Useful links

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Useful links

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Useful links

We must resist the  temptation of defeat by m.gifford, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License   by  m.gifford 
  • Shakespeare’s antisemitic lines must be censored at times, says Rylance | Stage | The Guardian language Interesting piece from The Guardian. “The actor Mark Rylance has said he has to cut out parts of Shakespeare’s plays because they are antisemitic. The former artistic director of the Globe Theatre in London, who is starring in the BBC’s Wolf Hall, said: “I don’t think there’s pressure [to remove] the bawdy jokes. He’s bawdier a lot more times than people realise. “The pressures I feel are more for times where he will say something very antisemitic,” he said.”
  • Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. – The Washington Post An interesting discussion about the print phenomenon. Different sources from textbook publishers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say that young people still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning. This is a bias that surprises reading experts when the same group spend so much of the rest of their time on-line. “A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.”
  • Teaching Students to Determine Credibility of Online Sources (Free Student Handout!) | Secondary Solutions Ideas for a lesson, complete with handout, about teaching students about critically assessing the credibility of sources they find. It is aimed at secondary school students.
  • The Gamification Guide for Teachers – eLearning Industry The Gamification Guide for Teachers. This site offers gamification guides for teachers to use. It includes a variety of instructional strategies that can be implemented through games in order to develop students learning and build their skills with some specific content in mind.
  • 20 Top Pinterest Tips | Edutopia There are so many great things you can do with Pinterest. Vicki Davis explains 20 different ways to pinterest with students.
  • Geocaching : How To Use Technology To Get Into Nature @coolcatteacher Vicki Davis discuses how Geocachin,g a new hobby that combines technology and nature, can be used for educational purposes.
  • 10 Takeaways From Teens on Digital Media | Edutopia “The idea for the post came from a panel of teens who spoke honestly and candidly about their digital lives. At the conclusion of the panel, one teen commented that she was amazed to see people taking notes, that they’d listened to what she had to say, and that they’d even tweeted her comments. It was empowering for these teens to be heard and validated, and more amazing still, that they were being held up as experts on how youth are using digital media, even though, as this teen explained, “It’s just what kids do.””
  • ‘Is Ofsted’s war on textbooks over?’ – Telegraph
  • Fair use and transformativeness: It may shake your world — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch Joyce Valenza discusses Fair use and copyright and how a good understanding of the Fair Use guidelines allows everyone to use the best most appropriate material without sanctions. She also goes into some detail about transformative use and what that entails.
  • Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills | Edutopia Interesting post that puts forward the idea of using film to make literary criticism stronger.
  • Glean — Find the best videos in education for you This could be a very useful site if you are looking for online video lessons . – esp for flipped classrooms. Use it to search for video lessons in education, esp maths and science.
  • Code Fred: Survival Mode is a free online game developed by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. The game helps players learn about the human body’s responses to trauma. The object of the game is to help “Fred” escape from the woods while he is chased by a wolf. To keep Fred running players have to pump blood, increase the flow of oxygen, and send adrenaline through Fred’s body. If a player doesn’t respond to the needs of Fred’s body fast enough, he will get caught by the wolf that is chasing him.
  • StudyJams Human Body Study Jams are from Scholastic. There are six human body Study Jams; skeletal system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, muscular system, and circulatory system. Study Jams are slideshows and animations that provide a short overview of various topics in maths and science. Some of the other sections in science include Plants, Animals, Ecosystem, Landforms, rocks and minerals, Weather and climate, Solar System, Matter, Force and motion, Energy, light and sound and Scientific enquiry. They offer photographs and some text with background music. There is a short test that viewers can take after watching the slides. These are like study cards. They may be a good starting point or could be used as a revision guide.
  • Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free Apps and Sites for Learning About How the Human Body Works “Some apps, suggested by Richard Byrne, that might be appropriate for middle school anatomy and physiology lessons.”
  • Marginalizing the marginalized with filtering – Home – Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog “By blocking social networking tools in our schools, to whom are we really denying access? All kids or only those who cannot afford home Internet access? Are we marginalizing the already marginalized in our society by preventing them from the only opportunity (in school) they may have to participate in a participatory culture by filtering?
  • Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Audio Podcasting with iOS and YouTube
  • Tales from a Loud Librarian: Creating Tools for Specific Assignments One teacher librarians account about how she supported a classroom assignment (on stem cells) using Livebinders.
  • Word Map Very simple tool. Just type in a word and it will translate and pronounce the word in languages from all over the world.
  • A look back at a record breaking year in digital reading (Infographic) | OverDrive Blogs An infographic from OverDrive that gives a visual representation of the amount of titles borrowed and what some of the most popular titles were that people checked out.
  • 9 Learning Tools Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Use The 21st century teacher is in the critical spot–of mastering constantly evolving technology and digital learning tools–the same tools their students use every day. In this post 9 such tools are discussed. The list is not meant to be exhaustive or even authoritative and is subjective. As this is the 21st century, things will change but, here and now, the authors suggest that this is a fairly accurate litmus test of what the kinds of tools the average 21st century teacher can be expected to use and master.”
  • Awesome Visual Featuring The 6 Types of Technology Integrators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning The Pencil Metaphor outlines 6 types of how people respond to technology. Similar to Rogers Theory of Diffusion of Innovation where people are out into into 5 categories based on their propensity to adopt a specific innovation. These are: Innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards.
  • A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom “This post offers a framework that could support a teacher in a blended classroom in promoting student motivation. Largely through self-direction, and the idea of iteration.”
  • An Easy and Quick Way to Grade Quizzes on Google Drive Using Super Quiz Tool ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning “Super Quiz is an excellent Google Sheets add-on that allows teachers to add some amazing functionalities to the quizzes they create through Google Forms. One example: when you create a quiz, you only need to complete it once with an answer key and all future submissions will be automatically graded according to the answers you provided. Another important feature of Super Quiz is that it enables you to get a break down of class understanding and a list of incorrect students’ answers  for each question in case you want to stage an intervention.”
  • A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning “An infogragphic to help explain the differences between formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment as assessment for learning and summative assessment as assessment of learning”Posted fromDiigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


My Gallipoli: Ruth Starke adds another great book to the ANZAC stories

My Gallipoli

My Gallipoli by Ruth Starke, illustrator Robert Hannaford
This very poignant picture book is the second picture book centered around the Gallipoli story that Ruth Starke has  written. The first being An ANZAC Tale (2013) with Greg Holfeld as the illustrator. This book was a CBCA notable book for that year.

This book looks at the history of Gallipoli, from the months immediately before the landing at Anzac Cove in April 1915, through to the Allied retreat and the aftermath of the First World War, and beyond to the present day, where people make pilgrimages to this historic campaign site and take part in increasingly large commemoration ceremonies.

These are rich stories, of courage, valour, bravery, fatalism, despair and loss, told from many different perspectives. There are direct accounts from real participants such as the Australian war correspondent C.E.W. Bean, Turkish commander Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk), the weary Chaplain Bill McKenzie who is trying to give the dead a decent burial, Anzac war scout Harry Freame, sniper Billy Sing and Lieutenant Cyril Hughes, a Gallipoli veteran who was with the Graves Registration Unit, part of the Imperial War Graves Commission.
These stories are intermingled with factually based descriptions from other characters including the exhausted nurse treating wounded soldiers aboard HMS Gascon on the night of 25 April, a young indigenous soldier who was more equal in Gallipoli than at home, a mother seeing her wounded son disembark and realising the extent of his injuries for the first time, and an old Turkish man visiting his brother’s grave at Gallipoli 70 years after his death.
Alongside the Australian stories are stories from participants from the different nationalities who were also part of this campaign. There is the story from a young Turkish shepherd recruited to fight for his country, one from a British seaman who towed the first boats carrying soldiers onto the shores of Anzac Cove in the dawn of 25 April, and stories of the Ghurkas, Afghans and Sikhs who fought in the British Indian Army as well as stories from the New Zealand contingent, soldiers from the Auckland and the Wellington Battalions who took part in the battle of Chunuk Bair.
The final story is that of a young woman visiting the Lone Pine Cemetery, quietly contemplating the Gallipoli campaign and the loss of young lives. It is part of a war, now 100 years ago, that changed how our nation saw itself.
The illustrator, Robert Hannaford, captures the characters and the mood of each story as well as the surrounding landscape.
There is also short commentary about each of the stories in the notes section at the back of the book.

View all my reviews

The beach they called Gallipoli by Jackie French

How can we ever imagine or begin to understand what it was like at Gallipoli in 1915? The beach they called GallipoliThe beach they called Gallipoli by Jackie French  Another beautiful and poignant story about Gallipoli. Many books have been written and lately there have been some exceptional picture books that try to help us understand. One that I reviewed last year was One minutes silence by David Metzenthen and Michael Camilleri The latest book that I have read is The Beach They Called Gallipoli. This is a book about Gallipoli, the place, and what happened on the Gallipoli Beach from April to December 1915. In this powerful book and by using place as a focus the author, Jackie French, can encompass a range of perspectives about different peoples, those who fought and those who defended. Jackie French and Bruce Whatley bring the Gallipoli campaign to life with pages of sparse, but rhythmic, text and collages of real life imagery, created from old photographs, sketches, diagrams, maps, letters, postcards, symbols and more. The colours are muted and the collages create hauntingly sad images, which are not overly graphic, but do feature many fallen soldiers. It is a picture book for older readers and not designed for young children. The focus reiterates the futility of war. The blood that was shed at Gallipoli merges into other stories of battles where there are no winners or losers just people caught up in events of the times.

  • The Beach They Called Gallipoli: Jackie French and Bruce Whatley in conversation here
  • Jackie French and Bruce Whatley talk about their research for Inside History here
  • Harper Collins Teacher Notes here 

View all my reviews

Reading in 2015 and Clariel and Young James Bond

It is the start of the school year and there are many English classes coming in to find something to read. I have been reading quite a lot over my summer holidays and have tried to be disciplined enough to write something about all the YA books I read.  One of the books I finally got around to reading in January was Clariel by Garth Nix. I loved Sabriel when it first came out and enjoyed the other books in The Old Kingdom series. It was interesting to read a new book about The Old kingdom after so many years.

I have also challenged myself to read 100 books in the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. The challenge  for me is not simply the reading but making sure I review/comment on each of the books as I finish them.

One review of the Clariel  is here and a longer one here. There is also a teacher’s review can be downloaded from Allen and Unwin.

Clariel (Abhorsen, #4)I greatly enjoyed this new fantasy and my Goodreads review of Clariel by Garth Nix

As it is billed as a prequel, this book provides a completely different view of the Old Kingdom from the previous three stories. The Abhorsen and the royal families are less vigilant and lazier than previous publications and there is a lot more political intrigue.
The main character, Clariel, is a part of the Abhorsen family. She is alone and isolated in her new home in Belisaere, the capital of the kingdom, and is frustrated and angry. Her parents have brought her to the city with the expectation that she will comply with their schemes for promotion and wealth. This behaviour is familiar to Clariel but she misses her home and the solitude of the Great Forest. The city is also a dangerous place that seethes with intrigues that seemingly involve almost everyone. The thwarting of her desires stir an anger that she has struggled to control in the past but now realises that it is part of her heritage. If it can be harnessed it is a very powerful weapon that might be used to her advantage. The appearance of a dangerous “Free Magic” entity is the catalyst for events escalating with catastrophic results. For all her growing power, Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever. She starts to question the motivations of not just everyone around her but also herself.
This fourth Old Kingdom novel is set 600 years prior to the birth of Sabriel, the first story. Although it is published as a prequel to the Old Kingdom series, Clariel an also be read as a standalone novel. Note: Clariel is a character has surfaced before and is known under another name in Lirael, as is another of the “free magic” creatures.
This is a satisfying story of a courageous and talented young woman who is surrounded by other equally colourful characters.

Another YA book I read this summer was number 6 in the Young Bond series. I have enjoyed all the previous stories written by Charlie Higson and was interested to see that Stephen Cole has written the latest.  We have quite a few books by Steve in our library and he has captured the “derring do” of the previous books in the series very well.

Shoot to Kill (Young Bond, #6)Shoot to Kill by Steve Cole
In the sixth book, young James has left Eton and is at a loose end waiting to begin the next phase of his education.

Action is never far away and before long James finds himself travelling from the England to Los Angeles, via a zeppelin. The intrigue begin straight away as James discovers that he has become caught up in a web of blackmail and murder. There are American gangsters, dastardly plots and friends in danger. It will be a good book for our younger student who like spy and action stories
View all my reviews

Useful links

Motivation - technology and learning - sml

  • Copyright 101: A Simple Video Lesson in Licenses “Teaching about copyright, Creative Commons, and how to license your work can be a challenge. Vicki Davis created this lesson to explain this simply. All of the videos she is creating are now on the Cool Cat Teacher TV YouTube channel. They have essential questions with them. She is happy for you to use them with your students.”

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,012 other followers