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
Photosynth is a set of tools you can use to create really effective 3D panoramic experiences. You can share you Photosynths on Facebook, publish them to Bing maps or for most people embed then in your blog or website. You have the option of creating either a ‘Panorama’ or ‘Synth’. A Panorama is a 3D 360° panorama. To create one you need to simply take many photos from one spot, turning in a circle to take photos on three different planes. I personally start with taking photos in the middle plane with about a 50% overlap. Then I do the high plane and then the low plane. Then you need to use a program called ‘Image Composite Editor’ to stitch these photos together. Then you upload this file using the desktop Photosynth Application. There are detailed instructions on this process on the Photosynth website http://photosynth.net/about.aspx. Below is an example of a Photosynth I created of my classroom over a year a go using this process.
A Synth is created to show something in more detail. Creating a Synth is a more straightforward process. You start by taking many photos of the subject or area. Both close up shots and wide shots. These photos are then uploaded through the Photosynth Desktop Application to create your Synth. Below is a YouTube clip explaining this process. I have also added a really good example of a Synth of the Recent Royal Wedding showing how hundreds of photos of the event have been merged together to show you in detail this grand event.
Photosynth is a great free tool that can be used to share many things in your classroom or events that occur in your school. It is also a great way to give parents and your community the opportunity to have a virtual tour of your school.
The Australia Day Council website has lots of resources to help you with Australia Day on January 26th. Two areas of their website have lots of useful resources for the classroom. The ‘Student Resource’ page has information on Australia, the history of Australia Day, Indigenous Australians, Australian Currency, National Anthem and the flying and use of the flag. The other page is the ‘Activiy Sheets for Kids’ page. Here you will find an abundant amount of colouring in sheets referring to state birds and fauna, state floral emblems, puzzles, find a words, and flags to name just a few. There are also links to desktop wallpapers, screensavers, ecards and an online quiz.
Australia Day website: http://www.australiaday.com.au/
Student Resources Page: http://www.australiaday.com.au/studentresources/default.aspx
Activity Sheets for kids: http://www.australiaday.com.au/havingfun/activitysheets.aspx
Need to create a timetable for the new school year? Save yourself the time and energy of creating one from scratch, download this Microsoft Publisher file and adapt and change it to suit yourself. Just click in each box and add a lesson title, colour code it if you like and modify the times. This file is free for you to use and change as you wish.
Share the timetable you create. It would be interesting to see how other teachers structure their week. Visit the ‘Contribute‘ tab above to post about your timetable.
Do you ever get frustrated with having to accurately work out your student’s actual age down to the month and day based on their date of birth? Well I do and this download will relieve the frustration. As teachers we are required to keep records of student’s diagnostic tests. Many of them these days give you their results in an ‘age’ outcome. To compare the results with a student’s actual age easily, then downloading this spreadsheet will help. All you have to do with this spreadsheet is enter your student’s date of birth and the inbuilt formula will calculate your student’s age right down to the day.
Please feel free to adapt and change this template to suit your record requirements. If you design a spreadsheet that could be used for a particular diagnostic test then please consider sharing it via this site.