HPS Technology News
Week 2, Term 3 2014
Welcome back to another great term! Term 3 is here and has already started with a bang. With our Netbooks and iPads busy chugging around the school, we have lots of new apps and great websites to check out to engage those busy learners in our classrooms.
This week I have a mixed bag of resources to check out; I hope you and your students have as much fun as I have had exploring them and embedding them into my teaching!
Have fun and as always, happy smoring!
Build your wild self!
Maths, maths, maths!
Numeracy Warm up
I love a good warm up activity. I am always on the hunt for new ones as I don't like to let the same ones get too stale. I have often found that warm up activities are primarily number based, and it is often hard to find ones that provide a lot of variety.
This warm up site is a beauty, it has quite a few topics to choose from, but I particularly like the Maths Vocabulary topic warm up activity. Words associated with actions in Mathematics often confuse students, so I was excited to find this. Warm up students' brains as they can click and drag answers on the Smartboard across five different levels of varying difficulty. Students can also engage in addition, subtraction, counting, place value, shapes and number patterns. This is a great site for Stage 1 - Stage 3.
Printable Maths Resources
Even though there are lots of very well known and fantastic printables floating around on the Internet such as things on Pinterest, Teachers pay teachers, Teachthis and many more, I did come across this and like it. I am a big fan of Jenny Eather and have found her resources helpful in the past.
These Maths Charts from Jenny Eather form a simple collection of printable posters and/or reference points for students and teachers on a huge variety of Maths topics catering for K-6 content ranging from simple counting to expanded notation to complex algebra.
These posters can be printed, but also can be shown via the link onto Smartboards to be used to model to students. This is a helpful little find :-)
Matific is a great Australian Maths website, recently shared by Laura Chaffey. This website is terrific, as it is not only aligned with the new Maths curriculum, but has interactive games and activities that complement several strands of Mathematics. Membership is free and as part of the membership you add in your class and school and also a Mathematics text of your preference (Targeting Maths, Maths Plus, etc) in which they aim to complement with activities in alliance to page numbers. NOTE: Membership is free for a limited time only. Within the website there is a variety of activities that can be used on the Netbooks and also the Smartboard. At this stage, not all strands are covered as the website is only new, but more is promised in the near future.
I like this website for it covers content from K-6 and is engaging for students to learn Number and Data skills. Check it out and keep an eye out for updated activities across more strands.
New iPad Apps @ HPS
Snap Type for Occupational Therapy
This cool app recommended by Lucinda is a great one for students with fine motor troubles. It is so easy to use, students or teachers simply take a photograph using the inbuilt iPad camera of a worksheet, paper or whatever the task is that a student needs to write on. The student can then tap where they would like to write. This is like adding a text box in Word. These text boxes can be dragged anywhere and resized by dragging and pinching using fingers on the screen. Once the text box is right, students tap on the box and the keyboard pops up. Students then type in their answers. More text boxes can be added by the same process. To save work, students simply do a screen shot by pressing the home button and lock button at the top at the same time. To refresh and take a new photograph, simply flip the iPad face down for two seconds. Find this great app in the Teacher folder.
Number Sequencing 101-200
This app was a freebie I came across in the holidays which is quite good. I like that there is an app that builds on numbers beyond the 100 chart for the younger years. The app provides the user the choice between sequencing before, after and/or in between. Once this has been chosen, the task is then broken down into three groups (101-140), (141-180) and (181-200). According to the type of task, students have to click on the number they want to use, and then have to find the number before/after/between it from a grid of numbers on the screen. Numbers are read to students as they are tapped but the instructions are not read to students as they are in other apps. This app can be found in the Counting folder.
Me in a story book - Farm
This adorable app is great for younger students who are looking at topics such as Places, Food, Farms, etc but also for the enjoyment of reading. The app was another free one that popped up for a short time only during the holidays. It has the option of 'Read to me' or 'Read it myself' which is great for students developing reading skills. The best part of this app is the personalisation. Gone are the days where your parents would write away for books with your name in them, this app allows students to add their face to create the character, as well as depict the different moods the character is feeling in the story! This task is simple; by pressing on 'My face' steps are shown how to take photos for each emotion. The user will need to then align the photographs to fit the space provided. Once the user has completed all of the photos, they are instantly in the book. Watch as the book not only tells the story, but the story is brought to life by the comical facials taken in the photographs. This app is lots of fun and great for a laugh too! Find it in the Reading folder.