The night before the main event, avid educators will join in a lively CESI Meet on the grounds of Tipperary Institute.
Christian shares stories from his own personal experience as a backpack journalist who first turned to social media platforms when he couldn't find anyone to publish his pictures from wartorn Iraq. He also shows the kit needed for mobile digital story making and how it's drastically changed over the years from a sack of tech to the current day when a smart phone and mifi can do most of the work.
In my talk, I intend to look at the tools of my tech-heavy education experience and how they shape my learning. I’ll be showing blogging, Twitter, Google Calendar, Dropbox and more. I’ll also look at easy ways for teachers to use these tech tools in the classroom and, most importantly, why they should do so.My talk will stem from my heavy use of technology in the classroom and at home. Six years of computer and online experience will form the basis of my hands-on tutorial. The list of positive aspects of today’s technology is as long as it is far-reaching. Blogging, Twitter and the rise of ‘citizen journalism’ have been huge parts of the North African revolutions, but they also have uses in the classroom. I will give a walkthrough of today’s internet resources and how they can be used to further engage and inspire students.
The aim of this presentation illustrates a study undertaken to ascertain the level of use and non-use of specific Special Educational Technology, utilised by twenty five primary school teachers and to describe their experiences of using it within an Irish school setting. The study wished to primarily examine teachers levels of access and usage of this type of technology in their teaching, to identify possible reasons which could influence them in using more of it and to suggest ways to encourage greater participation. The main findings which evolved in the study demonstrated that a high percentage of teachers stated they lacked specific knowledge about the various types of these technologies as well as having a lack of appropriate support and having a proper ready to use framework in guiding them to use it in an effective way in their teaching.
Helen Bullock: Setting up a subject blog over two years ago was a life changing experience. Blogging is fast becoming the quickest and easiest way to get out news and information. Schools all over the world are blogging and there are many advantages of using blogs within classrooms some of which will be discussed in this session along with a brief look at how blogging and twitter can be integrated.
Nigel Lane: I started running a blog for my school this year, and shortly after that started blogging (in two ways) with my class. In my talk I will point out a few successful aspects of my blogging experience so far as well as a few of the difficulties. I will talk about the pros and cons I have experienced with the three services I have used (Blogger, Wordpress.com, Kidblog) and the potential for blogging in the classroom.
by Dermot Casey
Storyful began just over a year ago focussed on ﬁnding the most trusted sources for stories on the social web, highlighting the most valuable content and giving people the ability to engage with the smartest conversations in real time. The workshop will talk about some of the things we've learned curating the social web over that time, and the tools we've build to help us to do that work. In the past few weeks Storyful has opened up the first version of a curation app to help individuals find and share the best content on the web. This app is free for anyone to use and Dermot will use this app to demonstrate what curation is, where it’s come from and where it’s going.
With current equiment: USB and XLR microphones, digital voice recorders, laptops and mobile phones, recording audio in the classroom is a straightforward process which engages students and caters to their differing needs and learning styles.
Digital audio formats are flexible and can be used in a variety of multimedia projects to promote oral/aural skills, record speaking assessments, improve pronunciation for languages and enliven prose.
Podcasting work can also offer personalised distance-learning opportunities, celebrate and create a record of pupils' achievements and allow for peer assessment.
The technical process of planning and recording sound is also a rewarding process in it's own right.
We investigate a series of no to low-cost solutions for bringing audio into the classroom
This workshop will show how to use the Kinect add-on for XBox 360 with a PC to record actor movements and then play them back using Scratch. This allows students to act out scenes or role play and then play them back with different avatars in Scratch. A basic knowledge of Scratch is helpful but not essential, as an introduction to Scratch will be provided.
The title of this session is from a contribution by Josie Fraser to the #purposed debate, asserting that the purpose of education is to prepare young people and adults to be “equipped to be unsettled”. New and disruptive technologies are changing our practices – as citizens, as learners and as educators. At all levels of education this has enormous implications. How do we make the most of the opportunities afforded by e-learning and m-learning (mobile learning)? How do we challenge specific curricular, examination and institutional standards that are no longer relevant? How best can we support one another as we walk these new paths, creating new learning experiences and new learning environments? In this session, Catherine will explore these questions, along with examples of how social media and new technologies are changing boundaries and relationships (student-educator, parent-educator, educator-educator). Catherine will include, as one example, @Parents_GortCS, a Twitter experiment that has facilitated connections between parents and educators, within Ireland and beyond. References: John Davitt, @johndavitt, Plymouth eLearning Conference 2011 http://catherinecronin.wordpress... Josie Fraser, @josiefraser, Purpos/ed for #purposed campaign http://fraser.typepad.com/social...
Are your students on Facebook? Probably. Have you ever considered using Facebook to communicate with your students? During this workshop John will talk about how he uses Facebook as a teacher, how to set up a “teachers Facebook page” and some of things he’s learned along the way.
In cyberspace, the distinction between public and private grows ever narrower. Personal details about everybody can be retrieved in seconds via Google, and the opinions of students and academic staff casually expressed on social networking sites have been known to have widespread and serious unintended repercussions. Plagiarism, cyberbullying, Wikipedia all are impacting on on education in a way that is beyond the traditional realm of control. So what are the implications of all this for academia? This session seeks to examine some of the situations where the internet has not impacted positively on our educational practices. It will ask whether academic freedom of expression, as traditionally conceived, will ultimately be enhanced or inhibited by technology. Above all it will attempt to open a wider debate concerning what the internet might do to our education system, both for good and for bad, in the coming years.
MissionV Education is a not-for-profit bringing game-based learning to Irish schools. Supported by the NCTE the pilot programme will be extended to 20 primary schools in 2011.
Bring your Android phone or tablet along to this informal talk where we'll take a look at the potential of some Android apps in the classroom!
The session will include:
If possible, please install the "Student Clicker" app beforehand, and free up some memory to install other apps during the session. If you don't have an Android device yet, no problem, come along anyway :-)
by Simon Lewis
What are you doing right now? Who would have thought that this question could have launched so many uses in 140 characters or less? There are thousands of people using Twitter in Education today. Many of them are part of large networks, all learning from each other. In Ireland, there are a growing number of Tweeters in education. This workshop tells the growing story of Twitter in Irish Education and helps educators get on board. The workshop will cover: opening a Twitter account, sending a tweet, following and being followed, hashtags and tips for getting the most out of Twitter with your class. This workshop is appropriate for any level of education.
Join Bernie Goldbach as he shows how camera-shy students might learn to develop reading and writing skills by using a traditional journal, a newspaper, a black pen and a webcam. This journaling workshop includes hands-on contributions from everyone attending.
Come and see how mobile devices, such as iPads, enable an entirely new level of experimentation in and out of the classroom, engaging even the most reluctant learners. This session investigates how these devices can accelerate learning. Get a hands-on experience with the latest iPad 2 applications that will allow your school to extend learning everywhere. You’ll be introduced to education Apps from Story telling to Language development tools, there’s an App for every subject and every level of instruction. And lastly, a short introduction to iTunes U, home to more than 250,000 free lectures, videos, readings, and podcasts from the most prestigious learning institutions all over the world.
Edmodo is a free online social learning/social networking environment that has been specifically and solely designed for education. It has a number of features which would normally be associated with a Virtual Learning Environment (such as managing user accounts and class groups, setting assignments, receiving completed assignments and assigning grades, etc.) but adopts a strong social networking dimension by means of its microblogging base (short messages similar in nature to Twitter) and overall appearance and structure. Additional features include class calendars, file storage and sharing, polls, and a personal home page where users can see a summary of recent activity for their class. Edmodo gives the teacher full control over who has access to a class group at any time and provides a secure and student-friendly environment for use in educational contexts. This workshop aims to introduce attendees to Edmodo and to explore the various features of this platform in a practical and hands-on manner. The workshop will be supported with examples and suggestions as to how Edmodo can be used to facilitate social learning.
13th–14th May 2011