Thursday, October 21, 2010

Digital Timeline - Timetoast

Interactive time line developer. Its free and available online.
Students can create hotspots that are activated by the mouse when you scroll over them allowing students to add another layer to the timeline. Fantastic tool for all subjects.

uLearn wikipage - CEO School's

uLearn CEO Wikispace - This wiki page has been set up to allow all teachers from the Catholic Education Office who attended the uLearn conference at Christchurch to share any resources and strategies gathered from the conference.

A great site that has over 15 schools sharing resources.


Other Fantastic Blogs /Wikis A MUST READ

oksowhat - Inquiry Learning, Curriculum Design, Digital Pedagogy and Wellbeing are a few critical areas that Jamie Wahab & Steve and Terasita Borthwick (Inner west primary school executive) have explored. This wiki promotes the importance of effective teaching and learning that caters the emergence of today's 'digital natives'.

edTech - Greg Swanson from Marist College Eastwood shares all his knowledge on e-learning and Web 2.0 tools for education. Greg promotes - Computers and laptops in education are important only when used with good pedagogy. He believes that Digital content and creation is an important part of the process for educators in the 21st century.

Games in Education - Adrian Camm from Victoria has created this fantastic bank of online learning games. Adrian suggests that using gaming as a vehicle for learning is a very powerful idea and one that is under-utilized.
His wiki is fantastic.

Online Quiz/ flash Card Creator

Quizlet allows students to make fun interactive flash cards that need to be matched with terms or mathematical concepts. You can set up words, definitions, equations and even images. It is a fun way for students to remember terms and concepts. Also great way to divide a topic up into components and get students to create a set of flash cards and play an engaging learning game. There are three different modes; familiarise, learn and test. The best thing about the testing mode is that the students can time themselves. This introduces a gaming element.


Xtranormal allows students to type in a script and it will automatically turn it into an animated movie . You can then set camera angles, camera changes, choose characters and even accents. It is a great tool for getting students to work with and creating dialogue or even to get them to see two points of view.

It takes a little longer to get the hang of all the available features of this program but you can still create scripted animations in minutes.
I have used this tool to create business scenarios for my students so they can analyse and interpret the needs of customers.