Category Archives: Technology activity

Let’s go global!

Are you and your class interested in

  • connecting with other blogging classes around the world?
  • adding interesting yet educational widgets to your blog?
  • using more web 2.0 tools in your posts?
  • reading what other students around the world are writing about?

Your answer is YES

Then join the March 2017 student blogging challenge.

  • First challenge began on Sunday 5 March so you won’t be behind.
  • Each week is a different topic with different activities to choose from.
  • Spreadsheet to find other classes and students to connect to by just clicking on a link to their blog.
  • If on holiday one week, miss those activities and come back to them later on.
  • No winner, just a chance to make connections and improve your blogging skills.
  • Add the challenge badge to your blog if you decide to take part.

Click here to register your class blog. If any of your students have their own personal blog, they can register here.

Maybe you would prefer to mentor a group of students. You might be able to connect each of your students to one, with their own blog,  taking part in the challenge.

Free Web Tools

This is the next post in #EdublogsClub. It came at a very appropriate time, as this morning I was running a refresher course on blogging for teachers who have either been blogging for a while or just starting out.

I showed them three different web tools they can embed on their blog.   You can read how I ran the Refresher Day course here!

Padlet

The first tool I showed was Padlet which is like sticky notes but online.

The Padlet below was embedded into the Refresher Day post so the teachers could add a sticky note to share what they wanted to learn while allowing them to see how easy it could be used with students.

Made with Padlet

 

Add  your own note to the Padlet below to share your favorite tools you use with students.

Made with Padlet

 

Symbaloo

The next tool I shared was Symbaloo which you can use to gather resources or websites you often use in class.

In the top right corner of this blog there is a drop down menu under Tools to Use.

This links to the following three Symbaloo:

  1. Coding Sites – from an Irish friend of mine who I met through blogging.
  2. Digital storytelling – a symbaloo webmix which I created from lots of resources from other teachers.
  3. Image and sounds symbaloo –  I use with the blogging challenge as it has links for using images and sounds on your blog.

I’ve embedded my avatar creator symbaloo below:

Voki

The third web tool I showed them was Voki where you can create a talking avatar.  Great for text to speech book reviews and children soon realise punctuation is important.

If I make a free version without signing in I can only add a link to the Voki, but if I join and sign in, I can use the embed code.

I’ve embedded a Voki below:

Terms of Service and Education Versions

If you have visited these three websites I have linked in this post, you will also have noticed they also have Terms of Service and Privacy Policy links at the bottom of their home page.

If you are working with students under 13, it is always a good idea to check these as you might need to get permission from parents for students to use these sites. (Good way for parents to see how kids can be creative on the web.)

Also you will notice that both Padlet and Voki have school versions. If your school prefers to keep control of what students create and don’t like them having their work out in public, then you might be able to opt in for the education version.

Always check for a special education version whenever you look at new tools.

Adding music to your powerpoint

You need to create a powerpoint as part of a parent session. You have lots of images of students doing activities in the classroom and on excursions. You have found a fantastic piece of music (creative commons as you will be playing to an audience) and you want it playing in the background of your powerpoint.

Find creative commons music and then save the piece of music to your own PC.

If using Powerpoint 2013, here are instructions and a video to help with adding audio to your powerpoint.

Microsoft gives even easier instructions for playing across all slides using Powerpoint 2013 or 2016.

Earlier versions of powerpoint have instructions here, but they are similar to those mentioned above.

Game show in class

There is a great website called Kahoot. Have you ever used it? It allows you to create quizzes and game shows to use in class. Students just need the URL of the website and a number key you give them. They don’t have to sign up or join anything at all. They can use any device to play but they need to see the screen you have put the game on eg smartboard or whiteboard in front of the room.

Here are some links to help you with Kahoot:

A Kahoot video for the basics on how to create one yourself

An article about how Kahoot came about

Where the kids go to play the game

Teachers and students: What would be some great topics to create a Kahoot about?

 

Term 3 begins

Hope you all enjoyed your holiday break. As you might have realised, I headed to Denver, Colorado where I presented about the student blogging challenge I run twice a year. I am hoping your classes will take part in term 4 when the next challenge begins in October.

Have you written a post to begin your new term?

Maybe you have been brave and tried a new tool for the blog. Here is one I can suggest: Padlet

What is a padlet?

It is a blank page where you can easily drag and drop video, text, images, sound, documents. Check out this tour of padlet.

What else is great is that it is free and you have total control over the amount of privacy of your padlet. According to their terms of service, children under 13 cannot create their own free padlets.

To get around this, they have also created a teacher monthly, annual or school plan. You can opt for $5 per month or $45 per year for an individual teacher and then each child can create their own padlets connected via you.

Here is an example of a padlet and I would like you and your students to add your ideas to it.

Just click on the plus sign, add your name as the title and then add your idea on the next line.