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Using Web 2.0 Video Tools

In Professional Learning,Tools on October 13, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

discoveryeducation_com_web2_0Discovery Education, in partnership with CDWG,  has just released a  series of videos, entitled Web 2.0 Conquering  Technophobia.  Presented by the DEN gurus, Hall Davidson and Steve Dembo, these videos are short, easy to use and contain “just-in-time” information. Definitely worth a view.

You can follow Steve Dembo on Twitter @teach42 and Hall Davidson @HallDavidson.

Here’s one on Video Tools. It covers 3 very different tools:

  • Create stunning movies by uploading your pictures and adding some music. Available in an education version.
  • Create your own talking avatar.  Upload your own picture or select from a variety of famous characters. This is similar to
  • xtra Referred to as a text to movie creator.  You simply just need to play with it.


The Fear of Change

In Media awareness,Professional Learning on October 5, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , , , , ,

– by Randy Lyseng

Change is all around us.  In the words of Karl Fisch, Shift Happens!  (see the latest Did You Know video on YouTube.  But how do we respond to teachers who grapple with technology change in the classroom?

On the ISTE Connects Blog this morning, I found a great post about Dennis Baron’s new book  A Better Pencil. Here’s an excerpt of the post:

His new book takes a look at people’s fear of computers having a negative impact on various aspects of human interaction, including common complaints that instant messaging (IM) is ruining the English language and that Facebook is causing us to be anti-social. Baron argues that we don’t need to be concerned. He feels computers are improving writing and actually making us more social. And what I found to be most interesting is his view that this fear of ‘changing technology’ is nothing new.

And it’s true…it is nothing new.  In the final phase of my student teaching, my cooperating teacher used the Gestetner printer and refused to use the photocopier. I preferred using Mechanical pencils in University vs. the standard HB.  I was able to use a calculator in my grade 12 diploma exam…this first year it was allowed (1985).  Some teachers are petrified of using the new SMARTBoard in their class and prefer to use the overhead and project it on their SMARTBoard instead.

Megan Dolman, the author of the post on ISTE Connects provides us with some great advice for working these hesitant teachers:

When you come up against people that are hesitant to implement technology it may be a good idea to remember what Baron is saying: this fear of new communication tools is as old as the pencil. Reassure them that just as the telephone didn’t lessen the need or desire for face-to-face conversations, Facebook and other social media won’t either!

The times…well they are always changing.


AISI Cycle 4: TIPS participate

In Media awareness,Professional Learning on September 21, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged:

ilearnAs an active participant in the AISI Leadership Team (ALT), TIPS members will be reporting on issues in technology planning that relate to the AISI project.  One of the roles defined for members of the ALT is that they “…engage in the communication/knowledge dissemination of the AISI Cycle 4…”.  As such we will be using this blog from time to time to relate information that has been  presented to members of the ALT or appears on the AISI Cycle IV website.

An ezine article on 21st literacies is referenced in the above website.  The article begins on page 4 of the issue.


SMART Exchange website for teachers.

In Professional Learning,Tools on September 17, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

The website contains SMART’s education content, community forums and teacher-support networks. Previously in different locations, the content and community services that educators want from SMART are now all in one place. It also includes the Galleries and about 25,000 resources.  Please visit:

Press release


The new Bloom’s Taxonomy

In Professional Learning,Research on September 11, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

from Educators’ eZine – Full article at:

Bloom's Taxonomy

In the 1950’s Benjamin Bloom developed his taxonomy of cognitive objectives, Bloom’s Taxonomy. This categorized and ordered thinking skills and objectives. His taxonomy follows the thinking process. You can not understand a concept if you do not first remember it, similarly you can not apply knowledge and concepts if you do not understand them. It is a continuum from Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). Bloom labels each category with a gerund.

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

Bloom's Revised TaxonomyIn the 1990’s, a former student of Bloom, Lorin Anderson, revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and published this- Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy in 2001.Key to this is the use of verbs rather than nouns for each of the categories and a rearrangement of the sequence within the taxonomy. They are arranged below in increasing order, from low to high.


Emerge 1-1 Laptop Project

In Professional Learning on September 11, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

The goal of the Emerge 1-1 laptop project is “to effectively integrate wireless technology to enhance teaching and learning for at-risk students.”  This site has a wealth of information about how teachers and students in our district have been using laptops since 2006, and includes research findings, teacher journal entries, lesson plans and student exemplars.  If your school has a wireless laptop lab, or is considering moving from a lab to laptops, spend some time exploring this share site.  For more information about anything you read about on the site, contact Terry Korte (


Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many

In Professional Learning on September 11, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged:

Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. More

The site also has some great examples real-life examples of how technology can be used to engage students.

Technology is ubiquitous, touching almost every part of our lives, our communities, our homes. Yet most schools lag far behind when it comes to integrating technology into classroom learning. Many are just beginning to explore the true potential tech offers for teaching and learning. Properly used, technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy.