Katrina' s Bla Bla

Rants and raves from Katrina Napolitano

Friday, November 18, 2005

Professional Development and collaboration

During our Learnscope project our team has had several opportunities to attend professional development activities. Some of these include:

  • Australian Training Products (ATP) eLearning workshop
  • Janison Toolbox workshop
  • TeacherSmart workshop
  • Guest presenter - Leigh Blackall on Social software
  • Guest presenter - SharePoint services
  • Several team workshops to collaborate and demonstrate technologies researched

Some of the technologies we have researched have included:

  • TeacherSmart
  • Wikipedia
  • Blogspots
  • Flickr
  • Nicenet
  • SMS
  • MP3 and VOIP
  • Captivate
  • Illuminate

In December our team will be involved in the NSW Learnscope Showcase. The showcase will be held over two days and is an opportunity for all Learnscope teams to showcase their projects and collaborate with other Learnscope teams.

Publishing Blog content using MS Word

Publishing Blog content using MS Word

We have been playing around with using MS Word to directly post content to our blog spots.  This is a great tool which can simply be downloaded from the bloger homepage.

For me, using this tool makes life a lot easier as I am constantly using Word for my day to day work.  When I want to add a post to my blog I can easily draft it up in Word and then publish straight to me blog site.

TeacherSmart Workshop

We are having a great day at the third of the TeacherSmart workshops at the TLRU. Steven Parker and Joanna Kay have been presenting and demonstrating how to convert our resources created in TeacherSmart into the Web pages ready to be posted to a server or onto CD for our students.

These three training days have been valuable learning tools for all the team members and have helped tremedously with our Learnscope project. Using TeacherSmart has been identifed by the team as a great tool for use in implementing blended learning for our rural and remote students we are hoping to start delivering from the Dapto campus of the Illawarra Institute from February 2006.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Learnscope Workshop 19/10/05

Well here we are again at another Learnscope Workshop. We are really starting to feel as all our research and playing with new technology is starting to take shape and make sense.

We have been collaborating with many different individuals and groups. Leigh Blackall is with us today and helping us with this wonderful technology. Steven Parker from the TLRU at the Illawarra Institute of TAFE has also joined us for the workshop this afternoon.

Some of the technology we have been researching includes:

  • wikipedia
  • bloglines (obviously)
  • flickr
  • Del.icio.us
  • Nicenet
  • Podcasts
  • Hot potatoes