Classroom Resource: Thinglink


Thinglink is a website and app that can be used to create interactive images. Teachers can upload images, and tag them with Rich Media Tags (RMTs) that can be clicked/hovered over to reveal additional text, images, links, videos, and audio, to allow students to explore images and related information.


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CyberSmart – connect.ed modules


I worked through the first module, and the simulation. In terms of content, I do have a good idea about terminology and personal cybersafety, but the simulation was interesting. ICT and, in particular, online interactions, really change the landscape for children – especially adolescents. While younger children are usually closely supervised and more likely to ask an adult for help, children from around 9 seem to be interacting online with less supervision. Couple that with increasing desire to have friends and fit in, and there are obvious potential for problems. This module gave an interesting perspective of the interactions and decisions children/teens make every day.

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Is reblogging ethical?


An interesting discussion came up on the Week 8 learning path for our course – whether reblogging is ethical, prompted by a post from a former student. It’s an interesting question, and one I hadn’t considered.

In case you are unaware, reblogging is an action where a blog author takes content created by another person and posts it on their site, with a comment from the reblogger and a link to the original content. This sounds a lot like plagiarism, and the defining factor (that I can see) that differentiates content stealing with reblogging is the attribution; sites like WordPress and Twitter (a micro-blogging website that allows user to ‘retweet’) have a formal ‘procedure’ that creates a link back to the original author. A formal reblog using the available button also notifies the original author when someone else reblogs or retweets their work.

(Reblogging shouldn’t be confused with the ‘Press This’ button, which allows you to take snippets of content but doesn’t create a link to the original post or notify the original author).

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Digital Citizenship


While we’re focusing on bringing ICT into the classroom, don’t forget that we also have to actively model and promote digital citizenship. Students today often have a high level of ICT skills, and this connection can create the potential for dangerous /unsafe situations. To answer ks to remove technology, but a more logical answer is to teach students to be aware and actively create and maintain safe digital environments.

An Ethical Island

The more our students are online, the more information they will encounter.

It is important for them not only be able to access this information, but also to be the best digital citizens that they can be.

Here are some ideas. I am sure there are lots and lots more.


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Thinking more about SAMR and Bloom’s Taxonomy interactive infographic


I think that the SAMR model is important to keep coming back to (which is why I keep doing it!). I’m about to start my second week of prac, and as I (try to) plan ICT-rich lessons, I have to keep considering the ICT that I use.

In an afternoon of procrastination on Pinterest (follow me if you like! Haha!!) also found this website which goes into the SAMR model. Go have a read, and bookmark it, because it’s a little bit fantastic!

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21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

Some interesting suggestions and ICT ideas here, following on from yesterday’s list!

Hooked On Innovation

The Past mixing with the Future #selfie The Past mixing with the Future #selfie

A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers. However, it’s almost 2015.  Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that “we don’t do technology”.  Part of being a teacher in the 21st century is being creative in integrating academics and learning into student’s digital lives. With access to content being ubiquitous and instant in student’s out of school lives, we can either reject their world for our more traditional one, or embrace it.

While some of the ideas that follow may seem a bit trendy, it’s never hurts to model ways to interact with all this new media as a covert way of teaching digital literacy and citizenship.   The great news is, you don’t need every student to have a device to make these happen. Heck, in most cases all you would need is a single smart…

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