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1 to 1 Portable Computer Labs for Primary Schools September 5, 2010

Posted by Podcast Lane in Changing Education, Instructions, laptops, Stu Hasic, T4L, Vodcast, wireless.
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As high schools enjoy the benefits of the Digital Education Revolution where all students in years 9 through 12 will be receiving their own netbook computer and wireless access across the entire school, K-6 schools are looking to also provide 1 to 1 access to computers for their students through the use of shared trolleys.

The same netbooks as those supplied to 2010 Year 9 students are now also available for public schools in NSW to purchase. The netbooks offer a more affordable alternative to desktops and full-sized laptops and their ultra-portable nature makes them perfect for use in classrooms where each student is provided their own netbook to use.  Battery life has increased and wireless speeds are suitable for large numbers of devices to connect at the same time. For under $20,000, a full classroom kit of 30 netbooks, two trolleys and two wireless access points can be procured and implemented. The vodcast below is a great starter for schools considering going down this path.

In addition, here is a handy set of work practises and rules you can adapt and adopt for your own requirements. I hope your investment in a portable computer lab for your school becomes a great success!  Please share your experiences in the comments below.

Using Jeopardy in the Classroom August 16, 2008

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With schools getting data projectors and interactive whiteboards, we’re always on the lookout for interactive, educational and fun activities that can involve the whole class using this great equipment. The longest running and most popular quiz-based gameshow in the world is Jeopardy! And now you can play it with your students in the classroom.  But not only can you play it, you can actually create quizzes for other classes, and even for other schools around the world!

This Jeopardy Gameshow Maker is very easy to use and looks great.  You can even customise the way it looks by creating your own skins for it – a great exercise for learning photo editing.  And each question can include text, and image and even an MP3 audio file if you like.  Podcast Lane has put together a great vodcast on what this program looks like and how it works.  Just press Play below to find out all about it.

Related link from the podcast: http://stuhasic.com/jeopardy

If you’d prefer to see a full screen hi-res version of this video, just click here. We’d love to hear your thoughts about this great educational application and how you’ve used it in your school.  Just add a comment.

Choosing a Blog-Hosting Service April 27, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Blogging, Changing Education, Podcast, Stu Hasic, Uncategorized, Web 2.0.
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Part 1: Why Teachers and Schools Should be Blogging
Part 2: Students Blogging in ClassBlogging Hosts
Part 3: Naming Your Classroom Blog

This is the fourth podcast in this series of classroom blogging and now we move onto the important step of selecting an appropriate blog hosting service for the great classroom resource we’d like to develop.

Resources mentioned in this Podcast:

Blog Host: EduBlogs.org
Blog Host: PodBean.com
Blog Host: WordPress.com
Individual Student Blogs: EduBlogs Campus

Click Play below to hear this podcast. If you have any questions or comments about blog-hosting services, just add them to the comments section.

(Duration 3:42)

Download this podcast to your PC or MP3 player. Any feedback or questions on this podcast? Just add them to the comments section. 

Naming Your Classroom Blog April 27, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Blogging, Changing Education, Podcast, Stu Hasic, Students, Web 2.0.
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Part 1: Why Teachers and Schools Should be Blogging
Part 2: Students Blogging in ClassClass Blogs

This is the third podcast in this series of classroom blogging. In it we focus on the process of finding a suitable username and blog title for your class blog. It’s not as straightforward as you think – neither is choosing a suitable password!

Resources mentioned in this Podcast:

Article: Unique and Complex Passwords for Everything

To hear about the importance of a good class blog name, click Play below. Tell us what great names you’ve come up with in the comments section!

(Duration: 3:01)

Download this podcast to your PC or MP3 player. Any feedback or questions on this podcast? Just add them to the comments section. 

Students Blogging in Class April 20, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Blogging, Changing Education, Podcast, Stu Hasic, Students.
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In the podcast “Why Teachers and Schools Should be Blogging“, we discussed the reasons and benefits of blogging in the classroom, but for the blogging-novice, there are student privacy, security and policy concerns that must be considered.Classroom Blogging

 

In this podcast, we will focus on the pre-requisite understandings that any teacher or school needs before setting up class blogs with their students. If you get these things right up-front, your class blog is sure to be a success.

 

As mentioned in the podcast, here is a sample Parent Consent Form for Student Internet Publishing as a Word document that you can download, adapt and distribute to parents to get the ball rolling. So, let’s get started. Just click the Play button below.

[Audio https://podcastlane.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/studentsblogging.mp3%5D

(Duration: 3:37)

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Why Teachers and Schools Should be Blogging April 14, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Blogging, Changing Education, Podcast, Stu Hasic, Web 2.0.
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The Internet is not what it used to be. Web 2.0 – or the Read/Write Web has changed everything – and your students love it! The social aspects of Web 2.0 with sitesI Love Blogging! like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo are so engaging to students that they are attracted to them like magnets. But they are so foreign to schools, teachers and education authorities, that we choose to BLOCK them at school.

This podcast focusses on the benefits of using such sites and as an introduction to the subject, also provides an insight into the ramifications that our students are often oblivious to. In under three minutes, you’ll understand why teachers and schools should be blogging. Just click the Play button below.

(Duration: 2:55)

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