Posted on February 27, 2014 by Rhondda
Storyboarder – Android Apps on Google Play Free Android app for creating storyboards. The app allows you to pull pictures from your Android phone’s picture gallery, add captions to them, and arrange them into a storyboard. When you’ve completed your storyboard you can save it as a PDF and email it or save it to Dropbox.
WordDraw.com – Free Newsletter Templates for Microsoft Word This tool offers free professional looking templates for newsletters, flyers, labels, and resumes. The sites newsletter templates are categorized for education, business, family, holidays, and by month. The templates must be downloaded and are compatible for all versions of Microsoft Word. These templates can also be utilized for a class newspaper, projects or even reports.
How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students
Creates amazing videos from your photos | PicoVico.Com Turn simple photographs into videos using this site. Once you sign up (it’s free) you begin by choosing a video template and then adding your pictures from Facebook, Flickr, or your computer. You can set the order of your pictures, add captions to them and add text slides if you wish. Next you add music, either from their library or add your own from your computer. Your last step is to add a video title and any additional text and you’re done. Completed videos can be uploaded to You Tube or Facebook and can even be embedded into a website or blog. The site does have a 30 picture maximum but that is long enough for most people.
Make Fake Movie Posters Tool for creating a movie poster that would be useful for a school project. can be done using this simple website. Students simply upload an image, add a few details for the text and then share their completed poster with the teacher.
PosterMyWall | The Best online Custom Poster and Photo Collage Maker. Free Downloads! Yet another terrific site for creating poster projects for the classroom. The site is easy to use and navigate. Just select a template and change or add content as you desire. Every aspect of a poster template can be changed and you can add more pictures or text if you need. Once done there are a variety of ways in which the final poster can be shared including email.
Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing This tools allows you to create online posters that can be shared via email, social media or be embedded onto a webpage or blog. As soon as you arrive on the website you can start creating your poster by editing their ready made template. You can easily add a title, body text, pictures, videos, and even songs. You can add content from You Tube, Instagram, Vimeo, Sound Cloud, Hulu, and Spotify. Creating an online poster with Tackk is so easy to do.
12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning – Edudemic Good infographic for starting discussion between teachers.
23 creative sketchbook examples to inspire high school Painting / Fine Art students This article contains a collection of beautiful sketchbook pages to help students studying a range of high school Art qualifications, including GCSE, A Level and IB Visual Art. The collection includes sketchbooks completed by students as well as artist sketchbooks. Pages have been selected to demonstrate different sketchbook presentation techniques as well as to indicate the variety of layout styles possible. Descriptions underneath each image provide tips and guidance, outlining the successful aspects of each page.
Pinstamatic – Get More From Pinterest Pinstamatic is a creative and easy way to create pinable content. While you can already create quotes with Share As Image and edit photos pretty extensively with PicMonkey, Pinstamatic lets you pin sticky notes, screenshots of webpages, album covers from Spotify, images of Twitter profiles, locations with commentary, and even calendar dates. This simple tool makes it easy to create content for Pinterest without having a photo to use first.
Free Online Slideshow maker Slideful is a simple online-based slideshow creation interface. Slideful is easy to use so it is good for a younger users or a group that is not very tech-savvy.
Creative Commons Kiwi – YouTube ”By Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand with support from InternetNZ. To find out more about Creative Commons in New Zealand visit us at creativecommons.org.nz”
Blendspace | Copyright And Creative Commons
Search DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo is a search engine that provides instant answers. Search anonymously. It does not track you and has more instant answers and less spam/clutter.It also has a user friendly interface and an easily navigable layout.
fefoo search app fefoo is not a search engine, its an application that helps you search better. It uses the traditional search engines to search. You search on categories and your search is more refined from the time you start searching. In case you don’t use categories it works like a normal search engine. fefoo helps to streamline searches with less clicks and your search is more precise.
blekko | search Blekko organizes content in semantic schema and pulls search results from a wide variety of online. sources.
ODP – Open Directory Project Dmoz is one of the most comprehensive human-reviewed directory of the web. The content on this search engine is categorized into different categories from Arts to Sport. Offers Basic and Advanced saerch options.There is also a special category for Kids and Teens.
Ixquick Search Engine A search engine that allows you to many popular search engines simultaneously and anonymously. Combined, these engines cover more of the Internet than any one search engine alone.
10 Digital Citizenship Hashtags To Join The Conversation A useful list of Hashtags to follow for information and resources on the topic
A Glimpse into the Future of Learning: An Infographic | KnowledgeWorks | College and Career Readiness ”The infographic tells the big story of KnowledgeWorks’ third forecast on the future of learning, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Future of Learning. Comprised of twelve key insights with accompanying graphics, it points the way toward a diverse learning ecosystem in which learning adapts to each child instead of each child trying to adapt to school. “
44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom’s Taxonomy Continue reading
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Posted on January 31, 2014 by Rhondda
It is the start of our school year and i have been talking with teachers about some of their class activities. We have had some year 9 students in English classes respond to literature – novels and poetry, in class blog. We are always tinkering with how we present the idea of a blog to the students.
Whilst looking for new ides to add to my collection of information about blogging I came across the following infographic below, “10 Elements Of Style Of Post Writing“. It was on Marko Saric’s HowToMakeMyBlog It offers some good advice for bloggers based on a book about writing recommended by author Stephen King, The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. The post and infographic has some rules of grammar and most of it is a good guide for anyone who has an interest in writing in general, not just writing for a blog. These writing tips could improve writing by making content more coherent and interesting for any readers.
I have added it to me digital folio of useful tips for class blogging and will be using these tips with our students.
Like this infographic? Get more writing advice at http://www.HowToMakeMyBlog.com.
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Posted on December 26, 2013 by Rhondda
In the last school year many of the teachers I worked with did not understand when I talked about curation or the need for them to learn about it. The following infographic offers a nice practical way to introduce the topic and how it might be useful to them. Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics
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Posted on November 28, 2013 by Rhondda
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Rhondda
Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship is a really useful infographic from a post by Nancy White - @NancyW.
She created it when she was looking for a resource about the importance of modeling good digital literacy skills for students. She explains that teaching digital citizenship as a separate curriculum is ok but finding the moments when they need the skill as part of undertaking a task, where the principles of digital citizenship can be applied, is the best way for them to learn and understand.
Allied to this infographic is a presentation (at the bottom of the post) where Nancy explained different aspects of digital citizenship called “9 Elements or themes of Digital Citizenship”. This presentation was created to explain digital literacy to parents but is a useful way to explain the concepts to fellow educators. These elements were:
- Digital Access
- Digital Commerce
- Digital Communication
- Digital Literacy
- Digital Etiquette
- Digital Law
- Digital Rights and Responsibilities
- Digital Health and Wellness
- Digital Security
The infographic uses the above themes and then puts them into a classroom context. It offers some direction for teachers who are working with students on particular tasks. It helps to map out what areas will be covered when students are asked to undertake each digital activity. It really goes without saying really that teachers must also show their students what’s expected of them. The themes need to be discussed with students when needed, allowing them to ask questions and explore ideas in a real situation. The final point that teachers, and all responsible adults really, need to model good digital citizenship themselves if they want young people to take these ideas on board I can’t agree with more completely. I have found with all things that if you say one thing but do another, you students will not take you or your message seriously.
Whilst many of the themes can recur in more than one context, Nancy has matched the most likely themes with the appropriate context:
- Read: digital literacy and digital access
- Watch: digital health and wellness and digital literacy
- Find: digital access and digital literacy
- Record: digital etiquette, digital rights and responsibilities also leading on to discussions about digital footprints and cyberbullying
- Curate: digital law and digital literacy
- Connect: digital communication and digital safety and security
- Collaborate: digital etiquette and digital communication
- Create: digital rights and responsibilities and digital commerce
- Write: digital communication and digital law
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Posted on November 20, 2013 by Rhondda
Creative Book Builder – All about apps in YOUR classroom! Creative book builder is also available as an Android app (Google Play Store). Not all the features in iOS version are available on Android version but more features are being developed.
SAMR Model Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ”Post about how the SAMR model can be applied as a blueprint scaffolding your technology integration into education in the classroom. It offers a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use in your classroom. This framework is made up of 4 levels: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition”
Free Technology for Teachers: Video – How to Create Tours With Google Earth Tour Builder Another great post from Richard Byrne. “Tour Builder makes it easier than ever to create Google Earth tours in your browser. ” Tour Builder could prove to be a great tool for students to use to create geo-located book reviews, to tell stories from their own lives, or to develop geo-located research projects. One of the US History projects that I’ve done with Google Earth is to have students create a series of placemarks about battles of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.”
Curiyo This is a browser extension, available for Firefox and Chrome. It makes it easy to find definitions, videos, pictures, and related reference materials for any word you select in your browser. When you’re reading an article online and come across a word that you don’t recognize (or a word that you’re just curious about) long-click on it and a pop-up box containing definitions, pictures, videos, and more will appear.
Reading makes tough life more manageable | The News Desk One person’s example of why reading is important. There a few great quotes here.
7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter Infographic The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter | e-Learning Infographics
Speed Reader Lite for Android
Speed Reading Trainer – Android Apps on Google Play Speed Reading Trainer offers a diagnostic tool for to check progress and comes with reading materials to practice with so you can improve your comprehension levels while speeding up your reading.
Speed Reading app for Windows in the Windows Store Speed Reading is available for all Windows 8 devices (desktop, tablet, or smartphone) for free. It offers exercises to improve your word speed. The app also keeps track of your progress with improving your speed as you go along.
Speed Reader – Android Apps on Google Play This app supports most file formats including .txt, .pdf, .html and others. You can learn to speed read all sorts of things news, your documents or manuals, etc. It encourages you to view the center of the screen without saying the words in your head.
Free online speed reading software | Spreeder.com ”Spreeder is a free service” It is designed to allow you to copy and paste any text into your browser. Keyboard commands allow you to speed up and slow down the pace as it presents one word at a time. A popular method of speed reading that help the brain minimize distractions. Continue reading
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