Technological Queries

Anyone who has any queries or interest, relevant resources, strategies to discuss, please feel free to add here. You can also add files, media imbedded files and images to this page.

Invite to Discussion:

Any news for technological accessories, hardware etc?
What is going on with new ICT movements online with Web 2 developments?
What are the latest acceptable specs for networking in schools?

5/8/2006 Check out the new Google now has images of New Zealand in detail...good luck finding your favourite places!

8/8/2006 Messaging Software:
  • Check out the latest Skype (Beta version) with Video conferencing facilitites
  • Check out AIM.COM and download AIM Picture%206.png(classic or BETA version) which allows for audio/messaging/video conferencing across both PC and Apple platforms
  • If you already have a .mac account, are already there!
  • Sightspeed is another dual platform messaging/chatting option that allows for audio/messaging/video conferencing
Extra things to consider...
• iChat conference calls are limited to 10 users at a time
• iChat conference calls with video capability can take up to 4 users
• Anyone can do one way video calls with others (if they don’t have video), they can still see you

23/8/2006 Technical Guidelines

Ten Commandments for Managing Your School Network
A short and sharp checklist for evaluating your network:
These commandments were developed by Graham at the Rotorua Education Centre. I suggest you print them out and have a serious staff discussion around them. Your techie works for you, make sure your school network does too!

Planned conversation for 7/9/06 4-5pm

This is designed to be the first of several conversations, this one being of a much lighter nature, in terms of talking about available softwares, freeware, cross-platform web based software applications, so that we can share knowledge amongst ourselves and find out a little more about what is appropriate and accessible. This discussion can include: networking, server issues, technical considersations and of course the implications for teaching and learning with conversations around authentic integration of software for primary school classrooms.

We may consider software/applications in terms of student access–EXPLORE, CREATE, COMMUNICATE and whether the applications are appropriate for certain age groups and curriculum areas. We can also discuss software appropriate for teaching/modeling purposes or for administration processes such as online planning templates, data gathering, online survey products etc.
Any new software (video production, music, sound making, graphics design, learning objects, gaming software, print media options) in all curriculum areas.

New hardware advancements (intel processors, dual platform possibilities, Ministry initiatives)
New tools and accessories (cameras, whiteboards)

There is already a wealth of knowledge amongst this group– Podcasting, video (Dorothy Burt), photography, blue-screen video production, technical knowledge (Martyn Weatherill), networks (Michael Billington) interactive websites, graphics design (Judy Bently), Learning Objects (Lynne Thomas), gaming software, Learning Objects, Freeware (Tessa Gray), GDITE courses (Wayne Howes), Atomic Learning (Nicki Gemmell), mindmapping, survey software (Pam Hook) and Angela Simmons has published a number of successful books around powerful ways to integrate ICTs.

Talk to you then,

There are ongoing conversations in relation to Ulearn that have already started and this diagram is an overview of how you can "learn about, how and with" the social softwares.

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