An investigation into whether blogging has a significant impact on learning for a group of pupils. I intend to identify a group of students who cover a range of ages and abilities as well as experience with blogging and track how their interaction with blogging through both writing and reading blogs assists with learning in the classroom.
I’m worried this is hardly revolutionary or different. My other option is a critical study on games based learning.
For a while now I've been inspired by this video by an ad agency in London called Dentsu. It shows a rather cool usage of iPad's to lightpaint by extruding or dragging an animation through space on a long exposure.
- I have no iPad
- I only use Sketchup as a free 3d software tool – no virtual cat scans as described in the Dentsu video
- Due to an unfortunate accident in a French hotel 3 years ago (reality of what happened is actually a lot more mundane than it sounds) my current very decent Nikon d90 is restricted to a 50mm f1.4 lens
- I realised when watching the dentsu video again the frames for each part of a letter consisted of a wireframe rather than a block of white. This will be rectified.
- To simplify creating messages I will work on slowly building up an alphabet of prebuilt frames which can be dropped into order to create a word.
- This is fun!
Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone
I’ve been grappling for a while on the best way to bring Web 2.0 tools and similar services to other subject areas. I’ve tried optional training sessions which have failed as well as one on one demonstrations which have had slightly better effect. To take into account also my growing collection of subject resources on my delicious account (http://www.delicious.com/briansharland and http://www.delicious.com/briansharland/bundle:Subjects ) I have come up with what I hope will be a better way of providing professional development in ICT tools to other members of staff.
I’ve taken as inspiration Tom Barretts ‘Interesting ways’ series as well as RM Byrne’s ‘Free Technology for Teachers’ blog as a structure for presenting 5 ideas for a subject area. Whereas Tom takes a single methodology such as blogging or iPods and encourages development of ideas along that line I am taking a subject area and trying to find tools and services which could support that academic area.
These have been written to fit with my own school although they are free to use by others in a non-commercial setting.
To start off I have written one on English. The next step will be to sit down with our school’s English department and use the time to work through these as a professional development session.
More subject areas will hopefully follow and I will also produce sequels to the English presentation in the future.
Any ideas or thoughts greatly appreciated.