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:
Did you know that you can change the bullets in Google slides to emojis!!!!! I had no idea until I read this on twitter the other day. I love using emojis and these are way cooler than the bullets they have already put in Google Slides. It is so simple to change them also!
Check out my example and quick tutorial video above as well! A great way to add detail, excitement and difference to any of the work you are doing on Google Slides. Easy for students to change in their learning too!
Seesaw for beginners is the third course I have released online as part of my Mrs Priestley ICT Online courses. These are all free to complete; teaching skills in a hands on, easy to listen to course that you can complete at any time of the day, anywhere.
The first two are Google Drive for Teachers and Navigating Google Docs. Each of these courses aim to provide an insightful look into how each of the topics work, with videos, quizzes and activities that you can complete along the course.
Once enrolled, you have free access to the course at all times, being able to access it anywhere and refresh at any time. There is also a certificate and digital badge you can download once you have completed the course.
With the digital technologies curriculum and increase of digital use in the classroom, there are lots of teachers still looking for support on ways to implement this in the classroom. This is a website post of ideas, links and resources I have used, created or come across. Check them out below and use what you would like in your classroom.
Coding blog posts
There are lots of other coding blog posts that I have on my website that I have previously posted sharing ideas or links. These can be used in different ways so check them out below!
Coding on Scratch
Coding - is it really that hard?
Digital technologies curriculum within the junior school
Plus there are hundreds of other resources available online! Simply search 'coding' or 'digital' on Google and see what comes up. Teachers Pay Teachers have lots of free coding resources too.
Bitmoji is just one of those things I have to use in the classroom! I love incorporating Bitmoji into my class resources, on the wall or in things I am presenting! It is free, easy to use and just lots of fun!
There is many ways you can use Bitmoji in the classroom or in your resources - with lots of templates, resources and pre-made examples you can go off. I have many free resources that you can use as templates in your classroom - ones I have personally used in my classroom on a daily basis. Check out these two of my favourites!
Each fortnight I release a digital newsletter with specific tips, ideas and links to read on the go! Nothing too long and wordy. But short snippets with things you can implement in the classroom tomorrow! This is free to subscribe to, and gets emailed to your inbox every fortnight.
Check here for past editions of the newsletter or subscribe via the button below!!
Have you heard about the changes to our curriculum in New Zealand? If you were not aware, major yet fantastic changes were made to our curriculum that involved the technology curriculum area. These included the introduction of progress outcomes 'computational thinking for digital technologies' and 'designing and developing digital outcomes'. It is expected that by 2020, all schools in New Zealand are to be teaching the content whether it be stand alone, or integrated.
Of course, integration across all other curriculum areas is best to ensure meaningful integration and learning opportunities. But the reality of this can be easier said than done. Especially with the other 100 things we need to do in the classroom every day! If you haven't yet heard about these changes, or checked the new changes made follow the link here.
Computational thinking for digital technologies is all about students being able to express problems and formulate solutions in ways that means a computer can be used to solve them. Algorithmic thinking skills are important in this section.
Designing and developing digital outcomes is about students becoming experts in using different technologies to create digital content for the web, interactive digital platforms and print. Also understanding how and who systems are made for; becoming confident manipulators of data and its outcome.
I have posted a few times about the digital technologies in the classroom so check out my past blog posts on my website by typing in 'digital technologies' into the search bar to bring these up. I am also working on a long term plan that unpacks the progress outcomes for teachers looking for ideas on how they can implement these into their classrooms. Stay tuned for that!
View lots more ideas about digital technologies from Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko below too.
I created my templates on powerpoint with a fancy font and colour. The fonts I brought were off teachers pay teachers that I uploaded onto my computer to be able to use. You then save your text and background as an image, and upload it onto google keep as an 'add image'. It will then save it to the top of your note.
There are lots of other great ideas floating around the internet but I hope this helps unpack it easily on how you can make it pretty yourself.
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!