Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's done!

Back in November I wrote a post about the recent milestone report I had just completed for our ICTPD cluster. In short, the experience had been very lengthy and difficult for me. I'm pleased to report that this time it's a completely different story! I sent off the first draft to Suzie on Sunday (it was due the previous Friday) and - this is the amazing part - she said it was great. I'm not sure if I've finally clicked onto how to do this milestone thing or if it was just a fluke. All I know is that it's a relief to have it done!

Friday, May 22, 2009

BeFunky.com

I was recently reminded of BeFunky.com while catching up on RSS feeds tonight (trying to avoid watching the Hurricanes lose AGAIN). Jacqui Sharp mentioned it on her blog post on ICT Teaching and Learning today.

Even though I am a Mac user and have heaps of cool photo editing tools at my finger tips, uploading photos to BeFunky.com is still cool fun with even more options to play around with!

In just a few seconds it's easy to upload a photo, cartoonize it (just one click) and then save onto your desktop (one more click). Other editing options are Warholizer, Charcola, Patriotic, Inkify, Line Atropia, Stenciler, Sunburst and Scribbler.

Jacqui outlines the steps to use this tool to make a comic in MS Word. ComicLife is even better but unfortunately it doesn't come free on Macs anymore.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Job Vacancy


Check out the latest posting on Manaiakalani - an advertisement for a class teacher made by the kids! But we warned, you may be tempted to apply ....

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My latest cool tool discovery


This site is new for me and I think it's fab! I found vocaroo while surfing around on NZ class blogs and it seems many are using it already. While there are many sites able to record voice and give an embed code this one is the most simple I've found - by a country mile. Within three clicks I was able to record my voice, stop recording, listen to the recoding AND get the embed code! I didn't even need to register first - amazing. I can see this could be useful in with students, particularly younger ones, and fantastic for recording reflections, data/evidence or comments for e-Portfolios.

Tips for Newbies

Just came across this slideshow on Living the Learning and thought it may be relevant for some of our cluster teachers. An intro to some useful but simple online tools.