Baseline Survey

The following link is to an online baseline ICT skills survey. This form should be completed by all teachers who are going to be part of the ICT PD cluster this year or in subsequent years. If you are in the programme this year, please ensure that you have completed the survey before 28 February 2008. In addition you should print off a hard copy for your own records. ICTPD baseline survey


The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms and tools from orality through print, TV, radio and film, to networked digital media

Transliteracy A fabulous wiki for resources about blogging, wikis, social bookmarking digital story telling and other participatory media

ICT: How to ...

Voicethread Tutorial

Following on from Marnie's excellent presentation on how she uses voicethread in her classroom, here is a tutorial on how to set up an account in Voicethread and set up a voicethread, create identities and record and annotate on your voicethread. Voicethread lesson.

Inspiration 8.0 lesson 1

An overview of the tools of Inspiration, how to create and edit basic bubble maps. Lesson 1

Inspiration 8.0 lesson 2

Continuing overview of the tools and how to use them in Inspiration. How to save your bubble map into differing formats for sharing. Lesson 2

Inspiration 8.0 lesson 3

Overview of mindmaps and how to edit. Overview of Inspirations pre-installed templates and how to create and save your own template. Lesson 3


Overview of the Junior version of Inspiration. All that you have learnt from Inspiration applies here, with the exceptions of the content of this tutorial!

PowerPoint - Lesson 1

Rather than embed the videos from now on I will provide the link to You Tube. This tutorial is an introduction to PowerPoint. You can also see all of my training videos on my You Tube channel.

PowerPoint - Lesson 2

In this tutorial you will learn how to animate elements in a slide, set up slide transitions, insert hyperlinks etc, have fun with this one!

Excel - lesson 1

Excel - Lesson 2

Excel lesson 3

Using the 'if' function how to create self marking tests. Lesson 3

Excel lesson 4

Using the 'vlookup' formula and an array, create at vocabulary checker or translator. Lesson 4

Excel lesson 5

How to create macros to automate tasks in Excel. How to combine macros, the 'if' and 'countif' formulae to make a self marking test sheet. Lesson 5

Organise your files

Creating folders and dragging and dropping files. Or watch the video!

Use Photo Story

You can download this free MS utility from here. The following video demonstrates how to use Photo Story.

Create your own Blog

Embed Bubbleshare images

into your blog

Embed ToonDoo comic strips

or books into your blog

Embed a Mind42 mind map

into your blog

Define Template

for Smart Boards

Smart Tech video training

for Smart Boards RSS aggregators plenty of choice.

Commoncraft Videos:

Online Photosharing in Plain English

Blogs in Plan English

RSS in Plain English

Wikis in Plain English

Social Bookmarking in Plain English

New Zealand Content:

Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Publications New Zealand is a new beta website of the publicly accessible record of New Zealand publications from the National Library.

The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre - Free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, which offers an ever expanding, fully searchable, set of images and full-text books, manuscripts and journals

New Zealand History Online

NZ Research NZ Open-access research documents produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions throughout New Zealand.

The New Zealand Film Archive

TVNZ On Demand Classics Early New Zealand film archives

Radio with pictures Early New Zealand sound archives

MatapihiMatapihi is your window onto the places, events and people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Put words into the box above to search over 100,000 pictures, objects, sounds, movies and texts.

Learnz: Virtual learning tours; strong conservation topics but has social studies as well Learnz: Virtual learning tours; strong conservation topics but has social studies as well. Visit the Learnz Homepage at end of each year to see the list of topics for the following year. Your class needs to be enrolled. Great archived material (audio & video conferences from past virtual tours, background written and visual material). Useful NZ topics. Interactive activities levelled. Information for teachers - curriculum.Great excitment as the class prepares for the virtual tour and then interacts with the Learnz teacher

50 Ways to Tell a Story

The Fifty Tools From Alan Levine
Below you will find 50 web tools you can use to create a story. Again, your mission here is not to review every single one, but pick one that sounds interesting and see if you can produce something. I have used each tool to produce an example of Dominoe story and links provided where available to examples by other people. Please share your products or thoughts in the discussion area of this wiki.
But before rummaging around the toolbox, have you done your prep work? Do you have your story idea or presentation concept outlined, developed? This should be on paper or in a document file or scribbled on the back of a napkin, but do not rely on making it up as you go! If not, go back 2 spaces and do this now. Next- do you have your media assets available, your images, video clips, audio files-- if not go find your media now.

Visual Thinking Resources

Our students will enjoy the synergies Exploratree visual thinking resources will bring to their inquiry and research
Exploratree is a free web resource where you can download, use and make your own interactive thinking guides. Thinking guides can support independent and group research projects with frameworks for thinking, planning and enquiry. We’ve provided a set of ready-made guides which you can print out or use online. All of the guides are completely customizable or you can start from scratch and make your own! You can share them and work on them in groups too.
This is the Beta / trial version of Exploratree so please do send us your suggestions and comments so we can help make the next version better.
The Exploratree web resource has been developed by Futurelab and emerged out of our work on the Enquiring Minds project. It provides a series of ready-made interactive 'thinking guides' or 'frameworks' which can support students' projects and research. Thinking guides support the thinking or working through of an issue, topic or question and help to shape, define and focus an idea and also support the planning required to investigate it further. Exploratree guides can be used as a basis for whole class discussion, or emailed to individuals or groups to complete. They can also be used as a presentation tool to share your findings and thinking with others. As well as providing a set of ready to use thinking guides, which are completely customisable and shareable, Exploratree also enables teachers and students to create their own simply and easily.

Hoax Sites

"We spend a lot of time teaching kids to find things on the Net," November adds, "but we need to expend ten times more effort teaching them how to interpret what they've found."

The NEMPS Information Skills Report on New Zealand kids supports Alan November's claim.

The Edutopia article Online Alert is a great “morning tea read" for busy cluster teachers. It has practical strategies to help us help kids be discerning about what they find online. It includes several hoax sites to share when teaching kids how to be alert readers online.

The Pine-tree-loving Pacific Northwest tree octopus site is only one of several sites that you can design learning activities with to allow your students to be more alert to the reliability and validity of the content they access online.

Top 50 Eco Blogs:

From TimesOnline Posted Feb 27 2008
1. The must-reads
Grist Mill
The green blog from the other side of the pond. Grist Mill has dozens of posts a day, a veritable army of contributors and is as happy number crunching as it is doing the fun stuff. A must-RSS.
Bringing environmental issues to the mainstream, Treehugger has been described as a “green CNN”, and is determined to be one of the most professional and popular green blogs. Posts such as How to Green Your Sex Life ensure that no aspect of environmental living is left unexplored.
Another must-RSS, this news gathering blog brings you in the main environmental stories from the States. You can also see which posts were the most popular in the past day, week, month and year. Just in case you're wondering, a post on big holes was the third most popular.
The Sietch Blog
Proof that ‘eco warriors’ need not be humourless party poopers, the Sietch Blog is the voice of the Sietch Community ('A community of friends changing the world for the better'). It presents serious information and analysis, as well as light-hearted stories, such as the bicycle forklift.
This well designed blog is high on posts but low on opinionated comment, making it a great place to read about green issues and make up your own mind. Direct action is in the form of the odd 'open letter' such as this one to Hillary Clinton
2. The news blogs
Climate Debate Daily
From the makers of Arts & Letters Daily, Climate Debate Daily claims to offer a new way to understand disputes about global warming. It rounds up news and gives equal voice to the dissenters and the activists and as such is a great place to go for varying interpretations of the latest happenings.
Dot Earth
This New York Times blog has lots of news reports on the effects of rising population and limited resources. Posts such as Making Fuel From Air link to the latest scientific research.
Hugg 2.0
Hugg allows people to upload stories themselves; you ‘Hugg’ the stories you find useful, and browse the directory to find out what interests other green readers. You may need to do some sifting to find genuinely interesting posts, however.
Guardian Unlimited - Climate Change blog
Takes you behind the headlines with wide ranging posts: from 'Where's our renewables revolution?' which accuses the government of being all talk and no action, to 'Watching the offsetters' which asks whether a voluntary code of conduct make us any more confident when choosing a carbon offset scheme.
In Balance
A British blog which looks at current issues such as carbon tax, ethical funds and whether a Hummer uses less energy than a Prius.
3. Policy, economics and energy

Common Tragedies
An American perspective on the economic impact of climate change from research assistants at Resources for the Future.
Energy Outlook
A meaty blog written by energy consultant Geoffrey Styles. Interesting posts look at the effect of a US recession on gasoline demand and how measuring a car's fuel consumption per dollar, rather than per gallon, might make us think about our travelling habits more.
Transition Culture
This blog looks at reskilling as a way to survive past the end of the oil age. The writer has studied and taught permaculture (the practice of creating horticulture practices that are in tune with nature and hence permanent). And he's found a new, efficient way to peel an egg.
Off Grid
Partly activist and partly dedicated to saving the planet and money, Off Grid does what it says on the tin. Find out how to eco-pimp your home and drop off the grid.
Sister of gadget site EcoGeek, EnviroWonk takes a look at US politics and international environmental policy. A recent post of note is this one referring to that small matter of elections in America, asking 'how oily is your candidate?'
4. The scientists

Real Climate
Run by working climate scientists, the Real Climate blog offers a level of expertise that can make it a little daunting (see, for example, Tropical cyclone history - part II: Paleotempestology still in its infancy). However, the site benefits by having talented scientists write for those with little scientific knowledge, and the explanations have a level of credibility that many other blogs lack, so it's a great place to gen up.
Certainly a unique voice in environmental blogging, William M. Connolley manages to take a lighter approach to climate change science.
Logical Science
Lots of science-based innovations offering potential solutions to the eco problem.
Skeptical Science
A website dedicated to looking at and debunking the arguments of sceptics. It is great for refuting typical arguments, such as 'It’s freaking cold!'. We particularly love the skeptic-ometer.
5. The macro activists
It would be foolish not to mention one of the biggest names in environmental activism here. While the organisation has been criticised for various reasons with varying degrees of legitimacy, there is no denying it is hugely influential, and its weblog keeps one well aware of issues.
Green Girls Global
When the lauded and much missed eco blog City Hippy ended in 2006, former editor Vicky decided to form a new blog to discuss ethical and environmental issues. That her fellow founding editors were female lead to the blog name, but male readers should not worry too much, a Green Guys Global launched last year for male guest writers and editors.
De Smog Blog
Set up by Jim Hoggan, the president of a leading Canadian PR firm, De Smog Blog’s aim is to "clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change". Updated regularly throughout the day.
The Unsuitablog
Seeks to name and shame companies engaging in environmental hypocrisy. Check out the ‘subvertising’ gallery for advertising campaigns altered to expose environmental hypocrites.
6. The micro activists
Green Jelly Bean
A site dedicated to rounding up green events, eco campaigns and the practicalities of an individual trying to live a greener existence. Rather focused on Norfolk.
The Hedge Wizards Diary
The entertaining story of a family's move to the country and their attempt to move into the 'post Peak Oil era'. How to fetch poo, anyone?
Alice in Blogland
A personal, quirky site that focuses on a variety of issues, touching frequently upon green issues in a readable, and often humorous way. As she says herself, her blog is a collection of 'ramblings on allotments, trying to be green, goldfish, direct action and her neighbour's recalcitrant cat'.
7. Ways to live greener
Hippy Shopper
Billed as a 'guide to ethical consumerism', this blog aims to promote sustainable consumption with sections on fashion, food and drink, green gadgets and health and beauty. As it’s unlikely any of us are really going to start consuming less in today’s purchase-driven culture, this site could prove useful. See posts such as 'Sainsbury's makes clothes from own waste' and 'Apple introduces recycling scheme'
How can I recycle this?
The clue is in the title – tips for recycling a massive variety of wasted items, such as train tickets, styrofoam containers, or floppy disk boxes. Send in your own requests or ideas too.
The Green Thing Blog
Encourages members to do a different “green thing” every month, and tells the community about the results. Here's a very convincing argument for walking.
Eco Street
A blog offering inventive yet practical ways for people to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as interesting news on the subject. Find out how to recycle a washing machine drum into a cool Ottoman and find out why women are greener drivers than men
The City Fix
Exploring the future of urban growth and planning with an emphasis on sustainable outcomes such as Ikea cars and why bus passengers in Kilmarnock will be able to pay their fare with used cooking oil.
Plane Stupid
A blog (and also, amazingly, a group in real life) dedicated to exposing the ecological shortcomings of the airline industry. That shouldn't be too difficult.
Eco Worrier
OK, so it's a spot of shameless promotion for another Times Online blog, but Eco Worrier is a great place to find greener ways to consume. Check out posts such as 'Ten Fairtrade products you didn't know existed' and 'what to do with unwanted shoes'
8. The sceptics
World Climate Report
Billing itself as the “Web’s Longest Running Climate Change Blog”, World Climate Report takes the position that global warming is occurring, but its results will be far, far less dramatic then has been supposed.
Climate Resistance
A site actively involved in standing up for climate change sceptics, Climate Resistance puts its points across eloquently and is not afraid to stand up to the Grists of this world. As they put it themselves, 'Neither the science nor the politics of climate change should be exempt from scrutiny'.
Climate Audit
A site taking an in-depth look at climate change data, this sceptical site (which holds issue with some of the data from climate change, but does not make the argument that climate change is a myth) is a heavy read for those without scientific knowledge, but a great way to see the details of the debate. Think graphs, maps and snapshots from space.
William M. Briggs
The site of US-based statistician Briggs, who seeks to question and evaluate the data involved in climate change theories, ultimately coming to quite different conclusions. Don't approach unless you're very comfortable with numbers. Check out statistics' dirtiest secret
Václav Klaus
From the president of the Czech Republic who says that 'environmentalism is a religion'. He collects together writings and speeches of famous and influential sceptics. Not the most updated of blogs, but Klaus has a country to run, so we'll let him off.
9. Eco inventions
Eco Geek
A look at innovations in green technology. Even those that don't work, such as this exploding wind turbine.
Eco Friend
Eco Friend largely looks at environmentally-aware inventions, such as the solar powered lighter, or the water powered calculator. How much use some of them are is another matter. We love this handy incredible solar powered digital survivor kit
10. Celebrity-earth love-ins
Taking the spirit of celeb rag Heat to eco-issues, this site looks at celeb gossip from the perspective of the green community. Think 'Prince Charles officially bans foie gras', plus what Heather Mills and George Clooney have to do with the green debate.
DH love life
One shouldn’t be put off by the celebrity (DH stands for Daryl Hannah in case you didn’t realise) - this site is well designed and well-informed: there's a news section and videos on a range of subjects from bio diesel to vegan junk food. Oh, and Hannah has fairly good eco credentials herself, having built her own house out of sustainable materials. She was also arrested in 2006 for protesting the demolition of an urban farm in LA.
11. The politicos
Al Gore
He needs no introduction, but his blog could do with a few more posts. Still, Al Gore's blog is a great way to keep up with the world's Green Superhero.
Jonathon Porritt
Writer, campaigner and environmentalist Porritt is getting in there with the online debate. (Not too sure about the picture at the top of his blog though - you don't see Daryl Hannah doing that, do you?)
Sian Berry
The Green Party’s candidate for London Mayor has a blog over at the New Statesman, which is a must-read for envionmentally-conscious Londoners.
12. The environment in art, pictures and essays
Nasa's earth observatory
OK, so not strictly speaking a blog (and unfortunately out of action at the time of publishing this post) this is THE place to go for your fix of satellite pictures of the weird planet we call home.
Nexus 6
Most notable for its cartoons, this blog takes a frequently absurd look at climate change, government refusal, and sceptics. No postings since February 13th though - where are you Nexus 6?
Horatio Algeranon’s Anonymusing Tales
One of the more bizarre entries on this list – this blog mixes science and poetry (To emit, or not to emit?) the subject of global warming.
Planet Ark
More rolling news in pictures than blog, Planet Ark takes a feed of Reuters' environmental pictures. The images are a graphic reminder of the changes taking place.
The Earth Blog
Errs on the side of tree-hugging environmental extremism, but has 'essays helping people to make a better future', and lots of useful links to other sites.

Sky News Eco Report

This site provides links to the populist magazine articles on Sky News Australia's weekly programme :"Eco Report."

This is a search engine and environmental portal