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pdfAndrew Churches wiki, Educational Origami contains Starter Sheets which are pdf resources he developed for classroom teachers. These resources aim to show  teachers how they can use common web 2 tools like delicious, google maps, advanced google searches, wikis and more.The Starter Sheets are easy to follow with great visual support.

So if you are not feeling to confident about using IT, or you want to know more about how it can be used in the classroom, this is a great palce to start.

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My favourite blogs and wikis…

2500896148_343b43086e_mI noticed Judy O’Connell in her blog, “Hey Jude” created a list of her favourite edublogs for 2008. So, naturally I thought I’d steal her idea and do my own version!!

As I am still suffering vertigo from undergoing a steep learning curve (loop!)  this year in technology,  my fav’s are blogs or wikis that are straightforward, easy to read and navigate, and relevant for my work as a primary curriculum advisor.


( I have numbered them but they are in no particular order).

1. Hey Jude – her blog motivated me to start one of my own!

2. Jane’s E-learning picks – I picked up a lot of great technology ideas for the classroom from her blog.

3. Will Richardson – provocative and insightful blog and wiki.

4. Larry Ferlazzo – ESL blog with lots of practical tips and advice.305722372_0cacb1744f_m

5. Transitioning to Web 2.0 – comprehensive info for educators who want to use blogs with their students.

6. Cool Tools for Schools – great wiki of Web 2.0 tools for educators to use in the clasroom.

7. Educational origami – Andrew Churches Tradional and Digital literacies wiki. Great stuff!

8. WebTools4u2use – another wiki with a comprehensive list of Web 2.0 tools for educators to use.

9. Image Generators wiki – list of copyright images and photo sights.

10. Teachers at Work – Mark Treadwell’s education website has an extensive array of professional readings, links to websites and more!


It’s not a blog, however….

FlickrCC – I use more than anything other site, to get free images to use in my presentations etc. Love it!!!!

I’d also like to mention my wiki which I have used with teachers this year, particularly those engaged in our Inner West Early Learning course. Some wonderful sharing emerged as a result, and firm networks across schools were established. As it is a private space, I haven’t added it to the list!


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QuestionJust found a useful link for teachers and students to use when researching. When wikis wont cut it: 25 online sources for reliable, researched facts. It’s a list of alternative search sites to Wikipedia. I like it! Try it out for yourself!!

I also like the search tool Boolify which has been recently developed for students K-12. It was developed to make searching for information via google simpler and safer for students.

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204252734_fba1eb1bb5_m.jpgI am always amazed at the material posted on the blog Hey Jude. As a fellow Sydney educator, I really enjoy reading about her work with her students. Importantly, the ideas, suggestions, and links are particularly useful in my work with other teachers and students. And you don’t have to be an IT geek to understand their use….thank god!! Have a look at the list of Student Tools listed by Judy.

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gogooligans71.gifJust came across some useful web tools while browsing some blogs particularly Hey Jude. I really liked the search tool Pandia for Kids and Teens . The GoGooligans search engine for kids is also a winner! I loved the Visuwords too, an online graphical dictionary. But the one that got me particularly excited was ReadTheWords. It allows you to upload any text you want read and it creates an mp3 file of the text. Simple! Even for me!! These tools will be great for the Multimodal project..


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