Scott Baldock

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Unlimited Storage coming to Google Drive for Education

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google driveIt was announced a few days a go on the Google for Education Blog that Google Drive for education will have unlimited storage. This is great news and is a further reason for schools to consider using Drive for their file storage system. The unlimited storage will be rolled out over the coming weeks.

The Literacy Shed

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The Literacy Shed is a great resource for visual literacy. The Literacy Shed has done all the hard work for you by looking for educational visual resources from around the web and categorising them into different thematic sheds. There is everything from Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Fairy Tales, Adventure to a shed just for the World Cup. The videos are embedded and come with suggested activities.

linkhttp://www.literacyshed.com/

 

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Understanding Dyslexia

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Below is a great video resource presented by 14 year old Eliza from the kids TV news show BTN (Behind the News) on understanding dyslexia. This could be used to educate your class on dyslexia and to give students an idea of the experiences and feelings that someone with dyslexia goes through. It could also be used with students that have dyslexia to better understand the condition.

There is a link below that will take you to the original page of this video, where you will find additional resources such as fact sheets and an extended interview with Eliza.

linkDyslexia: Behind the News

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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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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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