Saturday, November 7, 2009

Digital Literacy Tools

This is a list of on-line tools that can be used in education. It is an extensive list with many ways of application. The list is not complete.

Bookmarking Tools
Clip Clip
-> ClipClip is, essentially, a social bookmarking tool that allows you to save and collect the sites and stuff you treasure most.
you can ‘clip’ pictures, applications, and paragraphs without having to take from the whole website itself.
ClipClip works, more or less, as your own personal scrapbook.
-> Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community -
Bookmark any site on the Internet, and get to it from anywhere
Share your bookmarks, and get bookmarks in return
Discover the most useful and interesting bookmarks on the web

-> Diigo provides a browser add-on that can really improve your research productivity. As you read on the web, instead of just bookmarking, you can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you.
Moreover, all the information -- highlighted paragraphs, sticky notes, and the original url -- are saved on Diigo servers, creating your personal digest of the web, your own collection of highlights from the web - ones that are meaningful to you! You can easily search, access, sort and share this collection from any PC or even iPhone.
You can easily share your findings, complete with your highlights and sticky notes, with friends and colleagues. A project team, a class, or a club can create a group on Diigo to pool relevant resources, findings and thoughts together.

Copyright Free Digital Photos I use a few of these depending on the photo I need - Great for PowerPoints Comp Fight
-> This has an excellent Creative Commons search engine

Copyright Free
-> The copyright (royalty) free photos available on this site have been made available, free of charge, for any application as you require - web design, graphics, backgrounds, printed images, desktop wallpaper & screensavers. The only exception is that images may NOT be added to other photo libraries (either online or offline) - without written permission from the site owner.

Copyright Free Photos
-> Thousands of photos taken by U.S. Government employees as part of their official duty are free of copyright and free to use.

Copyright Friendly
-> Most of the media in the collections are attached to generous copyright licensing. Though you may not need to ask permission to use them when publishing on the Web for educational purposes, you should cite or attribute these images to their creators unless otherwise notified!

Free Foto
-> is made up of 127417 images with 168 sections organized into 3485 categories.
Non-commercial users may download our web size images to use off-line in school projects, church services, cards, leaflets, etc. Basically if your off-line use is not commercial you can download our web size images for free.

Ideas Wisconsin
-> All of the images in the imageide@s repository are free for educators to use within their classrooms.

Library of Congress
-> The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people. It does not charge permission fees for use of such material and generally does not grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections.

-> Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers.

Public Domain Pictures
-> is a repository for free public domain photos. You can upload your own pictures and share your work with others.

Teacher Tap
-> This page provides links to some of the better copyright-free and public domain resources. Are intended for educators and librarians who wish to locate quality, copyright-friendly materials for educational, noncommercial, and nonprofit projects.

Capturing Programs CamStudio -> CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs) -------ITS FREE

-> eSnips is for anyone who has anything they want to share with others - eSnips is based on sharing your digital your content

-> Jing is free software that - snaps a picture of your screen, record a video of your screen and can be shared over the internet. It combines chat and media.

-> "kwout" is a way you quote a part of a web page as an image with an image map. It is a Browser plugin. By dragging a mouse on the screenshot, select an area you wish to quote, and click the "Cut Out" button. Then the area you selected will be cut out as an image with an image map (hyperlinks).

Screen Jelly
-> Screenjelly records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it via Twitter or email

-> Create screencasts for Twitter - click the record button and send

Converters Cometdocs -> Free Online File Converter - Cometdocs currently offers over 50 online conversions.Convert from PDF: Convert to PDF: Convert from XPS: Other File Conversions:

-> is a free website that converts any of your own files into a public online web page. Every converted file to a web page has a unique web address so you can share it with friends, or other people on the internet.

-> Simply cut and paste the text you wish to convert to speech into the iSpeech text box and click convert text. Or, upload any supported document, website, blog, etc. and click convert file or the listen button. Free & Commercial

-> Free Online Video Converter No software to install. No ads to interrupt.Small 100mb videos.

Read The Words
-> is a free, web based service that assists people with written material. Users of our service can generate a clear sounding audio file from almost any written material. It generates a voice that reads the words out loud, that you request us to read.

-> a text-to-speech service popular with thousands of bloggers

Text 2 Mind Map
-> Text 2 Mind Map is a web application that converts texts to mind maps. It takes a structured list of words or sentences, interprets it, and draws a mind map out of them.

Voz Me
-> A quick and simple text to talk on-line tool.

Digital Image Editor PicJuice -> With picjuice you can easily edit your photos: resize, crop, rotate, flip and adjust contrast and color levels.

-> Fix your photos in just one click - Use advanced controls to fine-tune your result- Crop, resize, and rotate in real-time - Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun

-> Picture2Life, here you can Edit, Collage, Animate and Share your pictures online.

-> Like a PhotoShop on-line (not as powerful). Get creative with the free online photo editor and do your quick fix with the image express!

-> A fast on-line tool. One-click enhance improves most images. Basic editing tools like crop, rotate, resize. Basic image adjustments like contrast, brightness, saturation, sharpness and hue. Unlimited undo and redo.

->Sumo Paint is a full featured photo editing / painting application, which works right in your favorite web browser! The application can be used in Windows, Macintosh or Linux operating systems. The only requirement is the Flash Player (which usually comes preinstalled in any OS). is a thriving online art community of over a 4 million unique users and over 100 000 registered members from over 200 countries. The primary purpose of the community is to create, share, remix, explore, comment, rate and fave the artwork of its members.

Digital Photo Project Tools 360 Cities -> What does it do? It mashes panaramic images with maps. Show the world to a wide audience in a new way. Create guides that let you step inside. Provide a place for the World's best panoramic photographers to gather. Let you experience places you have never been before.

-> Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy.

Be Funky
-> Turn your photos into digital artwork with a single click.

Big Huge Labs
-> Make posters, jigzaws, movie posters, maps, magazine covers, calendars and more from your images

Digital Storytelling Tools
-> 50+ web tools you can use to create your own web-based story

-> Dumpr is where you create marvellous photos to share with your friends. Fun stuff.

Fine Tuna
-> Add comments to an image and share with your friends.

-> A creative, dynamic, and innovative digital outlet that captures learner's excitement for online creations, keeps learners engaged in course content, and makes teaching and learning more fun.

HP Photo Projects
-> Fun things to do with Prints. Free images and activity sheet.

-> A world of publications by people and publishers alike. Collect, share and publish in a format designed to make your documents look their very best. Good site for students learning design.

-> Use LetterPop to create eye-popping newsletters, actionable presentations, irresistible invitations, beautiful product features, sizzling event summaries, informative club updates, lovely picture collages, and a whole lot more.

-> bring journeys to life by sharing images, text and video, and placing them together on a virtual map

Museum Box
-> This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie.

-> Mutapic is an online picture generator. It is a free tool you can use to rapidly create original art.
Good creative play / fun

My eBook Maker
-> Create, publish and share - your own novel, comic, magazine, photo album or brochure for free.

Pic Artia

Photo Story 3
-> Create slideshows using your digital photos. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories.

-> Splashr is a tool for presenting Flickr photos. Quick to use - limited in creativity

-> Stupeflix technology produces videos encoded in your favourite format in no time then integrated within minutes in your website.

-> A good online application for putting together photos and words with styled templates that can be customized by the author for the purpose of telling a story.

Tourist Remover
-> A neat tool. Take multiple photos from the same scene and the «Tourist Remover» blends them into a composite photo without any interfering elements.This effectively removes annoying objects such as tourists or passing cars from your photos.

Virtual Tour Creator
-> Use Mapwing to turn your digital photos into virtual tours that include interactive maps, images, and comments. Good for navigating through a series of images.

Voice Thread
-> A great collaboration, visualisation or make meaning tool. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

-> Create a publication. Read and publish online for free from anywhere.Then embed it anywhere.

Flash and Share Your Presentations
280 Slides
-> Upload and create on-line based PowerPoints.

Author Stream
-> Sharing PowerPoint presentations on the Internet. Embed or download to iTunes

-> iGliss helps you create your own online media catalog - pictures, videos, and audio files

-> Masher lets you easily create a video by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos all for FREE!

-> Create a sideshow, video show or jukebox & show photos, videos and MP3's on your social network.

-> Share photos and videos. Anytime. Anywhere.

Picture Trail
-> BiggestFill out this form to create a chat room immediately – only for you and people you invite. It’s as quick and easy as writing an email! slideshow selection on the web! Post them to any webpage!

-> Create, share and show your presentation on line.

-> Coolest online presentation tool I have ever seen"

Rock You
-> Story type slide shows

-> Story type slide shows

-> Professional type slide shows

-> "SlideRocket is a revolutionary new approach to presentations. It's the only presentation software that allows you to create stunning presentations, manage them intelligently, share them securely and then measure the results. ..."

-> Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios on SlideShare. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar.

-> Spresent is a free Web-based alternative to PowerPoint. Create and edit high-quality Flash presentations online. You can send presentations via e-mail or publish on your web site or blog.

-> Zentation combines video and slides to create online presentations that best simulate the live experience.

Interactive Whiteboards
-> Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that’s centered around the whiteboard. With chat & voice

-> Scriblink is a free digital whiteboard that users can share online in real-time. Sorta like pen and paper, minus the dead trees, plastic, and the inconvenience of being at the same place at the same time.

Web Canvas
-> The worlds largest web painting - make a contribution

-> WiZiQ enables teachers and learners to collaborate through. Excellent for Virtual Classes

Anywhere FM
-> Share, Discover, and Play Music for Free

Bo Jam
-> "Bojammers" upload or record their original tracks into our dynamic library of instrumental and vocal tracks and use our Web-based recording studio to create new music by adding and editing tracks contributed by other musicians.

-> Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Excellent student audio editing tool.

-> Grooveshark -- Listen to Free Music Internet Radio and Free MP3 Streaming.
Listen to any song in the world for free.

-> 109 songs found around color - interesting concept

Jam Glue
-> 1. Upload or Record your own Tracks 2. Create an original Mix or personalize someone else's in our simple online Mixer 3. Show off your music: email it, embed it, or just sit back and let the Jamglue community discover your talent! - CREATIVE

Jam Studio
-> This is an excellent tool for students to play around with harmonic cords and rythmn to get a good sound - instantly - CREATIVE

Kiss Tunes
-> Play and record tunes online using your QWERTY keyboard, and share them with family and friends! CREATIVE

-> TrakPack Royalty-free Music Collection TrakAx empowers you to create professional music and video mixes in an easy-to-use and fun environment. Whether you are creating a music track for your MySpace page or a video for YouTube, TrakAxPC is the most powerful FREE application on the web. Download Now - It's Free!

Photo Hosting and Sharing
Ask 500 People
-> Ask a question and someone will answer it - wisdom of the crowd - novel.

-> Fill out this form to create a chat room immediately – only for you and people you invite. It’s as quick and easy as writing an email!Chatzy has no registration steps - your friends can join instantly - a good tool.

Clocking It
-> ClockingIT is a free hosted application, keeping track of all your tasks and the time you spend on them. Extensive features Project Management, Collaboration and Time Tracking ...and it's free!

-> The world’s leading online scheduling tool, Doodle takes the pain out of finding the right date and time for a group of people to meet and makes scheduling virtually effortless. The basic service is a free online coordination tool which requires neither registration nor software installation.

-> Jiffle™ makes scheduling appointments and meetings quick and simple. Jiffle now integrates with Google calendar and it is free! Webex users can now use Jiffle to help schedule Webex meetings.

Poll Everywhere
-> Classroom Response System Plans for K-12. Class size of 32 free. Students can vote or send messages using whatever any device they own.

Remember the Milk
-> Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Works with iphone & android. Looks Good.

Todays Meet
-> This is an excellent backchannel of communication. Imagine you're giving a presentation where you can read the mind of every person in the room. You'd have an amazing ability to adjust to your audience's needs and emotions. GREAT TOOL.

-> Record a video and send it to anyone with an email address - works with IM services.

15 Essential Tools for Students
-> List of 10 Tools
Evernote is one of the best note taking applications available, allowing you to sync notes between the web, your phone, and any computer.
Notely is a complete, end-to-end solution for taking notes and staying organized.
GradeMate is a free online organizer made with students in mind. With it you can create to-do lists, manage due dates, keep track of grades, and even collaborate with fellow students.
Backpack is also a great way for students to keep research organized. Backpack is sort of like a single page wiki that lets you keep files, images, notes, and to-do lists in a single place and share them with fellow students (which is great for collaborative projects).

-> Upload a document and get feedback - good for collaboration

Child Net
-> Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.

E-Learning Kids
-> Our all-volunteer staff consists of committed education and e-learning experts and business professionals from around the world. For students aged up to 12.

-> 1000 + education games

-> Online Video - Kideos is the premier destination for kids to safely watch videos online. Each video on Kideos has been screened by our Video Advisory Council before it makes it onto our site.

Kids Audible
-> Audio books for kids - comes at a small cost

-> Make a movie, Make a card, Make a story

My School Log
-> mySchoolog is an online web-based application to organize your school life easily. You can easily organize everything about your school life with mySchoolog.

-> Record a sketch with or without voice. Explain something, have fun, or create art. Then embed it in a blog

Story Bird
-> Storybirds are short, visual stories that you make with family and friends to share

Toon Doo
-> ToonDoo is a cool, comic-creating tool from Jambav, a fun site for kids. Jambav is devoted to creating a unique array of free and customizable online games of educational value for children of all abilities. LOOKS FUN

-> Story creation

Tot Lol
-> Totlol is a video website designed specifically for children. It is community moderated. It is constantly growing. It is powered by YouTube.

-> Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. GOOD

Web 2.0 Backpack
-> LIST of Web Apps for Students

-> Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
and the list goes on ..........................................

Timeline Creators
Life Blog
Life Haps
This Moment
Time Toast

URL Shorteners
Tiny Paste
Tiny URL

Video Programs
5 Min
Cam Studio
Jay Cut
Jump Cut
Muvee Mix
School Tube
Teacher Tube

Web 2.0 Repositories
All My Faves
All Things Web 2.0
Cool Tools For Schools
Digital Research Tools
Feed My App
Net Web App
Parent Web 2.0 Tools
Read Write Think
Simple Spark
Web 2.0 For Teachers
Web Tools 4U2 Use

Virtual Worlds
Google Holo Deck
Kick Fly
Koin Up
Mag Too
Map Skip
Movable Life
Planning Wiz
Second Life
Small Worlds
Talking Photo
Vista Zoo

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Top 5 80's Australian post punk

jjfbbennett TOP 5 1980's Australian Post Punk

Under rated and more powerful than the UK or USA

  1. Holy Joe: Laughing Clowns
    Laughing Clowns are an Australian post punk rock band fronted by vocalist and guitarist Ed Kuepper and backed by drummer Jeff Wegener. 

    Formed in Sydney in 1979 after the break-up of Kuepper's punk rock band The Saints. Where The Saints were a bass/drums/guitar rock band, Laughing Clowns' various line-ups included double bass, piano, tenor saxophone and trumpet. Often referred to as "jazz punk" by critics, the group's songs were often constructed around difficult time signatures and sometimes "off-key" melodies. Kuepper passionately disagreed with the assertion that the music was jazz-like, but rather thought of the music as being soul-like. This is evidenced by the fact that, in amongst the cachophony, many of the songs have strong melodic hooks, epic progressions and emotionally charged lyrics. They released several albums, singles and EPs, including Holy Joe, Mr Uddich-Smuddich goes to town, Ghosts of an ideal wife and Law of nature. They disbanded in 1985 with Kuepper continuing to record and perform under his own name.

  2. Nothing grows in Texas: Sacred Cowboys
    The ‘Sacred Cowboys’ front man is Garry Gray (lead singer/lyricist), who as a member of the 'Negatives' (1977-1979) and the 'Reals' (1975-1976) was a pioneer of alternative music in Melbourne, Australia. He was a founding member of the 'Sacred Cowboys' in 1982.
    The 'Sacred Cowboys' began playing inner city Melbourne in early 1982. Within six months, the 'Cowboys' signed with Mushroom/White Label and recorded the 'Nothing Grows In Texas' single. After their so-called 'legendary performance' on Molly Meldrum's Countdown pop TV show on the ABC, Molly said, "This is the worst group I've seen in 5 years." This set the tone for their long career as one of Australia's seminal alternative groups.

  3. Death Death Death: TISM
    TISM (an acronym of This Is Serious Mum) is a seven piece anonymous alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia. The group was formed in 1982 and enjoyed a large underground/independent following. 
    TISM have always used a variety of methods to conceal their identities. They have never officially revealed their names, instead choosing to use pseudonyms on their records and in interviews, all the while concealing their faces. Usually this involves the wearing of a balaclava, but ridiculous costumes have been created for the purpose, including Ku Klux Klan uniforms made of newspaper,[29] silver suits with puffy arms and legs to mimic an inflated cask wine bladder,[29] giant foam paintings worn on the head,[29] large foam signs bearing the name of a Beatle,[30] fat 'businessman' suits,[29] and eight-foot-high inflatable headpieces,[7] among others.

    Who TISM are beneath the masks has been the cause of much speculation by fans, with one theory contending that TISM is composed of members of other bands who do not want their fans to find out: popular targets of this theory include Painters and Dockers, Machine Gun Fellatio and even The Wiggles.[31][32][33] A theory based on the band's tour schedule's roughly coinciding with school holidays proposes that TISM are school teachers.

  4. God's Not Dead: The Slaughtermen
    The Slaughtermen were an Australian post-punk southern gospel group, which began in Melbourne in 1984.
    The band enjoyed a years residency at the Rising Sun Hotel in Melbourne which built a fairly even following of believers and sceptics. Singer Ian Stephen, only added to the mystique and/or confusion by purchasing a twenty five dollar Reverendship from a religious organization from out of the back pages of the National Enquirer. A nationally broadcast hour long live concert on Australia's ABC TV, cemented their unique place to this day, as Australia's first and only southern gospel group, albeit twelve thousand miles from the original source of the inspiration, America's Deep South.

  5. Nick the Stripper: The Birthday Party
    The Birthday Party was an Australian post-punk group, active from 1976 to 1983.

    Despite being championed by John Peel, The Birthday Party found little commercial success during their career. Though often indirect, their influence has been far-reaching. They've been called one of "the darkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early '80s."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Super Touch overwhelms the Super highway

The digital world is moving fast. Public access to the Internet was only just over a decade ago. It has just left Primary School. It is a noisy Middle Schooler but will it get a completed Yr 12 score? Is the illusion about to bypass it?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

09 Moodleposium Day 1 & 2

Moodleposium 7-8 September, 2009 Canberra

jjfbbennett notes

The Moodleposium was fantastic - Many Universities are moving to Moodle as their WEBCT license comes to an end. 3 cheers for blackboard for making Moodle 'the option' as it turns 2.

Official site Moodleposium

Moodle session 1 Keynote
Denise Kirpatrick, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality
Open University UK

  • open university is primarily Distance Ed with only 1 lecture room
  • Over 220,000 students with over 8000 lectures & tutors
  • Central academics create content - with media people as support - required an LMS which is easy to create with
  • UK wants to use online to regain academic status - as it has lost its leadership in international education - more effective leadership is required in online eLearning.
  • OU took a while to move to Moodle because big can mean slow to move
    • 2004 selected Moodle
    • Reasons - OU saw Moodle as an opportunity to engage in world wide community - open-source seen as important place to be for education.
  • Course development
    • All course development is team based
    • small teams with short course life - past was based on long course life
    • Preference and movement from not making it up as you go.
      (This could be an objective for @School NT - courses are managed by faculties or cross school Teams)

  • OU cannot support the high physical resource based subjects
    • Where possible physical materials are made virtual (Rich-media)
      • an example: Rocks replaced by photos with a virtual microscope
      • soon to be an app for iPhone
  • Moodle Calender is important.
    • Central is the Calender is feedback - OU runs multiple calenders
  • Objective is to gain Instant automatic formative assessment (e-assessment)
    • Use of Moodle quiz
  • One place build
    • Use of Moodle and Moodle wiki - one space to remove confusion.
  • Future tools
    • e-books
    • voice function on mobile for language
  • Present tools
    • Asynchronous & Synchronous - Elluminate integration with Moodle
    • Secondlife & Facebook employed
      • integrate Secondlife & Facebook into Moodle.
      • Secondlife offers a sense of place
      • Example given of doing a science experiment
        (can't go past go until certain experiments are completed.

      • Social life is important for education for engagement.
        (@School NT needs students to be able to effectively operate in a virtual social environment)

  • OU needs data for course development marketing & changing perspectives.
    • Competing forces for shrinking $s
    • Moodle provides data
  • Staff development
    • Communities of practice almost sustaining itself
      • Use
      • Teachers need rewards, incentives and recognitions
        (@School NT needs to consider these as teachers move from 0.2 release support)

      • Reward those who adapt and reuse.
        for quick course development

  • Moodle - modification vs Vanilla
    • OU has questioned how far do you modify but stay within the moodle environment.
    • Modification can make upgrading complicated
    • OU wants to share is - Sharing is more important than modification
    • All OU created blocks and Modules are passed back into
    • Present tough economics means efficiencies -
      • Course development efficiencies
      • User contributed efficiencies
      • Formative assessment efficiencies
      • Communication efficiencies
  • Student Access
    • Identified bottom poor supplied with laptop and broadband.
    • Digital literacy is important for all students for society participation.
  • Intellectual and copyright management is a big workload.
    (@School NT requires an AO who works with Intellectual Property position to comply all courses)

  • OU is building a future based business.
    • Moodle is modular and can incorporate change
    • Need to look forward - What impact is web 3

Moodle session 2: Management
Lessons Learned
Leaders from Massey U, CIT, OU, ANU, CU

  • Canberra Institute of Technology CIT moved from WEBct to Moodle
    • Technologies -> WIMBA, Moodle, Equella
    • Netspot manages the suit
      (@School NT should consider employing Netspot services)

    • CIT entering into pilot stage with Moodle
  • CIT manages large scale staff PD
  • Students access headsets & webcams in bookshops
    (@School NT should consider the same)

  • Massey University New Zealand Mark Brown
    • largest distance Ed provider in NZ 18000 students
    • moved from WEBct to Moodle

  • Today's earners have new expectations
    • investing in our digital future
      • digital literacy is essential for graduates
    • Investigating scenarios in social learning
    • Google generation
    • Knowledge generating society
  • adoption of Moodle - project methodology
  • Massey University has a project assurance position
    • To assure quality of service
  • Rebranded Moodle as stream
  • Contracts a private organisation similar to Netspot
  • Course development is not individual based
    • Faculty team based
    • Aims to break down silos within organisations
  • Finding staff who can work within digital literacies is a challenge

    Australia National University

  • Moodle rebadged as wattle
  • huge campus and is an on-campus site
  • one campus but 7 independent academic schools
    • bringing in Moodle across 7 areas has been a challenge
    • Agreement has occurred
  • Netspot hosts
  • Interest note: limited parking influences subject availability
    • This influence altered with Moodle
    • With online enrolment via Moodle some subject enrolments substantially grew.
    • Lectures streamed to Moodle
  • Student use
    • 2002 less than 10000 hits on WEBCT
    • 2009 -1500000 hits per month
  • Professional Development
    • 1st wave Professional Development (Skills based) in Moodle tools
    • 2nd wave Professional Development in Moodle pedagogy

    University of Canberra

  • Moved from WEBct to Moodle
    • 2007 moved to Moodle
    • 2008 pilot 50 courses
    • April 2009 97% undergraduate have some Moodle use
      • no WEBct in 2009
      • 1500 Moodle units
  • Netspot helped with quick uptake
  • Communication is essential for Teacher, Admin and Executive buy in
    • need to use Moodle name to for buy-in
  • Pedagogy
    • Biggest focus to move to Constructivist from Instructivist
  • From the Audience
    • movement from WEBct to Moodle because WEBct was closing down
    • Blackboard too expensive
    • Janison NSW department decided not to go with janison
      • Most of TAFE NSW chose Moodle over Janison
      • Janison was seen as an Instructivist
      • Moodle seen as more constructivist

Moodle session 3: Martin Dougiamas

Moodle Creator

  • There are over 500 sites with over 10000 users
  • 21 million users 47000 installs
  • Communities need a driver to get established
    • has an established community
    • Aims to extend the possibilities of communities
  • Moodle 2.0
  • Key areas for Moodle development
    • Administration, control, integration, usability, pedagogy
  • Moodle heading towards integrating many technologies iPhone & flash
    • Moodle to have the architecture to be wired up many devices via API
  • New focus
    • Better activity and course completion capacity
    • Student progress tracking
    • Link image repositories to image dialog > flicker and other proprietary image database
  • Check out new tools via
  • New Tool - record from webcam in Moodle
    • New side panel that pops out - making a better look
  • Portfolio capacity
    • Push out to Flickr, Google docs and other content repositories
    • Google
      • There is a strong integration with Google docs and Gmail
      • Google uses moodle for training
    • Moodle now works with ms webmail
      (Good for @School NT - need to check it out)

  • Pedagogy Focus
    • It seems most LMS don't get past content "dump and push mentality"
      • Avoid "dump and push" by combining the activities into sequences that leads into other areas
      • learning design is important or dump and push will dominate.
    • Some get to passive forum
      • Teachers need to facilitate forms
      • Teachers need to be active drivers
    • Some get to quizzes
    • Need to get wikis, glossary content via social collaboration
      • User contribution is important
  • Advise to move away from @dump and push
    • Introduction external activities & games
    • Use peer review modules like workshop
    • Employ survey tools and logs to study and reflect on engagement
    • Share ideas by becoming involved in active research communities
  • Moodle Vision
    • Moodle now will focus on pedagogy for the 2.x series
    • Moodle hub
      • connecting sites
      • hubs registered on
      • users can search across hubs
      • ordinary site + publishing site + community site

Moodle session 4, 5 & 6

Mark Drechsler

  • Netspot can alter Moodle
    (@School NT to negotiate with Netspot)

    • Provide surety of modules and blocks
    • Provide surety of upgrades
    • best thing about Moodle is it's capacity to plugging
    • Netspot can make Moodle flexible without side effects

  • Lightbox plug-in - This is very polished gallery plug-in
  • Feedback plug-in - This will provide a fully functional survey capacity

  • UPGRADE 2 - Advise
    • Moodle 2 should run faster than 1.9php 5.2.8
    • php is advised to Linix
    • MS SQL is a risk
    • mysql is the preferred

  • Reasons to seek Netspot support
    • files on disk will be moved
    • roles and permissions change
    • small sites no problems - should be OK for @School NT
      • big site may take hours
    • most 3rd party modules will break
    • themes now have power

    Vanilla vs Flavour

  • Vanilla is Moodle as it downloads
    • Flavor is Moodle altered
  • Glossaries should be used as they provide automated knowledge
    • strength is in auto link
    • student entry is favourable - user developed content
    • can export glossaries from one to another

  • There was a interest is the question - what motivates students to read & write?

  • FLEX:ED CIT - Kerry Traninger
  • 10 weeks to create a full course with graphic design support
  • Advise
    • Focus on authentic learning
    • Use adapted webquests
    • Have ice breakers
  • use rich media like YouTube
  • Physics: electromagnetic spectrum song

  • University of Canberra
    • Template warning: course list - can be unmanageable
    • Use mymoodle on login
      • This gives enrolled courses, announcements, grades and announcements
  • Developing a select filter for courses

  • trying not to get teacher developers stuck on the escalator
    • Use and apply user generated content and already created content
    • Teachers as rich media developers are at risk on getting stuck.
  • Employ modules rather than hack Moodle
    • Hacking is no good for upgrades
  • Moodle is a box of options
    • teachers use what tool they need
    • Use options such as OpenID, podcast, mahara, LAMS etc
    • mahara is an opensource portfolio - can plug into Moodle
    • Lightbox is an excellent image gallery
    • second life sloodlemolacule editor
    • Google full integration
    • Edumate - student management - creates courses in moodle - push & pull data
    • ldap tree can create and populate - seek Netspot assistance
    • Accordian & tabs settings - teachers can choose in course setting
    • Course menu in Moodle 2 is better than Accordian
    • Book module is a must
      • Large web pages broken into smaller pages
      • Resource files placed into pages
      • book module can be scormed
    • certificate module - for completion of modules
    • Dialogue module - messages between teacher and students
      • This is far better than email
    • - check it out
    • dimdim module
    • skype can be used within user profiles
  • When course finishes reset after backup
    • Backup zip course can be upload into SharePoint or archived

Moodle session 7 & 8

Massey university

  • Massey University courses are free but pay for assessment
    • Lecturers have a significant assessment time load
    • Multiple Lecturers assess the same course
  • Lightwork - assessment tool developed by Massey University
    • lightwork requires a client - not an Internet based tool. it downloads course assessment students
    • can have multiple assessors
    • connect /download / mark / upload
    • To remove time wasting in assessment
  • Lecturers - many see computers as a distraction
  • Quote: "Bringing change in a university is like shifting a graveyard"
    • I have only 5 years to retirement
    • A perceived "Workload Increase" used as an excuse
  • many courses now require a team management.
  • feedback via audio


  • The Benefits of Web 2.0 are
    • The capacity to share
    • connected knowledge
    • Offers alternatives to content based dump and pump
    • Rapid development via user contributed content
  • Moodle can embed
    • flicker tag shows, Twitter RSS feeds & RSS feeds from Internal Moodle
    • tags on personal profiles can be called upon
  • Moodle wiki is basic however alternatives Ouwiki and Nwiki can be used.
  • Mahara blog integrates with Moodle & is better blog
  • Moodle 2 will have better blogs and wikis
    (This is perhaps the best option for @School NT)

  • Web 2.0 options
    • Need to consider -> the feature set - the management issues - the risk
    • Need to consider education need vs personal need
  • To employ Web 2.0 consider the risks vs the outcomes
  • 3 Key options
    • module options (Low risks)
    • integrated options (Moderate risks)
    • independent options (High risks)

    Un-Moodling Moodle Options

  • Moodle suffers when there are lots of topics & resources
    • scroll of death
  • To avoid scroll of death
    • replace many pages with a directory
    • use a Moodle book option
    • Use a wiki instead of many index links
    • can get URL of collapsed topics and make a graphical interface
      • Graphical links hit the collapse topic URL

  • moodle unseen YouTube video
  • can hide the bottom topics in course settings
  • course menu block gives a tree on the side - looks good

  • dragmath editor instead of latex math is a better math editor for secondary educators
  • openshare block - open sections to world
  • mymoodle page
    • This should be open on the login

  • Moodle Tricks
    • audio video - highlight space for embed link
      This makes a more even look

    • dialog good way of tracking communication
      • need to select seperate groups for all participants option is the module settings
      • better than email
  • statistics via Moodle is better than blackboard and WEBct
  • Moodle aims is to be simple
    • "to be simple enough that even teachers can use it"

Friday, August 28, 2009

ESL: Movie Poster

ESL: Movie Poster - Digital Technology and Lesson Plan offers a number of fun toys. The movie poster is a simple web 2.0 toy that is easy to complete, is fun and has a good output.

Make your own customized movie poster.
You choose the photo, titles, and credits. Be a star!

What a great tool for students with low literacy or of an ESL classification. All that is required is an image, a title, subtexts plus some credit text - plus some imagination and creativity.

Movie poster follows the KISS principal - Keep it simple stupid - however a small unit of work can be wrapped around the tool.

Movie poster works well with personal Flicker and Facebook

ESL Lesson Plan:

Please modify this to suit the Movie Poster technology and the class context.

Start off by asking the class if they would like to see a movie together. Almost certainly, one student will say yes. Ask them what is playing and write down their answers word for word on the board. You can examine their responses shortly. Then ask them what it is about, again writing the answers on the board. Then ask them who's starring in it and what the critics say about it.

Hopefully, they will be using some of the sentence structure from part I (if you did part I). But if they didn't, you can take this opportunity to compare what they could have said with what they actually said on the board. You can highlight all of the key phrases for talking about movies. In particular you can also show how relative clauses are useful for describing movies, plots, and characters. (It's about two people who fall in love on a sinking ship. Leonardo Di Caprio plays a poor worker who wins a trip to America.)

Next, handout the activity sheet and go over the dialogue. Point out the language that's used in the dialogue to talk about movies. Then write up the table on the board and with the class fill out the table for the movie 'Attack from Planet Q'.


Attack from Planet Q

Science Fiction


Will Smith

Palace guard


Aliens invade China

Show times/ Theater

6:45, 8:30

Odeon Theater


Great Wall of China,

Ming Dynasty


Frightening, Entertaining

Best Film 2002 Cannes

Now give each student in the class a movie poster. Ask them to memorize the contents of the poster (without actually memorizing it word for word). After they have had some time to read their movie poster they will walk around the class and practice the dialogue. While they are practicing the dialogue, they should fill out the table.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Innovation Comfort Zones and Schools

Innovation require a person to move into a new dimension. This dimension requires a person to disassociate from past experiences. Past experiences are the comfort zone and comfort zones are in effect conformity zones. When a person conforms the person remains static. The norm is the conformity which is the comfort zone. Introduction of a new method, idea and or system into a comfort zone creates anxiety, stress and fear. Sameness is safe, is effortless and is comfortable.
Innovation is disruptive. Innovation rips at the individual patterns woven from past experiences. To lead innovation is to take people a significant distance from their past experiences to enable perspective based questions. However in today's environment of continuous disruption leaders must not allow new comfort zones to be established. Continuous disruption requires continuous Innovation which requires continual disassociation from the past.

Working within an innovative project requires continual changing of perspectives and establishing flexible and future focussed mindsets. Each individual in an innovative project needs a mindset to enable ongoing and continuous disruption. 'Past Experiences Comfort Zone' is a syndrome that counteracts innovation.

Leading educators from traditional methodologies requires the removal of comfort zones. Educators have been comfortable within a similar zone of teaching since the start of public education. The slate tablet may have changed few times, class sizes have grow and shrink but the situation hasn't changed. Education is still operating within the behaviourist sphere. Workers to the left and academics to the right. The filtering system remains and the poor struggle. This comfort zone in education is a trap and a refuge. Educators have been comfortable in this zone despite the growing ineffectualness of the zone. Collective innovation within educational systems has been in large a dismal failure. Schools have been great places in facilitating comfort zones and poor places for establishing continual innovation. Educational systems have focussed on restructuring which results schools moving from one comfort zone to another comfort zone. The result is that the demands society is placing on schools and innovative response has been insufficient. Schools are fundamentally frozen by comfort. Any innovation is greeted with scepticism and a collective fight. Innovation vs Classroom: Classroom wins.

The question is;
'How do leaders lead teachers to explore their outer limits of capability within a innovative project without the retraction to the core past practices and ultimately return to the sameness-comfort zone?”.

The answer is;
1.Create inertia. Leaders must be strongly determination.
2.Create a vision. Leaders must create a vision. The vision has to be communicated and continually refered to.
3.Create problems. New problems need to be created and solve by creative methods. A new problem cannot be solved by past solutions. New problems require new solutions.
4.Introduction of monitoring methods. Effective monitoring will manage innovation. Policies and procedures restrains Innovation. Innovation cannot be regulated. Policies and procedures cannot be created prior to the innovation. Policies and procedures establish the norm and then the comfort zone. Policies and procedures do not encourage risk. Innovation requires risk. Risk needs effective monitoring. Monitoring enables questioning and then answers. Policies and procedures should only be introduced as answers to questions generated by monitoring.
5.Creativity: Establish what is possible and look for opportunity. Look forward and not to the past for what is possible. Visions and Creativity are symbiotic.
6.Experiment with something different. Keep bringing in new ideas, new technologies, new methods. Do not all the comfort zone to creep in. Difference enables risk which enables innovation.
7.Stretch individual abilities to meet the needs of the innovative project. The project will fail if individual do not extend themselves past past experiences.
8.Challenge: Executive and managers must challenge each member of the project team to stretch their individual capacities and to ensure comfort zones are not being established.
9.Intellectual honesty: Drill down any substantiated claims that counter innovative progress to establish self-challenge.
10.Focus on the edge: Do not focus on the core focus on the edge.
Education systems, schools and teachers should be the driving force of innovation in a society and not the comfort zone for ineffective practices. Schools should be future focussed, not fearful of failure, encourage risk taking, create new problems and create new solutions. Teachers should view students as customers. The needs for innovation to be a key reason for schools to exist is more important than ever. For schools to succeed in the innovation space, a methodical approach to monitoring the innovation process is requires not the maintenance of policies and procedures that underpins structural change.