Archive for March, 2010

Wordle – Beautiful Word-clouds

March 14, 2010 Beautiful word clouds

This is a word-cloud the size of the word depends entirely on the amount of times that word appears in a text. This word-cloud is the life of Euphrasie Barbier and we can see here the frequent mentions of  God, Sisters, Mother and Congregation. Looking a little deeper we can see importance of Mary, Missions, family, spirit Oceania and France.

A great tool for students before they read an article to get an idea of the themes or focus of a particular text. Or to even explore there own writing.

In the video I have used wordle to compare two of the Canonical books in the new Testament. Looking particularly at the writings of Jesus’s Crucifixion. The first book I am comparing is Mark, the oldest of the Synoptic books, which has a very ‘history book’ account and comparing it to John which gives a very personal account of Jesus.


Sacred Heart’s impact on the Internet

March 14, 2010

Euphrasie Barbier google

While I was doing investigation for the next post on wordle; I found out that the number 1 place that people are referred to, for information on Euphrasie Barbier is the Sacred Heart College Website. This Means that Carol Young is the pre-eminent global resource on this topic beating the Sisters own website and Wikipedia.

Fastflip searching the News fast

March 14, 2010

Fast Flip Getting news fast

When you are looking for a current news topic and need to find just news articles and quickly, there is a new Google feature called Fast Flip. Really simple and elegant way to find news and the source really quickly

Twitter: connecting People and Ideas

March 14, 2010

Twitter you may not of heard about it but it is out there. You put your thoughts out there no more than 140 characters at a time. But it’s power comes in the following people with similar ideas. Currently there are 500 million individual tweets a day. Everyone can look at them but the power of the internet is to be able to search and filter these for topics. Find people sharing information you are interested in and then following them.

Following means when they tweet it comes directly to you you don’t have to look for it. If you send tweets out people may follow you also.

So for example if in the college there is only one or two teachers teaching your upper-school subject you can connect globally to other people with that content knowledge and see what the are tweeting.

Why not just stick to email you say. Twitter is not a personal communication method and it is not facebook. it is idea and thoughts shared.

Only your recipients can check your email anyone with an interest can find your thoughts on twitter. Some people never send tweets just use it to follow interesting people, but if you start putting interesting ideas out soon people will follow you.

Always remember your etiquette, you don’t go to a conference stand up in the middle of the seminar and yell out “some one Help me with….” You search out useful conversations or influential people. Listen carefully and when the opportunity arises you may offer advice to someone. After establishing your worth and credibility you may start leading discussions.

Why Do we Connect

March 11, 2010

Connecting with your PLN (Personal Learning Network). Shelly Terrell is a teacher of English in Germany, She is presenting at a conference in Turkey on sunday 14th of march.

“By March 11th, over 50 teachers, parents, administrators, and students had participated from all over the world. Countries included the US, Australia, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Vietnam and more.”

I did know her directly was put in contact through a person in my PLN via twitter.
My small PLN consist of:
Trevor Galbraith
Andrew Cox
Tom Dudec
Peter Carey
Greg Whitby
Shelly Terrell
Kelly Tenkelly
Kim Flintoff
Mark Weber
Nicholas Provenzano

Recording your PD with WACOT

March 9, 2010

In your 5 years membership period you must log 3 different types of PD from the listed sections. So you must record a minimum of 3 PD’s but if they are not from different categories you will need to record more.

Developing curriculum materials
Reflection on teaching practice
Strategies for instruction and assessment
Apply research findings in the classroom
Integrate information technology
Supervision and management of students
Being mentored
Present classroom methodology
Work with the community
Participate in professional associations
Participate in study groups
Develop educational policy
Carry out research
Undertake postgraduate studies
Present research findings

Entering Interim Report Data

March 9, 2010

eMaze is not a full replacement for Maze it is a complementary service. It means if you really love using Maze and sharing the office computer that is great and that is available for you. But if you would rather be able to enter you marks anywhere any time there is a solution. So if the sea-breeze is not in, the sun is hot and there is a nice swell, and if like me you know of a better place to be at 4:00 with your family. Then you can enter you marks at another time and place.

Virtual tours using streetview

March 3, 2010

Without having to leave the classroom students can get to look at different Urban and Rural environments. Use the Streetview facility in Google maps and also the integrated photo sharing and wikipedia entries.

Yr 7 Science – Graphing

March 2, 2010

Year 7 Task. Looking at a simulation of heating of water and recording the temp vs time as it changes state.