25 May 2007

The Information Literacy Game

I was asked to source some engaging resources for teaching HSC All My Own Work after a recent assault on our Year 11s. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Your ideas welcome.

The Information Literacy Game is a bright idea you can try online courtesy of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, but better still they offer it for download with tips for customising to your own library or school.

Topics covered include plagiarism, referencing systems, choosing resource formats, search skills and specific local information, like library hours and services. Although the game uses all the same dry information as your typical info lit overview it injects some fun, competition and immediate reinforcement. You can play alone or in a group and actually learn as you go.

This type of material also has potential as a board game, a la trivial pursuit, and The Fletcher Library at the University of Arizona has developed such a game as a precursor to a computer game. Can’t access the game itself but check out this presentation Game On! Developing a Game for Library Instruction (PPT) Even more powerful would be if it was the students who wrote the questions and designed the game. (Although it could be a great one day project for a group of TLs and/or teachers.)

For another excellent resource which concentrates on plagiarism try What is Plagiarism at Indiana University? In spite of the title this is a very portable resource. It is described as a brief quiz and concept lesson by Ted Frick and uses specific examples with source and student work side by side. A great learning tool which reinforces concepts as it goes with immediate feedback. Not fancy but very clear.

Lastly, but in no way a lesser resource, is Alan November's page of resources: Grammar of the Internet. The eight resources here include a short quiz, detailed answers and specific activities which take the quiz items in more depth. It is addressed to teachers and includes specific web resources of interest in learning to evaluate - like hoax pages and those which intentionally mislead. Great material for teacher PD and then selectively for students as appropriate to your audience.

The next step is to road test some of these ideas on our kids (and teachers?) Who’s game?

24 May 2007

Podbean podcasting at Marian College

Thanks to Joan for pointing us to this excellent and easy way to manage and deliver podcasts for our learning environment. Terrific!

What I particularly like about this is that I can grab and embedd the podcast here for you to sample! Even better, it looks as if I can use the same 'container' to deliver a podast collection - a bit like vodpod, which I put onto the ParraCoordinators Conference blog to deliver videos!

17 May 2007

Cool Co-ordinator's Conference Handout!

What is a Blog? What is Web 2.0?

The journey into Web 2.0 is just like this...one step at a time. This is the message that Jamie Wahab and I reiterated at our workshop on blogging and Web 2.0 at the Primary Coordinators Conference.

Hats off to Jamie for a fabulous presentation of work being undertaking at Good Shepherd, and his ongoing enthusiasm for Web 2.0. We put together a blog as a 'digital handout' for those who attended the workshop - but of course it is public, and anyone can access it. You might find the compilation of help to you.

I liked two things. First, we created a delicious account to support the digital handout. Then I created a VodPod to make it easy for people to get the videos related to the topic.

Visit the Parra Co-ordinators Conference Spot, and enjoy.

Caroline Chisholm College

I spent a wonderful day at Caroline Chisholm, to see what Michael Stevenson and other super teachers are doing with Web 2.0 and CeNet for learning, and to talk about how to continue to improve on and extend the blend of Web 2.0 and CeNet.

Overall some absolutely inspiring work by teachers, particularly the Year 7 Visual Literacy unit, Year 8 music, and Year 12 - all using technology tools, online learning, and heaps of creativity. But best of all was the depth of comments from students and their obvious engagement with learning.

16 May 2007

How easy!

All I did was drop a single photo collection from my Flickr account into www.slide.com - and look what I got!

There are lots of other things you can do to to create slideshows online. This was a 30 second job!....but I do use my Flickr account all the time, which is why it was so easy.

12 May 2007

Scholarly vs Popular Journals at YouTube

I like the idea of preparing short videos as explanatory guides. Here is one that we could use. But wouldn't it be better if we could start creating our own, or better still, get the students to create short videos as part of their learning and assessment processes?

Anyway, we need more creative ways to reach out to our learners - don't you think?

05 May 2007

EdTech: Focus on K-12

The cover story of the April/May 2007 issue of EdTech magazine addresses the important issue of cybersaftey.

Other articles discuss the growing popularity of podcasts in education, learning with the use of Web 2.0, and optimal classroom layout for use with one-to-one notebook programmes.

EDTECH: Focus On K-12 - April/May 2007

Also included are teaching ideas for 21st century learning. My favourite comes from Vicki Davis (key leader in the Horizon Project 2007) on Introduction to Wikis. In her 10th-grade class, students make movies and learn online safety through a class wiki.

EDTECH: Focus On K-12 - Lesson Plans II

Archives of previous issues are available also.

02 May 2007

Library Design at Broadgreen

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I was really inspired by a school visit in New Zealand. Broadgreen Intermediate in Nelson, hosted an evening cocktail party for the attendees at the recent SLANZA/LIANZA workshop in NewZealand.

The library is inspired by New Zealand art work, on loan from various museums. The Principal, Roger Brodie, has been behind the re-creation of a the new library for the school. The students came up with much of the interior design, and that first year of students is represented by a large photo mural near the circulation desk.

All the books are shelved in 'bins' facing outwards - and the Principal, who has a strong focus on literacy and getting the kids to read - says that circulation of books increased threefold with the new design.

There were lots of interesting design features - but the one that particularly caught my eye were the chairs. There is a Nelson company that takes old furniture and remakes it in the checkered and coloured designs that you see on the library furniture. That's the best part really, and the easiest for anyone to replicate!

Enjoy the photos, and think of what you might do!

01 May 2007

Capturing the vision... in New Zealand!

I was very honoured to have the opportunity to work with my librarian colleagues in New Zealand, and to hear about the many initiatives there, and the particular challenges that they are facing and embracing! I am particularly impressed with the strong relationship with the National Library of New Zealand, and it's extension services to schools.

I am preparing and sharing information from that event with my New Zealand colleagues, located on their PD blog here. Included on that blog is the post Workshop Time that has the information used for the Workshops, and for follow-up afterwards. There may be material there that is useful for you.

I also wanted to share an edited version of the slideshow of the Presentation, as it will give you access to links and videos that I used.