Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shape Collage-So simple to use yet so effective!!

Shape Collage - Free Automatic Photo Collage Maker

You can join or just check out the Shape Collage flickr group
It's a fair collage
Download Shape Collage at

For those who want more....Shape Collage + Gimp

For those who want even more...Shape Collage + After Effects

Search engines for kids

            GoGooligans pops up a page to help you organise your notes when searching.

Study search-google for kids                                                             

         Study Search                                                               

 Ask Kids 

                                 Yahoo for kids


7 pieces of puzzle BOOLIFY


Boolify: Basic Operation video                                                                                                                                                  

dogpile logoMeta search engine. GO FETCH!!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Graphics and what graphic artists can produce amaze me.

The Face of 7 billion: 7,000 human figures each representing 1,000,000 people from National Geographic

It is a work that took more than ten years

Click on the link to zoom in and see what the graphic is made up of.

What is 7 billion? video by National Geographic

"Solving the challenges presented by a population of seven billion will take collaboration on a global scale."

Next generation textbook with inbuilt provision for assistance....

Inkling from Bulent Keles on Vimeo.
Inkling is the next generation textbook technology built on apple platform for the iPad, a learning network that combines social platforms with learning capabilities.

Crocodoc is a free tool worth investigating.....

"Crocodoc makes it easy to view and comment on PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations." Crunch Base 


View and comment on any document

Review a Word document, fill out a PDF form, mark up an image,
and more... All with Crocodoc, all online, all for free. 

Crocodoc video
Crocodoc video
Crocodoc intro

Using Crocodoc for collaborative homework marking -NikPeachey -

This video shows how Crocodoc can be used to mark up and correct students' written work. This can be done collaboratively live online with the students or by two or more students working together.

With Crocodoc you can:

View PDFs, Office Docs, & Images

Documents display beautifully in your browser. No Flash or plugins required.

Add Comments & Markups

Add comments, highlights, drawings, and other markups to documents and images

Share and Embed Anywhere

Invite others to collaborate in real-time or embed documents on your website or blog

For more info:

CrocoDoc: Read, Annotate, Share, and Collaborate on PDF Files Online provides many helpful howtos and guides.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Great advancement!! Help with attribution is on its way!!

Creative Commons
To be a responsible digital citizen requires a person to be informed of their rights and responsibilities. 
One of the rights is that no-one is allowed to copy your work without your permission.
That is "copyright".  
Even if you give your permission for someone to use your work they must give you recognition as the owner of the work. That is called "attribution". In creative commons there are choices to be made by the owner of the work.
What is Creative commons

There are other licensing agencies to investigate as well:  Viscopy
                                                                                   APRA/AMCOS and the
                                                                                   Australian Copyright Council.

Watch the video below to understand more about this concept  called "creative commons".

Visit Judy O'Connell's blog Digital Citizenship for Schools
In  her Greasemonkey for flickr post Judy writes:
"Alan Levine has written a Flickr Attribution Helper – a browser script that embeds easy to copy attribution text to creative commons licensed flickr images. Greasemonkey is an add-on for Firefox browser. Once Greasemonkey is installed, you have the ability to add all sorts of magical things to the functionality of your browser."

Livebinders are a great collection and organisation tool.

I have created a number of livebinders to help support teachers 
Some of them include: Persuasive texts
                                  Book Trailers
                                  Kids book trailers
                                  New Teachers" survival kit
                                  Quest Atlantis
                                  blogED and blogging tools
                                  Online Stories
                                  Tooth Tally
                     Livebinders4teachers : This workspace was created for educators to share and categorize livebinders by subject, grade-level, and whatever else makes sense.  Please feel free to add binders, pages, and new sections.
Livebinders Tips and Tricks

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Searching for information using pictures- so easy- so useful!!

 Google Goggles is a downloadable image recognition application.
Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It's ideal for things that aren't easy to describe in words. 
Try taking pictures of books & DVDs, landmarks, barcodes & QR codes, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, or text; it can recognize up to three items at a time. Google Goggles is a fantastic tool for tourists, art gallery enthusiasts, people who love to read good books...

The best position to take pictures of images is the left landscape.

Future uses from Wikipedia

Google is currently working to make the system able to recognise different plants and leaves, which can aid curious persons, those wishing to avoid toxic plants, and botanists and environmentalists searching for rare plants.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Khan Academy shares thousands of videos for your students.

Khan Academy  now have on the order of 2,200 videos covering everything from basic arithmetic all the way to vector calculus . They have a million students a month using the site, watching on the order of 100 to 200,000 videos a day.
 These resources can be very effective as revision or reinforcement tasks, a backup for students who miss a lesson or for students who need further input to fully understand certain concepts. 

Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education | Video on

See what is available:Browse the library

Start at the very beginning. The software will build your streak. It builds profiency with unlimited problems until you get 10 in a row, in a game like framework. Students can earn badges to encourage and motivate them.There are hint facilities available and the software allows students to work at their own pace. There is plenty of feedback for teachers and parents to view. These resources should be used as part  of a balanced course.