Tom Barrett has posted some great ways to use Prezi which you could apply to just about every topic or area of study imaginable.
He has put it up as a google doc and is asking for new ideas at @tombarrett
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
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.
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
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.
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.
A number of users have noted that during the transition to global2 that the widgets that were on your Globalteacher blogs have been lost. This is unfortunately unavoidable and we apologise for the inconvenience that this is causing. With regard to Clustrmaps, it is possible to change your existing Clustrmap over from your previous blog to your new Global2 blog using this advice from Clustrmaps.
*PLEASE NOTE* that it is indeed possible to switch from the old address to the new one AND preserve your old dots. All you need to do is:
When working with computers it is vitally important to keep your data safe. Hard drives on computers, (and for that matter flash drives, DVD’s and any digital storage device), do not last forever. Anyone who has had a hard drive crash will know the sinking feeling that comes with this problem. Data can also be lost through simple human error, who hasn’t clicked Delete on a folder and then almost immediately realised it contained needed data? Data backups are also excellent reference points.
When considering data backups the oft quoted dictum is the 3:2:1 Rule. Basically this works as follows.
- Always keep 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups)
- Keep the files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media)
- One copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline).
The same can be said for any online data such as a blog. Despite the best efforts of blog owners and the “fail safe” prompts needed to confirm actions, Posts, Pages and other content can be lost inadvertently.
At other times you might like to provide students with a copy of their blog in a file that can be uploaded to another blogging portal or published as a PDF or even a book.
To help you backup your Global teacher blog you might like to use the following notes, (even if you don’t want to publish it anywhere else). If nothing else, creating a backup is good insurance, so why not give it a run?
THE SCRATCH PROJECT -
Each student chose their own topic about what they might “See Under the Sea”. They searched the internet for information and chose sites that looked kid friendly. They copied the information onto a word document and the picture into their documents folder.
They drew or made the Scratch sprite using the picture that they had saved to help them. They made a second costume for their sprite just be rotating the image slightly or by flipping it. This allowed them to program the sprite to swim while it moved across the screen.
The students rewrote the information so that it was in their own words. Sometimes it was enough to delete the large words or difficult parts and it still made sense.
They recorded the information straight onto Scratch using the voice recorder.
They programmed the Scratch sprites that they had drawn to say the recordings. If they had more than one sprite they set wait times so that each sprite took turns to speak.
Finally we loaded the finished projects up to the Berwick Lodge Scratch site and used the embed code provided to put them onto our school blog.
This project has many outcomes that were valuable for the students.
- They have created an original animation using simple computer programming which involves higher order thinking and problem solving..
- They shared their knowledge, often helping the whole class once they had mastered some new programming
- They have started to develop skills for researching on the internet and rewriting material into words that make sense and that they understand.
- Using the recording feature of Scratch is important because it gives students instant feedback about the information they are sharing. We were able to laugh at some of the first attempts where the students used words straight from their research which made them sound like Wikipedia rather than grade 2 students.
- Their presentations were interesting and important so they were watched by other students which increased the knowledge of everyone in the class
This was the first time I had attempted a Scratch project with younger students – but it won’t be the last!
Click on the project below and press the Space Bar to begin
Learn more about this project