Monday, 21 March 2016

Digital Bytes - 21 March 2016


This 2-minute video packs a powerful punch: a young girl mastered Dubstep Dancing by teaching herself through watching YouTube videos. A great reminder of what a positive influence learning through video can be. Show it to your students! What would they like to learn?
20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

“If we don’t have their attention, what’s the point?” Asks Kathy Perez, an educator with decades of experience in Special Education and English language learners.

There is a little something for everyone in Kathy’s 20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners, starting simply with number 1: Don’t be Boring, and continuing on from there.
Take Note: How to Curate Learning Digitally

Beth Holland encourages learners to Curate, Synthesize and Reflect while taking notes. She argues that being able to do so while maintaining a system that allows them to:
  • Support their learning needs
  • Save across devices
  • Utilize search capabilities
  • be shared
Will help lead to archiving learning rather than merely “taking notes”.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Digital Bytes - March 14, 2016 Pi Day

14 March 2016

Pi Day - March 3

Today is Pi Day (3.14)! To celebrate there are some Pi Day activities.

Google Photo Slideshow

Picasa photos is slowly being phased out by Google. Those of you who still use Picasa to embed slideshows in your Site will need to start using Google Photos.

This tutorial will teach you how to embed your photos with ease. Give it a try now before Picasa surprises you and stops working one day.
Learn About Film

Creating films is an essential skill for our students.

Learn About Film is an extensive website is a fantastic resource to support any level of filmmaker.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Digital Bytes 7 March

3 Reasons Students should own your Classroom’s Twitter & Instagram Accounts
Kayla Delzer (@topdogteaching) puts forward a solid case for students taking ownership of class Twitter and Instagram accounts, citing the huge impact it can have for students in understanding the true meaning of web-presence in a safe environment. Delzer also has a social media bootcamp for parents, so they understand what is being asked of students, and of themselves in return.
Google Keep
When we think of Google, the first thing that comes to mind is probably searching and Google Docs in Drive. Google Keep is a great note taking app that is included as part of your Google suite of apps. You can easily make lists, add images and audio recordings. Because it is Google, you can easily make these collaborative and share them with others.
Kindergarten Green Screen Animal Interviews
Options for sharing understanding in Kindergarten have taken a huge upswing since the advent of mobile technology. Green screen interview videos are a great marriage between technological skill and wizardry, and analogue research. Students worked in groups of 4 to research about different animals and chose a habitat image to form the background of their video. Check it out!