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Day 18 of 20 Days to Tech Tastic - PLN

Have you ever had a question about where to go next with a particular student, class or topic?  Have you asked people you worked with and still thought there must be a better way?  Have you tried something that has worked really well with your students and wanted to share that success with others?  

A PLN or Personal Learning Network is great for answers to all of these questions. 

Here's a great youtube video that explains what a PLN is ...

Your challenge today is to begin creating your own PLN.  If you've already started a PLN why not have a go at added a few more useful people to your network or posting something amazing that you've done recently.

If you're a New Zealand educator you might like to start by following these people using Twitter.  Feel free to add your name to the list once you've opened your own Tiwtter account.

We even have our own educator chat via Twitter, why not join in for the next chat ... have a look at the website here. 

There are lots of diffe…

Day 17 of 20 Days to Tech Tastic - Digitstore

Almost through 20 days, hopefully you've found this a helpful resource to get some WOW back into your Technology use.  Please remember to add a comment with how things are going.

We're lucky here in New Zealand to have access to Digistore.  Unfortunately this content isn't avialable to anyone overseas. You might like to try some of these websites if you're overseas or can't yet get access to Digistore...


Today's challenge is to have a look at this great resource if you haven't already and find something you can use in your classroom.  If you've had a good look around why not try sharing something different that you haven't showed your student's before.

There's a wealth of how to information on the Digistore VLN group, pop over and have a look.

You need an education sector login in order to access Digistore.  The Ministry of education contact centre will be able to help you with which form to fill in their details are...

Day 16 of 20 Days to Tech Tastic - Photo Display

So now that you've got all of these great photos taken by you and your students where are you putting them all?

It's great to post one or two photos at once while you're out and about but what if you want to review a whole trip or a photo of every student's artwork?

Your challenge today is to display photos on your blog in a way that you haven't tried before.

Here are a few ideas I've used ... 

Use a simple movie making program like iMovie or Movie Maker to put all your photos together in one movie.  Add the movie to your blog post and ta da! you've got all your photos in one place.

This great little app is really easy for students and teachers to use and can display lots of photos in one great 'PicCollage'.  Here's a tutorial of how to use it on the iPad

Slideshow in Blogger blogs
Why not look at adding a slideshow to the bottom or top or even side bar of your blog with all your students in it.  You could even make your own character…

Day 15 of 20 Days to Tech Tastic - Photography

Time to take some photos!  Your challenge today is to work with children to create better photos.  Try and get a group of children in your class to take better photos.  I've collected a few resources that might help you do that.

Check out these great videos about photography...

Here's a great series of photography tips that can be used by both adults and children.  Lots of great tips to use on this website to improve photo quality.  

Here's another site with basic ides to teach children about photography

Day 14 of 20 Days to Tech Tastic - Geocaching

If you haven't tried it yet Geocaching is a great weekend activity to do with people of all ages. 

Here's a video to explain it quickly...

Here's a Tedx talk from the CEO of Groundspeak basically 'the' geocaching website...

You'll find all the other information you need to start caching here

So your challenge today is to..
1. Create a geocaching account on
2. Find your first cache and log your find with your new account

if you're up for more challenge... 
1. find a travel bug and move it to another cache
2. create and hide your own cache

Have fun! 
Wouldn't it be great to hide a class cache and watch all the visitors that arrive at your cache. 

Please add comments about your geocaching adventures. 

Day 13 of 20 Days to Tech Tastic - Post on the Go

Hopefully you've been inspired at some point this year to setup your own classroom blog and you're happily posting to it via a desktop computers.  One of the really powerful things you can do with a blog is record learning in real time and with the improvements in blogging apps you can now do this from any Android, Windows, or iOS device.  Here are a few of the apps I find useful for posting on the go..

This has to be the best app for getting everything together in one place.  A premium account makes things a lot easier.  You can create notes when you don't have an internet connection and then sync them once you're connected.  I use this app to jot down good ideas for blog posts and link in websites, videos, photos, drawings, mind maps that will go with the post. 

The standard blogger app works really well for making a quick photo and text post.  It's really easy to use and gets things up and onto your blog super quick.  A good one to have on a class …

Day 12 of 20 Days to Tech Tastic - Bookmarking

Just like you would if you're reading a book marking where you're up to online makes it easy to go away and come back when you've got time.

Today's challenge is about looking at the digital resources you currently use and thinking about how you can organise these so they're there when you need them.  It's also a chance to have a look at the digital resources your students use and think about how you could organise them as well.

Social bookmarking has been around for a while, basically it's like sharing what page you're up to in a book with everyone around you.  CommonCraft explains it really well...

Here are a few great bookmarking tools that you might like to try...

- Symbaloo
A place to store all your bookmarks on one page, there's a free personal account and a few different options for education accounts.  It ends up looking like a grid.  Here's a video to explain what it's about...

- Diigo
A basic social bookmarking website.  You can add yo…

Day 11 of 20 Days to Tech-Tastic - Digital Citizenship

There are plenty of definitions out there of what it means to be a digital citizen, I'm sure you've seen a few of them before.  Here's the definition of what a digital citizen is from NetSafe here in New Zealand...

A digital citizen is a confident and capable user of ICTuses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activitiesuses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspaceis literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologiesis aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectivelyuses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful waysdemonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICTrespects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital worldcontributes andactively promotesthe values of digital citizenship Source:

So why would I put Digital Citizenship or Cybersafety into a tech challenge for teachers?
I've lear…