Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Blogger a new approach to blogging

As a teacher I am really excited that Blogger (as part of Google Apps at DEC) is finally available to use as an effective teaching and learning tools at DEC. For a long time teachers and students have been restricted by inflexible security or free but limited blogging platforms. The use of blogs has been further hampered by the huge amount of time wasted creating individual student accounts or finding solution around Flash and other restrictions when embedding code from other websites. Not so with Blogger which provides endless scope and potential to take blogging to another level in the classroom. Teachers and students are able to access and download a huge array of design templates and gadgets (also know as widgets). Code from other websites can be easily embedded with a copy and paste and blog layout can be easily rearranged with its click and drag interface.  Students can even manipulate the HTML to create new templates and gadget while learning valuable programming skills as part of their own online portfolio. Can't wait to get started using Blogger with my new enrichment class. Find more about Blogger here!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Google Apps for Education (Rural and Distance Education)


Google Apps for Education

Google AppsThere are a growing number of educational systems that are using Google Apps for Education. The NSW DEC has partnered with Google to allow the state's 750,000 students and 85,000 teachers to use these innovative applications. Staff and student portals will be used to access the apps with no usernames or passwords. 

http://rde.nsw.edu.au/google-apps-for-education