Global Teacher - WEB 3.0 Community and Research Project

Welcome

Welcome to a virtual community for Victorian Teachers. This is a research project in partnership between the Victorian Education Channel and the School Library Association of Victoria.

This weblogging space is available to Victorian Teachers as space for publishing and celebrating staff and student work. It also exists to facilitate communication with schools and educational experts across the globe. To join this community simply email global.teacher@edumail.vic.gov.au

On your email to join we ask that you provide a paragraph outlining why you want to participate and what you hope to contribute to the network. We also ask you to inform your Principal and that your email to us includes a CC to your Principal. When you sign in to Global Teacher you will automatically be added as a user to this blog. This means that you will be able to post news and share what you have been doing here. It is all very simple. Just enter through the login section, using your username and password and then you will be able to post. The success of this program depends on sharing and cross pollination so please make sure to comment and post your news in the news room. Just make sure to archive your news under the category

Share Your Web 2.0 Experiences and Resources

Join the growing number of teachers who are generously sharing their Web 2.0 Experiences and Resources here at Global Teacher and at the Web 2.0 Telegraph. You can be sure that in this way you will stay out there at the front and learn about programs and projects that will engage your students.

News Features.

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This comprehensive Web 2.0 Calendar has been designed by Heather Blakey to encourage staff and students to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today. The objectives of this program are to encourage exploration of Web 2.0 and new technologies and to provide staff with new tools that will engage students. Work through this calendar and you will become familiar with blogging and learn how to make the most of the Global Teacher and Student network.

YABBA

YABBA - stands for Young Australians Best Book Award. YABBA is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1985 run by a volunteer committee to: encourage and promote childrens reading of Australian childrens fiction and to develop children into discerning readers, who will express their opinions about books, including voting for their favourites.

The YABBA awards are a children’s choice book award in 4 sections, presented annually.

The sections are:
Picture Story Books
Fiction for Younger Readers
Fiction for Older Readers
Fiction for Years 7-9

Each year:
Children nominate Australian childrens fiction books that have been published in the last ten years to create a short list.
Children vote for their favourite books by a specified date in October,(usually International Childrens Day). The winners are announced at the award ceremony where authors and illustrators receive YABBA citations presented by children.

Currently YABBA is seeking title nominations for the YABBA 2008 shortlist from students across Victoria.

Take the time to download full details of the YABBA program here 08-nominations-2008.pdf

and encourage students to participate by either commenting directly on this blog or by emailing yabbabooks@yahoo.com

Using Voice Thread at Hawkesdale P - 12

At school, we are using voicethread to share our interests, acitivities and other project materials with some schools in USA. The grade 3 and 4 class have been working on this project. Year 8 students have produced a photo album of our school to share with schools in other countries. It is relatively easy to use and there are great tutorials, examples and resources on the website.

Voicethread is like a photo album but it can capture and hold the voices and stories of an entire group forever. It is then stored online. It can be made public or private. Many identities can be created so that each class member will have a separate identity under the umbrella of the teacher. Each identity chooses an image for themselves and records their voiceover. Steps in using voicethread are as follows:-

Goto www.voicethread.com >upload and insert the required photo under browse (or flickr or photobucket) Give a title to your slide. Make sure you give yourself a digital image - photo or otherwise.

Goto comment and record your introduction or voiceover, add an image. Goto the top RHS corner where your photo or image sits>my account>add identity and follow the prompts.

Voicethread identity additions

Once in the voicethread, identities can also be added. Follow the prompts until completed. New slides, with different images, can be added etc. Ensure that the microphone settings are correct for the computer that you are using. Choose record and the person records their message. If you need to re-record the voice click on the rubbish bin which appears when selecting the image. See below.

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To switch identities, click on your image in lower left hand corner, and choose the one you now want to work with. New identities can be added here as well.

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These voicethreads can be shared with other classes, schools and globally. So they are a great collaborative tool.

Cyber Safety at Hawkesdale P - 12

Reading the second day of the Weg 2.0 Telegraph, I was interested to read Loria’s words of caution and my eyes scrolled down to Heather’s notes on avatars and safe cyber practices. So, I thought I would write about some of the approaches that we have taken in our school to ensure our students identities are secure.

Our lote teacher (technolote) used www.weeworld.com for some of her classes to create little computer figures of their own choosing students also gave themselves a nickname for online use. However, our school, changed service providers this term and we have found that we are now blocked out of this site as it does have a chat room element. (Personally, I dislike too many sites being blocked as I like to teach the children safety, common sense and a sense of questioning whilst they are in the safety of the classroom.)

My grade 3 and 4 students are working on a joint voicethread with a class in USA (www.voicethread.com) comparing their interests and pursuits. Our site can be viewed at http://voicethread.com/#u7053.b13669 (I think it is designated for public viewing.) This wonderful web 2.0 software allows comments to be shared around images and allows the addition of students as identities. However, rather than have a shadow as their image, my class created little portraits of themselves in MS Paint (sorry we are not a Mac school) and also gave themselves a nickname. These are then viewable when they are talking. Some students used their student id photo and recoloured it beyond recognition whilst others created cute little paint faces. Our partner school just selected photo images to represent each student.

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Vokis: Another great disguise is by using vokis. These wonderful animated computer figures allow students to insert voice overs as well. Goto www.voki.com and register. Students need to be 13 years or over. To get around this, I allow a student one at a time to create a voki in my username as a large number of different vokis can be saved for the one user. So, if this needs to be done, goto my voki>create a new voki>create new scene and students proceed to create their own little character by customizing to their own wishes and then adding voice.

Do not forget to activiate the email that will be sent to your address, otherwise you cannot save your voki for future use. Re-enter the site and choose create. You can then choose the face, the background, hair, clothes etc to build your avatar equivalent. Once complete, save and then click on microphone, making sure that you enable access for the voki to use your computer settings. Wait until the recording wheel starts turning and record your voiceover. Replay to ensure the voiceover is all there and that diction is audible and clear. Click save>done>save (and give a title). Your completed voki will appear in the LHS of the screen.

Goto embed in>choose the destination as web page (or whichever purpose you are using)> select small size>200 x 267>get code. Accept agreement and the code will appear. Right click>select all>copy and then paste into your wiki, blog, website or other for your talking voki to activate.

Take a Stand on Online Bullying

An Anti-Bullying Video was made in the UK with stars such as Rio Ferdinand, Sharon Ozborne and Sugar babes to encourage young people to make a stand against bullying. To view it, you will need to have Microsoft Windows Media Player on your computer. If you click on the link below, the video will begin to play. Make sure to check out the Online Bullying Blog and have your say.