visual fun

21 01 2009

two sites here- both look great to play with children- the first maybe for our 3 and 4 year olds,… can’t wait to use it on the Interactive whiteboard!


the second for older children… base on letters and words- a great starting point for graphic designs…… it all looks very simple to start with…. but click on a letter and away you go!



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.