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Robotics is fast growing with all kinds of devices cropping up. A lot of classrooms are incorporating robotics in to activities in the curriculum. During their unit titled Building Bridges, Year 2 students inquired into
Students built bridges in their classrooms. Their bridges were required to withstand objects crossing over such as sphero, a ball that can be controlled using an iOS or Android device.;
During ICT classes, students learned how to control sphero using their fingers or by tilting the iPad to direct it. After construction of bridges were complete, students all got a chance to try and roll sphero over the bridges to see if the bridges would withstand it's weight. Below is one trial.
And finally, sphero rolled over one of the bridges.
Robotics can be used in a number of classroom s and subjects like maths (looking at relationships between distance time and speed) or science (looking at machines and how they work - cart building) among other things. Sphero can also be programmed for random turn taking.
Google has recently added two long awaited features to their Docs iPad app. You and you students can now insert images into a Google Document either by taking a photo or directly from the Camera Roll on your iPad. You can also insert tables into a document. See the illustration below.
I found three videos that i liked, explaining the concept of Blended Learning. A really good one is Blended Learning explained by Common Craft. I find common craft style videos interesting and my students have created them to explain concepts. Below are two more videos.
Blended Learning: Transforming Classrooms with Technology by DCEducationFund
Blended Learning in Plain English by LearningHood
Comment below and say which blended learning tool is commonly used at our school. How has it worked in your classroom(s)?
Here is a list of Educational Hashtags compiled by Edudemic. You will find common hashtags and hashtags by subject area. There will be lots more out there besides this list.
Here was my strategy to develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and make sure i am always connected to conversations and what others are doing, what's new, trending and so on;
When you tweet, you may want to add a hashtag within your tweet to ensure that it reaches anyone who searches for that hashtag. So, people do not need to follow you to read your tweets. Create a new hashtag too!
From today on, you are on your own. Spend 10 minutes a day, or every other day;
During today's 10 minutes, we will look at the Twitter jargon and tools. I have selected a few articles that will explain everything;
Tomorrow, we will look at the various twitter hashtags out there and show you some that may be relevant to you. I know some of you can't wait, i shared one when i wrote the first post #edchatsa, a chat for teachers in South Africa. Here is one more #edchat, a chat for a wide range of educators worldwide. We will look at some specific or subject specific hashtags tomorrow.
We are starting a twitter 10 minutes a day challenge. A few people have expressed interest. We will use the following blog posts to learn together. Please join in and learn with us.
We will use twitter as one of the tools to develop a PLN (Personal Learning Network) to help us connect with other educators around the world. This will open up opportunities to share ideas, classroom experiences, tools and possibly connect classrooms to experts and other learners.
Let's begin with 'What is twitter?' Watch the video below.
You can use twitter without creating an account. Today, type www.twitter.com/search in a web browser. This allows you to search for anything on twitter without signing in. Type in #edchatsa in the search box and press search to browse through and see what educators in South Africa are saying/doing?
Tomorrow, we will look at all the jargon and descriptions of twitter tools.
To make the editing of report card comments easier or keep track of edits made by students or colleagues on a Google Document, use the Google Docs add-on 'Track Changes' as shown below by Jennifer Bloomingdale
If an error appears more than once in a Google Document;
A teacher shared their experience using comic strips with their French classes. We began to brainstorm possible applications in other classrooms and subjects. Later, teachers were engaged in a fun practical session creating comic strips and discovering how students can submit their work.
Here is what one of the teachers made for their class blog afterwards.
I am looking forward to seeing comic strips created by students in classrooms.
Teachers shared their skills on inserting pictures, collages and videos to celebrate student learning on their class blogs.
Kahlil (Danai) Maramba,