Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interested in Pinterest? I love it!!

pinterest-logo-150x150.jpgPinterest Logo

Currently, Pinterest is by invitation only.When I signed up a few months ago by requesting an invitation, I didn’t have to wait very long before I received it. 

You are also able to invite friends to start using Pinterest by clicking the red ‘Invite Friends’ button in the upper right on your Pinterest homepage.

The Pinterest system and layout  utilises Twitter like trending capabilities 
within their layout which encourages the most popular-the best- 
the quality content to surface at the top.
The Ultimate Guide To Pinterest
View more presentations from Michael Litman

Visit for a principal's review of #Pinterest and ideas on how it can be used as #edtech tool. 
 I really like  the idea of creating of your PLN
With the installing the Pin It button it is really very easy to then pin (add) your work/selections.
For an example of a school district using Pinterest  visit 
I have started a pinboard for my school- 

If you have friends that use Pinterest and want to make sure that they see an image that you pinned, you can tag them in the description using ‘@’ followed by their user name.
My Pinterest                       Follow Me on Pinterest
There are also a number of museums on Pinterest  
Museums on Pinterest
Science centre

Monday, February 20, 2012

Starting out with SMART Notebook? Tutorials 2 help U

Mr Lovegrove » Teachers - Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

Mr Lovegrove » Teachers - Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

Clever ways to reveal things using SMART Notebook from Matt Lovegrove on Vimeo.

                           You may like to join

                                                   to discover many new and exciting things
                                                    that you and your students can master.

Pinterest Logo
Visit this Pinterest on IWBs for many stimulating ideas.

You may even be up for a IWB challenge?  There are 12 to try. Have fun.

 SMARTBoard Notebook Search Engine

Class Dojo


* keep a record of work completed
* reward kids for being safe, respectful, good learners
* positive behaviours and negative behaviours
* only use what suits your class's purpose
* select your own criteria-set your won rewards

ClassDojo- a review which outlines steps to setup

I am currently using Class Dojo for all of my library classes.  I use 7 positive behaviour criteria for classes from year 1-6 and 6 for kindies.

You can add points as you move around the room with your iPhone/ smartphone and your iPad.

Click on this link for  help with Class Dojo 

There is plenty of support and the set up is very intuitive.
To gain the ability to change avatars you can either pay $3 or invite a friend to checkout #ClassDojo! So easy...spread the word.
 It allowed me to upload other avatars which the kids can choose from when they earn a reward.

The specific features that qualify Class Dojo to be a “teacher-approved-technology” from 

Class Dojo Full Report include:

1. Flexibility (Allows me to decide criteria, point value, and rewards)
This program is teacher-centerd and therefore has greater flexibility to allow teachers to customize the reasons and incentive structure for each class. It allows me to not only decide the criteria and point value of rewards, but also add notes (not seen by students) at any point in time, which is particularly helpful when trying to keep track of follow-up to a particular event.
2. Mobility (allows me to be where I need to be, with my students and not at my keyboard)
What I particularly love about Class Dojo is the fact that I can control it with my iphone! No longer will I be forced to choose between standing near my keyboard or using a paper seating chart to record points that will have to deciphered, entered and analyzed at the end of the week!  This application allows me to be where I need to be-with my students, and frees me from being trapped at my keyboard.
3. Parent Feedback (enables me to tell each parent how their child did in class that day, and everyday)
Our circumstances often make it difficult for us to provide parents with as much feedback as we would like to. Class Dojo, however, is set up so that parents can access their child’s data and see how they performed in class each day.  Now I will be able to tell each parent how their child did in class that day and everyday.
4. Analytics
On a Friday afternoon, the last thing I want to do is enter student performance data into an excel spreadsheet and then use that data to update my grade book’s record of each student’s performance.
For more details go to 

Class Dojo Full Report

** EXCITING ADDITIONAL BENEFIT of using ClassDojo In schools the kindy kids are more readily recognising their names because of it!

Smartphone Connection:
Connect the ClassDojo classroom remote control by visiting the following website on your smartphone:
You will need to log-in using your log-in details:
Email: your email address
Password: Your password

If you're using an iPhone, follow the instructions on your screen to add ClassDojo to your homescreen.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

No more picnik!! DO NOT FEAR- Try these



Aviary is a suite of powerful creative applications that you can use right in your web browser. 
 "Aviary is a collection of ornithologically named online tools designed to bring creativity to the cloud. There is a strong focus on graphic work in the form of photo, vector and palette editors, but an online audio editor is also available." Tech Radar Review

100% free 
Aviary contains a number of terrific web-based  photo editing tools

Tools for lighting.

Brightness, Saturation, and Contrast.

Tools for adjustments.

Orientation, Crop, and Sharpness.

Tools for cosmetics.

Red-Eye, Whiten, and Blemish.

Tools for fun.

Stickers, Drawing, Text, and Meme (beta).

There are ten beautiful stylistic effects to make your users' photos pop.
Advanced users will love to use these tools: @ Aviary Tools

 Peacock is an impressive effects editor – also referred to as the Visual Laboratory. 

Myna is the suite's multi-track audio editor. You're provided with a large number of samples that can be dropped into a track, but it is also possible to upload your own audio files.
The Aviary editor is embeddable. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time as the only real downside being the extra time it takes to save large files.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mind mapping app for the iPad-Popplet

Popplet is place where you can post, curate and collaborate on your best ideas and random stuff all in one visual place

 Popplet is still in beta and is free to use. 

There is an iPad app available.
 There is a lite version for free and a full version available for $5.49 Aus.
 The lite version only allows you to create one popplet. 
The full version allows you to work with unlimited popplets and includes features such as online integration, realtime collaboration, PDF export, VGA support and more.

It is not a web tool but it is a favourite of mine-iBallz

and check out some fabulous posts about iPads in education @ Primary Education