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, […]

Imagistory: Free wordless picture book iPad app

  Imagistory is a free wordless picture book iPad app which encourages students to tell stories. Please note, the first two stories are free, additional stories cost $2.00 each. For schools, they have bundled the six books together. Creating a story is easy: 1. Choose a book 2. Add a name 3. A photo of the user is taken 4. The story will automatically start recording after the photo 5. […]

Wonderopolis: Where the wonders of learning never cease

This is an exciting site which I have recently discovered. Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life. The site provides multi-disciplinary content that purposefully aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. “Teachers can use the daily Wonder to jumpstart their students’ critical thinking, […]

Media overstimulation and online life teaching resources

Having just returned from a 10 day campervan holiday in New Zealand with my family and with no Internet usage, I thought I’d share the video below. Media overstimulation? I think there is something we can all learn from this video, including myself. Under the video I have embedded a unit of work which I wrote today. It provides resources for teaching students about their online life and how to […]

Coding: Resources for Y5-6 Teachers and Students

Yesterday I collated coding resources from my Pinterest page for Year 5 and 6 teachers and created the slideshare below. Within the slideshare, you will find software, online games, robots and apps in order to support students learning to code. I have also posted the slide share on my technologies website with links to all of the resources. Here is the link: http://technologiesjvillis.weebly.com/coding.html Year 5-6: Ideas for teaching coding from […]

How to use Explain Everything for creative writing

Explain Everything is one of my favourite iPad apps,as it is versatile and be can used across the curriculum. Recently I used the app with students in order to create imaginative texts. The theme I used was superheroes and villains, however, you can apply the same techniques with any topic. Below I have embedded a slideshare which explains how I used this app to foster creative writing.   Superheroes from Joanne Villis

Resources from SchoolstechOZ 2014 IWBNet Conference

The conference finished today and I have just arrived home. Please find additional sessions which I presented below (refer to my previous blog for the other sessions). The key note speakers were great. The themes throughout the conference (as I perceived them) was a strong focus on the need for teachers to consider our current students’ digital world, the need to not only integrate multi-media but use it as an […]