Easy student blogging with posterous.com

September 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

This week in Year 9 Mathematics we were learning about the different circle geometry theorems. Students were asked to get into pairs and they were given a particular circle geometry theorem.

They were asked to create a story which would explain their theorem using photos, videos, text and music. Next, they sent their work in an email to post@posterous.com and their work was blogged.

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The instructions to students were:

Choose a team name

Your team will be given a theorem

Prepare a story with pictures that helps to understand how the theorem works

Email this story with photos, music and text attached to post@ posterous.com

At the end of the lesson each group of students presented their story and it was a lot of fun.

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Online safety for young students

September 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

This is a fantastic resource for teaching kids about the issues of privacy as they use the internet. The game is about a group of pigs who are wanting to explore online.

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Lil’, Mo and Les are some cyber pigs who run into a number of situations. Students can assist them as they make decisions regarding  the sites that they visit and the types of information that they provide.

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Visit the Media Awareness Network and help your students to learn about online safety.

My first maths test in a virtual world

September 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

Yesterday was the first time that students sat part of their formative assessment in our school’s Second Life island. We have been learning about surds and the first three questions for the test took place on a dark brown platform right next to the art gallery.

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I would state a question to the students and they would each respond using local chat. This meant that it wasn’t an authentic assessment given that students could see other student reponses. In order to improve the assessment process I could build a private booth for students where they can sit a test. This would be with the help of a sloodle tutorial. The beauty of sloodle is that it links Second Life with the Moodle at my school so that the student marks are automatically uploaded.

Some other teachers at my school have been able to assist students with their qualitative feedback by using this response square.

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