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ICT Evangelist

Education Evangelist

Education Evangelist - by Mark Anderson

Mark is an award winning education technology expert, keynote speaker and independent consultant, a passionate advocate for the purposeful use of technology. He led the teaching and learning and delivery on one of the world’s biggest 1:1 rollouts at Clevedon School which has led to him working with schools all over the world. Mark is the author of the best selling ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson’. With two decades of classroom experience, he knows the power and importance of student voice in developing sound practice having co-founded the Digital Leader Network in the UK. Mark is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and expert in mobile learning.

A fascinating site that I will revisit soon. These posts in particular caught my attention and are recommended reading.

  • SAMR flow chart based upon Ruben Puentedura’s work as a tool for helping with decision making related to planning lessons using technology.
  • TPACK - Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge
  • Digital Parenting with link to guidelines for different ages from Vodafone
  • He has a number of publications listed below that I can see filling my summer vacation reading slot. Read more >>>
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    Teaching ICT resources from Teach-ICT

    The Teaching-ICT website is offers a variety of content, most accessible by annual subscription. Access to over 8,000 resources to help with ICT and Computing lessons is 199 pounds.

    • One off lessons
    • Video clips
    • ICT Glossary
    • Video tutorials
    • ICT Case studies
    • GCSE ICT quizzes
    • Functional skills
    • GCSE Computing
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    Facebook - Procrastination network

    Facebook - Procrastination network

    A link to The Magic Crayons Facebook page. I prefer to post things of interest relating to The Magic Crayons in our blog first, then post link to Facebook. A warm hallo to all our followers by the way :-)

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    Feedreader - RSS and Atom aggregator

    Feedreader - RSS and Atom aggregator

    Description: Open-source aggregator that supports RSS and Atom formats. Runs under Windows 95 and later versions. A great alternative to Google Reader.

    No posts on the websites own blog since December 2013.

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    Flikr - Visualizing course activities

    Uses: Social tagging linkage, blog images, visualizing course activities

    Description (Wikipedia): Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

    My thoughts: There are many easy to find photos in flickr. Check carefully the terms of use before using in projects.

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    Google Bookmarks - Social bookmark sharing

    Google Bookmarks - Social bookmark sharing

    Use: Social bookmarking sharing

    Description: With Google Bookmarks, you can save shortcuts to your favorite webpages and navigate to them in seconds from anywhere.

    My thoughts: Handy.

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    Google Reader - Software for teachers

    Google Reader - Software for teachers

    Link: Official Website. Dead.

    Description: Google Reader has been discontinued. All subscription data has been permanently, and irrevocably deleted. Google will not be able to recover any Google Reader subscription data for any user after July 15, 2013.

    I do have a RSS feed from this blog, but I do wonder where it ends up. Most start ups seem to like to fatten themselves up for IPOs with unique data and users, so don't want to import feeds. I tried to with Tumblr for example this week, only to find that feature had been disabled a couple of years ago. Most content creators prefer not to have their content displayed on other sites with no payment for providing that content. I am trying out Symbaloo right now, and had connected my RSS feed to that. If you are successfully using a RSS aggregator or self made web portal I'd love to hear from you.

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    Citeulike - Managing and Discovering Scholarly References

    Citeulike - Managing and Discovering Scholarly References

    Use: Social bookmarking sharing

    Description: citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references. Easily store references you find online. Discover new articles and resources. Automated article recommendations. Share references with your peers. Find out who's reading what you're reading. Store and search your PDFs.

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    Symbaloo - A free social bookmarking service in the cloud

    Description: Access your bookmarks and online favorites with Symbaloo. A free social bookmarking service in the cloud. Pro versions available for business & education.

    Oooh ! I'm really very interested in the potential of this. My school laptop is pretty much locked down so even adding my own desk top image or choosing the default browser is a no no. It look like I can book mark this Symbaloo page, then create the working environment I want with the features it has.

    I'm going to install it on my school laptop then take a screen grab for you in a month or so to see if it served any practical purpose. Any aesthetic and navigation improvements is a plus in my book. I use safari at home so I have become used to the Top Sites feature allowing me to go to my favourite place in one go. I'm hoping that updating the screen on my IE browser will update the version I have in safari. Guess I'll have to join up then !

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    digg - Popular internet content

    digg - Popular internet content

    Uses: Visualizing course activities

    Description: Digg is the homepage of the internet, featuring the best articles, videos, and original content that the web is talking about right now.

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