Photos for Class is a great tool to make searching for photos to be used by students online an easy and painless process. It is difficult for Primary age students to correctly attribute photos they may use in projects or understand the reasons for doing it in the first place. Photos for Class finds Creative Commons photos from Flickr’s database. Once you see the photo you want, you can download it. Your downloaded photo come with the attribution embedded at the bottom of the photo. Below is an example of a search for ‘Tigers’ and what a downloaded photo looks like.Pin It
Microsoft Sway is now in preview and open to anyone to try. Microsoft Sway is an online presentation tool that makes embedding and searching for online content much easier and then makes your presentation available on any device in the cloud. Sway is not fully functional as yet and has a few features labelled as coming soon, but playing with ‘Sway’ in it’s current form you get to see the potential of this application. You can choose from different layouts and themes to quickly give your presentation a good consistent look. You can share the content you create with Facebook, Twitter, share a direct link or embed your ‘Sway’ into your website or blog. There is currently an IOS app available and hopefully an android version will be coming soon. Below is a promotional video of what is possible with Microsoft Sway.Pin It
I 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.
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.
It 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.Pin It
Splash is ABC Australia’s new Educational Website that is linked to the National Curriculum. The site is for Teachers, Students and Parents. It contains articles, video, audio and games. The content is separated into three areas Early Primary (Foundation – Year 3), Upper Primary (Years 4 -6) and Secondary (Years 7 – 10). There are four subject areas to choose from English, Maths, Science and History. You can filter your searches by year level, subject and media type. There is a Parent’s area with articles from how to support your child with reading to transitioning from primary to high school. The Teacher’s area contains articles to support teachers with the Digital Age to developing your personal learning network and many more. This website is well set out and easy to use and hopes to be even better as more and more content is added over time. The YouTube clip below explains a bit more about Splash.
Kizoa is my favourite web 2.0 photo presentation tool. It has a lot of great features that I find helpful as a blogger. Kizoa allows you to edit photos, create fantastic slideshows, add effects, add transitions or create collages. Kizoa has many ways to share your creations or embed them into your blog. I have used Kizoa for two years now and have found it to be an excellent tool to share multiple photos on my classroom blog. The best feature is the unlimited storage of photos, if you purchase the Premium account (US$2.49 per month). This is an attractive feature, particularly for those with limited blog storage. It is also a way of having an online backup of your photos. The free version gives you 1GB of storage and access to the free elements for slideshows, collages and photo-editing. The free version also allows you to share your creations through email or facebook. A good way to look at Kizoa and decide if it is worth going Premium. I have included below a YouTube clip that briefly explores Kizoa’s features.
Wenlock and Mandeville are the Olympic mascots for the 2012 London Olympics and this website promotes these character through fun activities. This is a great website for students to go onto and have some fun if they have completed their more serious work. The activities range from making your own mascot, watching films on the mascots, playing games (some which use your webcam to operate the game), or find out more about the different sports in the Olympics. My students tried this site out the other day and gave it the thumbs up, so well worth a look.Pin It
The following are the top 5 most viewed posts on Primary Edutech for the month of May.
Class Dojo is a new way of doing classroom point systems. Class Dojo lets you easily reward students for positive behaviours in real time to be shown on your Interactive Whiteboard. Read more…
Not all students will have permission to have their photos posted on classroom blogs. Having a student avatar is an inclusive way to give everyone in your class an online presence without compromising a students need for privacy. A very popular choice with students is ‘Build Your Wild Self’. Read more…
Writing Fun by Jenny Eather is a great resource that can be used when you next introduce a specific genre to your class. The website covers Information Reports, Procedures, Recounts, Explanations, Persuasions (expositions), Discussions, Narratives, Responses, Descriptions and Poetry. Read more…
Download a Notebook file that you can use when you next time do a money unit using your Smartboard. It includes pictures of both sides of all the Australian coins and notes. This clipart is very handy for developing your own Notebook money resources. If you do develop your own Money Notebook files share them by going to our contribute page. Read more…
Download the following two Notebook files for use with your SmartBoard on Place Value using MAB Blocks. The first file is targeted at year 3s and requires students to drag the appropriate MAB blocks over to the place value chart to make the specified number. There are 5 questions based on this process. The last page of the file requires students to write the number that corresponds with the amount of MAB blocks. Read more…
Infographics have become very popular in recent times. They are a good way to present short facts and data in a more visually attractive and interesting way. ‘easelly’ allows you to do this with ease. You can choose from preformatted themes, a wide variety of clipart images, shapes and text to add to your infographic. This would be a great project for students to present data or project information. Learn more by looking at the Vimeo clip below.
Dartboard Student Selector is a fun way to select teams using your interactive whiteboard. You can enter your class list and then start throwing the darts to select names. Names can be removed after selection. A fun and different way to do something that can be a bit of a chore.Pin It