Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Online Slideshow Maker with Music

​Mini-music videos the easy way with Picovico​
Create a free account, upload your pics and get a slick, professional looking video slide show - with music!

Here's an example: http://picovi.co/i3pvvq 

"Picovico is a marvelous platform for you to create loads of different kinds videos. And by different kinds, we mean, you can explore your creativity and just make anything you want. This simple tool lets you seamlessly convert photos into videos without so much as having to open any complicated software. You just upload your photos, put captions, choose some music, and that's it, you're done. Your video is made."


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Make a Newspaper Blackout Poem on the iPad

​igh-tech update for an old trick

​Austin Kleon explains how to make Blackout Poems using an iPad. ​

Even though I still prefer the old analog way, there are times (mostly on the bus or out on the porch or lying in bed) when I don't have a newspaper and a marker in front of me, so I've been experimenting with making them on my iPad.

Here's how I do it, if you want to play along…


​You could use any drawing program that lets you import from the camera roll. While a stylus is a fancy touch, your finger will work just fine too.​


Friday, January 13, 2017

Self-Marking Quiz with Google Forms

​Helping students achieve mastery​

​Nathanael Powell ​gives a very clear overview of how to use the new self-marking quiz feature in Google forms. He offers good suggestions on how to use the tool, ways to avoid privacy issues and strategies for tracking student improvement over time. Take a look!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Creating Readers: Informational Text

​Infotext - Sites and Apps​

​Be a better reader by getting in some good practice - here are some sites and apps to give students appropriate articles at their reading level. 


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera

isplay and annotate student work

​"​The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.


Bloxels: design and play

 innovative way to create games and characters

​Litlgeeks reviews the  Bloxels Video Game Builder set, calling it  "
a ​
creative, innovative way to create games and characters."  Bloxels comes with "pixel" trays
​ that allow the user​
 create characters and levels.  (Read the full review and see video demo on the site.)


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Creative Ways of using Google Slides

Re-imagine the power of student projects

Listen to Jeffrey Bradbury explain how to get creative with Google Slides:

"We have all sat through BORING PowerPoint presentations… right?  In this session, we are going to learn how to use Google Presentations in a more creative and collaborative format than you have ever imagined! Learn how you can use Google Presentations in ways OTHER than the traditional slide show and reimagine the power of student projects...."

Saturday, June 18, 2016

5 Google Apps Templates for Kindergarten

Use Google Apps with younger grades

"Google Classroom makes it easier to use Google Apps with younger grades. Create a copy of the templates below, adjust the title and make tweaks to the template to suit your learning objective. In Google Classroom create an assignment and click on the Google Drive icon to add the template. Change the default from "Students can view the file" to "Make a copy for each student."

Alice Keeler has so many great ideas, it's hard to keep up! Check her site for many more useful tweaks.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to link to a YouTube video in full screen mode.

Get the "big screen" experience
Don't you hate the busy screen you see when you show a clip to your class? Wouldn't it be great to be able to get a link to just the video itself?  

There are two ways to do this.
1) Copy the URL of the video from your browser address bar, and replace watch?v=  with v/ . This will force the video to load in full browser page mode.
or 2) find the Youtube video you want to share, click on the "embed" tab to see the html code, copy the link from the https up to the ?rel= . (see below)
In both cases, the resulting link will load the video, completely filling your browser window without related videos or other distractions.Try it with a clip you want to share!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Using Video Effectively in the Classroom

Be an active and reactive viewer
"When it comes to video, students shouldn't just get it; they should also have something to say about it. Students need to be active and reactive viewers -- comprehending and critiquing, reading and reacting, getting and giving knowledge. [On this site] you'll find great tools, tips, and strategies for helping to foster both of these essential media-literacy skills."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Try Green Screen in Miniature

Doing it "tiny" : Green Screen on a small scale
Video explanation and demo, screen shots and parts lists, ideas and apps, a movie set in a pizza box:

"Traditional Green Screen MovieMaking can be overwhelming involving setup, equipment and even software. Thanks to the iPad, we can bring this editing process down to a manageable size for use in the classroom. The smaller scale also provides for quick and easy setup/breakdown of equipment and supplies when you have multiple classes or limited space in your classroom."


How to make 1000's of Versions of an Exam Using Moodle

"Sometimes you just need to test..."
"This video explains how to make thousands of versions of the same exam using  Moodle, a learning management system that is used by many schools across the world."


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Computational Thinking - a guide

A conceptual framework of computational thinking
In light of the recent BC Ministry of Ed announcement about coding and computational thinking, here is a document produced in the UK on the same topic.

"This guide aims to help develop a shared understanding of the teaching of computational thinking in schools. It presents a conceptual framework of computational thinking, describes pedagogic approaches for teaching and offers guides for assessment. [...] Computational thinking lies at the heart of the computing curriculum but it also supports learning and thinking in other areas of the curriculum."



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Free, Printable Bingo Cards by Bingo Baker

Generate hundreds of random cards

Okay, let's face it. Sometimes you just need a bingo game to consolidate vocabulary, switch gears, or just refocus the class energy.

"Bingo Baker makes it easy to create bingo cards. You can generate hundreds of random cards and print them using the printer-friendly PDF (with no ads or watermarks). You can also save paper (and waste electricity instead) by playing your bingo game online (it works on the iPad)."

See also: Word Search labs: https://wordsearchlabs.com


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Make your own text messages - ifaketext.com

Send me a text, Christopher Robin
Imagine if the characters in a novel or historical figures could text message each other...now they can. (Create text messages in other languages too!)

"ifaketext.com allows you to create a conversation between two people and present it as a text message conversation. Simply type in the specifics of the owners phone, carrier and time, then add in the lines, and press the submit button. (Thanks CL) "