How to make a card or poster using PowerPoint

It is #sendacardtoafriendday on Friday and in preparation, we will look at a quick way to create a picture card or a poster, using PowerPoint, to share with our friends on social media.  As a demonstration, we will be creating a square card (see the picture above) to post to Instagram this coming Friday, but you can do any size you like (for instance, if you want to create a poster). You don’t have to stick to the normal landscape slide sizes!  So here are the quick steps:  Open PowerPoint on y...

Read more

Microsoft tools #5 – Microsoft’s AutoCollage is a must for teachers and students

Submitted by Fiona Beal Nowadays there are so many different things you can do with your photographs. Microsoft AutoCollage is a webtool that allows you and your students to get creative with your images and combine them into a single collage. Best, of course, is that it is free. Microsoft Research has really tried to make this application as simple as possible to use. Basically, you point it to a folder of photos in your My Pictures section and it knits them together to produce an eye catching collage....

Read more

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...

Read more

Microsoft Tools #1: Explore the magic of Microsoft’s SongSmith

Submitted by Fiona Beal Microsoft’s SongSmith is such a fun free tool to use in the classroom. If you join Microsoft’s Microsoft Educator Network as an educator you can download and install this programme for free. It is really worth it! I have found that it mainly works best from a laptop – I haven’t tried it on a tablet as yet.  SongSmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Basically, you choose a musical style and beat from their options, sing i...

Read more

WordPress #2: How to create a WordPress blog

In the last blog post we focused on on how to create a WordPress website. (See this link.) In this post the attention turns to creating a WordPress blog. Have you ever considered creating a classroom blog? Try it! You’ll find that a great and wonderful adventure awaits you! The great news is that WordPress is available as an app for both Android and iPad tablets and both apps are free. WordPress for Android on Google Play The app description says “WordPress for Android puts the power of ...

Read more

WordPress #1 Useful, simple tutorials on how to create a WordPress website

Recently I thought it would be very useful to know how to create a simple WordPress website since this is a very popular website option currently. I was also keen to know what the difference is between creating a WordPress website and a WordPress blog. The best way to learn really is to plunge right in a create something so I did that as part of the learning process. I really enjoyed these short presentations from ne of the Internet sites I visited.   Making a WordPress website using a hos...

Read more

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. ...

Read more

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...

Read more

30 Days of webtools: #26 Use Slideshare to share online PowerPoints

Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net/) is one of my favourite free programmes. It is a way of easily presenting information online.  It could be really useful if you have a classroom blog or wiki because you could upload all sorts of different information for your class to access at home.  It is also a way for your students to present their information online if they are collaborating with another class.  Basically, with Slideshare you can upload and share (publicly or privately) PowerP...

Read more

30 Days of webtools: #25 Create a Prezi

What is a Prezi? Prezi is another presentation tool that is fascinating to use.You will find Prezi at http://prezi.com. It is a zooming digital presentation editor that holds the attention of students possibly more than would a PowerPoint.  (Last week I attended a primary school ‘Technology Show’ at Micklefield Primary – totally amazing! One grade demonstrated the use of Prezi and their comment was that they think ALL the teachers should use Prezi!) With Prezi you can type text, embed pict...

Read more

SchoolNet South Africa is an incorporated Non Profit Company - Registration 2001/012244/08, NPO Number 030-817
and holds Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) Status, in terms of Section 30 of the INcome Tax Act - POB Number 130003557.

Click here to support SchoolNet

 

For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, visit sacoronavirus.co.za