Michael Wesch gave an amazing keynote address at the NCTE / Diverse Conference in DCU on Wed last 29th June 2011 on the impact of the Internet on learning . The gist of his argument is seen in this YouTube clip. I think it certainly raises very important issues for teaching and learning.
The YouTube video which brought Professor Wesch to worldwide attention was this famous video entitled “The Machine is Us/using Us”
This is a very nice video from Teacher Tube on the need to adjust our thinking to take account of the changed learning landscape.
This list has been compiled by the OpenDisc / Education site. All of this software is free and of excellent quality. There must be something here that you will like!
Office and Design
OpenOffice.org – Fully compatible office software for your school work
Dia – Make technical diagrams and flowcharts
Scribus – Create professional looking posters and magazines
GanttProject – Plan your school projects with this project management software
FreeMind – Collect your ideas with this mind mapping Software
PDF Creator – Make PDF documents from any program
Sumatra PDF – Read PDF files quickly and easily
Firefox – A safe, secure and fast web browser
Thunderbird – Manage your emails better than ever – Reclaim your inbox!
Pidgin – Talk to your friends whatever instant message client they use
Kompozer – Create web pages easily, without having to code
RSSOwl – Keep up with your favourite internet news feeds on your desktop
Art and Graphics
GIMP – Edit digital photos and create graphics
GIMP animation – Create animations
Inkscape – Make professional looking vector graphics
Pencil – Animate your own cartoons
Blender – 3D graphic modeling, animation, rendering and playback
Tuxpaint – Drawing program for children ages 3 to 12
VLC – Play music, videos and DVDs
Audacity – Record, edit and mix music
TuxGuitar – Compose your own music
Piano Booster – Teach yourself the piano
Avidemux – Edit movies and add special effects
Infra Recorder – Burn your own CDs and DVDs
CamStudio – Record your actions on a computer
Really Slick Screensavers – Great looking screensavers
Science and Mathematics
Nasa Worldwind – Discover the earth and other planets~
Greenfoot – Teach yourself how to program
GraphCalc – A graphical calculator
Guido Van Robot – Learn how computer programs work
CarMetal – Cool mathematical modelling tool
Maxima – University standard computer algebra system
Celestia – Explore the universe in three dimensions
Stellarium – A planetarium on your PC
FreeCiv – Control the world through diplomacy and conquest
FreeCol – Discover the ‘New World’ and build an empire
Numpty Physics – Solve puzzles using physics
TuxTyping 2 – Learn to type like a pro
Tux of Math Command – Test your mathematical skills
Winboard Chess – The classic game of chess
In this talk (in Dublin, Jan 2010) David Puttnam emphasises the need for the education system to embrace technology and foster digital literacy at an early stage to create the next generation of informed and responsible digital participants. He called on Government to prioritise education spending and provide the resources necessary to meet this challenge. As a resident of County Cork, Lord Puttnam takes a keen interest in developments in Ireland and he concluded his speech with his observations on the Irish education system.
This is a nice tutorial on wikis in education.
When you have finished viewing it, why not click on our course wiki and add some thoughts / comments.
As I am sure you are aware, the new British Govt have decided to close BECTA. This is a real pity as that organisation has produced some excellent work to support technology integration. While their site is still available, why not take the opportunity to download some of their excellent support materials and publications. For example, they have a nice concise pdf document on supporting the ‘21st century teacher‘ which has simple advice to get the best out of today’s technologies.
I hope you have enjoyed Ken Robinson’s TED talk, as highlighted in Module 5. His blog is packed with ideas on education and creativity. Both of his talks (2006 and 2010) are available here. If you scroll down, you will find comments / criticisms on his talks which are also very thought-provoking.