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Question Generator for deeper thinking


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Created as part of the FUSE Project by the DEECD and the School Library Association Victoria (SLAV) and the State Library of Victoria (SLV) was the Question Generator.

It is a really simple way to get students to think of new questions to help investigation and inquiry around any topic.

It is based on the We Solve It resources created by SLAV.

Use the small locks to lock down an element of the question and spin away.


How to publish a class e-Book using iTunes

Often teachers want to share the ebooks their students have made with a wider audience, not least parents! It’s such a rewarding experience for the students and the teacher to see a book they’ve created being published and shared beyond the classroom. Thanks to Dan Kemp for spelling out the steps for teachers.

As the developers of Book Creator for iPad, a tool that’s often used in schools to create ebooks, we wanted to share a tutorial for teachers on how to publish a book to the iBookstore.

What You’ll Need

Apple provide an excellent Frequently Asked Questions section on their site to help you get started with these two necessities, so fear not!

You’ll want to make sure you’ve got Apple’s guidance document to hand: Using iTunes Producer 2.9 for Books. It’s the definitive guide and is on the whole quite easy to follow. You may also find the Apple Support Community to be a useful resource.

iTunes Producer is essentially about packaging up the details of the book, the assets, and the metadata to submit to the iBookstore. Full article

A simple guide to Twitter for teachers presented by USC Rossier Online

So what is the big deal about Twitter? Why should a teacher bother?  USC Rossier Online present this great one pager to share with all of the staff at your school. Yes all of them … because there is a twitter community for them to follow and contribute.

One powerful community for every teacher to “Follow” is @LeaLC - the home economics blogger

This is a great starting point for any Home Eco teacher.

Check it out, follow and you have uncovered a “Nest of Knowledge” in the people who follow this Tweeterer (Is that a real word?) The conversation is about teaching, learning and resources for teachers – NOT the technology 

This guide can help clarify terms and best practices that will make the most out of a potential networking experience. We encourage you to download our sheet using the link below and share among your staff. Get them searching for a community that can support them.

9 tools for creating great animations

Creating animations has always been considered as one of the most complex aspects of graphic design that requires specific software and technological expertise.

It is a time-intensive activity that requires heavy software and high speed computers.

However, over the past few years, the emergence of different online presentation and animation tools have simplified the process of creating animations. Most of these web-based tools are very easy to operate and can create animations that are perfectly suitable for everyday applications. For Full list

Widgets from across the web work in global2

Using widgets in any blog opens a new world of tools and presentations styles. Global2 comes with some widgets but it allows you to add in some external ones too. Here I have gone to the widgetbox site, chosen a widget to personalise and then inserted the code into this blog post. There are thousands to choose from. Wallwisher, (now called padlet) is another way to include other web 2.0 sites and transforming your Global2 blog into your web 2.0 learning toolbelt.

Link to Padlet

How to Twitter resources presented by SLAV

The School Library Association Victoria (SLAV) have put together a terrific, simple to follow “How to get started with Twitter” on their Bright ideas blog.

This is a great resource to share with your staff or students to increase their social media knowledge.

Twitter is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with people, share your thoughts or links and build communities of like minded users. Find out how to get started, protect your privacy, create your profile and send tweets.

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