Introduction to Freemind

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The  ’1 to 1′ netbook project journey continues! This week we are looking at the free and open source mind mapping tool called FreeMind. You can download FreeMind for Mac, Windows and Linux. In this video I give a brief introduction to some of the features available when using FreeMind.
You can also download the video here if you are not subscribed via the podcast.

Introduction to FreeMind from Darrel Branson on Vimeo.

Free Web 2.0 Moodle Course for Teachers

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web20In term four of 2008 we ran an online professional development course for teachers through Moodle. The aim was simply to be an introduction to the world of web2.0 and how it might impact on the classroom.  The course was undertaken over five weeks with the following areas of focus each week.

  1. Blogging
  2. Social bookmarking
  3. RSS and personal homepage tools
  4. Collaborative document creation including wikis
  5. Digital story telling online

In addition we had weekly meetings using the Elluminate conferencing software.

Having benefitted greatly from the opensource community I am offering the course as a download, as a very small way of giving something back. You will need your own Moodle installation, or you can always get a free one at ninehub.com.

You can take a look and download it on Moodlecommons.org or download it directly from here.

Free Moodle from ninehub.com

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Ninehub.com is offering free Moodle hosting for anyone. Fantastic!

Everyone who reads this blog will realise that I am a big Moodle fan. In fact, the very reason we registered the need2learn.net domain was so that we could allow any teacher in the district to have their own Moodle classroom without the need to setup and maintain their own servers.

The good news is that anyone can now have their own Moodle setup free of charge with their choice of name eg myschool.ninehub.com You also have full administrator permissions.

The bad news is that you will need to suffer Google ads at the bottom of each page. These are not intrusive but would it be acceptable at your school?

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Videos for ‘Educational Change’

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I thought it might be useful to post some of my favourite Internet videos on ‘Educational Change‘. With a new year started, we have four new coaches working in our district and many schools looking at trying to get teachers moving with ICT. Hopefully, some of these videos can be used at staff meetings and professional learning opportunities to start rich discussions and conversations about learning in the 21st century.

Education Today and Tomorrow (2:30 mins)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnh9q_cQcUE
Comment: Are you teaching for the future or the past?

Did You Know (8:19 mins)
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1b425a7717504bca103d
Comment: Shift happens, the world is rapidly changing.

Pay Attention (7:40 mins)
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d02fda0fe3f9a3e7b89f
Comment: Are you teaching ‘digital‘?

3 videos from Michael Wesch

The Machine is Us/ing Us (4:33 mins) http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1a3f19d9ad0ac2196849
Comment: The read/write web, participatory culture.

A Vision of Students Today (4:44 mins)
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e0b93b5f334ffb4e4064

Information R/evolution (5:28 mins)
http://revver.com/video/436594/information-revolution/
Comment: The changing nature of knowledge and information

A few more of my favourites …

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? (19:29 mins)
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/66
Comment: This is both humorous and too close to the bone!

Digital Students @ Analog Schools (7:12 mins)
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=b5c8973ade16764156be
Comment: Digital learners

Are kids different because of digital media? (2:34 mins)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-PT3vEjw5g

When I become a teacher (1:39 mins)
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=78699224bb449509694c
Comment: A spoof about ICT, teachers and change

Please add any other movies you find useful to the comments. I’ve tried to use teachertube.com where possible.

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