their already bubbling ideas. Continue Reading

Exploring Chennai with Priya

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

 

Easel.ly ~ Easy Infographic creation

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Easel.ly is a superb way to make great quality visualisations, …easily.

Drag a “vheme”, or themed template, in the style of your choice, on to your blank canvas to get you started. Choose objects and images (under the themes of people, animals, banners, food, icons, landmarks, maps, music, nature, and transportation) in to place to convey your message, or data. It is THAT easy.

easel.ly is currently in beta but would love your feedback.

American International School, Chennai, India ~ Day 4

| February 25, 2013 | 4 Comments 

Our fourth day at The American International School, Chennai, in South East India. And, what a fun, full on day!

Over this week, we have been looking at a huge amount of technology, but also a focus on thinking about teaching elements that could run alongside some simple uses of tech in the classroom. The chance to work alongside some students, and experience some of the analog aspects of “picking up words, and juggling them”.

Learning a language is just the start. Finding ways to enable playing with that language is something AIS Chennai are already doing some great work with. Today, we started, alongside the Library, and World Language, colleagues from the school, and investigating which aspects, of digital, and not-so-digital, learning opportunities can have the biggest impact on language acquisition, playfulness, and confidence. Continue Reading

Exploring Mamallapuram, Chennai, South East India

| February 24, 2013 | 2 Comments 

AIS Chennai, Some reflections… II

| February 24, 2013 | 3 Comments 

I had the privilege to attend a writing workshop with the eighth grade students, at AIS Chennai. Mr. Tim Rylands lead the workshop and, after completion, I had a chance to chat with Tim. I thanked Tim for the interesting and educational hour we spent together. He politely corrected me stating, “Well actually it was an hour and a half.” Slightly embarrassed, I replied, “Doesn’t that show the level of engagement!”

As a new educator, I am constantly trying to pick up “tricks of the trade” from other teachers.

Tim’s level of engagement with the students has resonated in my mind over the past few days, and has helped me to explore my strategies and tactics to get the most out of our students. Positive feedback, playful antics, new and silly words, and thought provoking questions are just a few examples of the arsenal of educational tools Tim has.

In reflection, it has been difficult to pinpoint one strategy or tool that I could identify as being paramount to classroom engagement. However, that may just be the point; there is no one tool, no one fail-safe, or fool proof method to keep your students engaged. It is a combination of tools, a love for learning and a love for life.

A “ripple” for you, Mr. Tim Rylands. (Thank you Seth.)

Seth D. Hills – American International School-Chennai

Wrike

| February 24, 2013 | 2 Comments 

Wrike is web based project management software. The free version allows up to 5 users and 2 GB of storage, integration with Google Docs, Dropbox, & iCal, and there are also iPhone and Android apps. Another way to get your students organising, and collaborating on, a team event perhaps? Useful, if only for comparison, to build connection with whichever tool you may use.

Geogebra ~ Free mathematics software

| February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Geogebra provides free mathematics software for learning and teaching. Interactive graphics, algebra and spreadsheets. From early years to university level, Geogebra brings numbers alive.