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.
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
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
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
PageFlip-Flap is a free way to create flipbooks from your Microsoft Office, PDF, and Movie files. All you need to do is upload your file and then you will receive an email with a link to your flipbook. You can then share your flipbook via facebook, twitter, email or your blog. Teachers could use this to share self produced resources with your students or students could use it to share their work in a user friendly fashion.Pin It