Our discussion topic: blogging with primary students.
Catch the live broadcast by visiting the QueST Radio 1-24 website. I will also be writing an upcoming blog post featuring Jenni’s work in this area.
Last week I felt a bit like a kid waiting for Christmas. I knew our shipment of Google Chromebooks was on the way, and very soon I would finally get a chance to try one out myself. ”Chrome Day” has now happened, I have have spent a couple of sessions with a Chromebook.
Out of the box, the Chromebook was dead easy to setup up – no written instructions needed. Simply power up the device, answer a handful of setup questions, connect to wifi and presto. I logged into my Google account and everything was there: bookmarks, docs etc. – easy. I must admit I was impressed with the ease of this process. I think I was online in less than 5 minutes.
The screen is clear and easy to read. (12″ diameter or roughly 7″ x 10″). Processor speed seems decent, and the battery life is solid so far.
Now that I have tried this ‘unmanaged’ approach, I need to investigate setup this up through the managed interface for comparison. It will be interesting to use a device where literally EVERYTHING is online. My testing will be with an eye to classroom applications and ease of use. Certainly from an IT perspective, the devices offers the browser interface for access to web content and web 2.0 tools for writing, communicating and collaboration with minimal maintenance. I look forward to learning more about file management in this web only environment.
I will share my learnings and observations in a future post.
WRDSB has recently introduced the ‘BackPack’ option for secondary school students. This web site provides a mechanism for students to access their Board computer file storage from home. The login process is active directory compliant.
The user interface is simple to use, providing icons for file the typical management functions: uploads, downloads, rename, add folder etc.
The solution is based on java based open source code. Future plans will add functionality for all students. Many thanks to the WRDSB ITS staff who worked on this project to support student learning.
Today I had the pleasure of tuning in to a webcast presentation by Alan Levine about digital story telling resources. I ideas were great and the chat window was action packed with comments, ideas and positive feedback. I wanted to share a list of a few of the resources that were highlighted.
This is a great set of tools to support digital story telling. Visit Alan’s blog and wiki to get the full story and lots of good ideas. Everyone has a story to tell. Give one of these great tools a spin today then do something fun. innovative and engaging with your students!