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  • kvnmcl 10:26 pm on June 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #edu2020, #notonislay, discussion, education2020, , unconference   

    #notonislay – but flashmeet serves up 

    Another great gathering of like-minded folk

    Another great gathering of like-minded folk

    Earlier this evening I had the pleasure to attend, via flashmeeting, an ‘un-conference’ centered around the question – ‘What is your vision of education in the year 2020?’  For those of us that attended the meeting it would be the only taste of the distillery event that we would have, whilst the visitors to the Isle of Islay would be basking in whisky face to face discussion.

    Unfortunately the server on Islay thought better and refused to function leaving us ‘flashmeeters’ with no choice but to continue regardless. (More …)

    • Mr W 11:57 pm on June 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It was great to touch base with you. I was pleased at the range of the conversations and came away with lots to think about and ponder. I’ll get a post up myself once I’ve relistened to the Flashmeeting over the weekend.


    • John Moravec 1:32 am on June 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting the recap. It was great to meet everybody!

  • kvnmcl 12:02 pm on May 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Using Voice thread in the classroom 

    Voicethread is one of those tools that I have only just discovered and wish I had done so a few weeks back. In case you don’t know it’s

    a place for creating and collaborating on digital stories and documentaries, practicing and documenting language skills, exploring geography and culture, solving math problems or simply finding and honing student voices.

    I have used it with my class to document a school trip and I asked them to do it in Spanish, their mother language. The Voicethread I have started only contains two slides and 2 comments but the potential as a documentary tool is impressive. You can see for yourself here.

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  • kvnmcl 6:58 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – Day 3 

    The excitement and anticipation that this game has brought to my class is truly an inspiration. Before we had even gotten into the classroom children were asking me when we were going to do Literacy. It’s become their favourite subject with no exceptions.

    I set up two chairs for hot seats and asked the class to recap on yesterday’s events. I use hot seats in the way wrestlers use their partners – children can tag others to get into the seat to talk and since we started using Myst everyone wants to talk. It’s a busy 5 minutes and the conversation is wonderful; I will have to record one session for you to listen to so you can experience the intensity of discussion.

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  • kvnmcl 6:27 pm on May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – Day 2 

    Wow! What an amazing lesson we had today. The collective sigh of extreme disappointment that the class let out when I had to stop the lesson was felt around the room.

    We picked up from Friday’s first exploration by discussing what might happen next, who we might meet and the clues we have found. I provided my class with a template to work from and they discussed the following questions with their buddy (working partner).

    • We have met two characters – Yeesha and Esher, both have stories to tell. But do you trust one character more than the other? Who do you trust? Explain your answers.
    • What is Myst? Can you describe the world that we have encountered so far? What other places do you think we might find?
    • What are your thoughts and feelings so far about Myst?

    The children sat working diligently for 20 minutes as I walked around joining in on conversations, asking questions and listening to their responses and explanations. I have only witnessed this level of interaction from my class when we have been on excursions or during Science experiments but never in a Literacy lesson. The level of anticipation grew as I invited buddies to speak to the class.

    And then the windows were closed, lights switched off and the door firmly shut so that we could continue on our quest.


  • kvnmcl 11:14 pm on May 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – the beginning of our adventure 

    I have been reading all about Mark Warner’s uses of Myst in the classroom over the past couple of weeks and I just had to buy a copy of the game and find out what all the fuss was about. As soon as I installed it and started to play I immediately saw why it has been given such a positive response by many teachers as an inspirational teaching and learning tool.

    Over the next 6 weeks I will provide a daily account of how I have used the game with my class, what skills they have developed from using it, the lessons I have taught and the work they have done so that you too might just decide to take the plunge and try it with your own class.

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    • EBD35 11:53 am on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi ya. I teach in an EBD primary special school (5boys/2girls) and used Myst III for pre ofsted and ofsted lessons and my class LOVED it.
      I look forward to following your adventures over the following week(s)

    • K Haig 11:56 am on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      “Unfortunately I now have to play the game on my own so I can prepare activities to be used throughout the next few weeks as we delve deeper into it, but I can safely say that I will enjoy every moment of it.”

      This sounds such a hardship! Really interesting reading your thoughts, just found your blog through twitter and it is interesting reading- thanks!

    • kvnmclaughlin 12:13 pm on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @EBD35 If you have any ideas and activities that you would like to share I’d be more than grateful.

      @K Haig Definitely a hardship 🙂 I just find it difficult not to keep playing it and seeing it through to the end. I want to keep some sense of wonder as I use the game with my class.

    • Dawn Willman 1:53 am on May 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I used to teach 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I am currently a stay at home mom with my 3 and 6 year old. I will be tutoring students in writing this summer. I am just now through internet research hearing about the use of the Myst game for writing lessons. Has anyone published anything that has lessons already prepared with writing concepts and the use of this game? Are there any good websites out there to go to that have writing lessons for this game?

    • KOL 12:27 pm on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a shame that, as literature, Myst V is easily the weakest of the series. On the other hand it’s also among the easiest game-wise, so I can definitely see it as a good subject to examine in a classroom.

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