Dont’ e-mail,FB or call me: twitter me!

As everybody know I have been having an on-off relationship with my Cell phone for years. Cell phones do not like me. They break, grow legs, and mostly get alienated from their power cables. I have tried moving over to smart cell phones. They make matters even worse. They are power- hogging little devices out to cripple Eskom and I find myself (that is if I remembered to plug in /had a power cable) without any power by tea time! Also, my eyesight has now officially progressed past puberty and I am struggling to read which new reading glasses I should acquire. But I am digressing. Maybe I just want to mention that I do believe in cell phones as great learning devices and will use it more actively the moment I found my charger cable!

So how do you contact/get hold of me? As you have gathered by now, phoning me on my cell phone might not be a good way to go. In the past e-mail was a very effective way to get my attention. But since I have not been able to catch up on the 3000 e-mails that accumulated during my Christmas virtual break, I have funnelled my e-mail into folders and play eenie-meanie-minie-mo on which folder I will read every day. Those who know me, knows to mark their e-mail as high priority (I check that folder a few times a day)

So what is the best way? My current favourite way of communication is Twitter. I had to smile at my niece, who, on failure to contact me on my cell and landlines (Telkom took 2 weeks to fix it), resorted to see what I am up to on my twitter feed. Clever girl. Contacting me is as easy as sending me an @maggiev or direct message (d maggiev) at www.twitter.com/maggiev . And yes, it does get delivered to my cell phone via sms as well!

What actually inspired this blogpost is this cartoon:

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Maths Help

MxitIt is nearing the end of the year and learners are frantically preparing for the final run!! So if you need some maths on-the-spot help, why not use the fantastic DR maths on Mxit support desk? The friendly and very professional DR maths tutor team is online most of the time to assist with any maths and maths lit problem.

If you would like to know how to set it up on your phone and get connected to Dr Math on Mxit, please go to my school 2.0 blog: www.school2.co.za

Did I mention that it is totally free?

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Cellphones in schools

Students creating learning videosMe and a few teachers are currently busy creating a wiki for schools in South Africa to try and see how we can shape school policies regarding Internet and cellphone use in schools. See http://saschools.wetpaint.com

The whole debate about if cellphones should or shouldn’t be allowed in classrooms is a complex one. As such it needs to be debated and critically looked at through the lens of educational outcomes. Will it assist in the learning process or detract from it?

Please see my blog about the subject at my school2.0 blog

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Am I a tool?

I have been playing with quite a few new tools this week. And, for the family who are reading this, no, relax, I am referring to Web 2.0 tools. My virtual candy shop of gadgets, widgets and playable platforms knows no boundaries and while I am assuring everyone that I am testing and evaluating it all to see how I can use it for teaching and learning, I am actually having a tremendous amount of fun in the process!! I can get carried away (don`t I always) but I am only going to highlight 2 web 2.0 tools…

One of the cool new web 2.0 tools (I should be come a rapper) is a cartoon maker platform called Toondoon. Here you can create your own cartoon effortlessly and your only constraints are your imagination, creativity and lack of sense of humour. You can drag and drop characters and create callouts (that is what we call the dialogue boxes) in record time. I would imagine even little-lies could cope with the user friendly interface. It also has the mandatory Web 2.0 characteristics of being able to share it with friends and family, tagging it, commenting and building up a network of cartoons and discussions. It also provides the code for inserting it into your blog or website. For teaching and learning it could be a magnificent tool. Learners can create their own cartoons and can then invite comment on the symbolism behind the cartoon…. Cool. Click here, to see a good sized version and feel free to leave comments (if you understand the cartoon…)

Go to my cartoon at Toondoon

I have discovered a great tool for organizing my thoughts if that is remotely possible, hey? Anycase, it a mindmapping platform, very web 2.0, that allows you to create elaborate mindmaps by just clicking and moving stuff around. Amazingly easy to create and what is even more appealing to me is that you can collaborate with your friends colleagues, learners in creating a mindmap. Just think, I can now invite everybody to help me organise my thoughts- the perfect tool. You can find it at Bubbl.us.

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Round-up thoughts

I have been doing a road trip (F2F), of introducing School 2.0 at various workshops accross the country in a wirlwind of ranting around-school 2.0-in-30 seconds approach. My goal was to give teachers an introduction to what web 2.0 is (if it is even remotely definable) and how we can possibly use it for teaching and learning.

Most of the teachers were there because they are teaching learners who are seasoned virtual citizens who can Mxit in their pockets and socialise online, while having to endure “old school” pedagogy in their everyday school life. So I would like to believe that the teachers who attended the workshop are visionaries (Champions- 4-ICT) looking for answers, like I do, like we all do…

The fact is that we have to prepare our learners for a future world were technology will be a given and media literacy a must. So we have to start building our School 2.0. To explore the possibilities of school 2.0, I will be carrying on my learning path and the debate at my School 2.0 blog (www.school2.co.za) Feel free to come and contribute to the discussion there.

 

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Ngo’s and Web 2.0

Ngo and web 2 teamHere I am at a workshop on NGO’s and Web 2.0 where we are exploring how we can use web 2.0 to market and display our NGO websites. There iare about 9 of us and some of us are not quite sure of this Web 2 thingie….

So this blog is to give everybody a glimpse of how to post to a blog and see how we can add interactive elements to our blog. The aim is to create a blog where all of us can blog together about our organisation and to talk about our experiences using Web 2.

Hopefully by the end of this workshop we also would have created our “NGO in a Minute” videocasts and would have uploaded it to our communal blog at Blogger. So go and have a look and leave a comment.

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Local is lekker

What a pleasant surprise it was for me to discover this local blogging system. I am currently exploring the use of blogs for teaching and learning and it is always great to be able to use a local service. The login was quick and easy and choosing a theme equally so. I think I have now officially tried out about 4 different blogging systems and are starting to loose track of where I have blogged. I will have to go in search of myself and link them all up. Maybe I will use this blog as a place to keep track of myself……. Let me go in search of myself…

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