Thursday, March 29, 2012

Magic with iPads!!

 The iPad allows us to do many things, whether it be to watch and interact with media, utilise hundreds of thousands of apps, browse the web, send email or simply play games.
 I had never seen anything like this presentation.
Combining seven new iPads, these two guys will entertain you with their skills!! in an enthralling presentation.
 For more visit Swedish magicians + 7 new iPads = One of the best presentations you will ever see by Matt Brian.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Making Sense of our visual environment

This post is well worth checking out especially if you are a teacher interested in ensuring that your students have a good "understanding our visual environment."
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ICT for Visual Learners - Tools, Resources and LMS

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Class Dojo Update....iPad friendly

I posted about Class Dojo on February 20 but I would like to update you on some prezi's that are now available to help other educators understand about Class Dojo and its features. Teachers are very excited to be able to use their smartphones and iPads as remotes to update students awards easily while moving around the classroom. Kalen Gallagher, from Class Dojo, has created the following Prezi's via Cathy Edwards on yammer. I hope they can be useful to you and your staff.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Free, educational and kids teaching kids!!

Mathtrain.TV  is a free, educational "kids teaching kids" project from Mr. Marcos & his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA.  via Anne Denham
His students have developed Mathtrain TV which are short, screencast segments to demonstrate their understanding.  

TechSmith products allow educators to engage pupils and students using visual, interactive learning content. With our screen capture and recording software; Snagit, and the Camtasia family of products, teachers can explain difficult concepts with images and videos instead of words, add captions to their recorded lectures to help the learning process, and easily share content with pupils.
Visit their Facebook page Mathtrain.TV

Mathtrain now available as an app: 
Screenshots of the MathTrain app

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ways to work out the wonder of wikis.

Wikis in Plain English- Video by Wes Fryer

Wiki by Wikipedia (A free online editable encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software is very popular with students. 

(It has a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License).


The above wikispace, hccwikihelp - home , has been designed by Laura Chaffey, to assist teachers in setting up wikis for their class or school.

To successfully work with wikis you need to use many skills.

Be aware that although wikis were designed to be a collaborative tool most of them end up as just content delivery devices. If you set up a wiki try to do exercises that force students to discuss ideas, copy-edit, and substantively edit each others work right from the beginning

Wikis In The Classroom: Another Crock:  "Despite being a tool that’s really designed around group collaboration, most wikis just aren’t used that way."

How Are Wikis Really Being Used in the K-12 Classroom? by  

Streetview to seaview: Google uploads Barrier Reef survey

Streetview to seaview: Google uploads Barrier Reef survey

The Catlin Seaview Survey aims to let the public eavesdrop on its long-term study of the composition and health of the reef.

"For the first time in history we have the technology available to broadcast the findings and expedition through Google. Millions of people will be able to experience the life, the science and the magic that exists under the surface of our oceans."

"For the first time in history, we have the technology available to broadcast the findings and expedition through Google. Millions of people will be able to experience the life, the science and the magic that exists under the surface of our oceans."

The project's content will also be available at

Read more:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tips and tricks for your iPads.

Getting started and setting up advice from Stu Hasic

Visit iPad2 in Education to discover many new “News, reviews, resources and more on the use of iPads in the learning environment.” 

iPad App Assessment Rubric for Librarians - Google Docs Templates

* Tony Vincent -Ways to evaluate educational apps

                  - Ways to evaluate apps-rubric

Create an ebook and 

Create a collaborative ebook with your students from
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano ~ Langwitches ~

and try this trick for packing up your earbuds: (thanks Steph Westwood)

Life hack: Anti-chaos-cable

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Twitter is a valuable educational tool to many educators. What about you?

Twitter has been around for a while now...

The Twitter Tutorial

but since things change and evolve this new presentation is worth a view:
Using Twitter in the Classroom: A Presentation Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: 10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers

If you choose to join twitter you can follow me @ sandynay


I would add specifically for our friends here in Australia and NSW
#ozteachers Australian teachers
#auedchat Australian Education Chat
#austl Australian Teacher Librarians
#nswtl NSW Teacher Librarians
#slansw School Libraries Australia NSW
#nswdec NSW DEC issues 
#DERNSW Government issued DERvices to students

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