Reflecting, a look at what we’ve done.


Posted by MacKinnon | Posted in ICT, teacher, teachers tools | Posted on November 21, 2012

As a trainee teacher the importance of evaluating our own work is important.
Taking a look back at assignments after they have been marked.
Working out where our lesson plans went wrong.
Realising that working with your best friends isn’t always the best learning opportunity!

Bringing ICT into evaluations for children means that we can get an insight into their own opinions. The individual can tell us what they are proud of, but also what they would like to change if given another opportunity.
In some classes self assessment is done very simply with a ‘thumbs up or down’ approach.
For younger children who may not be able to write pages about their work, or for older children who may not want to, the use of talk means we can get a clear and concise evaluation.

But as all trainees will cry “what about evidence?!”
I suggest the use of audioboo. An online app that can be downloaded to mobile technologies. The app is simply a voice recorder, images or slideshows can be added to give examples of the work completed. This video can be used to show progression and reflection. This way the child takes a second look at what they have done, it isn’t just saved to the school server or printed and put in a file.
A basic outline of how audioboo works is below.

We looked at the use of audioboo in session 4.


Plan, Load, Scan


Posted by MacKinnon | Posted in ICT, mobile technologies, teachers tools, Video | Posted on November 15, 2012

In a previous post I have discussed the pro’s of using video software with children (such as smartphones or tablets).

In session 4 & 5 we looked at using mobile technologies and why they are useful when working with children.

First of all I explored the use of QR CODES.
A kind of bar-code that can be scanned from different mobile technologies, once scanned the mobile technology will take you to a per-destined area online. These QR codes can give access to videos, websites, sound clips, messages or social networking access. QR codes are becoming more popular and common in daily life, for example, small businesses will have a QR code which a potential customer could scan.
These QR codes could be used around the classroom, to link to blogs or online images that the children had created.
The codes are simple to create and can be done using a website called

The website gives you options of where you would like your code to take you. So when creating a code for this blog I chose the ‘website’ option.
Then pasted my URL into the dedicate box and was brought to this screen.

So using the image below, if a smartphone or other kind of mobile technology scanned the code it would bring them to my blog.