At the Learning@school conference I was talking to some West Auckland teachers about computer management in the classroom. One of the problems that teachers find that students have at the beginning of the year is computers not going, screens off, power supply not connected or what to do when the computer stops working. The best way to deal with this is to set up a trouble shooting guide or flow chart for students to follow when things go wrong, so if the students follow those steps and still have problems, then they must go to the Computer Monitor, and if that doesn't work, then go to the teacher. It is all about developing students independence and problem solving.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Graphic organizers such as Kidspiration or Inspiration or online versions such as bubbl.us or Webspiration are useful.
I was working with Karuna and his main goal is to have the children in his class use the digital cameras more and to add the photos to PowerPoint. He has decided to integrate this into the 'Managing Self' Key Competency.
His students are going to take photos of each other doing the usual things they do in class and outside the classroom. They will then insert a photo into each slide of a PowerPoint with the success criteria for each specific competency.
When the students have finished typing in their criteria and inserted their photos then they will print it out in 3 slide view.
This can then be displayed and students can 'mark off' each criteria as they achieve it stating how they accomplished it.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Below are the 3 different workshops. I have embedded the Scribd ones for those not blocked from it (because they look better in that format) and I have included the Slideshare example as well, to view full screen click on
ICT in the Junior School ICT in the Middle School
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Connect projector to laptop, turn on the Projector and the laptop
Stick the mimio to the whiteboard with the suction cups (there are plastic clips available that enable you to have a permanent place on the whiteboard, just clip the mimio into them)
Plug in the wireless receiver or connect the USB end of mimio to your computer
Press the power button on the mimio
Press the calibration button
Use the pen to click in the centre of each circle (there are nine)
As long as your projector or screen doesn't move the calibration should stay the same.
Check to see if your pen's battery is 'still alive' by pushing the tip, you should hear a buzzing noise. If you hear that, your pen is working! If you hear nothing then change the batteries. Invest in some rechargeable batteries and always have a spare set available for your pen and your mimo. There is nothing worse than going to start your lesson and you have to find batteries before you even begin! Just a note for NZers, if you break the pen a new one is going to cost you NZ$100
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Anne wants her children to write what their goals are for the year around the Key Competency 'Managing Self'. She wants to insert their individual photos into a flower shape. Students will highlight what they have achieved throughout the year.
With Macs you can use Word, insert the photo, click on the photo to see Picture Toolbar (if that is not there then go View-Toolbars- Picture). Click on the Circle selector tool, drag around the child's face then click on the cut out tool.
Or you can use iPhoto. Click on the photo to be changed. Click on the Edit button. Crop the photo until you can see just the face. Click on the Effects button. Select Matte, click Done. Insert the photo on to your page.
Only Word 2007 has the circle cutout option, insert the photo, click on the photo, click on the Format tab, select the circle shape, then you may need to crop so click on the Crop button and click and drag a corner until you see as much of the picture as you want.
Downloadable software (Win only)
Photofiltre http://photofiltre.free.fr/download_en.htm is a free photo editing programme. It is very simple to use and has some wonderful filters that make amazing changes to photos. You can also use it for cropping shapes out of your photos. In this example the circle tool button has been selected and clicked and dragged around the face. Go to Image - Crop and the new image will appear, go to File - Save As and name your image.
Online Photo Editing
Or there is the online version you could use for both Mac and Windows.
LunaPic is online photo editing software. Click on Browse (find your photo on your computer), click on Upload now. Crop the image first if you need to by clicking and dragging around the area of the photo that you want to keep, then click Crop. Next click on Effects in the menu bar and select Cutout Shape. On the dropdown menu select Circle and Apply. Then click Download and Save.
Once you have the face shape sorted out, you need to insert a circle shape,
in Word click on Autoshapes and select a Circle. Click and drag on the page, right click (or Ctrl click Mac) and select Add Text. Type in your statement. Set your font and style. This circle will need to be moved to the back of the Photo. Click on the circle to select it, go to the Draw toolbar - click on Draw - Arrange - Move behind Text.
Now Duplicate that shape by pressing Ctrl D (Command D for Mac )on the keyboard, keep duplicating until you have enough petals, move into position and edit text.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Right click on the selected text and select Recognise Ink or go to Tools in the menu and select Recognise Ink. . The ink is converted into text.
Converting writing to text
Before you start you need to activate your computer keyboard.
Click on the Applications button and select Text tools
A keyboard will appear that you can use with the mimio pen.
Close it by clicking on the . It will appear in your system tray.
Using the mimio pen click on the Text button, click on the page to place the text box.
Right click on the Keyboard in your system tray. Click on Write Anywhere or Writing Pad (Write Anywhere is not available on Vista)
If you are using the Write anywhere, you can write anywhere on the screen (make sure the cursor is in the Text box first) when you stop writing it will appear in the text box. If you use the Writing Pad then you have to write on the line in the pad, again every time you stop writing with the pen the ink will convert to text.
What I particularly like the most about Converting Writing to text is that you can use it in other applications as well such as Inspiration, Kidspiration, Word and PowerPoint. Just open the mimio Tools and then the Application you want to use.
Remember it will not work until you place your cursor in a text box, symbol or a page.
Friday, 6 February 2009
Webspiration is Inspiration online. It is in beta now and free, so use it while you can. You do not need Inspiration on your computer, and you can work on documents online. When you are on a computer that does have Inspiration loaded on it then you can download the document to your computer.
I can see students using this by uploading a teacher/or their own prepared template to their own Webspiration account; working on it online at home; coming back to school and downloading it for marking or sharing. If students have their own accounts they can also collaborate on documents together online.
Documents can be embedded for viewing in blogs and wikis, click on the document window to see a blown up version.
R rating: None that I could find
Monday, 2 February 2009
Whenever I start Professional development in a new school I like teachers to identify where they are at on the Teacher level of integration.
Using ICT in the classroom means a change in teaching style. The following slideshow gives a description at each level. Which one of those teachers are you? This is best viewed at full screen, click on the full screen icon