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How schools are using technology to raise student achievement without it costing the Earth

A sharing of ideas around the hot topics in schools. Included are 20 cool free tools that every teacher needs to know about.
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Mr P Hynes

on 13 September 2011

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Transcript of How schools are using technology to raise student achievement without it costing the Earth

Do your students learn with technology as they live with technology?
Is the gap getting bigger? What are you doing about it? How schools are using technology to raise student achievement without it costing the Earth “Kids lead high tech lives outside school and decidedly low tech lives inside school. This new ‘divide’ is making the activities inside school appear to have less real world relevance to kids.”
- Illinois Institute of Design think tank on Schools in the Digital Age (2007) The issue... Help me! Glogster Wordmaps Voicethread Online comment walls
Such as Wallwisher or LINO www.ssatrust.org.uk/newtechnologies
Signup for eNewsletter via
newtechs@ssatrust.org.uk Student digital leaders
- Inclusion - over 20 roles identified
- Supports teachers with embedding technology
- Develops student leadership, communication, etc. ICT Register - a free database of school expertise SSAT Student Digital Leaders network
Supports schools setting up a group
Supports students in developing roles
Offers accreditation for students
Sharing practice events http://voicethread.com/?#q.b12295.i79991 http://libwithattitude.glogster.com/frankenstein http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/FSpledges http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/2736814/Macbeth http://www.ict-register.net Microsoft PhotoStory Free download - creates video montages to music Webquests Free online treasure hunts for any topic - just do a web search for your topic and the word 'webquest' Photosharing Flickr or Picasa allow you to share and annotate photos Podcasting with Audacity Free simple audio recording software to produce podcasts QR codes The code image is setup as a shortcut to a webpage, video, audio file or document
Any number of free QR code generators such as bit.ly or Kaywa
Free QR readers for most phones and any computer Screencapture videos Free software such as Jing allows you to capture video of whatever is happening on your screen Online quizzes Create free online, self-marking quizzes using Hot Potatoes or your school VLE/learning platform Blogs A blog is an online journal that other people can comment on
Try setting up an 'edublog' or use your VLE Google Earth Link your topic to physical places
An example would be 'Lit trips' which follow the path of a journey in a book but include educational activities along the way John Davitt's Learning Event Generator Neat online tool for getting activity inspiration
You can edit the activities and topics to suit your own needs Skype Free chat, voice and video calls to anywhere in the World
Lots of education ideas Wikis A website anyone can edit without specialist skills
Great for collaborative working
Try wikispaces.com or your school VLE Prezi Great free online presentation tool
Create the presentation like a mind-map rather than in a linear fashion
Can collaborate with others by inviting people to edit
Can be used offline Facebook Great free and intuitive website for sharing news
Some schools have their own Facebook page to share news with staff, students and parents Twitter The quickest way to share news and ideas Paul Hynes, Vice Principal, George Spencer Academy
phynes@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
learningtechs@ssatrust.org.uk
www.ssatrust.org.uk/newtechnologies

Presentation at http://bit.ly/PHnewtechs Try Wordle or Tagxedo Jorvik Viking Centre, York
'Skype-a-Viking' https://www.ssatrust.org.uk/achievement/future/Pages/Studentdigitalleaders.aspx Poll Everywhere Free, simple polls from mobile phones What is good use of technology? A brave new world... What's hot? Student-owned devices The issues
School v Student-owned
Inappropriate use
Classroom management
Learning uses (that add value)
Digital divide The £0 ICT budget?
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Initial cost
Disposal cost
Technical support
Insurance, electricity, logging-on time, limited access…etc.

Sustainable wireless infrastructure
Use of online applications
Provision of learning resources/activities in appropriate formats Money, money, money Printing What is your default...
Margin
Font
Print quality
Pages per side?
Wax printers?
Make it difficult to print?
The VLE factor Communication Newsletters
Latest web tools
The 'All Staff' email Geek's corner Open source software
Thin client networks
Virtualisation of servers
The Cloud
Online applications What is the value of the devices your students own?
How can use them?

PlayStation3? iPod Touch? Mobile phone? eBook readers?
MP3 player? X-box? DVD player? Laptop? iPads/slates?
Netbook? iPhone? Nintendo DS? Blackberries? Wii?

What are the useful functions?
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