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Inspiring stories of ICT integration

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Started by Suzie Vesper 11 May 2012 5:16pm () Replies (18)

There are a wonderful group of teachers who have been contributing their stories of ICT integration to the Software for Learning website under the 'Snapshot' section. These have been developing over time and have become more and more focused on the pedagogy rather than the tool. Here is the link to the site:


I was wondering if people could share some of their favourite snapshots here. Which ones do you think really demonstrate the 'Extending' and 'Empowering' end of the e-Learning Planning Framework?


  • Karen Mills (View all users posts) 13 Jun 2012 2:21pm ()

    Augmented Reality

    What if you could show your students that dragons were living in their classrooms and in their school? And by show, I really mean show them so they could see them, interact with them and even have a photo with them. Well thats exactly what happened in my cluster a few weeks ago. A class of Year 6 students at Greenpark School had been drawing dragons as an art task with a reliever. I was in their classroom introducing MyPortfolio to them and they were creating their first page on their Dragon Art. 

     I had been introduced to an Augmented Reality App the previous week by Tessa Gray (my National Facilitator). Intrigued and excited about these apps I had downloaded a few in the weekend. My two favourites so far being the AR Showcase by String and the Dragon Detector. When I realised the students were creating a dragon page I couldn't resist showing them that dragons were living in their classroom. As expected they were very excited and it generated a lot of discussion about whether they were real or not. 

     So what is the learning and how can we use Augmented Reality to support teaching and learning? For now, it's just plain fun and motivating for students. It also generates discussion and I love anything that gets kids talking. I am hoping in the future we can start creating our own characters and have asked a group of Year 8 students to explore Augmented Reality for me.

     Watch out for dragons!!

    Dragon 1

    Dragon 2

  • Hamish Chalmers (View all users posts) 15 Jun 2012 7:42am ()

    This is awesome! There's so many possibilities with augmented reality. It got me thinking how much I wish this stuff was around when I was at primary school. Although the excitement hasn't necessarily dropped off now that I'm a semi-adult either...

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2012 8:14pm ()

    I am definitely trying out this app in the very near future. What great photos!  I can see the kids being intrigued and it generating all kinds of language and discussions.

  • Rachel Carson (View all users posts) 15 Jun 2012 10:01pm ()

    Spent some time investigating the options of VoiceThread.  For my Year 1 and 2 students this seems to be a fantastic tool to extend their use of ICT and empower them.  For those reluctant or slower writers this is a quick way to get their message across.  Oral language ability is challenged also.  I found it hard to record and listen to my own voice!  Looking forward to experimenting with the children.  I am sure they will be desperate to record their own ideas.

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2012 10:13am ()

    Thank you for sharing your story here, Rachel Cool It would be great if you could tell us a bit more about how you have used it as part of a learning experience. For instance, have you used Voicethread as part of a literacy session?

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2012 8:24pm ()

    VoiceThread is a brilliant tool for drawing out students and using oral language as a way to build in to written tasks. I would love to hear how you used it and how it went.  There is a snapshot in Software for Learning about a junior teacher using VoiceThread as part of her inquiry.


    There is also a page on the Software for Learning website about Voicethread:


    Finally, here is a tutorial about VoiceThread for anyone that would like to know how to use it.


  • Fiona Robertson (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2012 7:47pm ()

    I have begun to use http://vocaroo.com/?upload with my year 1 students for them to record their stories. I first have my students draw a picture of what their story is about then they orally receord their story. This is a great tool for reculant writers. With vocaroo you can record staright on to the computer or use a microphone then upload. You then embed the recording into your class blog. The children love hearing their own stories. 

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2012 8:26pm ()

    That sounds like a great activity Fiona. Could you share the link to your class blog so we could see this in action?

  • Fiona Robertson (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2012 8:48pm ()

    My class  blog is www.thelearninghive.blogspot.com

  • Janine Elizabeth Brown (View all users posts) 26 Jun 2012 9:24pm ()

    Thank you, I am always on the look out for easy talking recording  tools, I have uploaded onto my ultranet page with ease and look forward to using it to enhance my children's learning.

  • Rachel Carson (View all users posts) 20 Jun 2012 8:10pm ()

    I am still very much a learner driver on VoiceThread but giving it a go.  It takes a while to get the children all loaded as their own identity, but we have made one about Maths strategies.  I posed a problem on the slide, they then explained using the microphone and the pen if needed how they would solve the problem.  This showed me which strategy they would use, and requires them to verbalise and show their working.

    We also made one about a recent visit to the Recycling Centre, and what we enjoyed or learnt. Will load some on our class blog soon.

  • anne robertson (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2012 1:21pm ()

    I too have experimented using Voicethread with my language students as it is a great way to get short bursts of communicative language either spoken or written from them  However, we have struggled with them being able to comment on a public voicethread. At the moment I just use a personal, free version and make the voicethread open and embed the link on our ulttranet page which in theory should work fine.  It may be just that some of the students are not as tech savvy as others.  They are Yr 9 and 10 students and so I set voicethread tasks as homework.  Those for whom it works, have really engaged well with it and we have had some interesting threads.

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 03 Jul 2012 5:14pm ()

    Yes - if you have set the VoiceThread so that 'Anyone can view' and 'Anyone can comment' (in the Publishing options at the bottom edge of the screen when in Edit mode), then there shouldn't be any problem for the students as long as they have a VoiceThread account.  Maybe you have the same problem that I do at times in that the 'Moderate comments' setting seems to turn itself on when I don't want it to and then comments don't appear because you have to 'open' them first.  I've found that I have to untick the moderate comments option in the publishing options, then save, then open up the publishing options again and untick it once more after it mysteriously turns itself back on, and then finally save again.  I know that this is not a universal problem having watched someone else have no problems with it but it has helped me.

  • Merryn Dunmill (View all users posts) 28 Jun 2012 3:21pm ()

    The discussion around augmented reality is fantastic as we progress towards new interactive virtual technologies in the classroom. THe Hit Lab in Christchurch has developed a brilliant, free, augmented reality app called cityviewAR for android mobile phones. We used it last week at our national VPLD and Digi Advisor hui held in Christchurch as we toured the city so we could see what buildings WERE there, read about the history and take photographs all at once, of the very spot the building once stood simply using our phones. 

    People who are not in Christchuch can still see the content as if they were there by enabling fake GPS location feature in the app. Very cool.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 28 May 2014 10:29am ()

    Here’s a fantastic illustration of effective e-learning pedaogy in action – where technology can, “encourage collaboration, creativity and bring the world into the classroom.”

    1. Literacy: Here the teacher (Amber Palmer, America), shares how her students use technology to create stop-frame animations to help learn hard spelling words, so they can see how the word is put together. Why? So that when it comes to test day, they can, “close their eyes and imagine the word and get that spelling right.“

    2. Digital literacy: Amber Palmer talks about how her students need to sift, syntehsise and use information, but they also need to understand if the information is, "legitimate, helpful, truthful and how does it apply to what they’re doing/learning."

    3. Inquiry: The students have used Minecraft to dig into American history by recreating worlds from the past. 

    Students formed their own states, debated whether to have slaves, moved westward, endured insect infestations, fires and other natural disasters, and built factories at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

    They worked together to create worlds (old huts, diamond mines etc) collaboratively and then the Minecraft worlds were projected onto a big screeen - for everyone to watch the progress unfold. Magic!


    I can see how some of these ideas could be adapted for our students in NZ. What do you think? 

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 13 Aug 2014 2:12pm ()

    Ever wondered what junior children could do on a iPad - beyond playing games?

    Check out this gorgeous YouTube clip of kindergarten children researching, creating and capturing their learning about butterflies on an iPad.

    Beautiful! Thank you Margot McKeegan for sharing this video.

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