SODA – start of day activity

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In my classroom I begin my day with SODA – it’s based around Tony Ryan’s thinkers keys – apparently I’ve started a revolution because quite a number of parents (of kids in other classes) who attended a seminar run by one of my parents (on how children learn) and other teachers in my school have come up to me and talked about SODA or asked about it …

bulletin board

this website has a page of free journal activities – downloadable by the month with a journal writing topic for each day – i’m going to adapt what is on these pages and use a monthly planner like this for my SODA – at the moment i have it typed into my term planner (i’m using a self-created electronic planning book rather than a print one) but if i had a monthly planner just for SODA i can then share it with others as well as having it ready for use

sample of monthly journal page

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social networking, blogs and stuff … oh my …

this is a copy of an email i posted on a yahoo group about social networking and blogs (hence the author reference) – i thought it pertinent enough to post here too …

My take on the whole social networking thing is this (coming from a tech POW – i’ve been using computers for nearly 30 years now – both professionally and personally (yes – pre bill gates/windows/dos etc))

* there is a difference between a blog and a social network site
* social network sites are just that – places for people to connect – myspace/facebook/bebo – they’re social networking sites
* a blog is exactly what the name suggests (comes from web-log) – a journal or diary or something like that
* people use myspace like a blog when they really should be using one of the blogging tools – livejournal, blogger, wordpress, etc

i think blogging has taken off because people want a presence on the web – there is a huge revolution happening in teaching (we caught it from the tech people) called web2.0 – so many things now that you can do online – heck you can now edit your photos online (there’s a new online version of photoshop!)

back in the day we used to write our own web pages – i hand coded in html (and still do cos i’m not really into the WYSIWYG editors) and updated my website weekly

that was too hard for most people

then came yahoo/angelfire/geocities with their built in editors and many people still use them – but there’s still a bit of an effort required to go in and edit etc

along came blogs – {insert a quick blast of the hallelujah chorus} – they are easy to manage – easy to post a quick message – and there are quite a number of ‘desktop clients’ – programs that allow you to post to your blog without having to open your browser – i’m trialling one at the moment that allows me to post to any one of my four main blogs

i think that if you’re an author rather than going the webpage and myspace way you’d be better to have your main website and a blog or if you don’t want the website then just go for a blog – you can swish it up as much as you like

i am almost at the point when i won’t go to a myspace website at all – even on my fast computer page loading is horrendous – especially since lots of people have music and videos and things like that automatically playing – and those pages i don’t return to

to people with websites and blogs – i’m more likely to return to your blog rather than your webpage – i’m more interested in the day to day stuff than returning to see if the webpage has been updated

what i do with blogs i’m interested in is i use an RSS feeder and add them to that feed – then i can see at a glance – on ONE page – which blogs have been updated – i don’t have to visit each one every day to see if it has been updated (but that’s another thing all together)

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evernote part deux

ok … i’m still sold on evernote … i used it today to make notes for classroom things – including a log i have to keep regarding the softxpand thin client system i’m testing …

7. i can create different notebooks – so far i have 3 – a ‘schoolbook’, a ‘logbook’, and my default notebook with everything else … makes it easy to separate stuff out

actually – you know how you get pieces of paper with important information on them – and then you lose them? – ok – so maybe that’s just something I do – well – for example – today i received an invitation for a farewell dinner for my principal who is retiring – knowing me i will lose the invitation and not remember where the dinner is – so i held it up and snapped a pic using iSight – it’s now saved in evernote and synced to both my computers (desktop client) as well as to the online files …

very very very cool !!!

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evernote

i saw a mention of this program on twitter – where i seem to be seeing lots of programs mentioned – and signed up for a beta invite …

www.evernote.com

here’s where i think it’s great

1. it syncs with the server – that means that what i write on one computer i can access from the others – i love flocks clipboard feature BUT i can’t access what i’ve clipped on the iBook on my macbook as well …

2. desktop client – on both computers – makes it easy to see what i’ve got – without being online or having an open browser

3. i can add/delete/edit etc from my desktop

4. i can take pix with my iSight (macbook only) and upload

5. handwriting recognition – i tested with a handwritten note saying – don’t forget the coffee – it requires two syncs for it to be recognised but then i can search and it identifies the correct doc (not sure what it would make of doctors handwriting though!!

6. uploading via cell phone – i’m a great fan of being able to upload something from my cellfone – it’s with me all the time – i can send myself notes etc; take pix and send; forward a text message i don’t want to forget …

7. …

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