Session 7: Browsing and Reading

After reading about the ways in which the Angry Birds game can be used to support learning in Maths last week I decided to spend some time this week looking at how games can be used to teach other subjects. After browsing through our suggested list of links I came across this blog post by MrAndrewsOnline on the subject of using gaming to improve boys’ writing.

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Session 6: Browsing and Reading

During my weekly browsing and reading session I came across the Futurelab website that allows you to download a “Computer Games and Learning Handbook” that is aimed at teachers and those wishing to use games for educational purposes. The handbook itself is a really useful guide for using computer games within the classroom with chapters on the theory behind using games as a medium for learning and the pedagogy of games alongside interesting case studies and practical suggestions. Continue reading Session 6: Browsing and Reading

Session 5: Browsing and Reading

Just a short post this evening. Whilst browsing some suggested links I came across this website that offers some really handy hints and tips on how to incorporate infographics into the classroom. Through the same website I also discovered another useful online infographic tool; Easel.ly. The basic design of this tool is very similar to the piktochart tool however it has a far wider selection of pre defined templates to Continue reading Session 5: Browsing and Reading

Session 4: Browsing and Reading: iPads to improve writing

 This evening I took a look at a blog post by Mr G Online that was mentioned in the suggested reading list for yesterday’s session. It was a really interesting read about the ways in which iPads can be used to improve all stages of the writing process, which I thought was a really different view point as often children’s reliance on the spellchecking tools found on such gadgets is blamed for falling standards in spelling and grammar. Continue reading Session 4: Browsing and Reading: iPads to improve writing

Session 3: Browsing and Reading

 After this session I read an interesting blogpost by Pernille Ripp on the topic of integrating technology into the classroom. In the post she argues that integrating technology within education is not merely about using the latest gadgets in the classroom but about allowing children to use such technology to show case their thoughts, ideas and learning in unconventional and exciting ways. She also highlights the crucial role that integrated technology plays in the  acquisition of the essential life skills required to function in a modern society. Continue reading Session 3: Browsing and Reading

Session 2: Browsing and Reading

 Alongside familiarising myself with the features of my blog, after our second session I also spent sometime reading from the lists suggested in our previous sessions. I found The Little Book of Superb ICT to enhance Teaching and Learning in the Classroom to be a brilliant resource as it lists a vast array of websites and programs that can be used by both teachers and students.

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