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Simple online learning styles quiz

6 May

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A nice little online learning styles quiz from Edutopia that students can complete quickly with no log ins required. It takes about 5 minutes and then the results are calculated visually with a nice table for students to view and see what learning styles they are likely to favour based on Gardener’s multiple intelligences.

After the students have taken the quiz they can screen print their results onto a Word document for future reference and view descriptions of the categories and how they learn. Teachers and tutors could print these categories off and chop them up to give out to small groups afterwards for the groups to discuss and identify with. Additionally, the results can be recorded and used to inform future planning. Just click on the link below.

http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

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Magazine project

4 May

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The link below from onestopenglish leads to an idea for group collaboration to create a magazine which tests a variety of English and employability skills. The topic and content of the magazine can easily adapted for any subject with each small team taking on ownership of a page. The tutor needs to provide scaffolding through a task sheet to enable students to research and produce a page each in a suitable format such as Word or Publisher (felt tips, magazine images and paper could be used as an alternative to ICT).

Once the students have completed their pages then they can be brought together to compile the magazine and printed off for review in class. An alternative option could be to create a guidebook, yearbook or study book to support other students for the future.

Source: http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/writing/one-world-magazine/
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Create your own infographics as a learning resource

29 Apr

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If you want a simple tool to create effective infographics then this software is for you… and me! I’ve been using infographics for a while to support students in their learning as it presents information in a visual and accessible format using bold text, colour and images. So far the feedback from students has been very positive.

This software has a variety of templates which can be edited to however you want to present the information and then can be saved to PDF for printing or inserting into an interactive presentation such as Prezi.

My students use infographics as guides, sources of information and to scaffold their learning. Students could also create their own infographics to show what they’ve learnt or as a summative piece for assessment. It’s easy to register and get started straight away, the link is below.

http://www.easel.ly/

Moodle guide and assessment ideas

27 Apr

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A really great infographic that is colour coded on the effectiveness of Moodle provision for assessment, teaching and learning. It also provides ideas for embedding Moodle into the curriculum and I will use this when designing the curriculum for the forthcoming academic year to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the tool.

Source: http://visualoop.tumblr.com/post/2732555023/moodle-tool-guide-for-teachers-by-j-seitzinger

Student presentation planning

16 Apr

PRESENTATION PLANNING

Getting the students to create and present their work through a presentation is a great way of checking reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

After giving the students some guidance you can then use the brilliant infographic above from Skills Studio to support and guide learners. I’ve also included some topic choices for students that struggle to be creative and a planning document to use to ensure the presentation is structured.

Presentations are an excellent support mechanism to prepare for employment as many jobs now require the applicant to do a presentation as part of the interview.

TOPIC CHOICES

10 STEPS PRESENTATION PLANNING DOCUMENT

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Using Wordle as a resource

15 Apr

Wordle: English words

A short post today about about a resource that has many uses in education:

http://www.wordle.net

It is so easy to use, you just enter your words and click then an image of your words appears that can be printed off as a poster or the link saved for future use. If you select the randomise tool after your words are displayed then it will offer you alternative images until you select the one you like.

Here’s some uses:

* a class names list of all your students for a display board
* a list of keywords for students to refer to when starting a topic
* an alternative wordsearch by adding other words in so the students have to choose which
words are correct
* ask the students to research a topic and create their own Wordle of key words

Below there’s a link to a slide show from Edudemic showing 45 other uses, have a look at their great ideas. I’m sure you’ll be able to integrate it into your sessions in no time.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XukNZcLxNos0n_RfXJQeDljS6LjdJXUpTTi96tJ5HTk/mobilepresent?pli=1#slide=id.i0

Games – free printable templates

2 Apr

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Now I’m a big fan of making games to adapt and encourage learning so I was pleased to come across this site where you can download and print blank game boards off to adapt for your subject. You just print them off in sections and then stick them together to make a bigger board.

The link below takes you to the site and if you scroll down there is Monopoly, chequers, ludo, snakes and ladders plus many more.

http://www.squidoo.com/board-game-templates