Techie Tidbits

Term 4 Week 7-8

Hi all! This is the 2nd last Tidbits for the year and I wanted to pack in as much as I could.

I know all you are thinking about right now is reports, however I am sure in the holidays you will be thinking about how you want to incorporate technology into your lessons in a new or different way next year or at least be more organised so you don't waste quiet so much time searching the internet for resources!

One thing I have realised about using technology and online tools where students create and communicate is when it comes to reporting, instead of lugging home a pile of papers to review, its sitting there in cyberspace or the "cloud". All you need to do is pop online and there it is! Easy!

Maths Links

If there is only one thing you look at from this Techie Tidbits, it should be this! This site has a ton of resources:

*Lesson ideas and resources (linked to new curriculum) - Faculty link

*Interactive dice, timers, bingo etc- Starters link

*Links to sites with Interactives and printables e.g. graph paper, videos - Kit link

Please check it out and bookmark it!

What is Symbaloo?

Symbaloo is an online storage site for all of your favourite links. After much looking around I think this is now my favourite. I instantly loved it because you can find stored links that others have set up.

After signing up (free), you create a "web mix". This is a collection of website links that you can add. They look like tiles on your screen (with pictures or symbols).

You can add your symbaloo as your homepage which is handy as it has a google search section in the middle of each web mix.

You can also search for other symbaloos- try education, maths, reading, web 2.0 tools. You can search Australian users or the default American.

This really is a great tools.

Below are just a couple of web mixes that I have discovered.

Web 2.0 Tools

What are WEB 2.0 tools???

"Web 2.0" refers to a perceived second generation of web development and design, that facilitates communication, secure information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration on the World Wide Web."

Some examples are:

  • Glogster
    Great way to share posters and images you’ve made with friends
  • Edmodo
    Social learning environment and one of the best ways to teach with tech
  • Twitter
    The micro blogging service that many love or hate.
  • WordPress
    Content publishing system. It’s gone way beyond just blogging.
  • Prezi
    Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint
  • Animoto
    Make beautiful videos from images in a snap
  • Weebly
    Create your own website or blog, very easy to use
  • Audioboo
    Easily record and share audio
  • Wordle
    Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text
  • Voki
    Get your own avatar and even have it talk with your voice
  • Tagxedo
    Like Wordle but a step farther as text can be used to build bigger images


Below are a few sites that will help you find some web 2.0 resources.

The first I emailed last week.

The second is a great site for incorporating technology into education.

The third is the link to Copacabana's site which has everything you need and more! (lots of symbaloos on here too)

Interested in Animation?

This website called SCRATCH is a simple way to create animations online. Have a look. Could be a little complicated to start with but it has step by step instructions, its free and there are heaps of examples to look at.

From the website:

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

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Check out this site for educators with tips n tricks:

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