Tag Archives: technology

Interactive poster with resources

2 Oct


Thinglink is a brilliant tool for creating interactive posters and is very easy to use.  You just upload an image or create your own then insert tags with links to further information, videos and resources for students to use.  This resource would be so useful for teachers/tutors as extension or added information to incorporate differentiation as students can access information specifically liked to topics rather than finding it on the Internet.

Please click on the link http://bit.ly/1dW6iH4 to access resources for teaching and learning (made in twenty minutes).

Source: http://www.thinglink.com

Mini reading task – Infographic on gadget ownership

18 Sep


This infograph from Comet on gadget ownership has been adapted for my students to test their reading skills at Entry Level.  Often Entry Level students find it difficult to concentrate on chunks of text so infographics offer a fantastic alternative and always grabs attention.

Students can start by discussing what gadgets they own and compare it to the tutor/teacher or they can discuss it at the end.  The versatility of this resource means that there’s discussion, reading, writing and the opportunity for the class to carry out their own research into ownership then present their findings in a visual format.

Just download the questions and answers below and thanks to Comet for the resource.



20 Ways To Use PowerPoint With Bloom’s Taxonomy

16 Jun


I would wager a guess that the majority of teachers uses PowerPoint as a way to present information and lecture in class. In fact, PowerPoint has been under a lot of flack lately for being tired, dated, and unexciting. For the sake of playing devil’s advocate, however, I vote that there’s still some life left in this piece of technology! If used in the right way, PowerPoint can still offer our students and our classrooms options that are otherwise difficult to manage.

Below are my ideas for how PowerPoint can be revamped and used with Bloom’s Taxonomy! Feel free to share and copy it, and click on the image for a larger version you can use to print from.


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Prompts to stimulate planning and writing

21 May


After seeing this visual on how soda impacts on your body it gave me an idea for providing frames for students to research and input information.

Just select an image outline that represents your topic and divide it up into the amount of sections that you want students to research. Students can then either research and fill the information in electronically or handwrite it in on a handout. The finished task will make excellent posters and I know students will be more eager to fill in this type of template than making notes on a blank sheet of paper. Students could always try to create an infographic from their information using a program such as http://www.easel.ly/ as a stretch and challenge task.

Image: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24552939&nid=1010&title=this-is-what-happens-when-you-drink-soda&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-5

Interactive Smartboard resources

8 May


A great site with lots of ideas, activities and templates for use with an interactive Smartboard. I particularly like the games that challenge, such as Scrabble, and also the maths templates that learners can come up to the board and fill in.

Just click on the link, select a template and then download onto a pc or desktop connected to a Smartboard.

Source: http://exchange.smarttech.com/index.html

Magazine project

4 May


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/
Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Create your own infographics as a learning resource

29 Apr


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.