Archive for October, 2010

D4AL at iNET in Melbourne and then Outdoor Learning Adelaide

A great sense of purpose and an open sharing of ideas well done all. During this workshop we pioneered the use of tracing paper as a formative feedback tool grid exchange tool and the scanning of notes to make a PDF booklet
See it iNETd4al
The Active Learning World Tour is going well. Some delegate feedback from John’s Thursday 14th October 2010 Melbourne Designs4ActiveLearning seminar
“A rich and purposeful session. I loved the hands on activity. Will take away the ideas from today and use them to support active learning with my students. So many ideas that really could be used purposefully and shared easily with colleagues – thoroughly enjoyable thank you. This was excellent for me as technology is out of my comfort zone. Keeps abreast of student interest”
“John is a highly engaging workshop presenter, prepared to ‘go with the flow” To view a Wordle tm of his seminar follow the link and get creative
http://bit.ly/b19H9p
Update: “John is presenting at the National SSAT conference in Birmingham, UK in November and we trust it won’t be too long before we see him back in Australia.”
“Having the opportunity to be part of yesterday’s session with you was so affirming and stimulating, thank you!”
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Adelaide Monday 18th October 2010 Outdoor Learning Day
Bridgewater School in Bridgewater Adelaide
Helped 8 year olds to map their own wonderful school grounds and link stories to places
Amazing grounds eucalptus gums their own garden chickens and students cook and eat produce
see some of their fantastic mapping sketches – favourite school chicken and the new berry patch!
http://bit.ly/9Cr6Nh
“We made a beautiful Wordle tm. We wish you were our teacher!’
Love from Deb and Sue

October – Month of the treevids?

Wandering around the wonderful steamy Singapore Botanical Gardens in early October got me thinking that it’s a great time of year to capture some images or video of your favourite tree. It also got me thinking how 11 seedlings of rubber tree could be sent here from South America via Kew in UK in the 1850s and simple propogation could lead to half of Malaysia and the peninsula being planted and a rubber trade established – but that’s another scalability blog post (coming soon) Whether you are in spring in the southern hemisphere or in autumn or fall in the northern why not aim to take a 7 second look at your favourite tree from Friday October 15th – the aim is to crowdsource and share the videos via a Google form. Who knows it could become a yearly event. No rules just keep it short it could be a video with a voiceover or a series of stills from PhotoStory, iMovie etc – a bit of local ambient sound wouldn’t hurt. Once you have your video post it on the web at the place of your choice and add the details, some notes on properties and uses (if you know of them)  and the URL of the video to this Google form (http://bit.ly/treevidform) . I  will make up a series of thumbnails as  a front end (once I remember the site that allows it) As the list grows you can see it here as a Google Spreadsheet (http://bit.ly/treevidlist)
Update 16th October
Some lovely examples have come in and I’m beginning to think we should make it a month long project October month of the treevids?
Here is my first (unedited )  go – the Gutta Percha – a tree that provides natural latex – was used to cover telegraph wires in the 1850s and fill teeth. Let’s use the #treevids as a Twitter tag? Of course you don’t have to wait till Friday – early contributions welcome 🙂

And here is a “Flames of the Forest”