Interactive Whiteboard Feature

This week we are exploring Interactive White Boards (IWB) in the learning path.

At my prac placement the class uses a Promethean whiteboard. In preparation for this wonderful experience I have downloaded the software to start learning how to use it and begun to explore the Promethean Planet community.

When searching for and exploring some of the features of the Promethean IWB I came across this site ActivTips which includes some videos of great tips for using this type of IWB. I found it very useful and it is worthwhile checking it out!

One feature which I explored in more detail is the Activ tip 115- Action moving objects which is explained at the above Activ tips link. It is used to create a button which can be clicked to move an object (image) in a direction across a page. One flipchart which uses it well is Rocket Race. It is a single page flipchart and can be used in a class setting where you divide the class into 3 groups. You then ask a question or provide a task and when a group provides a correct answer or completes the task the button is pressed to move that groups rocket ahead. The first team to shoot off the page wins! There are several other flipcharts that have a similar concept with different themes, such as a shark attack.

I think it would enhance students learning by creating a fun competitive but cooperative environment in a lesson.

I can’t wait to get out on prac and start to put this new exciting tool to use!



ICT based learning experiences

While thinking about the best ICT based learning experience for one of my objective/content descriptors I’ll be using for my unit of work in assignment 2-

Create events and characters using different media that develop key events and characters from literary texts (ACELT1593)

I went back through to week 2, I think it was where we shared some ICT experiences based on the 8 learning styles.

I found Domo Animate:

which could be used to re-create key events from in a literacy text. The students could have a great time deepening their understanding of this as they add more details and really think through what is happening as they are re producing it.

And also Clay yourself:

Where students can re create characters from in a literacy text. This could be done in Domo Animate but with Clay yourself students have more control over details like eye brows facial expressions etc and really express how they interpret a character. This would be especially great if it were to be based from a non-picture book, where no image of a character is provided in the first place, or student is not shown the picture of the character until after they have created their own and compare it to the book.

It really is amazing some of the online resources out there that can really be so usefull in developing students learning. How did teachers ever oporate before the internet?


Jackie Litwinczuk from My journey with ICT describes RedBubble as, “aimed to attract artists and designers and allows them to upload any digital creation which can be sold on clothing, posts, stickers, calendars, iphone cases etc.”

Then Nichola from nsj003 states:

“The first thing that jumped into my head was for special occasions. The students could design/photograph images for all sorts of occasions including Easter, Mothers/Fathers Day, Christmas, Fete and presents for birthdays and add these designs to t-shirts, mugs, ipad/phone cases etc. to give as gifts. Teachers could do the same and add children’s photos to stickers for various activities including sending letters to pen pals etc.”

These ideas are perfect and describe exactly what I had in my mind as how educators can incorporate RedBubble into their teaching and learning.


Jackie Litwinczuk from My journey with ICT defines ImageCodr as-

“Just like Creative Commons, ImageCodr is an online search engine to find images that are licensed and that we are able to use and aren’t restricted by copyright.”

This is useful as an educator to ensure that we are practicing social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT, which directly relates to AITSL Professional Teachers standard 4.5

4.5. Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethicallyDemonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.


Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

Photos and videos can be accessed from Flickr without the need to register an account but an account must be made in order to upload content onto the website. Registering an account also allows users to create a profile page containing photos and videos that the user has uploaded and also grants the ability to add another Flickr user as a contact. For mobile users, Flickr has official mobile apps for iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita, and Windows Phone operating systems.

Flickr asks photo submitters to organize images using tags (a form of metadata), which enable searchers to find images related to particular topics, such as place names or subject matter. Users also organize using clouds, which provide access to images tagged with the most popular keywords. Because of its support for tags, Flickr has been cited as a prime example of effective use of folksonomy.

Flickr provides both private and public image storage. A user uploading an image can set privacy controls that determine who can view the image. A photo can be flagged as either public or private.Groups are used as a way to communicate with fellow members of Flickr around common photography interests. Groups can be started by any member of Flickr. The creator of the Flickr group has the ability to monitor and set restrictions for the group. By choosing to follow groups, recent uploads of the group will sometimes appear on a user’s homepage when they log on.

This Blog Technology In Early Childhood used flickr along with another ICT Popplet to collect images of giraffs for a project to share their facts they had collected on their Blog. They used popplet as a way to “link to Flickr’s collection of creative commons pictures, making it easy to grab some giraffe pictures to go with our facts.  It only took me a few minutes to create a short little giraffe Popplet which combined all of our facts with fun giraffe pictures.” —Technology In Early

“On the Popplet website you can zoom in and out to see the pictures and text up close.  It’s a very simple, linear presentation. There’s a lot of room to go much deeper and more complex with Popplet.  Hopefully we’ll be able to spend more time with it and explore all it has to offer. When I’m logged in to Popplet, I’m actually able to click on the setting icon to put it into “presentation mode” (under the “view” tab) for a slide show.   That’s how we shared our Giraffe Popplet with the kids.” –Technology In Early Childhood


Technology In Early Childhood

Reasons V2

After reading Aspens concept map (from designed to present her reasons for using ICTs for learning and teaching I wanted to add it to my blog, mostly for my personal benefit so that I can easily refer to it as a way of extending on my own concept map of my reasons for using ICTs for learning and teaching.

I found Aspens concept map so easy to follow and read as it was organised and sorted really well and her reasons were detailed and very thought through. She did an amazing job creating her concept map!


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Google Books Ngram Viewer

Ngram allows you to enter phrases and in return it will generate a graph showing the how those phrases have appeared based on the corpus of millions of books that Google has thus far scanned. In the article, Zimmer says that Google’s site “…allows anyone to plumb the history of language patterns in the corpus.”  It is easy to use and available to everyone who can connect to the internet.

A post on describes Ngram as fun and useful for all of us who are fascinated by English language usage and instructive to see how language usage reflects our understandings and beliefs about our society, our history, and our times.

Ngram can be used by teachers, as a tool to inform us of the actual usage frequency of structures, words, and topics we include in our classrooms and materials.