Archive for November, 2010

At last I have found some time to check Prezi out, and it’s even better when you can use this time to fit it in with your job. As a Field Officer at NGfL Cymru, I am trying to develop resources that give opportunities to learners and educators to explore the latest technology and its applications in sound Learning and Teaching. So, I could not leave Prezi out, especially after all the feedback I had received before I started using it myself! However, I wanted to find a use that was not just different from another way of presenting (which in my opinion is not the point and certainly not what would make Prezi stand above PowerPoint, because we’ll soon have death by Prezi if we are not careful),  but that would have real educational value and that would be an advantage to anyone using Prezi in this way!

To cut a long story short, I was wondering what it would be like to mind map with Prezi, and by mind mapping I mean following the mind mapping rules set up by Tony Buzan (the creator of Mind Mapping himself). One of the greatest advantages of Prezi in drawing mind maps is the ability to embed videos in your Prezi mind maps, something we haven’t seen before (at least I haven’t in other mind mapping software). Also, assigning a path to your mind map allows you to show and share your thought process very clearly. In this way using a Prezi mind maps could become a very effective presentation tool, but also a revision tool for your students who will need less assistance from the author of the mind map, because the sequence of events and areas of focus is decided by the path set by the author themselves! However, if a learner prefers to go at their own pace and stroll around your mind map their way, they can still do this by zooming in and out with the scroll on your mouse. You can also set the Prezi to be public and with the option to be copied by people who bump into them! So, your students could copy your Prezi mind map in their Prezi accounts and edit it to make it more suitable to their learning style, or simply add to it. Why not starting a template Prezi mind map and let the learners complete it? Then, you could share the contributions from different pupils in the class and complete your draft as a collaborative mind map created with each learner’s contributions, which is a very useful and highly effective mind mapping technique!

Click here, or on the image below to see my first Prezi Mind Map on the Kinetic Theory.

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NGfL Cymru Live!

Posted: November 18, 2010 in new technologies, NGfL Cymru

Hi Everybody,

I am exceedingly proud to announce that NGfL Cymru has just launched its online TV channel on Livestream. The URL is http://www.livestream.com/ngflcymrugcad and we are hoping that many will follow us on this new service to bring the best of NGfL Cymru and innovation in Education to Teachers in Wales and beyond!

From our channel we will continuously broadcast videos that give an overview of resources in development, so you can keep up to date with what is happening at NGfL Cymru and in your subjects. We will also stream video tutorials (which you also will find on our YouTube channel) on the innovative use of Web 2.0 tools with our resources. Finally, we will broadcast live for you interesting events we will attend and that we will organize, like TeachMeets, etc.

Here are two dates for your diary already:

– U.K. Innovative Education Forum 2010 (Keynote Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingITGlobal)

9:40 AM – 10:25 AM EST on Nov 30th, 2010

– U.K. Innovative Education Forum 2010 (Workshop: Creative use of technology in the classroom – Dan Roberts, saltash.net community school)

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM EST on Nov 30th, 2010

– U.K. Innovative Education Forum 2010 (Keynote Prof. Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University)

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM EST on Nov 30th, 2010

– TeachMeet Caerdydd (Whitchurch High School, Cardiff)

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST on Feb 10th, 2011

O2 is spoiling teachers!!!

Posted: November 8, 2010 in new technologies

Have you ever entered a teaching award competition? Have you ever won anything? You’ll really want to win this one!

O2 is challenging all teachers in the UK to submit a video about teaching a topic in 5 minutes. As a prize you could win £50000 for yourself and £100000 for your school! It is true, I am not kidding!!! Just check out this.

Then, please register, login and play and rate this video https://www.o2learn.co.uk/o2_video.php?vid=306

Thanks.

I found the iSeismo App for iPhone a few months ago thanks to an email on the PTNC (the Institute of Physics mailing list). It is a free App and also a brilliant one. I am developing resources for the WJEC Separate Science Specification (Physics 3) here at NGfL Cymru (National Grid for Learning Wales) and one of the topics is Seismic Waves, so I couldn’t resist the temptation to create an activity that would take advantage of such a great App!

iSeismo displays a seismograph for movements along the x, y and z axes using the inbuilt accelerometer in the iPhone and it is very realistic and quite accurate too. The needles look just like a real Seismographer writing on paper rolls, but with this electronic seismographer you can freeze the screen and pause it at a particular moment, as well as other interesting things.

I am giving you another sneak peek of what’s coming soon on the NGfL Cymru website. Below is the video that I created this morning to go with this activity in Wallwisher. The cool thing is that when the iPhone was at rest I received an email and the phone vibrated. The needles on iSeismo showed a vibration along the x and z axis, but not on the y-axis. So, the vibrator must be fixed onto a plane which is perpendicular to the y-axis. I bet you didn’t know that about the iPhone, did you? At least about the iPhone 3GS.

I created the Wallwisher wall as an example for teachers, but to use it with your classes you would need to register with Wallwisher and create your own wall by linking the video to the YouTube video in this blog.

As always I really value your feedback, so please leave a comment!