What Teachers Want

Try as I might, I could not get teachers to embrace Twitter, but we spent the whole day exploring ed tech and I ran a workshop and attended two others . From the day, even though there was a big thumbs down to Twitter, there was some real enthusiasm and commitment to other things. I like Twitter because I get a constant stream of up to date information on technology, classroom, content, educational issues and ideas. It has taken the search burden off me. I contribute and I take and it is a very balanced approach to global collaboration in my field of work. So what were teachers enthusiastic about?

1. Comic Life . They could see some real potential in this to the extent they want us to buy it.
2. DownLoad Helper. They wanted me to stop what I was doing and help them download and install it on their computers then and there. They could see it as a way of managing the internet outages we get from time to time. It would mean they can create a bank of useful video clips. DownLoad Helper works as an extension to Firefox.
3. iChatWhen our tech guru came and introduced everyone to iChat it was really good and it took off like a rocket because some of us were familiar with it and so we showed how easy it is to teach others and enable others when you all have access to a laptop. The whole session just buzzed and teachers could see how they could use it to good ends in a classroom and do a lot of laughing as well.
4. Twiducate Again this was something I was mentioning in passing because I wanted them to see the value of Twitter but they easily saw the value of Twiducate and really liked it. I was showing them what I was doing with 2 French classes and they liked what they saw. It is a good way to use that time at the beginning of a lesson when you are setting everything up.
5. Short video clips. They were very keen to follow those sorts of sites up.
6. SlideShare This was a big hit and teachers were searching and downloading as I spoke. They were tickled pink by the karaoke part of it.
7. Teacher Tube and You Tube

We also had more details of our LMS explained and that was helpful and enabled us to make better use of it in future.

So, teachers need to have a chance to explore technology. They need an opportunity to share tips and tricks and then sites and software and approaches which work for them.


ClassTools is an interactive site where you can make a variety of learning games to use on an electronic board in class or they can be embedded into blogs and wikis. The games can be saved as stand alone files. The idea behind the site, though, is to create learning games and share them so that everyone has access to a variety of materials to use in class. Students might like to add to this type of content too and that is an important skill for them to learn in a world which leverages so many opportunities for co-creation of content.

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