I love this picture. It brilliantly captures the moment where Conor Galvin fellow eTwinner and chair of The Computer Education Society of Ireland introduces my session Blogs and Podcasts: ICT in your Pocket at this year's CESI conference with sincere words of praise and then utters the immortal words. "and with that Joe. It's over to you. No pressure at all!" Priceless.
The conference took place as usual in the all Irish community school Coláiste de hÍde in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght and attracted over three hundred colleagues over two days, an improvement on previous years, I believe.
Although I was made to feel very welcome upon arrival, it has to be said Tallaght is not the most central of places to get to. In fact, travelling to the conference was an adventure in itself and meant I had to take a bus, ferry, bus, train, aeroplane, bus, tram and taxi to get me to the required destination. Phew!
This is not to say I wouldn't like to come back again next year if asked!
Click on the link below to hear Conor for yourself and enjoy the humour of the moment too. It'll make you smile I guarantee.
- Dearing quote
- Definitions of blogging and podcasting
- Using technology to enhance learning outcomes across all four language skills
- Blogging = reading and writing
- Podcasting = listening and speaking
- Quoting Roberto Gauvin on his view on how we can improve pupils' writing skills by letting them blog
- Features of blogging
- nuturing a community around a blog
- Moderating comments
- Setting up a blog and choosing a blogging platform
- Free video tutorials on blogging and podcasting coming soon on SSAT site for all affiliated schools
- Purpose, Audience and Content
- Establishing blog rules
- Using a blog to create assessment for learning opportunities
- Encouraging your local community to read your blog
- Celebrating pupils' work using technology they are already familiar with
- using Vokis to encourage speaking skills
- Voices of the World project launched by Sharon Tonner
- Adding widgets to your blog
- reaching 85,000 hits!
- Moblogging = mobile blogging
- Moblogging examples with mobile phones or USB Modem
- using Gabcast to record audio messages which are published automatically to your blog
- Features of podcasting
- Using podsafe music
- Scripting, recording and editing
- How podcasting can help boost pupils' listening and reading skills
- Podcast examples
- Putting your podcasts on iTunes via Podomatic
- Helping GCSE students revise for their speaking exam when and where they want
- Recording Skype calls with native speakers as mp3 files to mix into podcasts
- Nodehill staff and pupils talking about blogging and podcasting on Radio 5 Live
- Speaking at PodCampUK
- Not being scared of having a go at podcasting
- A Win-Win situation
- Appearing in The Guardian and on IOW Radio
- A few final thoughts
TypePad- video tutorial (coming soon)
Alex Blagona moblogging to Koblenz
Lisa Stevens moblogging her pupils' work in class
MFL Flashmeeting (01:12:36)