Online Quiz Tool – Kahoot!

Need a new exciting tool to get your students thinking and sharing their knowledge?

Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 10.28.50 amKahoot! is the answer!!

The website allows teachers and students to create quizzes, surveys and discussions that are shared online and played in real-time, using access codes for unlimited participants – as long as they know your code!

Do you have no time to create a Kahoot! yourself? The website allows people to share the quizzes they have created,  displaying the questions asked and the time limits given for each question.

So how do you get started? 

  1. Visit Kahoot!to create a free account – yes, it is FREE
  2. Select from Quiz, Discussion or Survey
  3. Follow the prompts to enter your questions
  4. Save the Kahoot!
  5. Distribute  the Game Pin to your selected audience
  6. On individual devices, students will need to enter their name or an alias
  7. Sit back and watch the engagement, excitement and results all in real time

I am a big fan of Kahoot! and cannot wait to test it out on my Grade One placement class. They are going to love it and so will your class.

Online Video Viewing- No distractions!

How many times have you played an online video in your classroom and had completely unrelated material jump out from no where?

View Pure allows viewers to watch videos online and avoid all of the advertising, related content and unrelated nasties from displaying on the side.

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All you need to do is enter the URL of the video into the View Pure website. The page then opens your video, onto a blank white page. It is as easy as that!

This is an easy way to avoid anything that will distract your students or prevent their eyes from seeing something nasty. Something I would definitely recommend for any teachers showing videos in schools.

Blurring out … Images only!

After a very long week (or two) of assignments for Uni, I am returning to my beloved blogging.

Whilst completing an assignment last week, I came across a website that is just golden for teachers  – and anyone else posting or displaying photos!

This website allows you to blur things out,  I wasn’t able to blur out the entire week – unfortunately! although I was able to blur out photos of student’s faces, school logos and literally everything except my assignments themselves.

You can find the website here: http://www.facepixelizer.com

The steps are easy:

  1. Upload (or drag and drop) an image
  2. Simply drag a box over the area you wish to blur
  3. Either save your image or take a screenshot
  4. DONE!

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This is such a useful tool, especially for those few students who do not have permission for photographs to be taken.

TeachMeet Melbourne

My first ever TeachMeet Melbourne – Wow! Such a great experience!! (teachmeetmelbourne.wikispaces.com) Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 5.32.42 pm We met at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne to share ideas and resources for connecting classrooms globally with ICT and Asia. With support from my amazing Humanities tutor from Uni, I presented for the first time. I made a presentation for “Teaching History skills with brown paper bags “. I used EMAZE an awesome tool for presentations. Please visit my presentation to read more about Teaching History skills with brown paper bags (https://app.emaze.com/@ALLFWFCQ/teachmeet). It is a great way to engage learners and encourage historical thinking. I was very nervous, speaking as a pre-service teacher, to an audience of Teachers, Education Specialists and other experts of their fields. As I began my 7 minute (which went very quickly) talk, I realised what an empowering environment this was. Ideas and resources are shared to further the knowledge and benefits of learning for not only our students, but ourselves as ongoing learners. All of the people involved were so welcoming and supportive. (My Twitter was exploding with supportive messages and praise – which was very uplifting and inspiring) Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 4.35.46 pmTeachMeet’s are such a great way to share and develop ideas in a relaxed and inclusive environment. I would suggest to anyone in the Education Community to sign up to participate, as a presenter or an audience member. The benefits are too long to list!!  I loved listening to @ponderingdan presentation about blogging – I am so inspired to create a classroom blog next year. Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 4.35.32 pmSo to @tmmelb – Thanks for having me, I will be back for sure!! Be sure to check out their Blog for the details of the next TeachMeet Melbourne (teachmeetmelbourne.wikispaces.com)

Creating awesome graphics – For Free!

Have you ever wondered how to create interesting graphics and info-graphics?

You can use these in your classrooms, on blogs, any social media pages and in your home.

For the past couple of days, I have been playing around with Easel.ly. Creating my own info-graphics and images and the best part? It’s FREE!. This website enables you to use your own photos and images or choose out of a range that are already supplied. Of course, you can upgrade ($$) and access a wider range of the provided images, but i have found that there are more than enough! The final product can be saved in a photo format or even a PDF – and making any form of advertising very easy!

http://www.easel.ly

Here are a few that I have created for a presentation I am participating in next week.

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Student Safe Searches

Do you have a young class and want to ensure a safe online search?

Using the KidRex website, powered by Google, students are able to use the online search engine to safely find information and not come across any nasties.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.25.44 amThe search results are all child-friendly and ensure that students are able to access information that they can both understand and enjoy in a safe environment.

You can find KidRex at http://www.kidrex.org or simply type KidRex into your search engine.

#MysterySkype

#Mystery Skype 

Mystery Skype is something that I was introduced to by another student in my Humanities class, we created a lesson around it and realised that it would be useful for so much more than just one activity.

Mystery Skype is best suited for students of any age. The tasks and activities can be adjusted to suit the curriculum.

Skype suggests a very simple lesson:  Classrooms conduct a Mystery Skype session and try to guess where the students they are speaking with are. The set-up/registration before the call allows you to refine the location and ages of the classroom you will be connected with. During the call, students will be able to use the classroom resources to research and determine where the students are calling from.

There are so many other possibilities for using this tool in your classroom

Here are just a few;

  • History:
    • Discovering Cultures
    • Celebrating Differences
  • Geography:
    • Learning about physical places – Using Google Maps and Atlases
    • Learning about the weather conditions and natural phenomena
  • LOTE:
    • Abilities to practice oral language in various languages
    • Allow students to help others practice English
  • Civics and Citizenship:
    • Active engagement within the community, both locally and globally
    • Discussions about environments, economics, politics
    • Talking about sustainable practices, social justice and identifying the future wellbeing of societies
  • Science:
    • Talking about Earth and space sciences – seasonal changes in environments
    • Discuss sustainability techniques used across the world in other schools

Below is a video, created by Mrs Pernille Ripp, of 7th graders from the US using Mystery Skype in their classroom.