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Thursday, November 27, 2014

100,000 page views in 4 Years. Thank you

Yesterday my blog reached the figure of 100,000 page views. This has occured in just 4 years and i thank you to all those of you that have helped reach that number. I just hope that i have helped out many teachers in finding ways to integrate ICT into their normal teaching program.
With an average of 6000 page views each month currently, the next 100,000 is just around the corner.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Blendspace: A Great New Way to Present all your Electronic Resources and Teach a Unit

If you haven't seen the wonderful free online program/website called Blendspace (formerly known as EdCanvas), then jump to it and have a look at it.  and it will change your life and save you time (and your students will love it too!).
For many years, teachers and presenters have been looking for a way to organise, and present, their electronic documents/files in a nice and neat manner for their audience and students to enjoy.
Blendspace does just that!  It is similar to how you can organise your files in OneNote and see the files visually (instead of just seeing filenames).  Teachers can have their whole unit of resources all placed in order into a table and students can access any of the resources quickly and easily.  Teachers sign up free and make the lessons. Then the lessons can be open on the Internet for all to enjoy or teachers can create their own classes and enrol their students into the classes (without students having to do anything but enter a "Class Pin").  Teachers can also track if students have accessed any of the resources and students can comment on the resources etc. etc. etc. The list of great options is endless with this site. Did I mention that teachers can also create quizzes for each of the resources if needed.
This YouTube clip explains it all to you:

The created lessons can also be embedded into your LMS (e.g. Fronter VLE) pages, so you can quickly and easily make a great looking page and students can access, and download, all resources from your LMS/VLE.
You can also 'copy' many already-created lessons that have been made by teachers (e.g. WW1, WW2 etc.) and embed them into your Fronter VLE page (saving yourself a lot of hard work)!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cloudon: great free iPad app for creating and storing word, excel and ppt on iPads

If your student's device is an iPad or android tablet, then there's an app called Cloudon that is free and let's your student create word, excel and PowerPoint files. They can then save the file to the iPad and also to the website for easy access in future. Have a look at it today. Links to dropbox, googledrive and other online spaces.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Scratch Junior iPad app now available for Younger students to Learn How to Program!

The classic Scratch is a wonderful program for introducing programming to children. Is where you will find the new web based Scratch program. However, Now there is a great way to teach programmng to even younger children e.g K-4 and it is called Scratchjr and it is by MIT, the makers of Scratch and it is an iPad app!
It is very easy to use and your students will love it. Just go to the App Store and search "scratchjr" and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let your Teachers See Inside Your Students' Online World with these Self Paced Modules from acma Cybersmart

Schools are always looking for engaging, self paced tutorials that their teachers can sit down and interact with in Professional Learning situations/meetings. Well, here is a wonderful set of online 'cybersafety' modules (called Connect.ed and produced by acma in Australia) that will allow your teachers to work their way through and learn what today's students are doing online and what their online world looks/feels like to them.
In completing the highly engaging and informative modules, your teachers will learn lots about the online world of their students (with one module activity actually sitting the teacher in front of a student's PC screen and waiting for Instant messages to come through from their 'so called friends').
I could write all day about these wonderful modules, but it is best that you have a look at them yourself. I'm sure you will then let your teachers explore them in your next 'cybersafety' PL session at your school.

The other great part of this website is that there are many resources to help you establish, review and analyse your school's cybersafety/esmart curriculum, systems and structures.  Once into the site (see below for details on how to do this), you will see the link for 'cyberstarted').

The weblink to get to all this is at: . The teachers just need to sign up before they can enter the online space and must sign up with a or email address. The sign up link can be also found at .


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wonderful Mathematics Games for all Areas of Mathematics

Playing interactive games with your students are a great formative assessment tool (and a great way to build rapport, understand students' thinking and see which areas your students need to improve upon). Games can be played at the start, middle or end of a unit.  It is always best to have a list of interactive games websites for each unit that your students can play to test their knowledge in the unit.
One of my most popular postings on this blog is the 'frog race' game. Have a look at it here: (sorry if the link didn't work on a previous posting, I will fix that post up now).

Whilst hunting around for this link, I found this great site that contains many Mathematical games for all different Mathematics topics that your students can play on their devices or that you can play as a whole class on the IWB.  It is at: I recommend it for your Mathematics lessons.

App that Teaches Students that "there is no such thing as safe sexting"

There’s no such thing as safe sexting app  is a link to an app that has been produced to help you teach your students around the dangers and consequences of sexting.   There's No Such Thing As Safe Sexting is a joint collaboration between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Canterbury Girls' Secondary College. It is intended to inform and educate teenagers on the social and legal ramifications of sexting.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

View 2 webpages on the 1 iPad screen

Many years ago a colleague of mine said to me that they wanted to view two ipad apps on the same iPad screen. Well there are now apps that will let you and your students browse two webpages at the same time on the screen. If you just search for "split screen" on the App store then you will find them. I will keep looking for an app that will let you show two apps at the same time. Will post it here when i find it.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Digital Passport: Online Behaviour/Cybersafety Interactive Modules for Students and Teachers to Use Free from    Here you will find a whole set of interactive Modules that your students can complete that teaches how about cyberbullying, upstanding, privacy, communication, creative content and safe online behaviour.  The teacher signs up and then can easily create a 'group' of students. The students then can log into the modules (which include educational games and interactives) from an iPad (yes, there is an app for this to use with students in the classroom) and the teacher can keep a track on the students' progress in the Modules.  After teacher sign up, then the student can log in at
On top of all this, there are PDF lesson plans that the teacher can teach to their students as well and there is a student booklet that the students can work their way through in the classroom.  I recommend this Digital Passport to all teachers looking for an easy and high-quality, interactive way of teaching students about online responsibilities and behaviour.

Whole-School Online Behaviour/Cybersafety Films and Lesson Plans from for Students and Teachers to Use contains everything that any school needs to set up and maintain their Cybersafety Curriculum.   Teachers just need to sign up to the website for full access to all resources. It is well worth it.
The site consists of 'scope and sequence' lessons/activities for all Grades. These lessons are already written up with supporting films and student worksheets and they are really high quality. You can even ask the website to send you all the lessons and films on a USB stick for your own computer.  All these great K-12 Curriculum Resources can be downloaded to iBooks for free by going to All the Curriculum resources can also be viewed at
It just gets better.....There are also interactive quizzes that you can give to your students to test their understandings around the Scope and Sequence lessons. These quizzes can be found at or throughout the page.
The site also contains numerous films where you can see the students talking about their experiences online and how they feel and why they did what they did. These films can be watched, and downloaded, from
Teachers can learn how to teach Cybersafety and how to talk with their classes around the areas of Cybersafety by watching the 'lesson films' at

What is "Crowdsourcing". CommonCraft Explains in this Film is a great film to explain "Crowdsourcing" to you.

How to Know if a Website is Secure and Safe to Send Money and Information To will teach you and your students what a secure website looks like and how to know if it is safe to transfer info and money to a particular website:

The Australian Government Website ASIC Gives Tips about How to Avoid Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft is a great website that you can give to your students to teach them to look after their identity and avoid scams, fraud and phishing on the Internet.  (For more info about Scams from the ASIC website, go to:

A Great Film that Explains Primary and Secondary Sources to your Students

Here is a film that will explain the differences between Primary and Secondary Sources:

Learn about what Online Citizenship Looks Like by Watching this CommonCraft Film is a film that teaches your students what is means to be a great online citizen.

Teach Your Students about Plagiarism with this CommonCraft Film will teach your students about Plagiarism.

Image Resolution and Pixels Explained by Common Craft  explains image resolution and pixels in a simple manner.

Copyright Explained by CommonCraft Film

This film explains Copyright in a simple to understand film:

Phishing Scams and Fraud as Explained by CommonCraft Film is a good film that explains Phishing and Fraud to you and your students:

Website Evaluation as Explained in CommonCraft Film

Want a film to show your students about Website Evaluation? Well, try this one:

Wiki Explained by CommonCraft Film teaches you and your students all about what Wikis are and how they are used (e.g. Wikispaces)

What is "Wikipedia" All About: CommonCraft Film Explains

This film will explain to you what Wikipedia is all about:

CommonCraft Video Explains Computer Hardware

Here is a film that explains Computer Hardware and the components of a computer for you to show your students as required. A Good Selection of Educational Films for all Subject Areas

Next time you are looking for a video clip to illustrate a concept or topic in your Subject/class, then have a look at the website. It contains many films that can be helpful to explain a concept/topic to your students.

What is "Dropbox"? A Film Made that Will Help you Understand what Dropbox is All About

Have you heard of Dropbox and want to know more about what it is? then check out this website: . It contains a short film that explains Dropbox. You can also download the film by clicking on the "Download" link at the right of the film, you just need to right-click on the film after clicking the "Download" link.
(Another good "Cloud Computing" film, which relates to Dropbox, can be found at:

The website where this film comes from is pretty amazing as well. It has lots of great films that explain many educational concepts and topics (see below for what I mean) example:  260 films for "Maths"

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Plagiarism Tester: A Website that Tells you if You Have Plagiarised Someone's Work is a website that students and teachers can use to see if they have plagiarised someone else's work.

CiteThisForMe: A Great Way to Teach Your Students how to Cite References and Complete a Bibliography is a website that your students can use to help them learn how to write a bibliography by citing their sources of information from all types of sources (e.g. books, websites, journals etc.).  Other similar websites for citing references are and

Film that Shows a Teacher Teaching Class How to Search the Web Effectively is a film that takes you through how a teacher has taught her class to search the Internet effectively.

Many Films, Quizzes, Lesson Plans and Interactives that Will Teach Your Students how to Evaluate Websites

The list below includes many good films and interactives that you can give to your students to help them understand how to evaluate websites on the Internet.  Please be aware that many of these use the acronym "CRAAP" for the criteria used to evaluate websites. For your students, you may want to point out that this word is not appropriate and you could change the word to "CAARP" (the fish) instead for your purposes if you so desire. Have a look at these and decide which you may give to your students.

A LESSON PLAN FOR EVALUATING WEBSITES: or (and this film goes with this lesson plan:




A Great Website to Teach, and Test, Effective Web Searching to your Students is a great website that lets you teach your students about "effective web searching" and then gives your students an interactive quiz to test how much they know about effective web searching.  Have a look at it today.  This is a good website for those teachers who are also looking to assess their students on "effective web searching" skill as the results from the quiz can be used to demonstrate understanding around this skill area.

Friday, June 20, 2014 a Website to assist parents wanting to monitor their child's gaming behaviour is a website for parents who are looking for advice and tips on how to monitor the amount of computer games that their children are playing. Have a look at this website designed especially for parents who 'want to take control without taking away the controller'. The website also links to many other good websites that will help parents in this area.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Budd-e Secondary Online Cybersafety Course all Ready to Use with Students

The Budd-e online programs have been around for a while now but that is because they are easy to use for both teachers and students and give students an engaging way to improve their Cybersafety skills in a safe environment. All schools should run their students through either the Primary or Secondary versions of Budd-e. With Budd-e, students are given questions that relate to safe online behaviour and they get to build their Budd-e with different body parts as they get the questions correct online. Check it out at>p

The Primary version can be found at

Stay Smart Online Website Gives Simple Checklist for Dealing with Cyberbullying

The Stay Smart Online provides excellent info for parents and students around cybersafety, fraud, online security. It also gives a simple, easy to use checklist for if a student is experiencing cyberbullying:>g

Download the 'Cybersafety Help Button' to any device for quick info/support

The Australian Government has produced a cybersafety app that all students should download/install onto their devices and computers. When the app is installed, then students quickly go to the app if they find they need support and need answers around who to talk to and where to go if they feel uncomfortable whilst online.>d

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2 Free Microsoft Programs to Scan Computer and Removal Viruses and Malware

Here are two direct download links to 2 Microsoft 'virus and malware removal' programs that you can download if you want to check your computer (please note that Windows 8 come with Windows Defender that also does the same thing).

Microsoft Safety Scanner  : Do you think your PC has a virus?
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.
Malicious Software Removal Tool: :  The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool is an anti-malware utility that checks computers running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP*, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove malware and any other infections found.  When the detection and malware removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malware was detected and removed

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Presentation Tube: A Screen Recording Program that Has it All!

I have spent a bit of time today searching for screencasting programs whereby teachers and students can record what is on their computer screens into a film.  I have previously mentioned Community Clips and Screencast-o-matic on this blog and have now found another wonderful program that lets you do the following very easily. You can record your film and then with a click of a button you can switch between your PowerPoint presentation, Web browser and websites, you can change your webcam position on the screen and even take the webcam off the screen or make your face take up the whole screen, you can draw on the PowerPoint slides and web pages to show annotations when needed and you can do a whole heap more without having to 'jump around from program to program' whilst recording your film (as you can see from the screenshot below that shows the program). You can then save your film as a .wmv file to give to other people on a USB stick or on your VLE/Fronter page.  I really like this program because it does allow me to do these things quickly to explain an idea to other people.  Have a look at it soon. You go to the website: and then you just sign up for an account and after you have signed up then you download the program to your computer (so you can access it anytime without any internet needed).  It will be handy for those subjects whereby you need to explain concept and topics to the class over and over again. This way, you say it once on the film and then the students can watch it anytime to remember how to do it.

Community Clips: A Wonderful Way for You and Your Student to Record the Desktop and Audio Easily

Community Clips screen recorder has been around for a while now, but it is still a great option when you want to record your desktop and make a film showing your students a presentation. This is called "Flipping the Classroom". Instead of standing up in front of the class and showing them the PowerPoint and talking to them, you can always record your presentation before the class and then show the film to the class during the lesson. This has the effect of 'freeing you' so you can go around the room and assist students whilst they are watching the film and they can always put their headphones in and watch the film during class when they need to be reminded on how to do something.  It does not seem that Community Clips has a 'webcam' option, which a few 'screencasting' tools/programs have these days. This just brings a personalised approach to the film where the students can see you talking to them during the presentation. Apart from this small point, Community clips is great for recording your screen and then saving it to a .wmv file so you can play it later on and put it onto your school's VLE system to give to the students when needed.  And, of course, why not get your students to make their own films using this program to show you what they have found and done on their computers.  Get Community Clips at

Great Program to Record your Desktop: Screencastomatic : Just testing out this desktop screencasting program and it works really well. It is free. You go to the website and download the 'desktop application' and that installs the recorder onto your computer to access anytime. Then, you open up the program and you can do lots of great things with the program. You can change the size of the recording area and the file size and have a webcam looking at you or not (it's up to you!). Try this out and I'm sure you will find it easy to use and you can even download the finished film to your computer to play later on.

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.
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