Howlong Tech Times
Term 2 Week 8
Web tool of the week
Create your own speaking avatar using Voki. Voki is an education tool that allows students to transform their learning. There are many more ways you can use Voki speaking avatars in your classroom to help promote learning and greater interaction. You are only limited by your creativity.
If you would like any help in creating a Voki or how to use it in the classroom, please come and see me. Click on the link below to see a Voki I created.
Websites of the week
Into the book
Into the Book is a fantastic reading comprehension resource for K-6 students and teachers. It focuses on the eight comprehension strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing.
Into the Book provides information and teaching resources for each strategy. There are 10-minute professional development videos, lesson plans, activities, audio clips, downloads, and more. There is also a student area where they can do interactive activities based on each strategy.
Big Scrub Literacy
This website provides lots of unit plans based on writing, reading and talking and listenting. You can also download intereactive notebooks files based around Naplan.
The Literacy Shed
A wealth of visual (pictures and videos) resources categorised under 'Sheds' (themes). They can be used as a stand alone literacy lesson, used to support your literacy unit or creative writing opportunities (story starters)
ipad app of the week
Chatter Pix and Yakit Kids
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Recordings can be up to 30 seconds in length and projects are saved to the camera roll. Not only are these apps fun for students, but they also allow them to think, create and demonstrate understanding.
These two apps can be found under the fold 'Creativity'.
Price - $Free on iTunes