We are pleased to announce that we will be starting our 2014 SchoolNet webinar series this Thursday afternoon 6 February at 3.30pm. This week we have a webinar consisting of two parts that might interest Primary School teachers. Here are the details:
Webinar part 1
Title: Get your class creating shapely word clouds using Tagxedo
Summary of the webinar
I love using word clouds in the classroom, especially using Tagxedo (which is free). Tagxedo turns words from wherever – e.g. poetry, famous speeches, news articles, slogans, class writing, and even spelling and vocabulary exercises – into a visually stunning word cloud where you choose the shape. No sign in required, custom shapes and themes, powerful layout engine (very nice shape hugging), and lots of fonts to choose from. Most importantly, the application allows the user to save their created word clouds as PNG, JPG, and IMGUR image files. It also saves a History View (allowing user to see all “versions” and pick the one they like). If you don’t already use Tagxedo – you are in for a treat.
Webinar part 2
Title: Encouraging poetry writing using free online interactives and websites
Summary of webinarThe Internet has so many wonderful poetry-writing ideas that your students will love using. Read Write Think has a great selection of useful interactive templates such as Diamante poems, Acrostic poems, Haiku poems, Shape poems, and Found word poems among others. Apart from that your students will quickly pick up useful poetry structures from other useful website interactives. Use Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft StoryMaker 3 to display poems. The writers in your class will enjoy discovering their poetry skills using these sites.
Date: Thursday 6th February 2014
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Presenter: Fiona Beal
Time Zone: (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria
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