Voisse brings podcasts and presentations alive? New tools for audio assessment of learners.

Over the summer I shared a series of reviews on tools I have been looking at to use with students for creating presentations. If you missed these you can look at them below.

  1. Prezi for engaging presentations which show overview and depth.
  2. PptPlex which allows you to produce linear presentations which have ‘prezi like’ functionality.
  3. Animoto for compelling videos on the fly.

Over the weekend I saw a new cloud based presentation site which flipped the primary focus from the visuals to the sound. The site is called Voisse and the best way to introduce it is the two minute presentation below.

For me what Voisse does that is different to the other presentation tools above is it allows students to create an audio feed which they can use to produce podcasts. The interface is really easy and there is very much an ‘on the fly’ feel which students can easily get used to without complicated podcast software.

 As well as this they can add key images to their audio to produce a presentation. Whilst there are many times you would want students to produce a visual presentation which they speak over as they present in lessons there are other time where you want to be able to review student work when not in the classroom. I have spent many hours drudging through homework PowerPoints which show little real insight into student understanding other than their capacity to find information on the Internet. If students submitted a Voisse presentation it would enable them to demonstrate their understanding of a topic through their presentation combined with audio. Teachers are always looking for ways to assess oral pieces from students and for me this tool fits the bill. I can think of dozens of times I could use this across the History curriculum and I suspect this is the case in most subjects.

BBC Click also reviewed Voisse this week and you can see their thoughts here

New SharePoint 2010 features for education. SharePoint School Reward System part 5.

Over the last few days we have looked at how different members of the school community view AA (reward point) data which is relevant to their needs within SharePoint 2010. You can catch up on the first 4 parts of this series below:

  1. Part 1 Awarding individual reward points to students you teach.
  2. Part 2 Awarding individual reward points to students you do not teach.
  3. Part 3 The Head of Year View of year group AAs.
  4. Part 4 The Tutor View of tutor group AAs.

In this section we are going to look at how students view their AA totals and the breakdown by subjects. The two elements of the student view can be seen on the right side of the Student home page below.

Student have a personal thermometer for their AAs with the red filling up as students get more AAs- this can be seen in detail below.

In addition to this students can see a breakdown of AAs by subject in the table shown below.

I hope you found this series useful as a way of seeing how other schools are taking their reward systems online. One interesting decision we made within our build was to move away from the obsession with integrating everything into the MIS. Our view was that there will be an increasing move towards data being stored within the learning platform and not relying on a ever more bloated MIS.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this solution if you have been following the series. Drop me an email mike.herrity@twynhamschool.com or on twitter @mikeherrity

New SharePoint 2010 features for education. SharePoint School Reward System part 4.

In the last session we looked at viewing of AAs (reward points) for Heads of Year and Senior Leaders in SharePoint 2010 so that they could see the year group overviews. This can be seen on the right side of the image below. On the left side of the page below you can see an area called Tutor Group Overview.

By selecting the drop down on the left side this brings up individual students with their overall totals. Using this tutors can identify where individual students are under performing with their reward totals and intervene. It can therefore be used as an early warning system of students who are now working at their full potential.

The origins of digital natives and e-learning. Internet arrives in 1993 and changes the landscape.

October 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Yesterday I posted a review of a new site called YTTM, or YouTube Time Machine. Within the post I showed a future gazing video from 1969 which looked at what the Internet would soon look like. I had a response to the post from @andreacarr1 on twitter who posted a link to a similar video from 1993. The video clip was such a good reflection of what the Internet was in its earliest years for the consumer that I had to show it on the blog. For me it was even more memorable as I was at Lancaster University in my second year in 1993 and a girl called Hope first mentioned the term ‘email’ to me and helped me to set up an account. It is great to look back on something which has become such an important part of our lives and see how basic and rudimentary it was. Enjoy the video!

New SharePoint 2010 features for education. SharePoint School Reward System part 3

In the first two session looking at the SharePoint School Reward System built at Twynham School we covered:

  1. The interface which allows teachers give teaching and tutor groups an AA (reward point).
  2. The interface which allows all staff to give an individual an AA (reward point).

Following on from these developments we needed to build interfaces in SharePoint 2010 which enabled teachers and students to see what was happening with the reward points. It quickly became clear that we needed to focus on three interfaces for three audiences: the student total and breakdown by subject for the student; the student totals and tutor group total for tutors; the tutor totals and year group totals for Heads of Year. The interface below can be seen by all staff within our Learning Gateway. Click to enlarge

On the right side of the page you can see the Year Group totals which are used by Senior Leaders and Heads of Year within the school to monitor the progress of year groups. A Head of Year can then click on their year group to display a breakdown of the progress by tutor group.

Tomorrow I will cover the tutor group breakdown which allows tutors to see the total AA scores for individuals students in their tutor group.

New SharePoint 2010 features for education. SharePoint School Reward System part 2

In the first part of this series on Twynham School’s new online reward system I showed the functionality within SharePoint 2010 which enabled teachers to give reward points (or as we call them AAs) to students in their classes and tutor group. When we started trialing this solution back in June 2010 it quickly became clear that we had completely missed something. What if you took a cover lesson and wanted to give someone you do not teach an AA? This was also true of non-teachers and led us to devise a second area of the system. This can be seen below on the right side of the page.

Using the ‘Award an AA to a Single Student’ section staff members can find a student using the address book or instantly place their id into the box. They then click on the next button and the are faced with options on the type and number of AAs.

The drop downs allow staff to select up to 3 AAs and allocate them to an area which they are related to. By clicking ‘next’ the AAs are instantly added to the system. From here we needed to decide how to show the total AAs for students, tutor groups and year groups to different audiences. I will cover this part of the rewards system in the next session.

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