A rich picture case studies grant by the Victorian Dept of Education, allowed us to create podcasts with grade 6 students in 2007. Our students have called themselves technokids. The emphasis was on the use of web 2.0 to empower learning. View our podcasts Since then I have set up a backyard blog and a classroom blog.
It was a steep learning curve for me and still is. Students and I have had to learn together. Peer mentoring has taken place and excitement has been put back into learning. Authentic audiences, teachable moments and student directed learning are now part of the norm. Digital storytelling is another passion and my user name is murch at teachertube
Social networking has been of prime importance and my membership of Classroom2.0 and now twitter has allowed me to meet other teachers interested in the same skill development. This has enabled me to extend my social network well beyond our classroom walls and my country. One of the highlights was the use of skype to videoconference students in Korea. Gail Casey was teaching English there in 2007, and after 5 days of trialling we started to get some powerful learning happening.
I decided to not only use web 2.0 with grade 6 but to extend it to all my other IT classes. Grade 3/4 had a little webkinz pet called Patch which led us to virtual worlds at webkinz.
Another exciting project has been Ping an online music learning project.
This is a journal documenting my journey. Join me on it. See my resources wiki – ejourneys. In 2008, I also had teacher professional leave together with Jess McCulloch to lay the eplanks for a web2.0 school.
Some of the biggest projects that I have been involved in with my classes are the amazing flatclassroom and netgened projects with Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. I was fortunate enough to be lead teacher with the netgened project.
After 12 months, my clustr map is to be reset, so I am just going to grab a copy and paste it here. It was comments and the dots on my clustr map that have motivated and inspired me so much. So thank you if you are one of them.