March is SMARCH at school – Using your SMARTBoard smarter! Here’s my top share for this week.
My twitter friend Tom Barrett has this fabulous site called Ideas to Inspire. It’s jam-packed with googledoc presentations he’s become quite famous for organising. Using a tweet he calls for ideas from educators all around the world to suggest ideas, tips and tricks for any number of topics. Together, everyone collaborates on a googledoc presentation with title changing with each additional idea. See if you can guess my contribution for the Pocket Video Cameras.
For SMARCH check out #38 Interesting Ways to Use Your Interactive Whiteboard *and tips. I say #38 because when you look at it, that number quite possibly will have increased! These documents grow ……. literally!
But of course, don’t stop there!
I’ve just finished reading Michelle Martin‘s latest post, A Week Without Google, on her Bamboo Project Blog.
My heart darn near skipped a beat at the thought of it. Could you imagine it? No gmail, gchat, gtalk, google calendar, google docs, google maps, google search, google earth, google alerts, no blogger, and alas no iGoogle – no google anything! And this is an actual assignment for Michelle’s daughter to do for her New Media Research class. And her assignment includes no YouTube either!!
Oh my! Could I do it? Um … NOPE. Not a chance! And then it dawned on me just how reliant I’ve become on one company’s products. I hadn’t meant to, I didn’t do it deliberately and I certainly didn’t realise it – til now. I can’t think of any other aspect of my life (even financially) where I’ve literally put all my “eggs in one basket.”
How many Google products do you rely on? All the ones I use religiously (that’s on a day to day basis) are listed in the first paragraph. I am so dependent on Google. I really need to think seriously about how to manage if Google “went down” (as she’s frantically touching wood so that doesn’t happen)! Over the past week our school server has been hit with a virus that no one has the fix for. Work with the internet in the classroom has all but ground to a halt. Today my students alternated between reading their books and writing with a pencil while we waited patiently for pages on our blog to load. At least we had the books and pencils as an alternative. But that’s my point really. What alternative do I have for all the google apps I use?
What about you? Could you go a week without google? Are all your eggs in one basket too?
This is a must-watch video. Watch it from beginning to end. It’s powerful.
In my favourite colour too. Love it!
Are you a smartboard user or any other IWB user for that matter? Looking for a challenge? Do you feel like you’re getting the most out of your Interactive Whiteboard? Want to breathe some pizzaz into using an IWB with students in the classroom? Or do you just want to use your IWB better? Smarter?
Then look no further!
The amazing Jess McCulloch has created the Whiteboard Challenge. She’s also got a stunning line up of Task Masters, (Check out who), just waiting to bring us our next challenges.
It’s only just started with Challenge #1 – making mp3 recordings and adding them to the gallery.
Not only has Jess created a wikispace, there’s a diigo group, and she’s even provided participants with astep-by-step video on how to complete Challenge #1
I’ve been an Interwrite IWB user for several years now (I miss my Interwrite Board back in NZ). Now I am finding my way around the smartboard and notebook application. This challenge is perfect way to get me up to speed!
Way to go Jess! Fabulous challenge, fabulous resource that will definitely help a lot of IWB users out there!
So what are you waiting for? Let’s begin!