The bitmoji craze is continuing, this time with desktop backgrounds! These are so fun and just another way of integrating Bitmoji into your lives. You can design these anywhere - on drawings, slides, powerpoint. Done with text boxes, shapes and background colours.
So fun, easy to personalise & add bitmoji to your computer desktop background. You could combine bitmoji desktop backgrounds with personalised folders too to add more excitement to your desktop.
I was asked by Rob Clarke from Learning Architects to do a guest blog post on their website. I was so honoured and excited as this is my first type of post on a website that isn't my own. In this blog post I talk about using daily check-ins for distance learning. Something I have and continue to use all the time in my programme. I find them hugely valuable and important to gain an insight into the child and their wellbeing.
Read the blog post below on why I use check-ins plus links to some templates!
I have now got four videos showing how to insert emojis on an iPad, chromebook on google docs, chromebook on seesaw and macbook! All of these are easy to follow tutorials that show you how to get them inserted. If this is something you didn't know about - then tune in to one of these below to learn how!
During this lockdown, teachers have needed to adjust, make changes and reflect on practices that have or have not worked for them. Everyday we are learning as professionals what will work for our students online in this distant home learning, and what also is just a complete fail. Communication has been a huge part of this, with many using zoom to connect, teach & continue to build skills with our students.
In my zoom sessions I do model a lot of my learning so my students can see, hear and have me explain what is happening. This is modelled through my iPad, air played to the session in my zoom. I have found this very helpful in helping connect my students to the learning and also to ensure I am being clear in my learning.
Check out this video tutorial below that shows you how I use screenshare and annotation apps/software during a zoom conversation.
I came across this Bitmoji scene from a lady on a facebook group I follow. This amazing idea is such a fun and creative one using your Bitmoji. There was a tutorial that I followed to make my own but then I couldn't find the post again. So I just created my own tutorial instead. Many people are using this for Google classroom, seesaw posts or just updates for students to add excitement or difference. Check out my example below and tutorial you can watch to make your own!
Yesterday I ran the second of my online PLD around Seesaw. This time is was focusing on Seesaw activities, explaining how to find them, save them and create them for yourself. This was modelled via the zoom online recording and recorded for those of you that might not have been able to make it. I also shared a whole lot of recording templates and seesaw activity templates than can be used for creating Seesaw activities. Check out the online recording below and the slide deck attached at the bottom for yourself.
I implemented two technology ideas in the classroom this week to start our regular use and incorporation of digital tools in the classroom. These are Kahoot! and Osmo. Both have great opportunities for students in the classroom and are to easy to get going in your rotations.
The other tool was the coding app which teaches key computational thinking and skills with a hands on approach. This is always a hit and my kids loved using this one too.
Find out lots more information here on the Osmo website.
This week I created and shared these create QR code posters about different insects. These were created to support my students in our learning of mini beasts to find some facts about them to delve deeper into our inquiry.
We used these in class on thursday and friday and they were a hit! The QR codes linked to a relevant video clip on youtube that students went off and listened too. At this first stage, it was just listening to hear and understand and then next week we are working on recording key facts about the insect. These are also up on our inquiry wall so students can come back and listen to them at anytime.
Each fortnight I release a quick snippet digital newsletter that shares quick ideas and links that you can use in your classroom. It is centered around four sections of ideas that can be used by anyone in any year level! The latest edition came out tonight sharing some great digital finds.
Want to sign up? Head over here to get it emailed to your inbox as soon as its released!
I am so excited to announce the second instalment of Arabella's Adventures. A technology themed picture book series that teaches students key ideas with technology. The first one is all about how to take care of iPads, with the second and recent release about Internet kindness. This one follows Arabella at school when she comes across a situation that makes her think about being kind on when using a device and on the Internet. There is also follow ups included and a kindness rules poster attached below that you can download and use it in your classroom.
It is only available in read aloud ebook version so far - but stay tuned for the picture book versions coming soon!
This weeks Sunday spotlight shares these great beginning of the day/daily greeting slide decks for your classroom. These are a great way of get students ready for the day and making use of technology you might have in the classroom. I have two templates below that I have created and used in my classroom.
The one on the left is new for my class in 2020. I have the date, a bitmoji and then key information I need my students to know for the day on the left. This is what I will use on the first day of school.
The one on the right is my one from 2019. It has the date, a GIF, a space for a message of the day and then stickies on the right for snippet key information on the right.
Both of these are great ways to share information in the morning. Make a copy of these templates above on the links!
This weekend was the first 'The WIP Hui' held in Napier, New Zealand. The WIP Hui was formed by 6 like minded educators that want to help others to connect, share and disrupt education. We found that at conferences it can be a real hit and miss opportunity, with lots of the learning being done by talking or having smaller connections and conversations with others. So we thought why not make our own unconference hui to help us share and connect with others.
So we came together, got started and formed a plan! And that is what we have - The WIP Hui. WIP stands for work in progress; like all teachers are doing, always working on growing/learning as professions.
This then led to the first round of workshops! Three educators shared their ideas about topics they are passionate about. We voted on ones that we were interested in and those educators got the floor.
We then had some more smackdowns and an open sharing time. These were really interesting to hear what others were doing in the classroom.
Some of the ideas shared were:
Day 1 was a great success and I am so happy that people are full of ideas, tips and tricks to take away to their classrooms. Tomorrow will bring about more new ideas, with 3 more workshops and a design thinking session!
If you don't already know, I share a lot of my resources for teachers to use. They are on here, my website; teachers pay teachers store and also on a shared Google drive resource library that I have created with my resources in there. There is lots of teachers from all over the world to access - someone new to the profession, someone looking for ideas or something just looking for something to browse.
Check out this quick video showing you where all the freebies are!
Over the past few years I have worked on pdfs and ibooks that aim to transfer idea, knowledge and skill about key software or apps that I have used. I love sharing my work and ideas with others and another way of doing that is through ibooks. These are pdfs that I have created and released on Apple ibooks for educators to read and access from all over the world.
Check out five of the ones I have released and created:
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!