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Rhyme n Learn – 25 squeaky clean maths and science raps

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Rhyme ‘n Learn, (“Music That Puts The Cool Back In School”), is maths and science taught by mnemonics. Mnemonics use word associations like rhymes so that a term or fact is easier to recall later. An example of a mnemonic is “In fourteen hundred ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” or “Thirty days hath September. All the rest I can’t remember!”

Rhyme ‘n Learn was created by teacher Joe Ocando, who has taught maths and science to students of all ages and discovered that many find it difficult to memorize hundreds of new terms and facts. Rap seemed to help, and does seem to make some concepts easier to remember.

The concepts covered are more suited to older students Examples include Pi Rap | Don’t Let Pi Make Ya Cry and Rational and Irrational Numbers Rap | E-rational Thoughts

Type a maths or science term in the search bar on the site to find a mnemonic for it. If you can’t find it, send content suggestions to joe@rhymenlearn.com

Don’t forget another teacher led site “MathTrain”. Mathtrain.TV is a free educational “kids teaching kids” project from middle school mathematics teacher Eric Marcos & his students.

Both sites could be a great inspiration to students to create explanatory videos, or raps.

MathTrain

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Mathtrain.TV is a free educational “kids teaching kids” project from middle school mathematics teacher Eric Marcos & his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.

A great inspiration to other students to create their own explanatory videos too.

It is part of the Mathtrain.com Project and was created to host their student-created maths video lessons. It is Web 2.0 friendly with its ability for users to generate “ratings” and “comments”. The middle school students use a tablet pc and screen-capturing software, Camtasia Studio, to create the tutorials (screencasts or mathcasts) which are used for classroom instruction and posted onto sites such as Mathtrain.TV, Mathtrain.com, iTunes, YouTube, and TeacherTube

Students work hard at creating the content and construct the best explanations they can in an unscripted format. Some include captions.

Eric and his students invite other students and teachers, parents and educators to help contribute to this global collaborative effort. They are especially interested in student-created “mathcasts”, hence the “kids teaching kids” motto.

I have already learned LOADS,and that’s amazing: I took two mathematics exams, and failed all THREE of them! 😀

Back To The Future Day

| October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments 

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Back to their future crewOctober 21, 2015 – Back to the Future Day. The date that Marty McFly and Dr Emmett “Doc” Brown chose to travel forward in time from 1985 in the hit sequel Back To The Future II.

Try this timer HERE http://www.october212015.com/

Picfull, easy photo editing + Picasion, animated gifs

| October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Picfull is a quick, easy and very effective way of modifying photographs online. About 18 effects, with lots of varieties.

Picasion is great for making, quick, animated gifs ->

WeVideo ~ collaborative cloud based video editing

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

WeVideo is a cloud-based video editing platform that allows you to create videos, online, enabling remote students to collaborate, with invited others, on projects, editing, adding titles, effects, animation, music, narration and more.

If you shoot videos with your mobile phone or camera and would love to professionally edit them in only a few clicks, then WeVideo is just what you need. WeVideo is accessible via the browser of smartphones, tablets and computers, so it can be used anywhere there is internet connectivity. Film in the field & others start editing back at school before your return.

The free option includes: 2 GB storage, 720p resolution, and more. Worth investigating.

Socrative ~ still a great tool

| October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Socrative is a system that uses cell phones and or laptops, for gathering feedback from students. “As easy as raising your hand”.

You can post as many questions as you like in a variety of formats. One of the more “fun” question formats is the “race” format in which students can work individually or in teams to answer questions as quickly as possible. This video offers a nice overview of the Socrative system.

Pilanesberg nature reserve, South Africa

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

12095300_10153700712302392_7805247859389276263_oWe have been blessed to experience some of the remarkable side to South Africa. Johannesburg, Cape Town, The Cape of Good Hope, and more. This was topped off by four days at the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve. Phenomenal! We even got to see a herd of TWELVE camelephantelopelicanaries!

A remarkable, restful yet utterly, compelling, and fascinating experience. From the moment we arrived, to the moment we departed, this was an incredible visit. We felt so looked after and experienced a remarkable amount.

Wheels aloftAs a man occasionally in a wheelchair, it could be considered that a safari trip would be a challenge. The Ivory Tree Lodge folk could not have done more to make our break more accessible. We were welcomed by Janet, the assistant general manager, and me and my chair were carried in to the lobby. Our villa was gorgeous, and a peaceful place to relax in at the end of each of our three and a bit days of exploring the game reserve.

Sarah with cameraFor our dawn and dusk drives, we were in the capable hands of Michael, who took us to see so much wildlife, in jaw dropping settings. Elephant, hippo, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, rhino, and so much more.

We were even blessed to see a leopard and cub for about an hour, on a rocky outcrop, and know that Michael’s understanding, and knowledge of the Pilanesberg, enabled some incredible “spotting”

We learned some fascinating insights in to those animals, as we coyaged around the stunning, varied, and remote feeling, scenery of the park.

Back at The Lodge, everything was done with a stylish and elegant safari touch. Thanks all. Beyond expectations. (Take some time to flick through the pictures above. Incredible!)

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Just Paste .it

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments 

JustPaste.It is a free, simple note sharing service. In its simplest form, Just Paste It provides an online word processor for writing notes and documents. It is also possible to add images and videos into your JustPaste.It pages. When you’ve finished, just press the “publish” button. This creates a unique url for your page. Students and teachers can easily share notes with each other, or test out a web layout.

It is possible to Just Paste content from a word processor in to a JustPaste.It note so also provides a way to convert Word documents in to a format that can be easily used online.

iCould.com ~ some great thoughts on careers

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments 

“Need some ideas for the future? Some inspiration on what kind of career might be right for you? Just want to find out what’s out there? iCould can help you to discover what you could do and how you could get there”.

iCould features videos of people sharing stories and experiences from the working careers. Many types of job are covered, from Accountancy and Advertising, through to Travel and tourism.

The site contains a huge range of very well produced films and could be a realistic, yet inspiring, guidance to many at a secondary level, when students are making those crucial decisions about their future. It could also be a great way to help younger pupils realise what it really entails to become, let’s say a sports person, or a pop star!

Image manipulation

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments 

If you find blank spaces in our blog posts, then it is probably because your school filtering system is blocking what it thinks to be “dodgy stuff”. Things like social networking and images get filters in a jitter.

We sometimes use Flickr to host some of our pictures and, unfortunately, this is sometimes blocked. A real shame as we have so many delightful pickies of smiling folk on our days around the country. Have a look at home and you’ll get a lot more out of the experience.

One of the best elements of Flickr though, is that they allow outside (”third party”) applications or websites to communicate and exchange information with the images you host there.

Some of the best websites for creating cool new images and fiddling with Flickr Photos include:

PicJoke …What fun and madness you can create, so easily.

It is free but does require logging in (easy and discrete.) Look what Sarah did to the bald bloke! The (Toblerone) cheek of it!

Big Huge Labs Flickr Toys

and our old fave, Spell with Flickr – not a way to edit or alter your images, but a neat little tool to create pictures from text. Try it.

Vcasmo ~ a handy way to record presentations

| October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Screenshot 083Vcasmo means that you can film a presentation and synchronise it with the slides a presenter is talking about

Useful for recording the goings-on at a conference. But also in a classroom environment, perhaps when preparing for an interview or other presentation.

We have used it with great success in a “challenging” setting, and therefore we wouldn’t have clearance to show you how the children flourished using it. A great boost to their confidence to see themselves and their presentations “as one” though. Also a good opportunity to discuss presentation styles and techniques. Powerful! Continue Reading