This week I was fortunate to participate in the inaugural “Slide2Learn” conference, held over two days in Shepparton, Victoria. It was a fantastic event, organised by a committed and enthusiastic group of innovative teachers, to share their specialised knowledge with other teachers from Australia and beyond. The conference was held at the school of Louise Duncan, winner of the 2009 Lindsay Thompson Fellowship, for her Personalised Learning program. I was thrilled to meet Jenny Ashby, a leading teacher, seasoned presenter and iPod Touch expert educator. I also attended inspiring sessions by Jonathon Nalder (Key note speaker) Megan Iemma, Stacey Kelly, Kate Maccoll (fellow science freak) and Deon Scanlon. One of the highlights was the Ustream presentation by Tony Vincent, who gave practical, hands-on advice about how to implement mobile devices in schools.
Some of the applications we found out about that are relevant specifically to science teaching are:
- 8Planets – animations, information and quiz about our solar system
- CO2 footprint – a greenhouse gas calculator
- Human calculator – add your birth date and time and find out how many breaths, heart beats, how much food eaten, urine produced and much more…….
- Periodic table – beautiful images and information about of all the chemical elements
- Biology core – glossary with biological definitions
In addition, there were many, many more applications with more generalised use that would be useful in my science classes:
- Simple Mind Express and Idea Sketch for concept mapping
- SWOT for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
- Studystack for flash cards
- iTalk and Voice memos for voice recording (with a microphone)
- Posterous to send podcasts to a blog
- Animoto and Sonic pics for slideshows
- Etchasketch with colours, shapes, text and free-form writing and drawing
- Cropsuey to crop, rotate and flip images
- Colour magic and Glow for special effects on images
I’ll be writing more posts about using iPods in education soon – what an exciting time to be a teacher!
There is a more extensive list at the ICTeD Services blog and on the ning.