Archive for December, 2008

Shakespeare Searched

Thanks to @heyjudeonline for the link to a site called Shakespeare Searched.   The database is helped by the Folger Shakespeare Library, and you can use it to search for words or themes by play or by character.  You can search within plays, or search through all of the Bards works.

Here is an image from my screen after searching for Macbeth, then browsing through quotes containing the word traitor:

shakespeare-searched-macbeth

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Twitter – CollegeHumor video

Jake and Amir are at it again…I didn’t realise that Twitter could keep my secrets!

more about “Twitter – CollegeHumor video“, posted with vodpod

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Blog Wordle

Wordle is so cool!
I have seen these before, but never knew how people made them. Cheers Darcy :)

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Technology Leadership Team

Last week I went to my first meeting for my school’s new ‘Technology Leadership Team’.  I am so excited about working with other teachers, especially because they are mostly from other faculties, who are also excited about using technology to enhance learning.

The focus of our group is to plan and/or provide collegial professional development for other staff members in areas of technology.  We all agree that an important aspect of this will be PD in using online tools, such as blogs, wikis and podcasts.

Another exciting thing about the group is that we are planning to trial Moodle with some of our classes this year, and depending on our success, introduce Moodle as a tool across the entire school in 2010.  I can’t wait!  I’m interested to hear from anyone who is Moodling already, about how their school introduced it, and what kind/level of PD was needed.  Are majority of teachers in Moodle-schools using the system effectively?

I’m going to send my blog URL to other members of the team now – I hope they drop by and leave me a comment!

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AGQTP Action Research

Today was the final day of our participation in this year’s AGQTP project – the end of year presentations in Sydney.  The project focussed on linking our collegial support program to school-based action research in the area of Element 5 of the NSW Institute of Teachers Professional Standards.

Element 5: Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments through the use of classroom management skills.

I’ve uploaded my workshop slides on slideshare.  If you were at my presentation, or have any questions about the project, please leave me a comment!

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