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Marco Koene

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  1. Marco Koene

    ICT.

    In various schools people seem to use Ict as a goal. More computers the better. Most of them are gathering dust, most of the time. For me and I hope most of us, Ict is a tool and not a goal. But how can this tool be used in the best way? Is every subject better of with ict or are there exceptions? Any thoughts on that?
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    ContentGenerator.net Multi-choice quizzes

    I will, thanks.
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    Movie Maker

    pinnacle software has proven its use to me, perhaps it can be of help to you.
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    ReviseICT.co.uk news

    Great site! Something I have been looking or for quite some time now!
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    Technical problems

    Happened to me a couple of times, so i can relate
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    Ideal school?

    If you go to www.veursstip.nl, then click FAQ and then Stipinfo, you will find a short English introduction. I am working translating the whole site, but this could be a start.
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    Ideal school?

    First of all our system is not the standard way of teaching in the Netherlands. If a students does not do an assigment he/she will have a talk with one of the teachers responsible. If that does not help, we talk some more But in general we do not have to. If the student doesn't complete any assigments he/she will not advance and in the end will not graduate. The assignments are 'real'. E.g. An assignment could be arrange a stafflunch. The students who choose this assignment will have to do the shopping cooking etc. etc. and face the staff who will have to eat it! Assignments can be anything as long as it is meaningful for the student to complete. The student has to learn by doing.
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    Ideal school?

    Andy and John, As I wrote before I work in the kind of educational system you describe. Perhaps you can come and visit us someday?
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    Ideal school?

    We are now working in such a system. The students choose assignments and by doing these assignements they learn necessary skills and acquire knowledge. There are no lessons, but students can go to teachers to help them with completing their assignements.. if enough students want the same explenation a kind of lesson is organised. The students themselves decide when to attend and what to learn.
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    Research Section

    I tend to agree with Graham, however bringing the Jfk discussion to an end is not solving anything. As John pointed out it is not the jfk forum who is doing this 'wrong" ,it are all the others! All the reasons for not posting are tried by me. Marking, just plain old busy and so on and so on. But to make this forum a success we need to be posting. I agree with John and Andy that they cannot do it alone. But we also need a practical use. What i mean by that is that contributing to this forum must serve some practical need, otherwise why post at all?
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    Content Generator

    I am busy trying to come up with a free solution for creating my own flash games. I have one week left... I hope someone is able to help me.
  12. Why only witness? What historical event would want to stop from happening, or change in any way?
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    Jokes

    An old , very old, joke is of course; "who invented the steam engine? Watt. I asked who invented the steam engine! " In real life that could never happen, or could it..Last weekend some asked me the question and i replied; Watt. Surprisingly the question was asked again...
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    Greatest Songwriters

    What about John Lennon? He sure made his mark in the world of music and politics.
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    Character names in Dickens!

    I hope not! Koene means bold in english. Well I am a very careful person...
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    Helpdesk funnies

    Well , they are indeed funny. Most of them, however, I already knew. From a Dutch newspaper article a while ago. So perhaps these could be classified as urban legends? I mean, the same jokes in two languages... well perhaps a busy translator somewhere in the world.
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    What does a good website look like?

    I have designed various websites over the years, some bad some slightly better, but I keep on trying But what I feel the most important question you have to ask yourself is, do I like the website myself. If you like it, changes are others will do to. As John already pointed out, your audience is also very important. Mine is mostly students, so I let them have a look at the site and wait for their review. Trust me they like the oppertunity to evaluate their teacher!!!!!
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    Pictures on the internet

    In some of the threads I read a short of does and dont's when it comes to publicising content on a website. I for one have a question. Can/should we publicise pictures of our students on the schoolwebsite?
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    Pictures on the internet

    Thank you for all your replies! Tomorrow I will put a text on my website stating that we do place pictures on the site, however, if someone objects to their picture being on it, it will be removed immediately. I hope that will keep me ,and the students of course out of harms way.
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    Vakoverstijgend onderwijs

    Natuurlijk komt het vakoverstijgende onderwijs de leerlingen ten goede. De maatschappij is toch ook niet ingedeeld in vakjes? Waarom zou een leerling kennis en vaardigheden van het ene vak opeens niet meer kunnen gebruiken bij het andere vak?
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    The future of ICT....?

    Well almost... As a history teacher I firmly believe in the value of committing facts to memory. However i also feel that a lot of the facts we want our students to commit to memory are excess baggage. When we teach them sound ways of finding information this good proof more valuable to them. Especially in this information era, a lot of rubbish is out there! So finding and interpreting information are skills students must acquire. Facts or knowledge only proofs meaningful if the students can actually use it. They must have a need to know. E.g the cab driver, he needs the information for his chosen proffession. Graham needs the cdroms because he wants to know the vocab etc. etc.
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    The future of ICT....?

    Be careful, remember the topic being the future of ict. Not the way people learn languages.
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    Web site Publishing

    I do not use Frontpage that often anymore, our technicians designed a very easy to use php-based content managment system. That truly is very easy and I feel the way of the future. I used to use Outlook but not anymore, our technicians came up with an webbased alternative... But when I used Frontpage and Outlook on a regular basis I expierenced all the problems mentioned above. All I can say is, praise to our technicians for circumventing outlook and frontpage!
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    Languages optional at KS4

    When I visited Montreal two years ago using French got me very quickly through customs. I also had a nice conversation with our bus driver in French, only to discover that a. I do not speak French well and b. there are differences between 'European' French and Quebec French.
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