Posts Tagged ‘web2.0’


TIPS on Web 2.0

In Tools on October 27, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , , , ,

We’ve been busy cross-posting our information using a variety of Web 2.0 tools. You can now access our info on:

TIPS Resources Site on
Our New YouTube Channel
Follow us on Twitter for tidbits of information
A link to our RSS feed (blog posts)– simply post this URL into your favorite RSS reader

Happy reading, tweeting, blogging and viewing! 🙂



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.


People to follow on Web2.0

In Media awareness,Research,Tools on September 17, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , , , ,

Here are some key people to follow on via Twitter and RSS (blogs) on implications and integration strategies for using Web 2.0 tools.

Big picture stuff would be Don Tapscott –


Social Networking and Privacy

In Tools on September 11, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , , ,

With the surging popularity of social networking websites, more students and young people are creating online profiles to share information about themselves. While this has created opportunities for personal expression, collaboration and the development of communities, social networking sites have also created many privacy concerns.  In this blog entry, we look at some resources from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada,  district FOIP regulations and some innovative tools that teachers use in the classroom.

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Digital Footprints

In Media awareness,Research,Tools on May 31, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

This blog entry is a great reminder of the digital footprint educators and students leave behind: “I can see a day in the not too distant future (if it’s not already here) where your “digital footprint” will carry far more weight than anything you might include in a resume or CV.”

Of course, this has huge implications for the education field.

For the full article, please see:


Teaching with Twitter?

In Media awareness,Tools on April 9, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

Just read a great post from Ewan MacIntosh’s blog about the power of social media used by teens and a recent example in Moldavia. He also talked about the English Government’s plans to ‘teach Twitter’ and the perhaps better-formed plans of the Scottish Government to include text messaging and social networks language in the fabric of language teaching and learning [pdf].