Lesson idea #5: Create goals for the year with your students using Glossi

Glossi.com is a great new publishing platform that enables anyone to create and share their own digital magazines across devices…free. It looked like a great application to use with a Middle School class and I decided to use it as the end point in a lesson about setting goals. The aim of the lesson The students work in groups and discuss goal-setting. They select relevant categories for goal setting. Individually they create their own specific goals for each category and display their top six goals...

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Lesson idea #5: Make a PowerPoint brochure…

For a while now I have been collecting ideas on different ways of using PowerPoint in a classroom.  One that I didn’t know about was using PowerPoint as a brochure. It works extremely well. I set about trying it out in a Grade 5 classroom.  The Grade 5s were learning about heritage sites in South Africa and were busy with a project involving a heritage trail. I set a task on creating a PowerPoint brochure illustrating a site they would love to visit.  I gave them a template idea bu...

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Lesson ideas #4: Use Popplet for a mindmapping task in the classroom

Have you ever considered using Popplet for mindmapping? It is a marvelous tool that is available as a webtool, as well as an Android or iPad app.   An example of a popplet from the popplet blog Sadly you are only allowed five free popplets..  I tried out Popplet recently with a Grade 7 class that was learning about medicine in the CAPS curriculum and set them a short 45 minute revision task using this mindmapping tool. The class absolutely loved using it. The beauty of usin...

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Twitter story #1 – the Five Minute Lesson Plan from @TeacherToolkit

cc: http://chriswallace.net/category/blog/icons/ Submitted by Fiona Beal Twitter is definitely a teacher’s best friend! The ideas…and CREATIVE ideas at that… that come from one’s Twitter PLN are phenomenal. For example in a recent tweet I saw that Mark Anderson (@ICTevangelist) recommended #FF (which means ‘follow’) @ict_magic and @teachertoolkit. Now I know  the wonderful @ict_magic (Martin Burett) virtually and follow him,  but didn’t know @Teachertoolkit so I look...

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A lovely South African site with free downloadable worksheets in several subjects

Isn’t it great when right here, in South Africa, you come across a site with lovely, free, downloadable worksheets in : Mathematics, English, Science, Environment, Health, Nutrition, Hygiene, Arts, Crafts and Colouring. This site is called the e-learning classroom  and it can be located at: http://e-classroom.co.za/ When you explore the site you find so many excellent worksheets and other classroom aids. Take a look. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! ...

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