Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Game consoles in classrooms?

In his blog,, Tom Barrett write about his experience of using game consoles in the classroom.

 He believes that the console should have a well deserved place in the primary classroom as a media platform. He acknowledges that it is what you do with that engaged group of children that counts.   Check out the images.

North American cover artImage via Wikipedia
I can see the potential for Consoles in Classrooms, especially after examining what the students
were able to  achieve using Endless Ocean.

What do you think?

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12th Annual TOOTH TALLY International Project

Cheryl Hill is looking for Australian schools 
that would like to join this 

The excitement of counting, graphing, reading and writing about losing teeth is beginning again next February. So get in early and get ready to join the fun!!

Our year 1 classes really enjoyed this TOOTH TALLY unit last year and I would like to do it again for year 1, 2010. I really recommend this project .

Click here to check out more details.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Another great video site useful for educators.

What is WatchKnow?

Imagine hundreds of thousands of great short videos, and other media, explaining every topic taught to school kids. Imagine them rated and sorted into a giant Directory, making them simple to find. WatchKnow--as in, "You watch, you know"--is a non-profit online community devoted to this goal.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

So much more to TaLe than meets the eye.

Social media tools

Many teacher are already using social media technologies to enhance the teaching and learning process.This space provides background on some common social media tools and their uses in teaching and learning.

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Google Documents for teachers

Google Docs Tutorial for Teachers: This tutorial will show you the basics of using Google Docs so you can save and edit documents online.

Google DocsImage via Wikipedia
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

NSW DET teachers have access to helpful resources...

This web site offers:
online modules 
focusing on integration of ICT
supported by teaching and learning activities 
designed to meet syllabus outcomes K-12

This site offers you an opportunity to engage in a range of self paced tutorials. These are supported with teaching activities designed to meet syllabus outcomes through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Australian Government Quality Teacher Program
Student in Computer Lab IIImage by Old Shoe Woman via Flickr

 Select Primary or Secondary to search for resources designed to illustrate the integration of ICT  into teaching and learning activities.

Access through My Portal------> My applications-------> Integrating ICT in Teaching and Learning
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iPod Touch in action in the classroom of 8year olds!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

You Tube - A New Tool For Teaching Information Literacy

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

The Outback visits Sydney Australia.-video created from Flickr images.

 Wonderful reflective piece-Well done to Stu Hasic .

September 23, 2009 - The Outback visits Sydney Australia. A massive dust storm - the largest in over 100 years blew millions of tonnes of dust from Central Australia across a front more than 600km wide, turning the Sydney sky red, then orange then yellow and coating everything with fine dust.

These images were all sourced from Flickr where over 2,500 such images were posted today. Of course, which other song could go with this than "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas.
Created by Stu Hasic

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Another FREE application

Download the FREE TIME Mobile app for the iPhone or iPod touch to access TIME's depth of content around-the-clock.

Sections include:


  • Top Stories
  • Latest Headlines
  • Politics
  • U.S.
  • World
  • Biz & Tech
  • Health & Science
  • Entertainment
  • Travel
  • Swampland
  • The Curious Capitalist
  • Tuned In
  • Nerd World
  • Looking Around


Best and Worst Lists in every category from Entertainment to Politics

Quotes’s Quotes of the Day


The most popular articles that are being read on


Exciting photo essays and videos

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Google Docs to Slideshare

Slideshare recently rolled out the ability to import and share documents from Google Docs on SlideShare
They support importing presentations, documents and pdf files at present. 
Follow the steps outlined in the SlideShare blog posting.

What is SlideShare?

SlideShare claims to be the best way to share your presentations with the world
adapted from Jane Knight

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A movie make tool-Xtranormal

See what Room 10 RBS created:


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Random Number Generator

Choose your own min and max numbers(0-100)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Looking for safe copyright free clipart for students?-Try WPClipart

 "WPClipart is a fast, clean and safe site for children and others to find good-quality, printable images that have no copyright restrictions."

"PNG was chosen as the default format because it is lossless but compressed -- meaning it is of higher quality than JPG. "  Not all images are in colour and some images are of a poorer quality.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to School: Top 10 iPhone Apps for Students

Back to School: Top 10 iPhone Apps for Students

Must-have iPhone applications for students.

These apps will help you stay organised, take notes, and study better.

Seven are FREE!!
iPhone DesktopImage by powerbooktrance via Flickr
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Sunday, August 23, 2009 on line for free is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. You can:

* Create colourful mind maps online
* Share and work with friends
* Embed your mind map in your blog or website
* Email and print your mind map
* Save your mind map as an image

" is fantastic for collaborative work." Lisa Valentine
"a great flow charting tool that lets individuals and groups sketch out their conceptual map." Andrew Middleton

A hand-drawn mind mapImage via Wikipedia

Try it and let me know what you think.
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Monday, August 17, 2009 - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Create your own huge display posters

Block Posters enables users to upload their images and then enlarge them.

By printing each block of the image as an A4 size, users can print images with lots or just a few blocks to create small, large or enormous photos for display.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

You Tube-now it's unblocked for teachers

If you would like a very brief, but most entertaining, history of the world watch this regional award winning video-Behold! The entire history of the world in under 7mins!

Twiddle This! A collaborative writing tool.

Twiddle this page!

"Twiddla calls itself a web-based meeting playground. Not only is it a fun way to swap ideas about a website or image, it’s incredibly useful as well."
Browse websites in a shared, real-time whiteboard, while marking them up, sharing files, and chatting along. It's called co-browsing; all the cool kids are doing it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Create your own motivational poster.

Visit this site to explore the possibilities of creating your own custom made motivational posters.

Create your own banners

Visit Image Chef to create your own free banners.

Word Mosaic

Make Word Mosaic
Write a comment or poem in the shape of hearts or other symbols.

ImageChef Word Mosaic -

The Wizard Text Generator

The Wizard Text Generator was enjoyed but the kids.

They also liked the Ninja text generator.
Year 6 thought that the The Newspaper Clipping Generator had potential.

If you are looking at creating a movie The Movie Clapper Board Generator may also come in handy.

Book Cover Generator

I had a go at a new book cover generator. It is very basic but...
I had a go at a cover for "Twilight."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Stu's Double Jeopardy

A game for the Future-
I would love to be able to introduce this soon.
Stu’s Double Jeopardy (for Windows) borrows from the lasting legacy of the popular TV gameshow, Jeopardy! to make an exciting, interactive and educational computer-based gameshow available to everybody.
As Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) and data projectors become more widely used in schools, there is a need for motivating, interactive and educational software to complement them.
– Jeopardy can be played by up to 6 teams!

Check out the quizzes
In addition to these quizzes, there are specific instructions for creating and sharing your own quizzes as well. For younger learners you can use images for the questions.

Look where we could go with it in the future.

Jeopardy Tournament

Stu's Double Jeopardy! is available free of charge. Thank you Stu Hasic!!

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Jack and The Beanstalk- Mixbook

Collaboration and team work rule!
Mixbook allows educators even easier access to a powerful suite of digital storytelling tools on the web.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

IPhone and Teaching

How To Use The Best 40 Features of iPhone 3.0

22 More iPhone 3.0 Features You May Not Know

Educate Educate is an iPhone/iPod Touch application designed to support teaching professionals in schools

Info Visual Dictionary

If you would like to use image on your website, you must use the share function available on each page of the site.

The maximum number of "Share image" authorized for your blog/site is 10. Select the text (code HTML or UBB) below by recopying the code in the language of a page of your site.

the reproduction of texts or images on paper is authorized in a school environment, subject to the 3 following conditions :
  1. Diffusion at no charge,
  2. Respect of the integrity of the reproduced information (no alteration, no modification),
  3. Explicit quotation of the site as source and mention that reproduction rights are reserved and strictly limited

Saturday, June 27, 2009

ZAMZAR-Free online file conversion

Recommended by Edutopia. Michele Knobel is a professor of education at Montclair State University, in Montclair, New Jersey, and co-author of New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Learning.

Zamzar converts files without the need to download software



Use this site for collaborative storytelling or document annotation.

Microphone set up for Windows XP

How to make a VoiceThread

Thursday, June 25, 2009


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Songs on the SMART Board

Songs on the SMART Board

Shared via AddThis
Susan Stephenson suggests:

Communicating with parents, students, and other teachers doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming. There are many free tools and sites online that can help with communication and networking.

Although I have tried some of these tools and sites I will have to try to have a go at the others soon.

Engrade - This free suite of web-based tools was designed specifically for educators. Teachers can use Engrade to keep an online gradebook and an online attendance book. Engrade can also be used to send messages, post homework, and provide instant progress reports.

Edmodo - Edmodo is a free online communication tool for teachers and students. Teachers can privately assign homework, share files, and send alerts to students and parents.

EduSlide - This slide show tool was designed for teachers who want to create their own elearning resources. It can also be used to assign homework, share instructions for projects, and invite parents to special events.

SlideShare - Slideshare can be used to create public and private webinars and slide shows. This free tool works with PowerPoint and Microsoft Word.

WriteWith - This all-in-one tool can be used to chat, write online in groups, assign tasks, and much more.

NoteMesh - NoteMesh was created for students who want to collaborate with classmates, but it can also be used by teachers. The free service allows you to create a classroom wiki that can be updated by anyone in the group.

Keep and Share - This site offers free and secure group file sharing. Files that can be shared include documents, calendars, to-do lists, photos, and bookmarks.

Mikogo - Mikogo is a free screen-sharing tool that can be used to share your computer screen immediately with other people who are online.

Meebo - This free communication tool can be used with multiple instant messaging networks. Meebo works with AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, Gmail, MySpace IM, and Facebook Chat.

Pidgin - Similar to Meebo, Pidgin is a popular chat client that works with a variety of instant messaging services, including AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Groupwise, Bonjour, ICQ, and Zephyr.

Phonevite - Phonevite can be used to send free reminders and alerts to other people and yourself. You simply decide who you want to contact and record a message. Phonevite takes care of the rest.

ooVoo - This free video calling service can be used to conduct a video chat with up to six people at one time. Perfect for teachers who want to communicate with colleagues or conduct parent teacher conferences online.

SpeakLike - This free web app makes it easier to communicate with people who do not speak your language. SpeakLike works like an instant messaging service and translates everything that's written from one language into another.

Google Apps Education Edition - Google's free suite of communication and collaboration apps for schools and universities makes it easy for educators to stay in touch and work together. You can collaborate in real time and share everything from files to calendars.

Twitter - Twitter has become everyone's favorite communication tool. Teachers have been using it to communicate with students, parents, and each other. It can also be used as a teaching tool in the classroom.

GroupTweet - This free app is for Twitter users who want to create a group and send messages privately between one another.

Remember the Milk - Remember the Milk is the perfect self-communication tool. This task-master helps you keep track of everything from your grocery list to your event calendar.

Classroom 2.0 - Classroom 2.0 is a social networking site for teachers who want to learn more about the web and the different ways technology can be used in the classroom. The site offers forums, webcasts, and live webinars. - This online learning community for educators exists for teachers who want to network and learn how to integrate digital technology into the classroom.

Teachade - Designed specifically for educators, this social media networking site makes it easy to network and share resources with other teaching professionals. You can blog, chat, ask questions, and share files.

Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook
Blogging about kids' literature and literacy
Editor of Literacy Lava