Using blogs with sixth form students
TIMERIME - really good timeline application

I have just used TIMERIME with students when introducing them to John Stuart Mill’s essay On Liberty. It’s really easy to set up a free account, and get students collaborating. With the one below one or two students were responsible for adding certain entries to the timeline. Worked really well.

Much more complex than FUTUREME, STICKK enables you to set a goal, review it each week, and nominate supporters (friends/family) who monitor your progress, and are sent emails informing them of your progress.

This simple application enables you to send emails to your future self. A nice thing to do at key points in the year - e.g. immediately after exams. Students might send reminders to their future self about revision (what worked/didn’t work in their most recent exams). Also a good thing to do at the start of the year when students are full of good intentions!

Speakpipe

Just added Speakpipe to my blog (look to the right edge of my blog page) - very easy to do. Instructions on how to do so are here.

Speakpipe enables people to send an audio message via your blog. If you are in the habit of commenting on your students’ blogs then this would enable you to do so without having to write anything. At the moment it is free to use.

This is a STIXYBOARD that I created for a staff training session. Stixyboard has loads of uses and is really easy to use. You can post documents, text, pictures, web links, video clips, etc. The content can be controlled by you (as with this stixyboard) or you can allow other users to add/edit.

Brainshark

My latest discovery is Brainshark - a free to use web based application that allows you to record narration to a powerpoint presentation, document, photo or video clip. I’ve embedded an example of one I’ve done for my Philosophy students (if the video doesn’t load, click here: http://my.brainshark.com/Rep-realism-summary-904788134):

Flash cards for revision

Students can create flash cards to help them with revision at www.quizlet.com. It’s very easy to use and the cards can be embedded into their blog. There are a number of games that you can play to learn the concepts too. Here’s an example of a simple one I created for my Philosophy students on the attributes of God:

Choose a Study ModeScatterLearnFlashcardsQuizlet.com, home of free online educational games Study these flash cards

Wallwisher

Wallwisher is a really great way of getting instant feedback from students on all manner of things. It’s basically a virtual wall that anyone can stick a ‘post-it’ note on. I’m using it with my students having looked at lots of arguments against Mill’s ideas on freedom. Each student has to post a different point and if possible add a link to a youtube clip or news item from the BBC news website that can be used to illustrate the issue. You can also embed this into your blog - example below:

Embed polls in your blog

It’s easy to set up a poll using a website like www.proprofs.com and then embed in your blog. Here’s an example I’ve just created to get a quick feel for what my students feel about something we’ve been looking at in class. You could, of course, use it to get a snapshot of how confident students are feeling with a particular topic, find out how much time they are spending outside the classroom on your subject, etc.

Do you think that the ontological argument proves… » make online polls
Tags : ontological argument

A nice way of summing up a topic, and more attractive/versatile than creating posters in Word. Here’s a link to one of my student’s blogs - Lucy created a summary of the arguments in chapter 3 of Mill’s book On Liberty and embedded it into her blog

http://lucywinshipa2philosophy.tumblr.com/