metta.io – A multimedia lesson creation tool.

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mettaI came across metta recently while looking for an easy to use multimedia tool to create an online quiz for a Student Blogging Challenge that my class is involved with. Metta is a slideshow creation tool, that has some very handy bells and whistles. The clean and simple to use interface makes it easy for anyone to start using mett.io and just run with it. You have two options to insert text, video, images and audio. The first is using the inbuilt search which allows you to insert YouTube videos, images from Yahoo Image search, Text from Twitter and audio from Soundcloud. The second option is to upload your own content. In addition to this you can insert a quiz or a poll into your presentations.

Below is a screen grab demonstrating the clean interface.

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With metta you can also create groups for your students and assign lessons and see student responses to questions you have embedded into your presentations. Students that you have added to a group can both interact with the content you create for them or create the content themselves.

Metta is free to use, but has a Plus and Pro upgrade which gives you the ability to add more than one group, unlimited quiz module and an increase in storage.

Below is an example of how I used metta.io to produce a quiz on my home State of South Australia.

Metta is supported within Edmodo and Schoology and there are also android and ios apps available.

linkhttp://www.metta.io/

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Easy PD app

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easy pdIt is now mandatory for teachers to record any Professional Development they take part in for Teacher Registration purposes. I have struggled to find a way to do this that was not going to turn into a paper nightmare or an inconvenience. Recently I found Easy PD and just like the name of the app says it makes the whole process easy. Developed by Jarrod Robinson this app allows you to simply log the name of the activity, the location, date, amount of time spent doing the PD, description and even a photo. The amount of hours you have completed are tallied and conveniently displayed. I currently use this app to record all my PD and it certainly has simplified the process and I can thoroughly recommend it.

Below is a how to video from Jarrod Robinson.

Easy PD is available for the iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Build with Chrome

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Lego is a very popular material in any classroom. Online it’s just as popular. Build with Chrome is a partnership between Lego and Chrome (Google) where you can build your own design using virtual Lego bricks. Coupled with Google Maps, you can decide to build your creation anywhere in the world or discover other people’s creations by browsing the map. There is a ‘Build Academy’ for newbies, which takes you through step by step the features of Build with Chrome and what’s possible. The only glitch for students is the need to have a Google+ account to publish. Using screen grabs or clicking the publish key and then saving the URL seems to remember your creation. These are possible workarounds at the moment, but I would be interested to hear if anyone has a better solution. Build with Chrome has excellent Design and Tech applications, with designing a new home, structure, looking at floor plans or streetscapes just to name a few.

linkhttp://www.buildwithchrome.com/

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100 Word Challenge

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The 100 Word Challenge website founded by Julia Skinner was developed to give students an authentic audience for their creative writing. Each week there is a creative writing challenge prompt posted either in words or a picture. Students then need to set about composing their writing in response, up to 100 words. Once they have completed their writing students must publish their writing in a blog post usually via their classroom blog. Then to enter the challenge a link to that blog post needs to be entered on the 100 Word Challenge website (more information on how to do this, including a video tutorial can be found on the website). Then comments are made on the student entries giving them feedback on their work. Julia has also set up ‘Team 100 WC’, a volunteer team of adults to assist with trying to ensure that students work gets feedback.

The 100 Word Challenge is a great idea, not only to give an accessible task to students, but it is an excellent way to get students involved in blogging and becoming a part of an online community.

What has been your experience with using the 100 Word Challenge website and what benefits have you seen for your students? Please respond by leaving a comment.

linkhttp://100wc.net/

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Glogster Poster Maker Tool

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Glogster is a web 2.0 tool that allows primary students to create posters that is embellished with all types of multimedia content. Aside from the artistic approach, the main purpose of the tool is to increase student engagement, wherein they have a myriad of ways to express themselves and learn from each other. How will this tool trigger and enhance children’s artistic knack?

Mobile Version

With Glogster’s popularity, the company has decided to create a mobile counterpart. This is the developers move to cater the increasing number of students that use smart devices for learning. Recently, it rolled out an update to bring in new features optimised for the iOS 7. For elementary students, they will find the graphics more appealing when using the iPhone 5S with iOS 7. As stated by O2, the handset comes with a Retina display, making the glogs brilliant on App-view feature.

 

From an educator’s perspective

When asking students to create a glog, you are able to incorporate four major skills – speaking, reading, writing, and listening. According to Box of Tricks, creating a glog combines all of these motor skills in a single work of art. Teachers can compile specific lessons through Glogster, which students can revisit anytime, anywhere.

 

From a student’s perspective

Aside from its benefit brought to educators, Glogster imposes more beneficial effects on the perspective of a primary learner.

·         Virtual Collaboration

Students can articulate their thoughts with a great deal of independence. The beauty about creating a poster is that a child can work with his peers, whether in the same or different location. Instead of a single account, you need to set-up a group account for your pupils, which require a different set of passwords.

·         Articulation

The tool makes it easier for kids to articulate their thoughts in a concise manner, as the bubbles don’t offer a vast space for writing. Students will need to strategize to fit their thoughts in a small  space, as they will include visuals, effects, and videos in a limited frame.

·         Freedom

While teachers can offer a rubric that will serve as a guide to making a glog, it’s still in the student’s discretion whether the resulting artwork will be simple or in depth.

 

10-minute Artwork

The beauty about using this web 2.0 facility is that you can create a masterpiece in just 10 minutes. By default, there are about 26 pages of walls that offer a wide selection of templates you want to use. . For personalisation, kids can upload their own photo, and use it as a background.

 

Glogster as a social networking platform

Aside from being a publishing platform, CNET notes that the facility doubles as a social networking site. You can create a learning community, where you can add your students as a friend. There is also a featured section called “top glogs,” where your students’ artworks get a place for comments and ratings. If a user permits, a glog can be embedded on Facebook, Edmodo, and Twitter.

However, the tool doesn’t allow its users to integrate a pre-existing photo or video-hosting service to be used during the process of creating the poster.Students must  upload both videos and images for processing first, before finally attaching them to the final glog.

Despite the absence of a tutorial mode, what makes the web 2.0 tool child-friendly is the glitter graphics, and the easy to navigate tools.

Along with Kizoa, how do you see Glogster being used in the classroom?

About the Author
Jennifer Birch is a TechieDoodlers blogger with a wide knowledge on web 2.0 tools. She dedicates most of her time trying out new applications, especially in unleashing her artistic knack. If you want to suggest a great tool, you can reach Jenni on Twitter.  

GeoGuessr

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GeoGuessr is a great Geography game for both students and adults. Using Google Street View you are randomly put somewhere on Earth. Using your observation skills you need to determine where on Earth you are and plot your best guess on the map of the world. The closer you are the more points you score. You do have the ability to set a time limit and create a challenge among friends or students. This would be a great way to start or finish a Geography lesson or use as a general challenge for your students. Playing this game can only improve your knowledge of geographical and man made features. Below is a screen grab of what GeoGuessr looks like.

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linkhttp://geoguessr.com/

 

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Australian History Timeline

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The Australian History Timeline features over 150 film clips outlining Australia’s history from pre 1770 to contemporary history.

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Looking more closely at a decade presents you with information presented in film clips and related websites on events that occurred during that decade.There is also a World Events section highlighting what big world events were happening during the same period.

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linkhttp://www.aushistorytimeline.com/

 

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Geography Curriculum added to the Australian Curriculum and Primary Edutech

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Geography has been added to the Australian Curriculum website and is now available to teachers. I have added a two links below, one to the Geography Scope and Sequence document and the other to the Geography landing page on the Australian Curriculum website.

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 Geography Scope and Sequence

 

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Geography landing page on the Australian Curriculum website

 

I have also added the Geography topics to the top Australian Curriculum menu system as pictured below.

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If you know of any online resources that fit comfortably under any of the new Geography topics Reception to Year 7, please feel free to either email me or write up your own post.

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ABCYA Animate

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abcya animateABCYA! Animate is an easy to use tool for students to create animated GIFs. Students have up to 100 frames to come up with their creation. They have the ability to select a background or insert objects from a set of backgrounds and objects offered by ABCYA. There are the usual tools for students to create their own backgrounds and objects via a pencil, paintbrush, text and shapes tools. The ability to save the animations as an animated Gif allows students to embed their creations into a website, blog, google+, Smart Notebook, or PowerPoint.

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Below is an example of a quick animated GIF that I created using ABCYA animate.

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link http://www.abcya.com/animate.htm

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Poetry Interactives

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The following Poetry Interactives come from a site called readwritethink.org. They would be very useful on an Interactive Whiteboard to help introduce different types of poetry or as a follow up activity for your students.

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linkhttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/

 

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linkhttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/theme_poems/

 

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linkhttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/diamante/

 

 

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