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
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.
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.
The Australian History Timeline features over 150 film clips outlining Australia’s history from pre 1770 to contemporary history.
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.
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.
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.
Murally as their slogan says, is a whiteboard on steroids. This web 2.0 tool is still in beta, but is free to use. Murally is like a giant pinboard that grows with the digital content you add to it. Yo can drag and drop files, photos and video and collaborate with others. A really cool feature is the ability to create a presentation of your content by marquee selecting the content you want on each page. Please find below a video demonstration.Pin It
Targeting Maths 3 is brought to you by the people that created Reading Eggs and the Targeting Maths resource books, that Australian teachers would be familiar with. This app is not cheap at $9.49, but well worth the money when you consider the depth of resources and activities on offer.
This app can be used by a multiple of children or students at a year 3 level on the same iPad, because each user has their own account which keeps track of their individual achievements and the progress they have made. Students can earn badges as they progress through the app.
There is a training section which covers the Maths topics of Number, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Shapes and Patterns, Money and Data and Measurement. There are 81 question sets that support the training and a scratch board to assist with working problem out and a dictionary to assist with terms.
There is a multiplayer game where up to 4 players can play against each other in a game of speed and skill.
The timed section is there to help students become more efficient at recalling their number facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Students earn tokens that can be used to play one of two games, Exploding Mice or Robo-Juggle.
This app is the first in a series that will eventually support a greater range of year levels. I can thoroughly recommend this app as I bought it for my daughter who is in year 3. She likes using it and the questions and content are familiar to her as it is well aligned with the curriculum she has experienced at school.
Minus Mission is a subtraction game based on space invaders. Students can test their subtraction skills by shooting the sum that equals the answer that appears on their shooting device. You can choose a range of numbers to deal with. This is a great activity to do on the IWB.Pin It