Motivating students to want to learn

Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like. Firstly, treat your students the same as you’d like to be treated. Each year, on the first day I tell my students that I am not going to clap , whistle, put my hand up, ring a bell or chant to get their attention because if someone did that to me, I wouldn’t like it. I let them know that there is one […]

The Computer Science Field Guide

The Computer Science Field Guide is an online resource for teaching Computer Science to students. It is a New Zealand based project, providing  content in the form of text (both for students and guidance for teachers), images and interactives.  The project was formed because people often confuse computer science with programming. “Computer science is about tools and techniques for designing and building applications that are very fast, have great interfaces, […]

Teaching Secondary Math? Get on board with Mr Woo!

Eddie Woo is Head Teacher Mathematics at a public comprehensive high school in Sydney, Australia. Recently he has become a YouTube hit! How did it all begin? Unfortunately, Mr Woo had the experience of teaching a student a few years ago who was very ill and in and out of hospital regularly. He noticed that what the student craved, was to just feel normal, to do normal things, not have appointment […]

ABC Splash: Free Online Educational Resources

ABC Splash is a free educational website for teachers and students. This site is packed with hundreds of videos, audio clips and games that are linked to the Australian Curriculum. You can search the educational resources by selecting your year level (Early Primary, Upper Primary or Secondary) or search using the Teachers Resource section. This is one of my favourite websites! Looking for iPad training during Term 2 school holidays? […]

Nearpod: Create and share interactive multimedia presentations for free

Nearpod allows users to create multimedia presentations or upload an existing presentation if saved as a PDF. Nearpod can be a powerful tool because it allows you to add interactivity to your presentations. Nearpod will allow you to create online polls, questions/answers, quizzes and video within your presentations. It even has a ‘draw it’ feature and it has a neat drag and drop interface. Once teachers have created their multimedia […]

Jog The Web

JOG THE WEB is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites. For teachers it can be a tool for providing students with easy access to guided learning. It is free and easy to use. Check out the video demonstration below. Here is the link to a really cool Science Jog, created by ljacks called Science Happy Hour. This jog provides […]

Widgetbox.com

In computing, a web widget is a software widget for the web. It is a small application with limited functionality that can be installed within a web page. Widgetbox.com is a website which enables you to view, copy html code and then past the code into your own website. Why is this useful for teachers? Well, I embedded the free ‘under water world mathematics times table widget’ (which appears below) […]

Persuasive Text Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Same Love

Looking for an innovative way to engage secondary students when teaching persuasive texts? Listen to, and watch the video below as a class, invite students to discuss the issues presented in the video/lyrics in groups, invite them to create a list of issues both for and against gay rights. You may even link this resource to history and investigate human rights over time. You could use time toast to create […]

Gogogoolians.com : The Green Search Engine for Kids and Teens

        Gogogoolians is a safe search engine for kids and teens. According to the Urban Online Dictionary a ‘gooligan’ is somebody who is exceptionally good at using google.com search engine. Gogogoolians applies safe search filtering to each query and does not allow any annoying pop-ups or pop-unders. There is a search option which permits students to search ‘all’ or select the drop down menu and search via […]

Lino- Sticky: Free online brainstorming resource

Lino-Sticky note is a free online canvas service which requires nothing more than a web browser and enables you to brainstorm ideas by posting ‘sticky notes’ and/or share photos. You can sign up for free and share your ideas with a selected group, which is great for online collaboration. It is also available for iPad/iPhone and Android. I wouldn’t use it with Primary students but secondary teachers may find it […]