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Rotorua, New Zealand. February 2009 Learning@school Hadleigh Benson Alex Oliver

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“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” 1883. Lord Kelvin President of the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge.

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"The Americans have need of the telephone, but we (the British) do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” 1878 Sir William Preece, the chief engineer of the British Post Office.

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…(people would) "soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night". 1946 Darryl Zanuck, founder of 20th Century Fox and multi-Oscar winning Hollywood mogul.

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“Nobody would need more than 640KB (½ a megabyte on their PCs” 1981 Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft. Most machines are sold with at least 2GB of memory, a mere 3,500 times the amount Gates allegedly predicted.

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"Next Christmas, the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput."” 2005. Sir Alan Sugar, Chief of Amstrad Computing. Apple has sold over 174 million units worldwide.

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"There will never be a bigger plane built than a Boeing 247." 1933. An unnamed engineer.

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"We stand on the threshold of rocket mail". 1959. United States postmaster general Arthur Summerfield. .

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“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer at his (her) home." 1977. Co-founder of DEC Ken Olsen

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“Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years." 1904. Alex Lewyt, President of Lewyt Corp Vacuum Company.

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“The automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.” 1909. Scientific American Journal.

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“There is not the slightest indication that [nuclear energy] will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.“ 1932. Albert Einstein.

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1899. Charles H. Duell. Commissioner US Office of Patents. "Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

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Independent, T. (n.d.). The iPod? It's bound to fail (and other terrible tech predictions) - Wired - NZ Herald News. Retrieved January 1, 2009, from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wired/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501834&objectid=10548126

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About Hadleigh Benson Taught years 4-8 Team Leader at Mellons Bay School, Howick, Auckland. Currently teaching year 4 students Alex Oliver

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Disclaimer Not affiliated with Google in any way

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learningatschool2.blogspot.com Follow the presentation online at learningatschool2.blogspot.com Just go to the URL and type it in. Now click on ‘Presentations!’

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Class of 2008 27 students 15 boys 12 girls 26 had internet access at home Some knowledge of Powerpoint/Word No prior knowledge of blogging, podcasting and Google Apps learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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What we are going to do Look at the 2008 classroom blog: mellonsbay.blogspot.com from students’ perspectives Go through its various aspects Question time Go ‘behind the scenes’ in setting one up Create a presentation to upload Google apps/docs used as an e-portfolio or own childs’ blog Question time Extras learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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A blog (short for "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by a person with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. What is a blog? learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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mellonsbay.blogspot.com learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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Began: April 5th 2008 learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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Why blogspot.com AKA Blogger? COMPATABILITY No advertising learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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Purpose: Audience for the students To create stronger ties with the community learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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Community now includes: parents/ caregivers students other students from the school students from New Zealand other students from other countries teachers from anywhere learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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Note This website is an online blog of the childrens’ writing and learning. In order to promote ownership of their learning, there are some spelling mistakes. learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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Alex and Oliver to present learningatschool2.blogspot.com

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Your Task Upload a presentation using ispring to the learningatschool2.blogspot.com website. I will demonstrate Powerpoint 2003 AND 2007

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learningatschool2.blogspot.com/ Your task (pros) (beginners) Make a google mail (gmail) account Goto blogger and create a blog account Make sure you have ispring installed in your powerpoint (there should be icons saying ‘quick publish, ‘publish’ and ‘insert flash’ Create an account with slideboom In Powerpoint: create a presentation on things you have learned so far in this session On the internet: search on slideboom for your tag you want to use, (there shouldn’t be any presentations found with your search) copy the web address and paste it into your blogger link In powerpoint ‘Quick Publish’ your presentation to slideboom using your tag Now go to your blog and see if it is there. In Powerpoint: create a powerpoint presentation on things you have learned so far in this session (individual, pair) In Powerpoint go to ‘Quick Publish’ make sure the tag ‘learning@school’ Now go to our learning@school2 blog here and see if it has been uploaded. LOGIN: Learningatschool PASS:learn

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Positives of the blog Bridged gap between parent/caregivers and classroom learning: though photos , published learning, homework sheets, and calendar updates. Students could show grandparents their projects Students could take learning home and complete (not enforced) Students could download homework sheets Students can collaborate on projects within their own houses Students can reflect on their learning

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Minuses Time consuming; but initially only

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Google Apps Safe, locked down and viewable only by invited guests Goes further than Microsoft Office

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Apple or PC? Across the board compatibility. Google Apps works no matter which operating systems or client software your students or faculty have. Easily import or export traditional file formats into Google Apps.

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Sharing Documents Video

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Where to point your students docs.google.com google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/index.html Where to point for your school intranet

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Advantages of Google Docs Students: share their work easily, they can access it from any computer that has Internet access won’t lose work because it saves automatically. The most exciting feature of Docs is that students can collaborate on a variety of assignments easily, making for enthusiastic students and improved writing.

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Extra Positives The programme saves automatically. Share work and collaborate on assignments. A complete revision history of the students’ work is available.

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Main advantages for teachers: If you are out of class, you can check student work easily from any computer with Internet access. (RSS to come.) Teachers can also monitor student work as it is happening in class and work with students who are having major problems. Cuts the work load if students can easily peer edit. Improves student writing since students are not only writing, but also thinking about how to improve a buddy’s essay. Dramatically improves students’ attitudes toward writing and revision. They think of it as exciting and fun.

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Alex and Oliver Introducing Google Docs: Part 2

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Interactive Audience Google Docs, doesn't just give you access to the same document, it actually allows students to work on the same document at the same time from anywhere in the world.

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Google Apps in schools Video

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Video Google Apps

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Why should we be doing all this?

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How will Google Apps impact learning? Co-created content Virtual field trips Global competitions Global exhibitions Collaborative projects Blended learning spaces Collective wisdom

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Your Task 2 Goto:http://www.google.co.nz/ Click on CREATE AN ACCOUNT NOW Goto google.co.nz and click on MORE then DOCUMENTS Click on NEW – PRESENTATION. Create a presentation on what the ideas you have learned. When finished goto SHARE – PUBLISH EMBED –PUBLISH DOCUMENT Copy and paste the code below Goto blogger.com and log in with your account. Click on NEW POST, add a title, then paste the code into the text box. Go PUBLISH POST

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Recommended software for your computer Billeo (storage of passwords) Picasa 3 sending photos to the blog Picasa 3 collage creator Google Desktop (date and Calendar) Google calendar sync (your Outlook to Google Cal) Ispring Skype and a webcam so you can join others at epals Rocketdock latest version VLC media player plays everything! iTunes Foxit Reader (instead of Adobe Acrobat) Using mozilla at home and explorer at school to block advertising. Get add ons FLASH BLOCK and ADBLOCK

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Gadgets that work also in the class Ipod with 5 headphone socket Cellphone with bluetooth connection Wireless keyboard/mouse (2.4 GHZ) How to save files from youtube/teachertube http://keepvid.com/ Google Dream phone or iphone

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eitfnz.blogspot.com Used as a platform for reviewing/recommending up and coming software and technology.

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Learningatschool2.blogspot.com — Conference Blog Mellonsbay.blogspot.com — Class Blog Inquirylearninggo.blogspot.com — Inquiry Stages Inquirylearningpedagogy.blogspot.com — Graphic Organisers Eitfnz.blogspot.com — Forum For Software Ntnz.blogspot.com — News For Nz Teachers  

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Please provide feedback Goto: Learningatschool2.blogspot.com To enter feedback on our presentation.

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Extra task! Set up a blog at www.blogger.com Create a gmail account and goto docs Click on File - New - Form Create a questionnaire Click on Embed Form Goto your blog and goto New Posting Paste the html code into the post Now click on View Blog

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"[We should be thinking] about how we can incorporate consoles and games into traditional music education and be more open to embracing these tools in our teaching." 2008. Christina Coker, chief executive of Youth Music UK. *2 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/3566594/Computer-games-inspire-children-to-learn-musical-instruments.html

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About 2.5 million British youngsters have been inspired to progress into 'real' music-making after playing musical console games like Guitar Hero, Singstar and Rock Band. The research found that 19 per cent of young people said they now play an instrument because they were inspired to do so after playing a music-based console game. Source: 2008. U.K.s largest music charity Youth Music *1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/3566594/Computer-games-inspire-children-to-learn-musical-instruments.html

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"This research for the first time shows conclusively that young people are being inspired to make their own music by games that first piqued their interest." Playing music games help young people develop confidence in performance, and introduce many of the skills required to play other instruments - such as dexterity, inter-limb co-ordination, hand-eye co-ordination, pitch and rhythm. Source: The Telegraph (UK) *1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/3566594/Computer-games-inspire-children-to-learn-musical-instruments.html

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Playing Guitar Hero (PS2/3), Frets on Fire (PC) or Rock Band links directly to the New Zealand Curriculum Level 2 objectives  to share sound making using basic music performance skills and techniques.

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67 percent of rhythm gamers responded that they're likely to pick up an actual instrument within the next two years. *4

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81 percent of players said that Rock Band or Guitar Hero had motivated them to ask their loved ones for a musical instrument as a gift this holiday season. *4

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"These games are a painless and fantastically seductive entrée to playing music. They engage your mind, body and soul, creating a whole sense of the movement of music. Having tasted the experience, players may want to move from the simulated to the real. Therefore, it's no surprise that these games have whetted the appetite for the real deal." Dr. Larry Livingston -- music director at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California *4

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2) Independent (Uk), T. (n.d.).  Can Rock Band and Guitar Hero save the record industry? - Technology - NZ Herald News. Retrieved January 27, 2009, from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10548749&pnum=2. 1) Telegraph. (n.d.). Computer games inspire children to learn musical instruments. Retrieved January 1, 2009, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/3566594/Computer-games-inspire-children-to-learn-musical-instruments.html. 3) The Brain That Changes Itself Norman Doidge 4) Quillen, D. (n.d.). Rock Band and Guitar Hero Turning Gamers into Musicians, Says Guitar Center Survey. Retrieved February 11, 2009, from http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3171507 Made using: http://www.bibme.org/

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The Sleeper Curve – the advance in intellectual rigour in the popular culture (including games) of the past 4 decades 13.8 pts increase in IQ in the past 45 yrs in the US population (The Flynn Effect) ‘Everything Bad Is Good For You’ (Steven Johnson) The age of the intellect

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21st C intellectual engagement ?? Conventional v twitch speed Step-by-step v random access Work oriented v play oriented Individual v connected Text-based v highly visually literate Like to be told v learn better through discovery / inquiry

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Developing visual literacies Many Y and Z Gens are predominantly visual learners Use every possible IWBoard, data projector, computer screen and chart that you can find Visual aids (eg graphic organisers) free up short-term working memory Use your own visual collection to reinforce your lessons

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Links Frets on Fire Download http://fretsonfire.sourceforge.net/ Singstar (ultrastar) Download http://ultrastardx.sourceforge.net/usdx-download/ iSpring download http://www.ispringsolutions.com/products/ispring_converter.html Scriblink interactive whiteboard http://www.scriblink.com/ Keep youtube http://keepvid.com/

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Tutpup 60 seconds to compete High scores ranged up to 90 correct questions per 60 seconds!

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