Week One: One idea leads to another(Monday 16 Jan - Friday 21 Jan 2012)

Welcome! This week is an inspirational week preceding our online course where I will provide posts each day to help you think about a project you might like to enter this year. Make a decision right now to give it a try! A whole new world could open up to you. (Next week we will actually start the course). Take a look through the ideas this week and think about something you already do in class. Consider ways of adding technology to enhance your idea, and decide on how to involve other classes in your project. You can always email me or even skype me (fibeal) to discuss your ideas if you wish.

Monday 16th January 2012 - An introduction to some project ideas

Take a look through this Slideshare on our first day. You'll notice that I have taken my PowerPoint and uploaded it to a programme called Slideshare. This is a great way to share PowerPoints online. (You can click at the icon at the bottom right and view this Slideshare full screen).

Tuesday 17th January 2012 - Take a look at Microsoft's Free Tools

Microsoft is very generous with their free programmes known as Microsoft's free tools, and these are marvelous to use in a project. The learners absolutely love using them. Take a look at this slideshare outlining some of these tools. To access them, all you need to do is join the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network for Educators and you will find a folder with all these programmes. They are easily downloadable and free of charge. Why not think about incorporating some of these in your project? (Remember to view this full screen by clicking on the icon in the bottom right corner).

Wednesday 18th January 2012 - Projects others have done

It is always interesting to see what others have done so I am going to include some slideshows of events I have had the privilege of attending.

In Seattle in July 2011 I saw the projects of the 100 United States finalists for the 2011 USA Partners in Learning Forum, so I thought you might be interested in seeing photos of those projects. And what about the World Finals that were held right here in Cape Town in 2010? Take a look at those as well. There are many great ways of sharing photos and making slideshows from them, and these two slideshows were made using Picasa web albums. Basically, you upload your photos to Picasa and then choose the option to make a slideshow (small, medium or large) that can be embedded in a blog, wiki or website. Try it sometime!

Seattle 2011

Cape Town 2010

This next slideshow shows projects on display at the World Finals in Brazil in 2009. You'll see that I have used a programme which is similar to Slideshare. It is called Slideboom (http://slideboom.com).

Thursday 19th January 2012 - Places to find project ideas

There are many places on the web that you can find ideas to stimulate your thinking.

1) The IEARN 2011/2012 project book

This is the 2011/2012 IEARN project book. These are projects that have already been created that one can either join or get ideas from. (You might need to use the side bar with this book).

2) New projects from IEARN

This is a post from the SchoolNet blog on 11 December entitled 'Looking for a project to get involved in in 2012'

"IEARN has some interesting new projects (which are possibly not listed in their book) for you to consider. If I can urge you to do one thing in 2012 it is to get your class involved in global projects. It is really worth it and will be really exciting for your learners...

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3) 12 places to find projects

This is a post from the Schoolnet blog on 1 December entitled, 12 places to find global projects for your class to get involved in."Our world is definitely becoming a global village! It is so much easier to connect with classes around the world in our technological age than ever before. It is really worth finding a global project to involve your class in. If you are looking for ways to connect with others here are a few ideas of places to start...

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As you look through these ideas see if there is something that sparks an idea in you. That will be a start if you don't already have a project in mind.

Friday 21 January 2012 - A challenge - What is your 'First idea?'

As we come to the end of our first week - our inspiration week - I want to ask you if you have a project in mind? Have you thought about what really interests you? Have you had a bit inspiration about something you'd like to investigate? Have you got one teeny little idea? That's how it starts. I call it Step 1 - The first idea. I would like to tell you about my 'First idea'.