Just for fun :D

It was a welcome sight seeing a page about memes in this weeks learning path. So for a bit of fun I thought I’d post some funny memes I’ve found related to technology and ICT’s. I hope they bring back some funny memories and give you all a bit of a laugh! 

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World in 2000 as Predicted in 1910 – http://www.sadanduseless.com/2011/03/world-in-2000/

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Hey guys, me again on my Tuesday morning rampage of blog posts! I’m not sure if you saw this link in last weeks learning path but it really struck a chord with me. The website shows a large range of illustrations by French artist Villemard in 1910 of how he imagined the future to be in the year 2000. They depict happenings in daily life such as children in school (as above), forms of transportation, sending mail and having a hair cut. 

It really makes you stop and think. I wonder what I would draw if I decided to grab some pencils and start drawing what I imagine life to be 2100. Now that I think about it, this would be a great activity to get our kids in classrooms thinking in critical and creative ways. 

But for now, I’m going to hop on my motorised skates and be off haha!Image

 

 

Connect.ed modules – our kids are more connected than ever!

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I just completed the four modules on the connect.ed. Perhaps what I found most interesting was the statistics regarding children, their ages and the technologies that they are frequently using. I’m only 20 but it blows my mind that students as young as year 3 have their own mobile phones and are accessing social media sites. So much has changed since I was in high school. For most of my friends we were allowed our first mobile phone in year 8. This was such a special time. I’d seen my cousins reach this age and get their phones and I couldn’t wait for the chance to get my own. It seems as though this right of passage has been forgotten.

What I found most helpful in the modules was this website that gives heaps of resources for teachers to use that teach about cyber safety. There are websites suitable for all ages and downloadable lesson plans that are fully aligned to the Australian Curriculum. I’ll certainly be saving this link!

Story starter ideas..

In a desperate attempt to find one more idea to blog about I randomly stumbled across this website. I’m not even sure what thought processes went into finding this site but I’m very glad I did. 

The website is called Story Starters and is found on the Scholastic website. Students get to pick a genre – fantasy, adventure, sci-fi or scrambler and by spinning different wheels a story starter is generated for them.

For example- I picked ‘Scrambler’ and the story starter that was generated for me was ‘ Write an autobiography about an overweight basketball player who works in a zoo. 

Imagine how much fun kids could have letting fate decide their story ideas. I can see this being really engaging and would even get those kids who hate writing keen to put pencil to paper!

Did you know?

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Skype. When you think about it you usually think of video calling one of your friends who is lucky enough to be overseas. However it wasn’t until these last few weeks where I have truly discovered all of Skype’s capabilities. 

The first one is Skype in the classroom. There are 3 ways to use this feature of Skype. 

1- Collaborate with other classes, no matter where they are.

2- Find guest speakers and invite them into your classroom

3- Take a virtual field trip anywhere in the world. 

I logged in using my Skype username and password and saw that some 79980 teachers already had active accounts and were looking for other classes to Skype with!!

There is also a massive section where experts offer their services to you and your classroom. Anyone from authors to park rangers and doctors!

There are also heaps of already prepared lessons from topics such as motivational talks and strategies on minimising bullying. 

This is seriously amazing!! 

The next feature is Mystery Skype. This feature was featured on the learning path this week. Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It’s suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.

 

I strongly recommend you have a look around these 2 sites. So much potential for great lessons 😀 

The future…

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I just saw this photo posted on this blog and it reminded me of this article a friend of mine posted on Facebook last week. This article stated that according to the Economist 47% Of All Jobs Will Be Automated By 2034. Whilst in the space of 20 years it’s impossible for technology to replace teachers, classrooms and schools, I like how this picture paints a parallel between the article and the education context.

We’re all going out on prac in just 3 short weeks… eeeeeekk! It’s going to be a great opportunity to start integrating ICT’s in our lessons and figuring out what works, what doesn’t, what excites the students and how to manage the class. If we go by the advice in this picture these are going to be essential skills in the future :).

Look no further for resources!

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So it turns out that the humble facebook break can actually be incredibly useful. While I was scrolling down my newsfeed I came across a post on a group I joined called Beginning Teachers Resource Forum . I would recommend you join this group as you can get some great ideas but if you’re stuck for lesson plan ideas you can post up and you can be sure to get a response from someone pretty quick.

My eyes happened to be drawn to a post asking how they would teach the ‘long e’ sound to a year 1 class and 2 people posted links to these 2 websites.

 http://www.teachersmarketplace.com.au/ & http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/.

These both have hundreds of thousands of resources for teachers. You have to pay for some but it’s very easy to filter your search for only free resources. 

Check them out, you won’t be disappointed!