Microsoft Tools #2; Photostory 3 for Windows is a great free classroom tool

Submitted by Fiona Beal Photostories are digital stories shown in a sequence of photographs. You can write on the photographs, narrate what is happening, add music and effects and turn the whole digital story into a movie.  It is a fantastic programme and can be used in a multitude of ways from Grade 1 – Adult! Microsoft has a marvelous free tool called Photostory 3 for Windows that is very useful to use in a technology-integrated classroom. If Photostory 3 is not already part of your Windo...

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SchoolNet in top 3% of world SlideShare viewings 2013

One of the best free ways to upload presentations to the Internet is to use SlideShare. Recently SlideShare has been sending out impressive stats to its users and so we, at SchoolNet, were thrilled to see that in 2013 our SlideShare presentations were in the top 3% of SlideShare presentations viewed around the world.  Our SlideShare account consists mainly of presentations from our Conferences or our webinar programme. If you would like to look through our SlideShare collection please visit: http://ww...

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SlideShare has been sending out impressive stats… SchoolNet in top 3% of viewings 2013

One of the best free ways to upload presentations to the Internet is to use SlideShare. Recently SlideShare has been sending out impressive stats to its users and so we, at SchoolNet, were thrilled to see that in 2013 our SlideShare presentations were in the top 3% of SlideShare presentations viewed around the world.  Our SlideShare account consists mainly of presentations from our Conferences or our webinar programme. If you would like to look through our SlideShare collection please vis...

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Inspire your students to write the right stuff – a TeachMeet presentation

Submitted by Fiona Beal Today I am attending a TeachMeet in Somerset West at Somerset House Primary School. I thought I would talk on creative writing sites and end off by telling the attendees or should I say ‘Keen Beans’ and ‘Enthusiastic Lurkers’ about the upcoming African Storybook Project and the writing opportunity it presents for our learners.  I decided to place my presentation on my blog just in case anything goes wrong – at least it will be safe and sound ...

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30 Days of Google #4: Back up your Blogger blog

Submitted by Fiona Beal Recently I was opening my Blogger blog when I was directed to a message from Google saying that people in two parts of the world (Austria and Sweden) were trying to access the blog. Google gave the IP address of the devices concerned  They had refused permission to these unknown people but wanted to know if I wanted to give them access – good old Google! They advised me to change my password in case it was someone trying to compromise my account…which of course I did. ...

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30 Days of Google #3: Create a Blogger blog

Submitted by Fiona Beal One of the first things I think any teacher who is interested in technology-integration should do is create their own classroom blog.  A classroom blog can transform your class even if the only computer in the class is yours – your laptop! It will give the parents a peek into the classroom setup, and it will join you to a whole lot of new blogging teacher friends around the world. You can involve your students in your blog in so many exciting ways.  Google̵...

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Why not create a wiki for your classroom?

Submitted by Fiona Beal Have you ever considered using a wiki in your class? It can be a fabulous classroom tool with a multitude of uses. What is a wiki? A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of. It is like a website but it doesn’t require any special knowledge of HTML. Anyone who joins the wiki can write and edit on the wiki which makes it ideal for classroom use. What I like about using a w...

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How to work with Dropbox

Dropbox is a fantastic programme that gives you 2GB free if you install it on your computer. If you invite others you can get masses more free space. It really is worth downloading and installing Dropbox on to your computer. Once installed it makes a folder in your Documents folder. Whatever you place in this new Dropbox folder is aautomatically backed up on the web and can be accessed from anywhere. So just to have an online backup for your important documents is wonderful.The other marvelous part of D...

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Why not become a ‘curator’ with Scoop.it and create your own online magazine?

You have probably heard the word ‘curator’ being bandied around? ‘Curating’ is one of the latest buzzwords and that is what Scoop.it does. (I haven’t yet investigated Paper.li but it could be similar). So, what happens is you join Scoop.it (http://www.scoopit.com) and choose a topic you would like information about.      Scoop.it then crawls the Internet searching for articles based on the keywords you have given to your search topic.  You then curate by choosing which ...

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Experimenting with forms – especially Google forms

I just love all the different features of Slideshare. Last week I explored adding YouTube videos to Slideshare. Today was my day with experimenting with the Slideshare playlist widget.  I got the idea from http://web2teachingtools.wikispaces.com/SlideShare. First of all I created my three PowerPoints about creating online forms. I uploaded those to Slideshare:   1) Google forms – so easy to create   This form is definitely my favourite. I can’t believe that Google can give us so m...

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