QR Code Culture in a Box This is a simple twist on a great project that many schools have done before for those who use mobile technology. Basically, schools have sent each other (participating schools are from Finland, UK, USA, Romania, Dubai, & Spain) gifts that the children think represent their respective city. Shaw Wood Academy in our sister city Doncaster, after a lot of discussion and research about their local area, decided on play money (British pounds) to represent the shopping that can be done at the Frenchgate centre, animal masks to represent the local wildlife park as well as a small ball to represent Doncaster Rovers Football Club. Attached to each item was a QR (Quick Response) code created by the children that linked to the website of the place that it was representing. Therefore through the technology students have been able to harness more information about the different places.
16 Top Tips from Blogging Experts for Beginners I’ve heard blogging referred to a couple of times recently as a mixture between an art and a science. If this is true (and I think it is), there’s no ‘right way’ to approach blogging if you want to be successful. There are plenty of people who’ve done a great job of it though, and I thought it would be useful to learn from them. Blogging in the primary classroom ASLA11 – Using blogging and edmodo in the classroom and library → This post has been designed to supplement my presentation for the Australian School Librarian Conference on Tuesday October 4. Communicating for the 21st century: using tools such as Edmodo and student […] TeachMeet Sydney – from little things big things grow → I have been feeling guilty this year because I just haven’t made it to any TeachMeets yet. I held the first Sydney TeachMeet in my classroom back in 2010 and […]
Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process Sharon J. Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, said: “Today’s young people are using a range of digital tools to compose and create in new and exciting ways. How to Write a Perfect Blog Post Once upon a time, not too long ago, I wanted to write the perfect blog post. I wanted to write the most shareable, clickable, readable, memorable post that I could. But how? 10 reasons students should blog … and they all come from 12 year olds! 1. I think the blog has turned me into a global learner, who loves to share their learning and opinion. The disadvantage is that sometimes the blog deletes your post. The advantages are endless. You can share a video, picture and writing.
Comic Creator The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue (shown at left). This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics. After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment. Grades K – 3 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
The Power of Digital Story Telling our story is an essential part of our humanness. It allows us to feel part of the community that knows our story, and it fosters empathy for those that surround us. Story is a powerful force in shaping mental models, motivating and persuading others, and teaching the lessons of life. A simple guide to promote your blog in 2015 “The more time you put in, the more successful you’ll be – The results you get from your blog post promotion efforts are proportional to the time and energy that you put in.” Read the full article at: A few weeks back I wrote an article called “How to write good blog posts for your audience and SEO and make sure they perform” in which I laid down the steps I used to 1. write good blog posts consistently, and 2. help them perform better. Adam Connell‘s infographic for Blogging Wizard is a great visual way to respond to #2. How to promote your blog in 2015: should you spend 80% of your time at it?
Kick Start Your Blogging Skip to content Personal Blogging This series guides you step by step through the process of setting up your own personal or professional educator blog. Refer our class and student blogging series if you want to set up a class blog. Excellent Tool to Enhance Students' Reading Comprehension November, 2014 Rewordify is a great web tool that you can use with your students and kids to help them read difficult passages. Rewordify simplifies complex passages and render them reader-friendly. Students can paste in difficult sentences, paragraphs, or whole chapters and then click on "Rewordify text". They will then get a paraphrased version of their text with a simpler and easier vocabulary.The reworded words are highlighted which means that students can click on them to hear and learn the origin harder words. Rewordify also allows you to obtain a simplified version of any web page. Just paste in the URL of the webpage you want to read in the yellow box and hit 'Rewordify'.Watch the video below to learn more about how Rewordify works.
What Medium Is — The Web We Make First, some disclaimers: I’m writing this as I sit a few feet away from Medium’s NYC team. (I even asked them for tech support while writing this!) Ev Williams, founder of Medium, is an old friend of mine, whom I became a fan of as I was the first public user of Blogger, which he cofounded. And Ev explained the idea of Medium to me before he’d even decided on the name. So, in addition to offering the falsely-humble way of bragging that such disclosures always provide, it should be pretty clear that I’m far from objective about Medium. I like it, because I like blogging, and I want it to succeed.
How to Get a Classroom of Kids Blogging in Under 5 Minutes! Kidblog.org is a service designed by teachers for teachers. They have made the process of creating and monitoring a class blog safe and efficient. Sign-ups are fast and simple, making it easy to co-ordinate a whole class of new students. At the same time, the blog’s privacy and security is protected by default. This makes life incredibly easy for the teacher, allowing you to get straight in to the fun bit of blogging!