Screencast-O-Matic: Free online screencasting resource

Screencast-O-Matic is a free online resource which allows you to record your on screen movement and your voice, simply by clicking one button. You don’t even have to download any software. Go to the site, click and drag the box to the part of your screen which you would like to record and then click record. Everything you do on your computer will be recorded and if you use your microphone, […]

Schoolstech OZ 2014 Conference

This conference is being held in Melbourne on the 12th to the 14th of September. I am presenting three sessions, two of which I have shared below. I will upload the third once it is finished. There is little text per page in the presentations as I don’t like to read from slide. However, you may find the resources useful. I am happy for any feedback before I actually present, […]

Curriculum teaching resources which use higher order thinking skills

I have been working on my PHD so I have had little time to blog. However,  I have created a few original resources which you may find useful. The first one is a weebly website (work in progress) called http://technologiesjvillis.weebly.com/ . On this website I have provided a large number of resources for Y3-Y6 teachers. I am slowing working away at the Foundation to Year 2 level.         […]

Addition websites which require higher order thinking skills

There are many interactive websites online for students to practice addition. However, many are simply drill and practice. Below is a list of some free websites which require students to use higher order thinking skills. Please note, they all require flash in order to work. 1. Addition Wheel: Students are required to drag and drop numbers in order to solve the challenges. 2. Button Beach Challenge: (created by Ambleside C.E […]

Divide it up: puppies iPad App

I am not sure when or how I discovered this app. Today I found it in one of my ‘to sort’ folders on my iPad. Divide it up: Puppies is a free iPad app which has been designed to help students visualise division. Students are initially given a worded problem and asked to predict an answer. For example, there are 33 toys to share among 6 puppies. How many toys […]

Mathtastical for iPad and suggestions for Android

Mathtastical is free (limited time) for iPad users. I like the game as it is fast paced but it does have its downsides. The downsides are that the four operations are used and you can not set the game to play just one of the four operations. However, for students who are wanting an exciting game to practice all operations at the same time this is great. There is even […]

Sushi Monster iPad App: Addition and Multiplication

Scholastic have released a new app called Sushi Monster which is designed to help students practice the addition and multiplication number facts. To be successful, students need to plan ahead and strategically select numbers from the sushi counter. There are 12 levels to complete and his app contains no links to websites, social media sharing or location tracking functions. Furthermore, it is FREE! For more apps by Scholastic visit their […]

National Digital Learning Resources Network

“The National Digital Learning Resources Network (NDLRN) is a technical infrastructure that connects Australian schools to enable the distribution and sharing of digital resources through education portals. The Network is the outcome of initiatives of the Australian Government and the state and territory governments. The digital student resources and teacher support materials are aligned to the Australian, state and territory curriculums and are available through state and territory education portals […]

Red Dragonfly Mathematics Challenge Booklet

Red Dragonfly Mathematics Challenge Booklet is an English adaption of a classic Japanese mathematics problem solving book called Math Brain Quiz (Red) by Mr Yasuhiro Hosomizu. It was written by the State of NSW Department of Education and Training in 2010. The main focus of Red Dragonfly is to provide students with higher-level mathematical problems, rather than routine procedural tasks.  In addition, it increases opportunities for students to discuss alternative […]