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  • kvnmcl 3:53 pm on May 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – first week finished 

    Myst by Maria H.

    I thought it would be of interest to post my thoughts, conclusions and also comments from my class after our first week of exploring and using Myst in our classroom. 

    I had my initial doubts whether the use of the game as a teaching and learning tool would be suitable for a class of children who have Spanish as a first language but after playing with the game I decided it would be a wonderful opportunity for developing speaking and listening skills. My thoughts were proved correct as the game has brought so much conversation into the class and with it more descriptive and interesting language. (More …)

     
  • kvnmcl 8:46 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Our Myst V Trailer 

    This is the trailer the children will use in class tomorrow to begin their voice over work. I used animoto to piece it together and I cut up the soundtrack with Audacity to a 30 second fit for the video.

     
  • 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.

    Amazing!

     
  • kvnmcl 8:13 pm on May 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Life moves pretty fast, and wallwisher tries to keep it in order. 

    Today was a day when I decided to let the learning take over the direction of my teaching. At half past three it hit me quite squarely that I don’t let it happen enough.

    My class seemed to be in a state of readiness from the start. We’d had our holiday on the previous Friday so I guess they’d had enough of the time off and wanted to get straight in. The pace was brisk and fun, work was been written, words being spoken and questions being asked and answered. By the afternoon I was feeling slightly breathless but ready for the final 90 minutes after lunch. I checked Twitter and saw a few bits and bobs, a couple of links then something caught my eye. A link to wallwisher was posted and I was intrigued. I checked it out and saw the opportunity quite literally grow before my eyes. My carefully crafted, long thought over ICT lesson was going to have to wait.

    My class filed in and, excitedly, I explained to them this new application and its possibilities for written work and generating ideas. They soon caught up and then passed my enthusiasm, demonstrating yet again that your class are not the only learners in the room. See link for all the fuss.

    summerwish on wallwisher

    Thanks to Doug for the tweet.

     
  • kvnmcl 10:05 am on May 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Using a Wii in the classroom. 

    wii-teachI’m not a skeptical sort. I’m up for most things in life and as an educator I believe in the same guideline, otherwise I’d be still doing everything on my blackboard. That’s not to say it isn’t useful but with the technology we have today and some literally at our fingertips i.e. samrt table we would be foolish not to embrace it.

    So, I decided a while back to try out a Wii as a possible teaching/learning tool in the classroom and you can judge for yourselves if it’s of educational value or not.

    (The first point for example is quite debatable but must be mentioned)

    (More …)

     
    • Mark Warner 5:31 pm on May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing these ideas… it’s great to see so many educational uses.

      You’ve made me want to take mine into school, even more so than before!

    • kvnmclaughlin 9:05 pm on May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Do take it in Mark, you won’t regret it. I’m taking mine back in during a topic of Film Making we have coming up in 2 weeks as we’ll be using ICT throughout our work quite a bit over the next 4 weeks.

  • kvnmcl 7:21 pm on May 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Twitter in the classroom 

    A very big thank you to @zemote for this link on using Twitter as a resource in the classroom. The video explains it all.

    Twitter in the classroom

    I have a meeting with the secondary head teacher on Monday about the uses of IWB’s and technology in the classroom so I’ll be using this link myself.

    update – twenty-two interesting ways to use Twitter in the classroom

     
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