After a fantastic #digitaledchat on Twitter last week about how robotics can be used in the classroom, I was motivated to write about a recent project in school completed by our Digital Leaders using Sphero robots and the brilliant app Tickle. Twitter chats are a great way to connect with like minded educators and learn more! This one was looking at which robotics systems were of use in different phases of school as well as educators thoughts on the value of learning about robotics. It was a fast paced exciting chat with loads of ideas, resources and opinions. If you missed it, and would like to check it out, here is a link to the Storify.
I love apps which are open ended. They allow students and teachers to be creative with their use. I also love apps which are free, don’t contain advertising and promote digital citizenship. Adobe voice does all of these things, providing a simple platform to create stories composed of images, music, icons, text and most importantly your Voice!
We know that self and peer assessment are key components to effective learning. Embedding opportunities for this to arise in your planned learning experiences can have a huge impact for students. They can identify their current stage and know their next steps in order to progress. I love using video in class to reflect on a performance as well as give an opportunity for peer assessment.
As educators, we often talk about the changing skill set for todays learners, the 21st Century skills, essential for our children to adequately prepared for adult life in the digital world. One thing I think we can overlook however, is the changing skill set required by 21st century educators. Today, I’d like to look at one aspect of this: Teachers as digital curators and distributors. Continue reading
Following on from my post about a filmmaking project involving green screen, or chromakey, I thought I would put together a few simple steps on how to achieve an effect. We are fortunate to have MacBook Airs, which I think are great for speeding up workflow (with AirDrop) and they come with iMovie pre-installed. This is a fantastic application which makes it very simple to produce a high quality output. Green screening is built in too! Continue reading