I rearranged my desktop recently to make it all colour coded in order with a background of the things I am working on and doing. Something different than your usual macbook or laptop pre-created background. And the icons add to make it seem organised and in check.
Check out this quick video I uploaded to youtube last year on how to make fancy looking icons like mine to add some excitement, interest and difference to your desktop! Easy to create and use!
You can make a copy of my daily check in google form here! So easy to use with any year level students; and a great way to introduce digital technologies into your classroom practice in a fun and easy way! I created the simple above poster for students to scan when they first come in the morning! Way easier than typing out a url each day!
Seesaw already has some great getting started guidelines that take teachers and students through a series of lessons to unpack each tool when beginning with Seesaw. Find the guides here.
I took those guides, and created some task cards that can align with those so students can learn about the Seesaw tools, follow specific instructions when using the tools to become confident users of Seesaw.
These task cards are free to download and use for your students. There are seven in total, that work through using the main tools when starting out: taking a photo, video, creating a drawing, writing note and writing a comment.
Download it from my teachers pay teachers store link here, or download the pdf below. Check out my other Seesaw task cards also.
So here it is! My new pdf ebook (soon to come to itunes for download) sharing 8 engaging ways to use technology in the classroom. And by 8, it is WAY more than 8! This pdf ebook is jam packed with ideas that cover 8 topics that can have technology integrated within it effectively.
The areas that are covered in this ebook are:
-share the learning
-gather feedback or student voice
-interact with learning
-project based learning
-be our guest
Within each chapter, it unpacks what it means and then shares some apps, ideas and activities that can be used to show this area in the classroom.
This pdf ebook is FREE to download so get it now!!!!
I always love using technology in engaging ways throughout all my lessons. One great app that integrates devices in a collaborative yet exciting way is Kahoot!
Kahoot is a hands on, engaging and interactive app/website that provides game based quizzes for students to play. The teacher (or student) sets up the game and students join using a pin. They can play in individual mode or team mode. Students can choose a nickname or team name and are ready to play!
I saw this online a few weeks ago and immediately had to do it for myself! Who doesn't love pretty stuff on their background notes right?
So straight into it, I created my font backgrounds, saved them as images and uploaded them to my Google Keep notes! Simple, easy and colourful - perfect for my obsessiveness over cute colourful things!
Check out the short 3 minute video below on how you can make yours!
Last year I created this slide deck for a staff meeting in my Junior Team with a recording of it attached above. This is just a youtube of the slide deck if you prefer to listen rather than read. The slides show how easily you can break down those tricky key terms in your practice or classroom.
Above are two plans that I created for my team also. The first plan is a junior devices ICT use LTP that provides ideas, tips and links to a range of things that can be taught in the classroom in all ICT areas.
The second plan is a junior coding LTP that provides ideas, links and resources for teaching coding in a junior classroom.
Both of these are in pdf form but can be moved into google docs form. Please do not share these files without permission - you are welcome to share the link to this post. Both of these were created by myself and full credit needs to be left at the top if in use.
There are plenty of other resources available including more that I have created in this folder link (pictured above). These include specific examples to the Digital Technologies curriculum that can be used in your classroom.
When sharing, please share the link to this post when sharing the links. Please do not recreate any of the information or planning you find - both of these were created by myself and full credit needs to be left at the top if in use.
Google Docs is great for using in the classroom for both teachers and students. It has huge opportunities for collaboration, ease of use and making connections to others across the world. It is an online version of a similar app - Word, but with the data and app save online in the 'cloud'.
At my school I am introducing and implementing work using Google apps in class. A part of this is unpacking google drive and the apps that go along with it. This is a pdf I created that unpacks a little bit more information on what it looks like, the tools and how you can use it.
Check out this easy to read pdf attached below. It just provides you with quick snippets to show you an insight on how it works. Great for those who are unsure on how complicated it can be or how to use the tools.
First day of school today! Back into the swing of things with my brand new 23 Year 3 students. Such a great feeling meeting those new people who will soon spend all day in my classroom.
Beginning of the year is always vital for building routines and getting those set in place for your class. This builds a strong foundation for all that you do in class, with one of mine being our morning routines! I have always used this template as a morning routine greeting to get students excited and up to date with coming to school on that day.
I use a Google slide deck to share the above information with my students everyday!
Each day has a slide with:
-a fun GIF
-bitmoji sticker for fun
-other short notes with information that could relate to students or their parents that come in
I find that my students rely on this to be shown in the morning and love coming in to view the GIF or the Bitmoji sticker! A great way to build routines and share notes for everyone coming in in the morning. They then go off and find an activity or something set up that I might have for the morning.
To make yourself a copy of this template to use in your classroom click here. Simply update your own items to the template and you're away!
Google is amazing! They have so many apps that are perfect for use within education that really enhance learning opportunities within the classroom. Google apps for education can transform learning activities and help students create, collaborate and extend the walls within.
Alongside this Google has a great 'Be Internet Awesome' programme to help students gain the skills to be safe when using the Internet. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
Be Internet Awesome is broken down into five sections:
1. Be Internet Smart - share with care
2. Be Internet Alert - don't fall for fake
3. Be Internet Strong - secure your secrets
4. Be Internet Kind - its cool to be kind
5. Be Internet Brave - when in doubt, talk it out
These five sections make up the programme to teach students about internet safety. The programme takes you on a tour through each of the different sections where you complete activities and games to learn the skills. Its named Interland.
At the end students can even get a certificate for completing their journey or digital badges! Teachers, there is a curriculum to guide you and your students along the journey with a pledge that can be sent home to continue the conversations at home too.
Check out all the information about it here on Google.
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