Teaching #tags

I am trying to comply a list of teaching and schools related hashtags as a reference for all the #tweetchers out there. My reason for doing this was simply so that I could ensure that when I was tweeting or retweeting something that I thought was valuable to others, I wanted to ensure that my time wasn’t wasted.

As a zoology graduate I’m fairly familiar with classification of living things and the history of this classification has a lot to say about tweeting hashtags.

Currently hashtags are in a mess! Im a IBDP Biology teacher so what hashtag should I use if I want to tweet something to do with DP Biology? #IBBio? #bioed? #bioedchat? #ibdpbioedchat? These are all hashtags that have been used for the same purposes.

As a label on information the hashtag also acts as a digital repository of information. You have to label and categorize correctly if you wish the information to be found again.

The situation on the twitter space is not unlike that faced by the 19th century naturalists who, when faced with mess of different names for the same organisms, had to devise rules about how and when to name a living thing.

I wonder when the first convention on hashtagging rules will be?

If you wish to update this list then add your hashtag to the list here or email me. I will update the list either every month or term, depending on how much time I have and how many people read this!

August 2016 #tags


EdTech Tip: Inserting & Editing Audio files into Mac Powerpoint 2016

May 2016

In these two video I show you how you can add an audio file into a powerpoint presentation and how you can change the audio icon to display something a little more interesting than a sound icon.

EdTech Tip: How to use firefox to download embedded swf files

May 2016

Do you use animations regularly in your teaching? Have you ever been in a situation where a much loved and used animation on the web is no longer available. In this video I show you how to download .swf or flash animation files for permanent storage on your machine. That way you can consistently rely on them in your teaching. Please make sure that you reference your sources appropriately when you do use these animations.

EdTech Tip: Creating a clip of a podcast

April 2016

Using podcasts can be a great way to engage students with new material. Podcasts can be used in a wide range of ways but assuming that you only want to use a few minutes of an episode it is best to clip or trim the section of the podcast that you to efficiently bring it into a teaching sequence. In this video I show you how.


What I have learned about: EdTech part III (Screencasting)


Screencasting is a useful and versatile tool for all learners, both teachers and students. Teachers can use it to create task walkthroughs for students like the one I posted here. They can also use it to assess students thinking about concepts and then provide feedback by commenting on the screencast if students share it with them through youtube or some other channel.

Students benefit by creating a visual and auditory performance of a concept (as opposed to a written performance) which they can then critique either on their own when they come to review a topic or study it in more detail. Work can also be saved for future classes to view, critique and improve.

The drawbacks are that it takes a certain level of investment to get comfortable using. I have had students resist doing an activity because they didn’t like the sound of their own voice understandably. This means that gentle encouragement and coaching can draw out the process. In addition students need to be shown how to to this, what software to use and what websites to visit on top of the content that you are trying to help them engage with ultimately.

On this page I introduce readers to an online sketchpad that when combined with screencasting as shown on this page provides an excellent tool for student performances that get away from the pen and pencil and engage other senses in the learning process.

In the performances below, my grade 11 HL Biology students were asked to use sketchpad to describe the process of DNA replication while recording a screencast. I think that the results speak for themselves, and I think any teacher will see the benefit of having students submit work in this format:

Example No 1

Example No 2:

Example No 3: