I noticed its nearly been a year since I produced an “IT Ramblings” for the staff I work with. The Ramblings came about through my use of staying in touch by using SAGE on my Firefox browser. It’s not until recently as I transferred the RSS feeds to my iPod Touch that I noticed how much I missed and should continue to share with my colleagues.
Our school is interested in the use of iTunes U and as having held the status of an Apple School of Excellence seemed appropriate that we investigate the space. So my first link is a look at the material produced by other schools at the iTunes U. You will need to download iTunes from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ then run and open. On the left select iTunes Store and then select iTunes U its on the left in the screen. There are plenty of material students and staff can download to an iPod, have a look at the amount that’s been generated in the K-12 space, link on left. If you have an iPod why not download and listen to a few and see how they can be used in your subject area.
What happens if we want to view how often a selection of words or phrases occur in a given text. Wordle and Phrase Net offer this ability. Phrase Net at http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/page/Phrase_Net.html allows text to be entered and analysed, the site shows an example of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice.” Then select Create Visualization and either select a text or upload your own, after that choose how you want to view it. Tag Cloud, Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ or Phrase Net are all listed. Try your own text or that Principals message on the school website. Here are two examples:
I found this blog that looks at the use of web 2.0 tools for learning about earthquakes read more at http://blogwalker.edublogs.org/2009/04/06/web-20-tools-for-learning-about-earthquakes/ . While initially started out at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/04/06/the-best-sites-to-learn-about-the-earthquake-in-italy/ it shows the power of the network when people are willing to share their resources.
Hope you find these useful.