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Using Technology To Excite Learners


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Presentation to SSAT seminar 3/02/2010

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  • 1. Caroline Roche Holmesdale Technology College, Kent
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    • Twitter: /carolineroche
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Personal blog: http://
    • Slideshare: /carolineroche
    • Delicious bookmarking site: http:// /carolineroche
    • Diigo bookmarking site: /user/carolineroche
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    • Because our students are already collaborating online with each other
    • Because we need to be collaborating too to reach them in a way that is relevant to them
    • Social Media Counter – fascinating facts and figures!
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    • Why not connect to an author or another school via Skype?
    • Cost is an advantage – no travel expenses
    • Skype is free to download – all you need is a computer with a microphone and a videocamera
    • Skype will make it more economical for much smaller tutorials for students – consider this for AL English for example, contacting an author or a lecturer at a University or FE college for a Masterclass
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    • Go to this website: http://
    • Signing up for an account is free. If you want an educators account which allows you to have up to 100 pupils on your account without them having to submit their own names and email addresses, simply apply for one
    • Then upload your powerpoint, podcasts or videocasts and invite people to comment
    • We are currently participating in a Voicethread poetry collaboration with other schools around the UK
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    • These can be really powerful ways of sharing information you want your pupils to have
    • They encourage students to read and look up the information for themselves
    • They can be as wide or as focussed as you choose
    • They can be your personal startpage, or be set as a startpage for students to have
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    • Visit these pages here:
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    • Twitter is a collaborative tool which allows you to connect instantly to selected people to form a PLN (personal learning network)
    • It will take time to find the best people for you to interact with, who will give you the sort of information which ‘feeds’ you
    • Twitter needs to be used consistently to get the best value, but will soon become an indispensible tool for you to use
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    • Education professionals who tweet about education in a useful and meaningful way:
    • @Philbradley – Professional ICT Trainer
    • @Tombarrett-Primary teacher
    • @Markw29 – Primary teacher
    • @dajbelshaw – Director of e-Learning
    • @tommydonbavand
    • @LibWithAttitude – of course!
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    • Twitter has its own polling system which you can use for your followers – Twtpoll
    • Polling tool for your website – Vorbeo
    • Chat box for your website which pupils can use to ask you questions and see when you are online to answer – Meebo
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    • Used to share bookmarks with staff and students
    • Can be accessed anywhere on any computer
    • You can create separate lists for pupils or staff to use
    • Two main tools used in UK are Diigo and Delicious
    • Can embed the lists on to your VLE for better functionality
    • Diigo gives you the option to join lists as well and receive digests of bookmarks others on the list have saved
  • 15. Tag bundles (groups of bookmarks) that I have created My latest bookmarks, including tags I have given them
  • 16. Lists of bookmarks created by me Diigo bookmarking tool in my toolbars Delicious bookmarking tool
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    • You can quickly and easily save the webpage you are looking at by clicking the bookmarklet tag
    • You can then share the bookmarks with others
    • You can link to friends and search their bookmarks
    • You have a library of websites which are peer reviewed by people you trust
    • You can create a list of websites for your pupils to do their own research with
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    • Go to and sign up for this free resource
    • Create your own Rollyo
    • Copy and paste the widget code on to the page of the VLE where you would like it to work
    • In this way, you can teach pupils to search for their own results, but can control the sites you want them to search in
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    • Top 100 Tools for Learning from Jane Hart: brief explanations and links to best tools to use: /
    • Phil Bradley: A must for everyone to follow:
    • http :// /
    • Discovery education site – brief video introductions to the most popular Web 2 tools: http://