Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WeVideo

WeVideo is a collaborative, online video editor that stores your working and finished files in the "cloud".  By setting up a free account using an email address, users are able to make polished videos with the aid of this program.  It allows you to edit clips, add transitions, add titles and some neat animated graphics similar to other movie making programs.  This program is very easy to use, but does contain sufficient helpful hints along the way if you get stuck using a part of it.  You may invite others (up to 5) to collaborate on the same project via a unique URL.  The free version of this program has the following components: 
  • 1 GB storage
  • 360p resolution
  • 15 export minutes per month
  • Export to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter
  • 5 invites per project
  • 390 licensed music titles
Files can also be saved as an mp4 file for permanent storage to your devices.  The great thing about this is the cloud storage.  If students don't finish in class, they can finish from home.  Please ask your tech coach for assistance if you would like to start using this but don't know how!  We are just starting a project at QE where the students are going to make some stop motion movies using WeVideo.  The still images will be imported into WeVideo from digital cameras.  We will then reduce the time each picture is shown to have a seemless animated movie, complete with music, titles, graphics, and credits.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lloydminster meets Kaohsiung, Taiwan!

For students at Queen Elizabeth School in Lloydminster and their teacher, Justin Saulnier, it is the chance of a lifetime.  Partnered with Fo Gong Primary School, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, it is a chance to make new friends on the other side of the world.

Here is an article from the Lloydminster Source on this project.  The article is found on page 12 and 13.


Newcap News also highlighted this project in Beyond the Classroom from Dec. 14, 2011.

Using technology such as Google Earth, the partner school is brought to life for students here on the prairies.  The globe shrinks with the use of technology that can connect students at the click of a mouse.  Although the time difference limits Skype time (14 hour difference!), we have other methods to have students share their culture and experiences face to face.  Justin's class spent some quality time walking around Lloydminster, capturing videos of Lloydminster landmarks and locations using the LPSD ipod touches.  They were able to make short videos that have been shared with the class at Fo Gong Primary School.  You can find these videos on the QE website (Video Blog link) as well as on the partner teachers' blog "Little Stars".  Look for more videos to be posted over the next few weeks.

Future collaboration and sharing will likely include:  Sharing artifacts through the mail, sharing information on our winter activities as a contrast to their climate and activities.

Fo Gong Primary School website (English)


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For teachers that are interested in partnering with another class, there are many ways to accomplish this.  S. Merth can help you create and find a project.  This particular contact was found using an ad posted on "Around the World With 80 Schools".  In addition to our new friends in Taiwan, LPSD teachers currently have projects underway in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Tulita, Northwest Territories, and Alabama.  Another option is to post an ad in "Skype in the Classroom".http://www.tubechop.com/watch/248730

Free Science Demonstrations

PhET provides free interactive simulations of different physics, chemistry and biological phenomena.  PhET enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the world around them.
To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls, such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders, and radio buttons. The simulations offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters, and thermometers. This is fully interactive at every point, and, as the user manipulates these tools, responses are immediately animated, illustrating cause-and-effect relationships.

All grade levels can use these animations and online activities/simulations. 

Here are some examples from the Sask. Curricula that could access these simulations.

Grade 4 Physical Science:  Light and Sound units
Grade 5 Physical Science:  Properties and Changes of Materials
                                       Forces and Simple Machines
Grade 7 Physical Science:  Mixtures and Solutions
                                       Heat and Temperature
Grade 8 Physical Science:  Optics and Vision
                                       Forces, Fluids and Density
Grade 9 Physical Science:  Characteristics of Electricity


Circuit Construction Simulation

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Twitter in the Classroom

Twitter is an excellent tool for students, teachers and parents to use. 

From the book "Historical Tweets"
http://historicaltweets.com/
Why use Twitter?
  • sharing resources
  • asking questions
  • connecting
  • spreading the word
  • chatting
Visit this site to watch the slideshow:  35 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

Please ask your tech coach for assistance if you would like to set up an account, set up student accounts, tweeting and use the ipod touches to facilitate using this tool in a classroom setting.  You may just want to use this tool to communicate quickly with parents.

Here is an example of Twitter used in a history class:  TwHistory
In this website, students take on the role of historical figures and tweet historical events.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Math, Literacy, and Special Ed Resources


SEN Teacher Website houses many Print and Math Literacy activities (suitable for printing).  As well, this website contains many resources for Special Education.

Print Literacy tab
  • flashcards
  • word family cards
  • scrambled word sheet
  • printing
  • wordsearch puzzles
  • literacy dominoes
Print Math tab
  • nets for 3D objects
  • numeracy fans
  • number cards
Print Other:
You can also print certificates, name labels, spinners, facial expressions, behaviour charts, photo cards and many more items.


There are also free downloads in a variety of curricular areas.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Geogebra

GeoGebra


This is an web based applet or a computer installed program.  Free mathematics software for learning and teaching.



  • It contains interactive graphics, algebra and spreadsheets.
  • It's free!
  • It has many, many online learning resources to learn how to effectively use the program.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Draw a Stickman


This one may just be for fun.  
Draw a stickman, start the story and draw your way out of  trouble.  


While this is a simple web tool, it has some entertainment value but perhaps limited educational value!  This interactive story can be completed by kids of all ages.  No real artistry required!

Online Video and Audio Editing: FileLab

FileLab

This website, usable on Chrome, Firefox, Explorer 9, contains two web-based editing programs, one for video (FileLab Video Editor) and one for music (FileLab Audio Editor).  Both are equally easy to use and require a free sign in process. You may have to use this one at home for now as the Internet Explorer browser may not have the correct update.

More QR Codes: Unitag


There are plenty of online QR generating code websites and readers.  This particular website allows you to produce a colour QR code (no improved functionality...just looks better than black and white!).  It also lets you place a logo in the middle and gives you control over the shading of the QR code.  So, if you like the look of this, consider this free QR code generating website.