This year I made the decision not to physically attend Ulearn. I have attended the last 3 Ulearn conferences and I am HUGELY appreciative of my school for being so generous to allow me to attend 3 times but I know the professional development budget is tight and needs to be spread around.
So I am using twitter to keep in contact with #Ulearn10. Videos of the keynotes are being posted here later.
The first Keynote was Lee Crockett this is his book - Understanding the Digital Generation. you can get the first three chapters for free here.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. - I like that!
Erin Freeman is using posterous to keep a record of her "Raw Notes" while attending keynotes and breakouts and kindly shared it with her PLN (personal learning network) - thanks Erin. (@efreeman). Erin sent out a link to her Diigo which is lots of bookmarks of learning games.
Martin Levins (@emmell) has written a really nice summary on his blog which is worth a visit.
I also had this link sent to me which is a COLLABORATIVE Google doc, I'm not sure who the authors all were. It was organised by @Davein2it.
Other links that came out from my PLN twitter stream:
- The invisible gorilla
- Books online link from a breakout 1 presentation by Lorraine and Gail via @mjbuckland.
It wouldn't be Ulearn if you didn't come away with a blog post that has 100 pieces of software you could integrate into teaching and learning. Seriously - the first one on this list is Alice now that on it's own is going to take more than a few hours to master - but I LOVE lists like this so thank you @dakinane! Below is a slide show of his breakout:
90 tools in 90 minutes – revamped, revised and relevant90 tools in 90 minutes – revamped, revised and relevant
Here is another list that ranks for top 100 emerging tools - thanks to @dakinane for the link
I came across a new twitter person who I think is a Computing teacher - @gradgetgurl42 this is her blog.
Wow there has been a lot of references to the infamous iPad
It seems iPads are all the rage...
I am currently writing a proposal to my senior management to justify buying one for my computing students. My approach is a little different. My students want to create their own applications for the devices and while some have iPod touches it is not the majority and obviously if they are creating the programmes then they want to test it on the device.
That is where Ange Armstrong-Lush who is presenting at Ulearn about creating apps for these devices is of great interest to me.
I am really looking forward to hearing more from @AngeNZ (Ange Armstrong-Lush) who is doing a workshop on iPod application building. Ange has a blog here with some of her pre conference material.
These are some useful links I will come back and visit:
- Gamesalad which I am already familar with but I think there is a newer version
I have just come across Sam Jarman (@Samjarman). His twitter bio reads: iPhone Developer | High School Student | Twitter Addict | General Geek | Science geek |Passionate about all things tech! He has 8 apps in the iTunes store, check out his list! He co-presented a pre-conference workshop on Developing iOS Applications for Learning. He very kindly sent me a copy of his presentation and a full outline on how to best get started. Thanks Sam, very appreciative of your help!
Here are a few additional links that I came across:
- Worth a read: iPad adoption rate faster than DVD - from TUAW
- iPad trials hit Tasmanian schools
- @rbvandijk sent this link to a list of iPad apps for secondary school students
- here at Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites there are heaps of iPad links - must visit
- Megan Iemma (@megsamanda) has a mLearn blog with some great content, she also shared a pdf from her workshop here
- An iPod for your Classroom Toolbox - on slideshare
- Pearson (text book company) launches iPad Social studies curriculum - news article The iPad program includes three components: App with interactive learning games that introduces concepts to students through puzzles and fast-action challenges; eText on iPad where students access the social studies curriculum and take control of their learning by creating their individualized texts; and the personalized assessment with remediation App for students to review and self-test.
Some links I wanted to make a note of:
- you can create spoken text as itunes track automagically in OSX?