the networked student

interesting video to watch here

News Broadcasters

Today students in my class became news broadcasting teams. They worked in groups of 4 – 2 girls, 2 boys – and took the roles of news reporters (2), camera operator (1) and producer (1).

Each group had the same script to work from (our school daily notices). They organised themselves into roles with their groups. While the reporters practised their scripts I ran a mini workshop for the camera operators and producers.

We used the class Canon Powershot A470 mounted on a tripod. First I showed them how to attach the camera to the mounting bracket and then they all had to show me how to do it. Then I showed them how to attach the bracket to the tripod and then they all did that for me.

We talked about setting the camera up – I set the scene but talked them through it. We looked at framing and distance etc.

After morning tea I worked with each group to record the news. The reporters practised while I ran through the setup with the camera operator and producer then we silenced the class and they did their recording. I worked through each of the 5 groups which took nearly 90 minutes all up.

After lunch the camera operator and producers worked on their videos to add titles and end credits to the video using Windows Movie Maker.

Finally in the last 1/2 hour of school today we watched the videos and did some feedback.

Once I’ve got permission from parents I hope to be able to share some videos with others.

It was an exciting day!

vod/pod casting

After brainstorming with my class about the integration of computers into our daily class life you may remember that one thing the kids first thought wouldn’t integrate and then discovered that maybe they could was listening to the notices. We have a radio system in the school that is slowly dying and it’s frustrating not being able to hear. So … this was what we came up with …

Listen to notices

  • filmed (vodcast)
  • Email
  • recording (podcast)
  • video chat

I reported this to my principal and he came back to me with an email (this was after we’d talked about it as well) saying “Sounds great…Can you have a child come to my office each day after notices to get a copy of them?”

Next week we are going to embark on a great journey … every day we will collect the notices after he’s finished reading them over the radio.

On Monday I will facilitate recording (no idea how yet? digital camera for vodcast or cellfone? my laptop for podcast?) the notices and we’ll work through it as a whole class.

The following days I’ll hand over to the kids to do.

I’m thinking I could write a small notices websitey thing where we could embed the videos maybe … or else just put the vodcast/podcast into a shared folder on the server and then it will be up to the individual teachers to access them …

ideas and comments please … the more the merrier!!


are you using evernote? if not – may i recommend it to you ..

if you can’t figure out why you should use it after checking the website out take a look at some of the videos at the How I use my evernote project

and yes i have a video on that

Engagement of learners …

A great post here by Jane on her blog

i’ve embedded one of the youtube videos mentioned because i think it is very powerful.

How to integrate the computers into our classroom life …

… I asked my class to brainstorm how we could use the computers effectively in the classroom …

Here are their ideas …

  • maths
  • basic facts
  • maths strand activities
  • maths games
  • SODA – pictures/writing
  • topic
  • research
  • dictionary
  • reading texts on computer
  • storywriting – word/powerpoint
  • free choosing/reward
  • handwriting
  • encarta for kids
  • drawing/art
  • blogging

These are things we thought we couldn’t do on the computer – and then, when we did some more brainstorming discovered that perhaps we could do them.

Listen to the rules

  • listen & type
  • video chat
  • you tube – us & others

House points

  • drawing

Daily roll

  • word

Listen to notices

  • filmed (vodcast)
  • Email
  • recording (podcast)
  • video chat


  • word
  • inspiration/kidspiration


  • drawing

Homework marking

  • email
  • word
  • online

Reading a story

  • use special program (PM Readers for example)
  • find a story on youtube

My initial move is to create a computer based bulletin board instead of (as well as) my whiteboard one.


This is the one i threw (quickly put together) together today for the computers.

computer bulletin board

I use Komposer for the html coding (latest version of N|Vu).


and they’re back … kinda


earlier this year i trialled a box system of computers (softexpand) – school went with xpandabox (no idea how it’s spelt!)

today i got three back which means i now have 4 computers running – unfortunately these three that are connected can only run ONE instance of firefox at a time (not particularly helpful) so i d/l chrome and will run IE on one

and hopefully my kids will be back blogging and sharing work during the final 5 weeks of school …

What my class thinks about Power Teaching/Learning

I asked my class what they liked and disliked about the Power Teaching that we’ve been doing for the past week.


  • specific rules – for different reasons
  • Teach-OK
  • them getting a chance to lead the rules
  • the gestures
  • the Teacher 🙂
  • all of it
  • smilies
  • oh-yeah!


  • frownies
  • oh-no
  • one person didn’t like the rules
  • several didn’t like the box below scoreboard (for habitual offenders)
  • one person didn’t like the reward – and had a group of children tell him to choose something else
  • the teacher saying the rules (because they like to say them
  • sitting on the mat to do any of it

Sitting on the MAT!

That prompted me to do a survey of the children who were there (only 22 as several were out with NEMP stuff, home sick or out doing other stuff).

  • 17/22 would prefer to sit in their desks
  • 3/22 like to sit on the mat
  • 2/22 don’t mind either

So NOW what do I do? Eliminate all but small group work & play on the mat? Make them sit on the mat?

Ideas welcome!

visitor vs resident & real life

I think this is a question that we should be asking ourselves – a couple of weeks ago I asked via twitter the following question “opinion please … can a tchr show/teach impact & innovation in ICT if it’s not an integral part of their life?”

Talking to a teacher who is taking a lead role in ICT at school this year about the definition of visitor vs resident she quickly said she was a visitor. (Logs in, does what she has to do and logs out.)

In the debates about computers, internet, ICT integration – how can a visitor understand the POV of a resident? Can they understand it?

I don’t know. I can’t approach it from the visitor perspective as I am a resident.

As are my two children (18 & 21). Computers, computing, internet, & other ICTs are all part of our lives – daily. My daughter is on Twitter (@spacegirlnz) and we talk to each other sometimes that way instead of texting (from our respective offices/desks in the house); my daughter decided she wanted to be able to do 2 things at once while studying for her uni exams – so she snagged our old PC monitor (which was attached to our storage computer!) and figured out how to attach it to her laptop and do the dual screen thing – now she can study and watch a movie, or study and chat with friends, or do some photoshop stuff and watch a movie … or whatever! We have 4 laptops and 1 PC between the 3 of us! Along with 2 smartphones (Nokia 6121s) and 1 other wireless device (iTouch) we’re all connected both online and offline. We’re residents. (Back in the day when we had an old 8088/80286/80386 both kids could execute typed dos commands to get to their games without adult help) (And this connectedness doesn’t mean we don’t do other stuff – we cycle together, sit around the house reading books together, go walking together, cook together – it’s just we’re also wired/wireless together as well)

So – visitor or resident?

A question I hear very often is “how can they be friends if they’ve never met in real life?” totally misses the point that the definition of “real life” has changed.

Are my online collegial relationships via Twitter less than those in person? I don’t think so. They’re different – we talk about different things – and sure there’s not a lot of classroom visiting happening – but there is a lot of talk – professional talk – and in fact I would say I’ve had more professional talk with some Twitter colleagues than I’ve had with colleagues here – because I have more in common with my online ones.

What about all the professional development that goes on via blogs? Is that less than “real life” professional development? As far as I’m concerned I learn more online than in “real life”. Where then is my “real life”?

I think my real life is everything that’s a part of me – online, offline where-ever!

Are you a visitor or a resident?

Interesting post that I very much like. I’ve always hated the term digital immigrants vs digital natives – even though i was born in the late 1950s (OMGosh that makes me sound old!) I am more tech savvy than people 30-40 years younger than me – i’ve been mucking around with computers for 30 years now – before there ever was an INTERNET – even before people were using BBS.

According to this post you are either a visitor or a resident (or something else!)

The ‘Resident’

The resident is an individual who lives a percentage of their life online. The web supports the projection of their identity and facilitates relationships. These are people who have an persona online which they regularly maintain. This persona is normally primarily in a social networking sites but it is also likely to be in evidence in blogs or comments, via image sharing services etc The Resident will of course interact with all the practical services such as banking, information retrieval and shopping etc but they will also use the web to socialise and to express themselves. They are likely to see the web as a worthwhile place to put forward an opinion. They often use the web in all aspects of the of their lives; professionally, for study and for recreation. In fact the resident considers that a certain portion of their social life is lived out online. The web has become a crucial aspect of how they present themselves and how they remain part of networks of friends or colleagues.

That is so ME!!

Then you have the Visitor!

The ‘Visitor’

The Visitor is an individual who uses the web as a tool in an organised manner whenever the need arises. They may book a holiday or research a specific subject. They may choose to use a voice chat tool if they have friends or family abroad. Often the Visitor puts aside a specific time to go online rather than sitting down at a screen to maintain their presence at any point during the day. They always have an appropriate and focused need to use the web but don’t ‘reside’ there. They are sceptical of services that offer them the ability to put their identity online as don’t feel the need to express themselves by participating in online culture in the same manner as a Resident.

and a final quote from the blog

In effect the Resident has a presence online which they are constantly developing while the Visitor logs on, performs a specific task and then logs off.

So – which one are YOU – Visitor or Resident?