18 12 2008

another cool website found on my ejourney yesterday.

Have a play



Glogster is the new Wordle!

17 12 2008

Glogster…. WOW- I so love it…… all, the things you can do… I could play all day! and how much fun to tell family at christmas that your new hobby is glogging???



This is such a cool way to present learning….. the list is endless….. but my question which I will no doubbt think about…. should this replace learning how to make publisher in publisher….. which is the  most valid learning experience… the one with the best poster outckme or the one which teaches the most skills? Which skills are the best to learn? Surely the Inrernet can only continue to expand with more and mpore applications such as these… so are the days of Publisher limited in my school?




What skills do children born in the 21st Century need to learn? Should applications such as this replace the traditional software skills such as Word, Publisher or Serif? As more and more web applications become available  should I be using these, or ensuring that a sound basis of core skills is learnt in popular (Microsoft?) applications. Glogster allows links straight into social networking sites, should I be encouraging this or keeping the children in nice safe places?


I have a niggling feeling which is taking a while to come to terms with. I have a feeling that my current curriculum was great. It suits ‘web1.0’ and ‘generation Y’. But in my school there are over 650 children born after 2000. They deserve to learn skills needed to survive in the 21st century.


I find myself at a crossroads. I can see next year I might need a travel pass as I pick a path through web 2.0. How much of my current curriculum I keep and how much I change I am not sure of, but if today is anything to go by, it’s going be fun finding out.

the welly walk

16 12 2008

img_5434To observe objects in more detail I was keen to use our newest microscope- the easiscope from TTS. At £30 it is amazing and again just right for little children with big questions. We plugged it into the computer and allowed pair to bring some of their finds up to look. All the children found the easiscope simple to use, although some needed initial help to move it slowly enough so it would focus on their leaf. I hoped the children would explore the properties of their finds, use descriptive language and compare and contrast their specimens. For some this was true. Did the children extend their observation skills?…Yes. They were very keen and excited to point things out, lots of children looking carefully and describing their leaf as “Cool”! Was language extended and enriched?… Yes, but only once I had an adult working there who could point things out and make suggestions and ask questions to extend their observations. Otherwise words such as “Cool” and “look” were the most used.


Other follow on activities helped to extend and enrich vocabulary and observations. The chatterboxes allowed everyone to record information about their numbered find so others could easily identify a find on an exhibition table. Digital photographs were mounted onto talking postcards, explanations recorded and put with the exhibition. The ‘exhibition’ was very popular and served as a constant reminder of the walk.