Came across this awesome compilation of 321 Free Tools for Teachers so wanted to share it here so that I can find it again and have a play around with some of them when I get a moment !
Ok, reflecting on my experiences with #BYOD4L ( which by my calculation was only last week and yet it feels like a month has gone by already …) I am a bit torn between missing all the buzz and communciation and feeling thankful for the return to normality ( in a good way of course ..) so that I can try and reflect on it !
So, my experience of facilitating #BYOD4L this time around was on the whole great. I got the opportunity to work with some awesome people again and make some new contacts in the process. My padlet that I made for the week is here … My only regret is that I don’t feel I did as much as wanted to so I hope that the stuff that I did do was also helpful to other people ( it was certainly helpful to me)
TEAMWORK AND ACTIVITIES
I feel we worked really well as a team …. we had a twitter backchannel and then Chris Jobling set up a new Google Spaces account for us to use but I must confess although I was excited to use that at first I did find that I reverted to the tried and trusted twitter group more often than not. I think perhaps it is better to stick to one backchannel for organisation ? Maybe ? We also had a Google Hangout to plan the week before the kick off so that was really useful. Everyone in the team is so supportive and if something goes wrong there is always someone that comes to the rescue. It was really nice meeting new people during the week and getting their take on how the week was progressing as first timer. It was really useful to remind myself of how I felt when I did #BYOD4L initially and how overwhelming it can be. That said personally I have always found that someone could always help me out and find my way out of my confusion !
I took part in most of the Tweetchats and facilitated the Collaboration Tweet Chat with Rebecca Jackson @chasing_ling on Day Four that was great fun. I have definitely found a new friend in Rebecca .. we also collaborated on a joint response to one of the scenarios using a Google Doc. This is still a work in progress at this moment in time …
My colleague from Swansea Chris Jobling @cpjobling and I also did a live periscope for the Collaborating Day and collaborated with others in the community to develop a padlet of collaborating resources – you can find the recording of the periscope and other links on my padlet
The final day was a chance to work with the #CreativeHE community for the Creating Day – I really enjoyed that as I have been missing being able to do the both of them … Even my daughter wanted to join in with all the fun and games …
All the tweet chats were storified and links can be found on the main #BYOD4L Web page.
NEW SHINY TOOLS
I got to use some great new tools this week : including Sutori ( a tool I used to tell my story about #BYOD4L experiences) Videoscribe ( a really cool way to do white board animation type stuff) , Podbean, ( a tool for podcasts) Mentimeter ( this is a fab interactive presentation tool that you can do great collaborative visual word cloud things) and Symbaloo ( a sort of curated set of tiles for tools).
See now I have just wandered off to find the links to all the lovely new tools that I got to use … (see what usually happens is I get distracted and end up not coming back .. lightbulb moment … make sure you dont get distracted and stick to one thing at a time ! maybe thats another reason why they always stay in draft …..)
Anyhow the one I really played the most with was VideoScribe – I had great fun with this … some of the things I created are below ….
I also used Biteable to make a quick video ( which I have used before ) which I also had fun with :
Plan of Action
I think I would like to try and get a bit more organised and perhaps revamp my blog. I’d also like to curate some of the tools and resources that I use in a slightly more helpful way. I missed the curating day so I will definitely be revisiting this and trying to get some tips.
All in all it was a great week, fast and chaotic at times but thoroughly enjoyable . I’ll definitely be back for more …
And Finally …. I’m wondering if there is a sixth C ? C for Cats perhaps ?