Chrome extensions #3: What is a credible webpage? Let Easybib help you decide!

Easybib is a free Chrome extension that has two useful functions: The first is to tell you whether a website is credible or not. If the source has not yet been evaluated Easybib will let you know. Its second function is to enable to to provide a quick citation of your sources in a bibliography. The bookmarklet will create a properly formulated citation for you. I really like the Easybib website that gives a clear description of how to evaluate a website. It has been embedded below. The website gi...

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Introduce your class to Edmodo – a great Learning Management System

Edmodo has become the Learning Management System (LMS) of choice for many teachers around the world. Edmodo is one of those Learning Management Systems that every teacher can successfully use in their classroom whether they have PCs, a BYOD classroom, an iPad/tablet classroom or just one computer/tablet in the classroom. It works across the board. Best is, that if a teacher so desires, he/she can even invite the parents to join  the class Edmodo group as well. All Edmodo needs, really, is an enthu...

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Creative Writing #14: Have you explored using Kerpoof for digital storytelling?

Kerpoof as a writing tool was brought to my attention by one of our SchoolNet members, Warren Sparrow from Rondebosch Boys Prep. He has a post about Kerpoof on his blog (https://www.schoolnet.org.za/2013/06/kerpoof.html) and he has even created the first part of his own fairytale. What is Kerpoof? This is what it says on the Kerpoof website http://www.kerpoof.com/ “Kerpoof’s multimedia software is used by kids worldwide to create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards a...

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Web Tools #30: Add speech bubbles to a photo online and then download the photo

Submitted by Fiona Beal. This is the last in my series of 30 Days of Web Tools series – but of course I continue adding many web tool posts in the days to come I came across the coolest website today called Phrase.it (http://phrase.it.)  It is a very easy to use tool where you simply upload your photo (or select it from Facebook), add your bubble and text and then save it.  Let’s go through it. 1. Open Phrase.it 2. Add your photo You can import from Facebook, upload one o...

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Why not turn your tweets into a digital newspaper!

Submitted by Fiona Beal Today I was reading an article called ‘3 tools to turn your tweets into a newspaper’. http://goo.gl/aWHMd. I have already experimented with one of the tools mentioned, Paper.li, and created one called ‘Fiona’s Technology Times’ which is a collection of tweets from people who I follow in the form of a weekly newspaper. In the process of doing that I created a Paper.li blogpost for the Schoolnet blog ‘Curating with Paper.li’. Today I thought I would create a different ...

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Using a Learnist board to curate information about the iPad Summit in Boston

submitted by Fiona Beal For a while now I have been wanting to learn how to use Learnist for curating. I have tried (and LOVE using) Pinterest and Scoopit and today it was Learnist’s turn. Learnist makes it very easy to share what you know by curating the web. You can use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web to explain . In my first attempt I used blogposts and a Google Docs presentation. Perhaps in my next Learnist I’ll get more adventurous! A Learnis...

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30 Days of Webtools #27: Discover the benefits of YouTube in the classroom

Recently I have become very aware of the benefits of YouTube for an educator. There are amazing resources for the classroom – one can so easily start making a collection of useful clips that can add spice to your daily lessons. Here are some ideas: 1. Chop videos using TubeChop (http://www.tubechop.com/) Using TubeChop you can cut interesting bits out of a YouTube video and keep the link. (If you wanted to download it you would probaby have to use Screencastomatic to record the clip) &...

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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...

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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...

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30 Days of webtools: #22 Use Edmodo or Obami as free interactive classroom management tools

What are Edmodo and Obami?    Both Edmodo and Obami are free classroom management tools that help you as a teacher make your classroom into a community. You would use either one or the other. They provide teachers and students with a secure place to post messages, discuss classroom topics, assign and grade classwork, connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications. Classroom uses of Edmodu and Ob...

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