Our Free Teach-IT Lesson Idea : Tour-IT

June 22nd, 2012

 

This free lesson idea taken from our fantastic Teach-IT 2 resource. Tour-IT is an example of how you can use Google Earth to create exciting and engaging virtual world tours using the application. You learn to use layers to visit a historically accurate area in Europe and then record the tour so you can play it back or use it as a resource for differentiation in your classroom.

 

The focus of the tour is visiting Hitler’s ‘Eagles Nest’ and exploring it in 3D. Of course, like all our resources, you are not limited in the scope of where you can apply the methods we suggest – you can use this idea in many subjects across the curriculum.

Please give it a look, download and pass it on to colleagues – as long as you enjoy the resource and find it useful we don’t mind. If you have a minute, why not leave us a comment or join us on our Do-Be social network.

 

Surface Surfaces

June 19th, 2012


Microsoft unveiled its Surface Tablet at an event in Los Angeles today. As Microsoft attempted to demonstrate, it follows a long line of Microsoft hardware achievements including the Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft Keyboard, and more recently the XBox (we must have missed the Zune, Courier, and Kin slides). The Surface has some notable features including a full-sized USB port, kickstand, and a 9.3-mm thickness. It runs on an ARM processor, and it is housed in a magnesium alloy case.

Probably the biggest feature is its 3 mm thick Touch Cover. Added to the iPad 2-ish 9.3-mm thickness, you get a “full package” of just 12.3-mm total. The ability to touch type on a 3 mm thick piece of plastic compared to, say, an 8 mm thick UltraThin Logitech iPad keyboard case, for instance, will be a big determining factor for this thing to take off.

While it would not be a Microsoft demo without a few crashes, Microsoft Vice President Steven Sinofsky was eventually able to launch apps like MS Office, Adobe Lightroom, and Netflix on a backup demo model. The Surface will come in 32GB and 64GB ARM RT varieties and separately with Intel processors.

Will it knock Apple’s iPad off it’s perch? Only time will tell.


(Thanks to 9 to 5 Mac for the transcript)

The Future of Glow…

June 12th, 2012

Ok, big news this month for the infrastructure of Scotland’s flagship learning network, but, before I say any more, watch this wee video.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell has introduced the partnership between Glow and Microsoft 365 for Education, Microsoft’s educational cloud computing world.  In his statement he lets us know that,

To ensure continuity we have taken the step of extending the current RM provision through to December 2013. Microsoft have agreed to provide the tools and services of their integrated application suite ‘Microsoft Office 365 for Education’ for free through to December 2014; this was the first offer of its kind in the world for a national schools project.  

Microsoft have also agreed to go further and deliver a package over and above the integrated application suite to deliver on the 5 key principles for Glow. For example, the improvements to the functionality and ease of use of the Glow application suite will be aided by a full-time dedicated staff member funded by Microsoft to help support and promote the service.

As a Government we will also work to integrate the ICT choices made by local authorities for their own education communities within our co-ordinated national effort.

This last point is a contentious area.  Many local authorities have already made the decision to use Google Apps (I wish that was mine!) and do not want to loose them.  I personally have spent 7 years building a successful online learning network using Google’s ‘always’ free online tools.  Will I ‘evicted’ from my Google Cloud ‘Squat’?  Will the transition be supported?

However, the door is not completely closed and as a classroom teacher, I will continue to use Google tools as they are more easily manageable on my iPad and pupils seem to find them more intuitive.  Mind you, the iOS version of MS office is due out in the next 4 months as well as the SkyDrive App launching,  could this change my mind?  I don’t know, but MS Office 365 does look awesome.

All I know is that I want to be able to upload, host, edit, share and collaborate online with my learners using an easily accessible system for learners at all levels and abilities.

I don’t think we are quite there yet, but if my Glow account includes a free X-Box Live Gold membership then….

Look what i found in my inbox…

June 12th, 2012

 

Missed this one from an email earlier on in the week.  It’s our Kirsten at our stand in the Highlands.  ;-)

 

Sorry Kirsten – I know how much you love photos of yourself!

 

Free Teach-IT Lesson Ideas

June 8th, 2012

One of the great things worth shouting about here at Do-Be are our FREE Teach-IT lesson resources. We have a number of free lesson ideas taken from our successful Teach-IT and Teach-IT 2 packs. They are great for dipping into and trying out with your class or for personal CPD. This year I attended a CPD event focused on our new curriculum hosted by Education Scotland and was pleasantly surprised to see them promote an ICT tool for developing literacy and engaging through the use of ICT. That tool was Wordle. (From Teach-IT 1).


You can download our FREE Wordle-IT lesson resource from this link and try it out for yourself – the applications are endless and the results produced are fantastic for display on classroom walls and notice boards.


HI-SGIL and Smoovie

June 6th, 2012

 

Kirsten and Scott headed up to the Inverness on Friday to meet with Highland Council and the fantastic Milburn Academy.

On Saturday they were delighted to attend the first HI_SGIL conference organised by Abby Wilson at Fujitsu. A whole host of global and Highland organisations attended the event to help people to discover how every day, innovative technologies are relevant to their career and the future of Highland industry.


Kirsten and Scott had a fantastic day and were delighted at the amount of interest they had in the Teach-IT resources. It was also fantastic to meet teachers from schools we already work with in the Highlands.


Kirsten and Scott was inspired by the turn out at the conference and look forward to next years. Thanks again to Abby for the invite. We especially loved creating our own Lego ducks.


Cool App:-

We met a lot of exciting companies and saw a lot of fantastic resources. One that caught our eye in particular was a new animation app called Smoovie. Smoovie enables you to make stop motion animations in minutes with nothing more than your iPad’s camera and a touch of imagination.


Scott and Kirsten were given a demo of the App by Karen McLean and were blown away of how easy the app made the animation process. Their exhibition space was full of young people engrossed in creating their own animations from the simplest of things. It’s an absolutely amazing app and definitely one which we will be highlighting to schools.


For more info visit Smoovie for iPad.

Thanks to Karen, Gavin and Gordon for popping over to see us.


Whilst you are here, I have posted my own creation using Smoovie below. It stars me (Doobs), a Lime, a Cat, Dog and Lion as well as a cameo from an Angry Bird.


Yes, it’s probably going to get you off your seat dancing – ENJOY!





Why not send us your own Smoovie Movies:- I challenge you to beat ‘Gettin Do-Be With It’.

Free Teach-IT Lesson Ideas

June 6th, 2012
Now that our holiday weekend has come to an end we wanted to share with you one of our great Teach-It Lesson Resources. As with all our resources, it is produced in a ready-to-use format mirroring our Teach-It range of products.

Lino-it is a free sticky & canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser. This lesson idea shows you how to use the sticky note software to create curriculum links in the Teach-It for your reference. No doubt you will find dozens of other uses for Lino-it.

Just click here or click the image for your free lesson.

GET OUTDOORS

May 31st, 2012

 

Introducing Teach-IT Outdoors

 

Combined with great teaching we believe that there are two things that can really encourage learning, Technology and the Outdoors. Why? Well, learning with technology and learning through the outdoors provide exciting contexts and a brilliant set of tools to help motivate children and young people.

 

We are not alone in our thinking this BBC article and short video reinforces that many people believe teaching al fresco, whether it is on a field trip or simply in an outdoor classroom, improves concentration and can make lessons more interesting.

 

Do-Be also believes that where it gets really exciting is when you combine the two and create technology rich outdoor learning. In the past some people have been critical about the use of technology in outdoor learning. But the reality is technology can really enhance outdoor learning from planning, though doing and then during refection activities.

 

The possibilities are endless and all you really need is a good sence of imagination, for example:

  • Teachers work with learners to collaboratively plan an outdoor experience using Bing Maps and check the weather forecast using a smartphone app.

 

  • While away on a school trip learners capture the experience using a variety of digital media such as digital photographs, digital video and digital voice recordings.

 

  • After returning from an outdoor experience learners use Google Earth to re-trace their steps and reflect on where they have been and how they felt during their time in the outdoors.

 

We wanted to help teachers make the very best use of these opportunities and that is why we have created Teach-IT Outdoors!

 

Just like our other Teach-IT products Teach-IT Outdoors is a fun, easily accessible and very practical guide to making the best use of technology linked to outdoor learning opportunities.

 

If you want to know more why don’t you check out our sample lesson ideas or even enquire about an in-service training course.

 

Have fun exploring!

Our Final Cool TED Ed Video (Number 9)

May 29th, 2012

 

Evolution in a Big City

Using a tiny portion of the world as an example, Jason Munshi-South explains how cities have altered the genetic makeup of the animals living in them. Yip, salamanders living on either side of two bridges connecting the Bronx with Manhattan have different DNA sequences, because of the man-made infrastructure. Mice who were confined to certain forested areas have evolved differently to mice of the same species in other areas of the country. It’s an interesting talk, all demonstrated in beautiful photos and illustrations.

An Open Letter to Educators

May 28th, 2012

 

We posted this video a while ago (almost a year ago) and feel it is as pertinent today as it was then.

 

There is a Japanese proverb that says, “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” By the time your learners leave high school, they will have spent about 10,000 hours at school being instructed by more than 30 teachers. That’s why almost everyone has a story about a teacher who has touched his or her life.

 

Free Teach-It Lesson Resource – Measure-It

May 28th, 2012

 

Time for a recap of our lesson resources available that are a sample of our Teach-IT resource.

 

This weeks free lesson resource comes once again from our great Teach-it pack. Here you will learn some advanced skills in using Google Earth, incorporating numeracy using the measurement tools within the program.

 

Feel free to grab your free copy of the resource and give it a try – as usual, your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.

 

Superstructures

May 27th, 2012

Education, religion, mass media, politics and family form the superstructures of society that support, legitimise and reinforce the status quo and the economic foundation. This video was created for the opening of the LWF 12 Conference hosted in London, January 2012.

 

Cool TED Ed Videos Part 8

May 27th, 2012

 

The Secret Life of Plankton

This video showcases the creepy, beautiful and quite complicated microscopic world of plankton. The footage is courtesy of the Plankton Chronicles project and takes you through a complex ecosystem of semi-transparent micro organisms.

Cool TED Ed Videos Part 7

May 25th, 2012

Why Can’t We See Evidence of Alien Life?

Ah, good question. Where are the aliens? There are 50-million possible life-harbouring planets in the Milky Way, and many of them have been around longer than the earth (and thus more time to build space craft and drift around the galaxy), so why haven’t we seen any convincing evidence of alien life? There are lots of possibilities, but no concrete answers: this video is part of a series titled “Questions no one knows the answer to”, after all.

Cool TED Ed Videos Part 6

May 23rd, 2012

 

The Real Origin of the Franchise

 

 

McDonald’s didn’t invent the franchising business model? Nope, according to this video, it was a Canadian-born former maid, who started a hairdressing salon over a century ago. The visuals (a large-scale drawing by Sunni Brown) are beautifully sketched and weaved together over the course of the video to produce a detailed and interesting timeline of the creation of franchising.