Moodle, Glogster and Runkeeper

This week I’ve played with a few things that might come in handy as far as student engagement goes in the next few months.
As the roll out date for our DER laptops draws nearer (11 days and counting), I tried some things that I can lead my faculty through as simple but quality engagement resources.
Glogster is something I’d heard about in many professional learning (PL) sessions, but never really explored. Setting up an education account with enough room (200 friends) for present and future students, I launched into my first Glog. Using this as a bench mark, I started my Year 10 Outdoor Recreation class on a PIP (Personal Interest Project), using Glogster as the medium for producing their work. They genuinely seemed interested and engaged in the set task. We’ll see how it goes in the future weeks!
Thanks to MrRobbo, I’ve started playing with Run Keeper, an iPhone app that records an exercise session, then uploads it to you online account. Whilst the opportunity for kids to contribute will initially be low (not many, if any, have iPhones), I can definitely see the use for the final product that I produce to be used as a stimulus for analysis. Who knows, kids might get iPhones for Christmas and then the whole landscape will change.
On a more egocentric note, apparently my work with our Moodle team at school has resulted in me being given the opportunity to share my experience at a Regional level in the next few weeks. I’m a bit excited about that – because it is a chance for me to be granted the respect I’ve so waited so long for (LOL). No – I am genuinely excited because I can’t really remember the last time I’ve been asked to contribute my knowledge on a work related issue that will help others with something that I have a genuine passion for. I’m pretty jazzed about that!

Video of the week – one of my favourite songs at the moment.

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