Archive for April, 2013

AppMakr.com

| April 30, 2013 | 2 Comments 

AppMakr is a cool web tool that enables users to easily and instantly build a rich content based app. Just paste in the URL of the website you have, and then start customizing it the way you want. You can add images, videos…etc. The free version is ad supported (and there is a paid version with no ads), but worth giving it a go first, as a learning experience alone.

Mill Rythe Infant School, Hampshire ~ Day 2

| April 30, 2013 | 3 Comments 

Our second day with Mill Rythe Infant School on Hayling Island and what a lovely time we had. The children and staff of the school are responsive and ready to take on ideas and challenges. We stood and contemplated, but also explored the world of words, at some speed, sharing and saving suggestions, making decisions, having balanced arguments and recording thoughts.

We started the day with 50+ Mill Rythe Y2 pupils and some Y3 pupils from Mengham Junior School, and visitng teachers from neighbouring schools. Continue Reading

SilkSlides

| April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Simple, quick, and easy to learn,  SilkSlides enables sharing, and discussing, of presentations.

You would have to consider that the commenting element of SilkSlides is “open”, balancing this with the potential, because of simplicity, maybe. We would value your thoughts, & experiences, trying this out, as we haven’t been able to “for real”.

Mill Rythe Infant School, Hampshire ~ Day 1

| April 29, 2013 | 1 Comment 

The first of two days a Mill Rythe Infant School on Hayling Island, and the first of three days with its headteacher, Sarah Court. On Wednesday, we will be at the Hampshire District 2 Headteachers’ Conference together in Poole looking at some fun, practical ways pf extending ideas, with heads from across the area. But first… some joyous explorations with children, and staff, from this lovely learning space.

Today’s INSET looked at some of the visual literacy ideas that can get classrooms bubbling. We were joined by neighbouring schools : Purbrook Infant School, Riverside School, Lee-on-the-Solent Infants, Hale Primary, Catherington Infants, Freegrounds Infant School, Springwood Infant School, Netley Marsh Infant School and Cherrywood Primary School. Continue Reading

Ribbet ~ Online Photo Editing

| April 28, 2013 | 0 Comments 

With Ribbet.com, an online photo editing tool, which works on Mac, Windows, and Linux, it is possible to crop, resize, and rotate in real-time, use a huge amount of special effects (from arty to fun), fix your photos in a single click, and then fine-tune your results with some of the more advanced controls. No download, installation or sign-up required

Ribbet! lets you store all your uploaded photos in the cloud, so you can upload a set of photographs, and then edit them on another computer at home or school. With nothing to download, free cloud image storage, complete editing history and built-in Flickr and Facebook integration, Ribbet! is powerful.

A complete beginner, with no photo editing experience, can produce sophisticated results, and have fun doing so.

Content Generator’s Fling The Teacher

| April 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Create your own Flash-based interactive gameshow-style game with Content Generator’s “Fling The Teacher”.

Based around multiple-choice questions together with ‘helplines’ (‘Take two away’, ‘Take a vote’ and ‘Ask an expert’) each correct answer helps construct a trebuchet to fling the teacher away, when you get 15 correct. While not perfect, this could be a fun way of creating quizzes.

Into the Myst in Solihull

| April 27, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Thank you, to Karen Brooks of Lady Katherine Leveson C of E Primary, who spent two days (1 and 2) with us, during our recent visit to Solihull, and sent us these thoughts:

Thanks for an entertaining couple of days.  It was great to see children so motivated to write.  Both KS1 and KS2 pupils seem to be working well.  I was impressed to see Year 2 pupils giving both sides of an argument, as illustrated by your good friend, Mr Walker.

The embedded use of ICT really fired their imaginations and created many opportunities for further teaching.

It is always interesting to watch other people teach and to notice techniques they use to manage behaviour whilst inspiring creativity and risk taking.

I will certainly be adapting some of your tricks;

– I spotted more by being able to attend both the KS1 and KS2 sessions.

As teachers we often find ourselves too busy to learn, and remembering what fun learning can be is refreshing.  In the morning we learnt with children and I was not the only one who did not want to stop.

In the afternoon we learned alongside colleagues – another step up in my use of PowerPoint, and some useful, free software.  We may start sharing ideas using virtual post-its in staff meetings.

Wow! Hasn’t the internet got some great things to offer?  And they are free!  The twilight session had so many ideas.  I’ll be using that password to the LOCKED PAGE and for finding some of those websites.

Gooru

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Teachers, and students, can use Gooru, to search for rich collections of millions of FREE multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes, created by educators in the Gooru community.

An interesting, and easy, way to build guided tours through elements of the web that you would like your pupils to explore. Drag and drop resources to build a Collection. Share the link with your class. Go.

The resources from www.goorulearning.org are available, for free, on your iPad, for on-the-go learning.

Transferr ~ Another simple collection tool

| April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Transferr offers another, easy, way of collating, and sharing, links from across the web. Add links to your customisable “home page”, by typing, or importing, a connection, and an icon is created, as a button to your favourites ~ A web based collection that can be accessed from almost any where you wish. Worth exploring.

Coventry Schools: “Finding Inspiration in Challenging Times”

| April 25, 2013 | 6 Comments 

Working in partnership with Mondale Events, the Coventry Schools Curriculum and Training Primary Generic Group gathered together to give Head teachers and Senior Leaders the opportunity to share some superb CPD opportunities. Continue Reading

Woices ~ Location based commentaries

| April 24, 2013 | 0 Comments 

Woices encourages the recording of geo-located voice overs, guides, commentaries, or “echoes”, about the places you explore. There are also free Iphone, Android, & Blackberry apps. What about trying this as a way of leading a guided walk, or challenge, around an environment? Potentially very useful.