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5 Cool Things We Found on Twitter

One of the great things about Twitter is that it is constantly introducing us to really cool stuff: new blogs, interesting people, technological developments, and some really cool web 2.0 tools.

The trouble with Twitter is that sometimes it goes by too fast and we miss it! So, we thought we’d bring together some cool stuff once (or maybe twice) a week. That way, you might at least catch some of it!

Inklewriter – Creating Interactive Stories

Doug Peterson (from the blog Doug – Off the Record) has written a post about this cool (and free!) website that lets you create ‘choose your own adventure’ type stories. If you’re anything like me, you’ll remember the (paper) books quite well. I think students might get a kick out of creating this kind of story – fairly quickly and easily – and it looks like they are very easily shared. Because that’s what makes these technologies awesome. The sharing part!

Doug’s post includes an example to check out, but you can also go straight to the Inklewriter website and have a go. Let us know how you do.

Teaching with Smartphones

While we’re probably not quite there yet, there are many schools around the world embracing the technology that their students bring to school in their pocket. This blog article discusses the use of smartphones (which many students – even ours – own) in the classroom. We’re hoping to have a bit of a discussion about the whole BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) thing in future blogs, but this one might get you thinking. Let us know what you think.

11 Videos About Using Twitter

Yep, we’re probably going to keep banging on about it for a while, but Twitter really is a cool tool. Try it, you’ll be glad you did!

But don’t take our word for it, Amy has posted a playlist of 11 videos that take you through why you need to use it in the first  place, how to use it well, and how it’s working in some classrooms. Check it out and let us know if you decide to join in (via Twitter of course!).

Hands On Homework

The Ins & Outs is a very cool classroom blog from New Zealand (thanks Jenny for referring us to it!). I (Mel) particularly like the ‘Hands On Homework‘ posts, because I really struggle  with the concept of homework, both as a teacher and as a parent. What are your thoughts about homework?

Warning: deliberately provocative content follows:

Are You Behind?

Emily shared this blog post via Twitter and we think it’s at least something to ponder. Of course, there are many issues to consider when creating digital learning spaces, but it’s important to think about what’s happening out there already, and where we stand in relation to that. The conversation about how to best meet the needs of all of our students in our complex teaching and learning environment is one we’re still having. But this might provide some food for thought. Are you behind?

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that the content provided in this post does not represent the views of the ACT Education and Training Directorate. The links here are gathered from Twitter and are provided for you to explore, to hopefully start conversations with us or with your colleagues, and of course to support you in your innovations.

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