Technology Links!This page will hold all those sites that are free to teachers for use in the classroom, digital learning at it's best. The Internet is mined for information that will be allowed by the DET and can be used without cost of any sort to the teacher.

I must apologise for this page being renewed, as something happended while I was trying to add a new site on here, all of a sudden it went blank and everything dissapeared, it's a wonder you didn't hear my screams.

I hope you enjoy exploring this page and all it will have to offer you.

ICT in Education

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A wrap of all the daily news in Education, Technology, Arts & Entertainment, often Photography, Health, News and other daily happenings from those I follow on Twitter. It is an area that captures all the interesting articles that Teachers can use in their lesson content, often good debate on ICT in the classroom, etc.

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QuickMark?You may see on this Wiki, some squares in colours that look a bit like those scanner codes, well, it is in a way, but so much more useful. In this area I will have some links to take you to where you download the software, all free, and some links that show how these can be used in the classroom using modern technology, the mobile phone as well as the computer/s.
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  1. QuickMark download
  2. QR Maker
  3. Code Generator

First, download the QuickMark to run on your mobile phone or computer, then use the 2nd site to make the codes up that the QuickMark software will read and magically run the link, or SMS etc. There will be more on how to use this technology in the classroom very soon.



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Masher lets you easily create a video by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos all for FREE!
  1. MIX - Your videos and photos, with our huge library of video clips from BBC Motion Gallery, Rip Curl and more.
  2. MASH - Your videos and photos together using our simple studio, then add some words, music and special effects.
  3. SHARE - Your video Mash by posting it to sites such as Facebook, MySpace, or by emailing it.


Betcha Blog and Betcha Wiki -
Chris Betcher's Blog and Wiki are a minefield of valuable information, make yourself aware of these two sites and read what is on offer, it will help you learn what is possible in the world of ICT and Interactive Whiteboards. Chris' book on IWB's is great, I have a copy and not only is it good read on IWB use in classrooms, it is also helpful in everday teaching practice.
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Interactive Whiteboard RevolutionThe Interactive Whiteboard Revolution Ning site is a must for all those using or contemplating the use of a Interactive Whiteboard. The site is full of information, also with the ability to ask advice, you will not be left behind in this digital learning curve that is taking over classrooms like the whiteboard took over from the chalkboard.
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**Creative Commons**
- Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally
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An online image storage site that people from every walk of life deposit images that in most cases can be used free of charge on your classroom projects legally. Using the Creative Commons scheme, the Flickr site carries so many images not available to Google images, and with Google images the issue of legal use is a tangled web.


The Great IWB DebateVirtual Staffroom PodcastThere's a lot of controversy about interactive whiteboards. Some people are wildly enthusiastic about them, claiming they make a huge difference to the way they teach and how they help their students learn. Others people are less positive, often bordering on outright hostile, about them, claiming that they are a complete waste of time and money. Each perspective is based on individual beliefs, experiences and viewpoints about their use. (Taken from Chris Betcher's site - a very wothwhile link to explore if you want to know what others are thinking on these issues.


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Totally free, Chatzy is an alternative to Yahoo, MSN and other chat sites, as it allows you to make your own private room, used by the Computing Studies Teachers Association and others, think around the square you live in when looking at sites such as this and possibilities open up for classroom use as well.

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Ok, not that nerdy chat site I hear you say... lets get with the digital age I say...I've found many good educational resources from this chat site, and if careful of who you approve to be part of your Twitter community then the amount of chat and useless chat is kept to a minimum.iTweet

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The DET has banned most Twitter sites, but not all, as new ones come out to replace those that are banned, we will always prevail. I really must say, all those links I get and keep posting to my collegues at school all come from Twitter, it is a great way of collecting valuable information on sites on the internet I have either not found myself or are too busy to think to search for such valuable material. It is not nurdy to gain such valuable information for teaching in a 21st century classroom.

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ScreeenToaster...Record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more.

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Prezi, create astonishing presentations live and on the web. It is free for a modest amount of space, but if more is required, not out of reach of most schools or teachers.

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Another resource for classroom use, this site is like a sticky note board, double click on the desktop and it opens a sticky note, I use it as small revisionary lessons for my HSC Software Design students.

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A website that converts YouTube video to MP3 sound files...handy for use at school if video is of no real use but sound is.




Breakkie with a TeckkieEvery Wednesday morning a small band of teachers at Senior Campus brave the early morning rush at school, 7:50am, for a Vidoe Conference broadcast from the Newcastle and Sydney. Some of the online programs the talk about are wonderful additions to any classroom practice, making learning much more fun for the students. The link is the heading, have a look and ask me, Peter or Greg for any more information on these programs if you want to know more on each of these wonderful tools for ICT in Teaching.


Twitter in Plain English


That much maligned Social Networking site has had a lot of bad rap, but after using it for some time now I can't be without my Twitter client open on my mobile phone all day, as there is a wealth of information out there just waiting for you to reap the benefits of. No, it's not just about what Fred has for dinner, but yes, there is that on there if you follow those kind of people who display what they are doing in the kitchen or whatever, but importantly you get to choose who you follow and you can also delete their profile from your Tweets more easily than signing them up. I've found most of these links on this Wiki from Twitter collegues all around the world, teachers like myself. Give it a go, you can only win!
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URL Shortening!
bit.ly.jpg Do those long URL's you want to copy bug you, then this URL shortning site is a must. There are many others, but this is one of the easiest to use.

Computer Technology Resources

This Wiki has so many web sites for technology and ICT in the classroom it's worth keeping as a favourite link in your bookmarks. Thanks to clivesir and his Wiki.