Hull TeachMeet 1, 15th November 2011
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Hull TeachMeet 1, 15th November 2011
Five interesting teaching tools that I came away with from this first meeting.
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Scoop together your chosen Web pages

Scoop together your chosen Web pages | Hull TeachMeet 1, 15th November 2011 | Scoop.it

Scoop It is a useful tool that enables you to set up Web pages (like mine that you're currently reading!) that gather together links on a specific topic - each Topic is a full Page on Scoop It.  It provides a facility for you to "curate" information on your topics by trawling the Web and finding links that you may wish to add to your topic pages. 

 

The links are then laid out attractively like the page of a magazine: http://www.scoop.it/.  Once you've mastered how to create your Topics and upload your chosen/scooped Web pages, it's really quick and simple to build your pages using the URL address of your chosen website, plus a relevant image if you choose to use one, although many pasted URLs automatically include an image.  You can then edit the description about the site tailored to your own subject/interests.

 

I'm finding Scoop It really useful because it enables me to quickly store details and descriptions about my favourite Web 2.0 tools in a manner which is easy to access for future reference and therefore more engaging and practical.

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Stick Pick (App Store) - Excellent tool for selecting students!

Stick Pick (App Store) - Excellent tool for selecting students! | Hull TeachMeet 1, 15th November 2011 | Scoop.it

This is an iPod/iPhone/iPad app which enables you to pick a student at random just by giving your device a shake or tapping the screen - very useful when you have numerous classes and much more user-friendly than having the traditional set of lollipop sticks in a tin with students' names on - which is not at all practical for Secondary School of course.  It costs £1.99 and you can mark a student's stick once used (if you wish) to ensure full class coverage with your questionning skills.  Rather time-consuming entering all your students' names, but well worth the effort.  Reactions from my classes so far have been excellent - even the quiet ones who squirm at being selected responded very positively.

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Over 100 visual guides to expert teaching - how2teach.co.uk from Train Visual

Over 100 visual guides to expert teaching - how2teach.co.uk from Train Visual | Hull TeachMeet 1, 15th November 2011 | Scoop.it

Paul Shakesby, AST at Archbishop Sentamu, spoke at length about these diagrammatic visuals on what the classroom environment should look like from just about every conceivable angle.  There was a visual for when An Inspector Calls that I'd love to see, but can't find it anywhere on this website....undoubtedly schools would have to pay the hefty fee and sign up for the full How2 package to access it. 

I liked Paul's view that team teaching/peer coaching is the way forward to improve classroom practice....watching someone else teach a class or being advised on how to improve strategy X is not as effective as actively being assisted with teaching strategy X in the live classroom - clearly high cost issues though. 

How2teach is a novel approach to developing classroom practice, and very useful for unqualified and newly-qualified teachers, or those considering teaching as a career.

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VoiceThread - Group conversations around images, documents, and videos

VoiceThread - Group conversations around images, documents, and videos | Hull TeachMeet 1, 15th November 2011 | Scoop.it

VoiceThread Overview


With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides 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.

Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

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How to create QR codes — Knowhow Nonprofit

How to create QR codes — Knowhow Nonprofit | Hull TeachMeet 1, 15th November 2011 | Scoop.it


QR (short for Quick Response) codes are two-dimensional barcodes. When used well they offer a new and free way to engage students with their learning resources.  QR codes are scanned/created by your Android mobile phone camera (iPhone users would need to download a suitable app to do this).  I'm currently looking to develop QR codes for Debbie's weekly spellings at school.  Examples of how QR codes can support students:

MFL - translation help/link to audio files on the Web

Maths - show pupils the workings out of problems

SEN - MP3 recordings of worksheet instructions

Geography - create a trail within school or local area by creating a QR code of maps

General - create a virtual museum linked to an image, sound, file or video.

 

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