10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


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Alternatives to Picnik

teaching is the profession that teaches all of the other professions

Created by Helen Teague via Picnik


Ok, I have put on my big girl smile and adjusted to the announcement that April is the end of Picnik. Thanks to Ann Voskamp for providing these alternatives to Picnik


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Alternatives to Powerpoint

From an online discussion by Louise Friel

My son (P7) has just completed a great project entitled, “The Person I Most Admire”.
The children put alot of thought and effort into this, gathering information, pictures and images, which culminated in a short Powerpoint presentation, which they shared with the rest of the class.

Sound familiar? So what else could they have done?
Using MovieMaker or StoryBoard, (free video and audio software) the children could have developed a much more media rich presentation, incorporating video and audio, which they could then have shared with the whole school, parents, family and worldwide, if uploaded and broadcast though the internet.

Have a quick look at www.schoolpodcast.org to see what some of the schools in Northern Ireland have been busy working on. This forum allows the children (and teachers) to showcase their work in a secure, structured environment, so we can all appreciate their hard work.

So, why are all schools not looking beyond Powerpoint? I believe that this is, in part, due to teachers lack of awareness of what else is out there. Instead of embracing the wealth of multimedia tools that current and emerging technology has to offer, they are stuck in the Powerpoint rut!

Do you agree? If so, how do we get schools to look beyond last centurys tools and start adopting the wonderful range of educational, engaging, and FUN tools out there?

What are some of these tools?


Inquiry-Oriented Instruction Video

Frequently, I am asked for specific examples of inquiry-oriented education. The questions usually have three themes:

1. How does inquiry-oriented education function in the classroom?
2. Just exactly how does it look?
3. How do I model this approach for my students?

Here, in a concise, video, author John Barrell, models this approach with a group of elementary students. 
This is a wonderful example of inquiry-learning in process.

Inquiry-Oriented Instruction Example Video


Survey: How Digital Is Your Classroom

How Digital Is Your Classroom? Click here to take the survey and try Intervue, which is a video survey response application, discussed by Nic Peachey: http://intervue.me/i/233


Start the Week With a Smile

Keep on getting stronger…start your week with a smile from will.i.am’s Sesame Street video



150? Funny, you don’t look a day over 148!

Hard to believe the US Civil War is 150 years old!
Here is a great link to access and use with teaching or learning or, in my case, re-learning.

Civil War 150th Anniversary

The Civil War Trust Civil War Sesquicentennial page offers up a wide range of historical articles and features focusing on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
You can also find links to other state Sesquicentennial sites and news.


Closing the Gender Gap in Physics

University of Colorado college physics course. A persistent gender gap: the
girls get worse test scores than the boys, and end up with lower grades at
the end of the semester.

The teachers have tried various things to fix it extra tutorials, etc.
but none worked.

Until one surprising intervention made the difference.
From Discover Magazine, Click Here to Read More


What Do We Teach Our Children?

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach out children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.

~Pablo Casals

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