Saturday, February 27, 2010

Digital Story

The following is a digital story using vuvox as an interactive tool for presenting slide show stories in a fast and interactive way.

Monday, February 22, 2010

My RISAL tag clound

RISAL account name: hkpeterpeter

RISAL tag cloud: (will add more tags later)

A Digital Story - ICT INSET Day

This digital story is a record of our recent ICT INSET Day at Kellett School. The day focused on 21st Century Learning with sessions on creating wikis, games based learning, social bookmarking and the use of Voicethread.

Images from the day were uploaded to Animoto and stock site music was included. Animoto then synched the images and the sound to create the movie. The final movie was then uploaded to Vimeo.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Learning Object - Globe Unwrapped

My learning object is Oxfam's Globe Unwrapped, which is a series of whiteboard presentations looking at mapping and projections - here's a screencast of me using the initial pages:

The site allows students to manipulate and transform the globe into a 2D map and looks at the differences between the projections, with the capacity to overlay and compare.

Here's the link!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tag Cloud

Here's my tag cloud from my Delicious account; All the tags appear at least 5 times in my account.

I use Delicious as my own personal bookmark repository but also use it to distribute web resources to students, who are shown how to use tags to access the sites I have prepared for them.

Other alternatives such as Diigo are also available.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Macromedia eLearning Objects

Looking at eLearning objects that can be re-used for creating interactive applications I found a great solution from Adobe:This Learning object can be integrated into moodle, using the moodle extensions for flash, then the rest is start customizing they way you want to apply the features of the object for the learning experience (Using flash). This object creates a flash application that can have interactive questions with multiple selections, close answers, answers using drag and drop of objects. Since it's flash the application can easily embed video and sound as a support for the interaction.

I posted a demo for a Spanish learning application, it's not complete yet, but you can check it out an look how the elearning object works here select the "ejercicios botton" have fun!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dual coding

"The dual coding theory, a theory of cognition, was first advanced by Allan Paivio of the University of Western Ontario. The theory postulates that the human cognition consists of two subsystems that process knowledge simultaneously, one processing the verbal objects and one dealing with visual objects. The two systems have different functions; the verbal subsystem processes and stores linguistic information whereas the visual subsystem processes and stores images and pictorial information. While the two subsystems can be activated independently, the interrelations and connections of the two systems allow the dual coding of information."


Combining Visualization and Interactivity

The advancement in Web 2.0 and general web technologies means that the net can offer a much wider range of visualisation and interactivity than was previously possible. This means that it is possible to enagage different learning styles through actively providing resources that cater to them.

Some examples are featured below:

Voicethread, as previously mentioned is an excellent resource. Here is a project undertaken by Grade 4 students presenting on their school;

Voicethread allows users to interact and add their own comments (if permissions are set to allow) which makes it useful for online collaboration as well as global, flat classroom projects.

Another excellent set of tools that fall into the category of Visualisation and Interactivity concern collaborative whiteboarding. These tools allow students to work collaboratively on projects, usually of a graphical nature. allows users to invite emailed friends to collaborate

Another useful site that has a similar use is; Although not as visually attractive as Imagination Cubed it allows for more interaction between users via text, video, and audio chat. goes even further, offering users not only collaboration, but the ability to embed media within presentations. adds the extremely useful ability to work collaboratively, but also allows the embedding of Google Maps.

As Web 2.0 impacts upon the wider publishing world, major media outlets such as the BBC and the New York Times invest in technologies which allow viewers to interact with news reports. A recent example involved the tragic death of Georgian Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The NY Times reported on the incident and included the following interactive visualisation to enhance understanding of how the accident unfolded;


Voicethread is one of my favourite applications. Whenever anybody askes me about it I direct them to this video. Unfortunately, due to the strange way in which TeacherTube runs it's site, I haven't found a way of sending the video to non-members, so I've embedded it here instead!

Harvesting the Web!

What multimedia do I use?
Look at

Active, Interactive and Receptive

Session 3 Wordle

Here's a Wordle of Bob's Session 3 PowerPoint.

Wordle: MITE 6024

Mind Maps

From the mind maps presentation, I liked the point of view of the Tame Tigers group, the idea about being inclusive with all the teaching theories is important, each type of approach has its place in learning.

Weblogs as e-learning platforms

This newsletter article depicts my key ideas on weblogs as e-learning platforms. In fact, this is what we are doing for this course (MITE6024)! Such collaboration among learners for building up a weblog is a kind of CONSTUCTIVISM.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Mindmapping in the Primary Classroom

Nice little article on using Mind maps in Primary Classrooms - using 2Connect, which is paid software - the ideas could be used in any of the free resources, such as

Here's the article!

Mind Map

This is our Mind Map on Learning Theories. You can use the menu to scroll around and zoom. It is created using

Learning Object _ Webquest

This learning object is a webquest designed to help students understand learning theories. As such the object helps learners construct knowledge regarding the subject by asking them to visit a selection of resources prior to formulating a presentation on implementing new pedagogies in a school setting.

To be continued...

Activity: Evaluate a web site named "Animated GIF"

Website - Animated GIF (click to visit the original website)


This web site is an excellent introduction about the method to create animated GIF for secondary one students. Despite using a few colors, it is attractive.

The course materials are well organized. It contains a course outlilne, the course objective and followed by the course materials. The course slides are prepared using Flash-based animation and they are attractive and viewable online. The exercises and FAQs are also helpful for students reviewing the materials they have just learnt.

One minor problem about this website is that the course materials are designed with instructivism in mind. Students have less flexibility to work based on his/her imagination.

Activitiy 2

Reviewing at examples using IT for educational manners, the following example illustrates the creation of a blogs to learn about waste recycling. The project inspires an online interaction about the students experiences on waste reduction on their daily life.

I look at the beauty of this example that not only uses IT as a learning environment, but also gets the student involved with the community promoting green education and a positive impact in our planet.

If more schools follow this example, the future generations will bring a greener future to our humanity.

Understanding understanding.

Understanding the way we learn, allows me to understand the process of cognition, from the traditional methods to more innovative approaches. From each stage of development, like early child hood to adults, there are different ways that education is embedded in our minds. My reflection is on rediscovering this essential ways of thinking and using education in a way that I can apply them when I teach to kids and adults.