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Friday, November 22, 2013

Teaching to the Technologies Australian Curriculum Explained in an Accessible Way

As is the case in the UK, here in Australia we are introducing the "Technologies" Curriculum across our schools very soon. Teaching computational thinking and programming is different to teaching with ICT (read screenshot for what i mean). As the teaching of Computing is going to be significantly different to teaching with ICT, then this wonderful document is well worth a look. It explains how teaching Computing and Programming is different to using ICT with students and it also explains what is involved in teaching Computing and Programming in a straight forward and easy to understand way.

Best ipad app for Stop Motion Animation

There are quite a few stop motion animation ipad apps, but the one that i would use with students is at
It is real easy to use and has 'onion skin' for the students to se where their last frame and image was before taking their next picture. Students can also adjust the frames per second speed very easily. Have a look when you are doing stop motion animationin the future!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Cybersafety Surveys and Quizzes to Give to Your Students Pre and Post Lesson/Unit

I have just found on the website a variety of printable tests/quizzes/surveys that you can give to your students at the start of your Cybersafety unit to find out what they know already. Be sure to check this page out to see how good these resources will be for you to use:

Monday, October 28, 2013 Resources for teaching Asian content in different subject areas

This website gives you a range of spaces to go to for resources to help teach Asian content in all Australian curriculum areas, English, History, Science, Maths and Geography.>h a Wonderful website for everything around Asian Studies/Education

I have just been shown a great website for everything to do with teaching Asian Studies, and for all subject areas, that i suggest all teachers have a look at. It is found @ .

Monday, October 21, 2013 A good selection of Cyberbullying Resources for schools and children has a good range of cyberbullying resources for schools looking to stop cyberbullying and for students needing advice around cyberbullying. Q and A for Parents and Cyberbullying

Here is a webpage(s) that gives parents questions and answers advice around when and how to get involved if they believe cyberbullying is occuring with their child:

This first page also has links to more pages that contain both questions and answers for parents.

A Film to Show How Parents can Help their Children Act Responsibly in the Digital Age

This great film shows how parents can help their children in the digital age and what type of advice they can give to their children to help them through the digital world.

Website that Gives Adults some Advice on how to talk to Children about Cybersafety

This website gives ideas to parents who are wanting to approach the topic of cybersafety with their children:

Watch this film to see what Childs Life in a Connected and Digital World Looks Like

Want to know what the digital world is like for a child in the 21st century, then watch this film:

A Great Cyberbullying Film that is Directed towards a Parent audience

This film gives parents great advice on how to teach their children to look after themselves (and others) when using online communication and social media.  This film will help those parents who need assistance in talking to their children about online media and behaviour. Tips for Parents on how to talk to their Children around cyberbullying gives a range of tips designed for parents who want to know how to talk to their children about cyberbullying.

A good list of Resources to Help Parents around Cyberbullying

Here is a nice list of resources that parents can use to help them around the issue of cyberbullying. A Website that Teaches Students about How to cope with Social Pressure in Digital Age  gives lots of scenario and films that aim to teach children how to cope with peer pressure in the digital age. Expert Cyberbullying Advice for Parents Here has a great webpage that gives expert advice to parents worried that their child may be being cyberbullied or cyberbullying other children. It gives a range of advice for different ages of children. 

Cyberbullying: What the Research was Telling us in 2010

I found this slideshow that outlined what the research was telling us about cyberbullying in 2010. It is very interesting to read and something that all educators, parents and children should be aware of. Website that Has Great Advice for Parents concerned about Cyberbullying and their child is a very useful and informative webpage that has a great deal of expert advice for parents concerned with cyberbullying. It contains many great resources to help understand the area of cyberbullying and how parents can help their children. Everyone should have a look at this webpage. : Has already found the best iPad apps for education

If you are looking for a site that has found good iPad apps for education, then go to: as this site has already found the best apps for you.

Pause and Think Online: A Wonderful Cybersafety Film that All Kids and Adults will Love

I just found this wonderful and entertaining cybersafety film that all kids will love to watch and that has a strong message around being safe and acting responsibly online.  Have a look at it:

Video FX Live: A Great Stop Motion Animation App for the iPad

Many schools are now going down the iPad path and today I found a great free app that can allow students to make stop motion animation films with their iPad and the built in camera.
The app is called "Video FX Live" and you can get it from the App Store and iTunes.  My students used it today and it is easy to use and lets them make their own films using the stop motion animation style.  They told me that they just had to reduce the speed of the video/film when making the film. If you are teaching animation films with iPads, you should get this app.

Why Stop Motion: Wolf and Pig and Gulp Are Great Examples of Stop Motion to show your Students

People often wonder "why is stop motion animation so good and what does it do that other film making tasks do not do" or "why use Stop motion animation when you can do filming from a camera".  I used to be one of these people that would see stop motion animation as 'a tedious and long process that involves painstakingly moving little figures around to make a movie", but now I think differently.
The answer is that stop motion lets you and your students make films that you couldn't make any other way! Stop motion films look like real films (like using a flip camera) but you could not possibly achieve the same film in 1 shot and it would take lots of little films to make the same type of film.
Here are some examples that you can show to your students that show them what type of films they can make with stop motion (that they could not possibly make with a flip camera).

Monkey Jam is a Great Way to Do Stop Motion Animation

There is a free downloaded program called "Monkey Jam" that lets you and your students make stop motion animation films (with a webcam or by importing images from your computer) and then you can put your film into Movie Maker to edit it and add titles, captions, narrations, effects and transitions.  There are many stop motion animation programs out there (I won't mention them here) that can not do what Monkey Jam can do.
With Monkey Jam, you can also have different 'layers'. This means that you can have more than 1 animation/film occuring at the same time in the 1 film (if that makes sense!?).
To download Monkey Jam, go to .  The program has a good help section on the main program screen that will help you out.
A good tip is to change the FPS speed to "3" when students are learning to do stop motion as then they can see how the stop motion concept works (otherwise the film will go to fast for them to see what is happening if it is set to 25 fps).
Here's a good online tutorial to learn Monkey Jam from: 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thank you to all subscribers to this blog

I would like to say thank you to all of you (approx. 170) who have subscribed to my blog over the past few years and the lovely feedback that you have given to me when i have met you during this time.
I have plans (when i get the time) to add more to the grade 6/10 Checklist page on my blog, by adding websites and activities that are aligned with the 24 skills and that can be used to assess the students on these skills.
The blog is currently taking 2000 page hits per month, and i am thinking that a good deal of this total is due to you. So, thanks again.
If others want to subscribe to this blog, the box at the top of the blog home page will let them sign up.

Friday, September 27, 2013

EOL: everything to do with life

Want to find info about something living on Earth?

How a car engine works animated

Here's a neat way to teach how a car engine works.

MIT App Inventor: Making an app in a browser with a google account

Looking to make an app? Why not look at this site made by the makers of Scratch program. It seems like you can enter your google account details and then make the app in your browser. I havent had a play with this yet, but i hope to very soon.>/

Codeacademy: a good place to start for learning how to code

Try this site if your students want to learn what coding is all about. htt://>/

Hopscotch: free app for teaching students how to code and program like Scratch does

Got a student with an ipad wanting to learn how to code simply with block logic, then tell them download the ipad app called Hopscotch. Its free and works like Scratch does. Video tutorials for hundreds of commonly used websites and software

Looking for a film that shows you how to use a commonly used website that you can use in? Then do a search for your website here: the classroom

Science Virtual Experiments and Simulations

Try this site for online science experiments/simulations to use with your class.>l

Spice up your lesson with a road sign showing the lesson goals

Try this neat tool for the start of your next lesson!

Inside Facebook: a documentary to watch

Quite an interesting look at facebook and how it began.>/

The Virtual Revolution Documentary looks at the Founders of Web 2.0 tools

Just found this series online and it looks interesting as it shows many of the founders of the world's major web 2.0 sites.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

20 Fronter VLE Tutorial Films Available to Watch

I have recently created 20 tutorial films that show you how to use the Fronter VLE. The films go for approx 2 mins each. They take you through Fronter in order of what you need to know to use Fronter. You can watch these films on my youtube channel at /a>

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quickoffice: Free iPad App that Can Edit Office Documents and is Google Drive Compatible

I have just heard that there is a new iPad/iPhone/Android app that lets you edit Microsoft Office and the app also integrates well with Google Drive (plus getting 15GB free storage) so you can access your files from anywhere and edit them from anywhere.  Have a look at it:  it is called Quickoffice. You'll get it from App Store and Google Play Store. My other choice for a good Office-editing app for your iPad is called 'Office2HD'.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 : A good place if you want to Create your own Website

Many people ask me how to get their own website address and is there a program/website that allows them to make their own website easily (drag and drop) without having to know how to code.  I use the website for my website. It is a 'web-based' website creation site that lets you update your website online anywhere in the world without having to download any software program to your computer. Have a look at it and see what you think. You can get a free website here (which still contains the extension on it),  but you can also buy your own domain name (that doesn't have the attached to it) and use that as your website address.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Videoscribe has a great app to make Animated films easily

The last few postings have been about the videoscribe program. I just found out that you can download the app for your ipad. This means that your students can make great animated films very easily and they look great. I am going to add a film mad with the ipad app to my youtube channel soon.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Create Your Own "RSA Animate" Presentations with VideoScribe software

I am sure that you have seen the wonderful "RSA Animate" presentations on the Internet. If you haven't, go to and check it out. Basically, the website looks at many theories that are proposed by theorists and then the website draws the information in a great and engaging manner. I always wanted to do what the RSA Animate website does. Then I saw it being done at a conference recently. Well, to achieve the same result as the website, you can download the software at .  I will do so now and will hopefully post an example of what can done with the software here soon. Thanks.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 Lets Work together to create video libraries for teaching australian curriculum

A few days ago i posted a wonderful new way of gathering all your favourite youtube clips into an online space called . It is exactly what we need to do as educators. We must work together and share the resources we are usingto teach the australian curriculum. Now i know that there are thousands of online spaces, but they arent all as good as this one for saving and then sharing youtube clips. By signing up to, you can make folders and then save your youtube clips into the folders. Your friends can do the same. Then you can see what films they have saved in their folders and you can add their films to any of your folders very simply with a click. They can also copy your saved films. To assist teachers around the world with youtube clips, i have created a series of folders that teach history. Feel free to grab some of my films and add them to your folders in huzzaz. Together we can help each other. I will be addingto these folders and creating new ones. You will find my collection at Take a few minutes now to sign up for huzzaz at and it will make your films easier and quicker to find in the future.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Cybersafety User Agreements for Students and Cybersafety Resources for Parents & Schools

I was just looking through the fabulous site for cybersafety resources.  I found these 2 great pages that have many wonderful resources such as a 'student cybersafety contract form' and other great tips for parents who need support around their children and their use of the Internet.  Have a look at it:  and
The 'student cybersafety user agreements forms' can be downloaded from:

Monday, September 2, 2013

Seven Steps to Effective Web Evaluation: is a high quality website/blog that gives you lots of useful info for teaching with ICT.
I came across this blog recently.  I loved the '7 steps to Web Evaluation' model ( which uses the letters a-g to allow students and teachers an easy way to remember what to look out for when checking out the validity of websites (e.g. evaluating the websites).  For example:  a=Get to know who the author is, b=any bias in the content? etc.
Have a look at this website if you want to know how you can successfully teach your students how to evaluate websites in the future. I have seen quite a few websites that help to teach evaluation skills, but this is one of the best that I have seen.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

TES Australia has thousands of australian Curriculum teaching resources to download free

TES Australia has thousands of australian Curriculum teaching resources to download. These files have been created by teachers and used by them in their classrooms around the world. You can even submit your own files for others to download.

Find a file easily in a series of websites with google custom search

If you have a set of websites where you can find great files and want to be able to search all these websites at once to find any file that is contained in the set of websites, then create a 'google custom search'. I will produce a film tutorial on how to do this and put it on my youtube channel soon. If you cant wait until then, have a look at this page>/ .

Organise your favourite youtube clips and share them easily with

A few days ago i mentioned . I signed up for the beta version and i love it. Basically, you can make you collections of youtube clips and stor them in your account in folders. You can also view other people's youtube collections and folders and put thei clips into your account. You can 'follow' them to see wha other clips they can share with you. Finally, heres an easy way to manage your favourite youtube clips and find othe clips fast that others hav found already for you.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Where can I find Documentary and films On the Internet/Online?

There are many different websites that let you watch great educational documentaries.  Here are just a few of them for you to use. To search all these website at once, go to : and type in your search terms in the google search box that appears on that page.  You will get a list of all the films that have those search terms in these websites!!!

Huzzaz A way of finding and sharing Great Online Films on the Internet

I just found this site that looks promising. It seems to be a way of sharing online videos and saving them to your account for future usage. With so many films out there, it will be great to have a way where everyone can sort through the available films and then share them similar to does with pictures. I have requested access to the beta version of Huzzaz and I will keep you posted in future.

VideoSparkNotes: Animated films that teach the Classical Novels from History on Youtube

If you are teaching English and you want to find an animated, easy to understand film that you can show to your students to help them understand the novel (e.g. Charles Dickens, To Kill a Mockingbird, Odyssey, 1984 etc.), then go to the YouTube Channel and you won't be disappointed!

Dreambox has lots of good Interactives for teaching basic Math skills on the IWB

This site has lots of good Math Interactives for the IWB if you are looking for some?  Check it out.

Great Cybersafety (and other) Games Here at has some great Cybersafety games for your students to play. The site also has many other great games for all different areas of the curriculum (see pic below):

The Scratch Program is Now Online

For many years now, the Scratch Programming software has been used to teach students how the basics around coding and programming in schools. It is a wonderful program and if you haven't had a look at it, I suggest you do so today. The software used to be only accessible by downloading it from the MIT site, but now it is online. Students can sign up with an account and then make their games/advertisements/animations etc. without having to download anything. They can even share their work with others.  The link is here:

Welcome for the full collection of online PL methods used by Scott (see below for methods)
Why not search for a keyword that may appear in any of the websites shown in this blog? Remember to put your search terms in quotation marks to get a more refined search result eg "ww1game":
I now have 2 Wikis that complements this Blog. It contains files that I would like you to download and use in your teaching.
I have a Youtube Channel that consists of various "How To" tutorial films (e.g. Fronter VLE, IWB, PowerPoint, OneNote) that you may be interested in.
To view My video collection, click here:
I Hope they help you.
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