First term is program writing term. With existing courses in desperate need of alignment, I used the information on the Australian Curriculum site to create a short, easy to read summaries of the relevant Music Skills & Knowledge and Drama Skills & Knowledge. The summaries are in pdf format; contact me for the editable Word documents.
I made this set of basic Japanese Language Posters for our school classrooms. Each has the Romaji for simple greetings, introductions and phrases, the hiragana / katakana equivalents below and the equivalent English above. There’s a simple pronunciation guide in the top right hand corner and a QR code link to a pronunciation site. Download via the pdf link below. Japanese Language Posters (pdf)
For all you iDoceo users out there, version 3 is available for download and it looks like a beauty.
There’s a bunch of iPad classroom organisation / mark-books / programs out there but I’ve stuck with iDoceo because:
- It’s fully featured – I’m still finding things it can do and experimenting with the possibilities.
- It’s easy to navigate around – essential for in-classroom use.
- It’s been updated regularly – the developers are not sitting on their laurels!
But for me, the killer part is – and has always been – the rich multimedia capture. As a Science / Drama / Music teacher I need the ability to record video, audio and take photos. iDoceo delivers this in spades, and (hi-hip-hooray!) has expanded this in the latest update.
Now we’ve got a fully fledged media organiser!
Yep, tap the Resources icon and you can see a complete list of all the photos, videos and photos you’ve taken or imported. You can filter by classes, diary or students and use the buttons to erase, move, copy or add. You can use the built in Web Server to upload / download resources, a huge time saver. You can also open the resources directly into a wide range of other apps (EverNote, DropBox, Edmodo, Google Drive and more). Brilliant!
There’s more of course. (List of what’s new in version 3.1)
- New timeline
- Diary / planner manipulation
- Link from files on your iPad
- Bulletin board enhancements – zoom in and out
- Quick backup options
- Improved seating plan reports
- New calculations – rank, compare
- Improved editing flow – less screen tapping!
So if you’re iDoceo user, backup up installation and download this. If you’re not an iDoceo user, you’re missing out on a brilliant classroom resource.
PS Just a suggestion to iDoceo though – change the icon. A blackboard and chalk metaphor? In 2014?
The Three Pigs is a wonderfully rich starting point for a technology and design unit. Students can investigate house plans, material strength, hinges and how they work, cooking utensils, wolf-trap making and lots more!
Here’s the unit sheet for the Year 2 topic I taught, complete with simple rubric and parental explanation.
Technology Plan: The Three Pigs (Word docx)
We’ve just updated our bullying policy and needed to change our classroom posters to reflect this. The first two original posters here have been altered to include more cyber-bullying aspects. The third poster was redesigned completely to better follow the more responsive policy of conflict resolution we’ve adopted and show the cyclical (as opposed to linear) nature of the issue.
For a year long theme centred on ‘Classroom Ninjas’ we created a set of classroom qualities based on the ‘Ninjutsu Code’.
Specifically we decided that Classroom Ninjas:
- are neither seen nor heard…
- dream – imagine – invent.
- have learned that tidiness is serenity…
- know what is right, fair and true.
- know that more is achieved together, than alone.
- know that to be trusted, they must be trustworthy.
- are responsible for their own behaviour.
- help, not hinder.
- look confident and brave, even when they’re not.
- see the glass is half-full, not half-empty.
- know they can – eventually – do almost anything.
- are keen to join in, keen to try new activities and keen to learn new skills.
I hope your classroom Ninjas are equally gifted!
Sample thumbnails of the posters.
Rapa Nui – the language – is spoken by a minority of Easter Island’s population. Figures suggest perhaps 800 out the 3700 or so inhabitants.
I wanted to include some authentic Rapa Nui language in the script for my new musical ‘Compass Rose’, though I’m not convinced I’ve achieved it!.
There aren’t a huge number of resources out there, but these sites were useful:
- Rapa Nui Language – Wikipedia
Good overview, if a little technical. Lists of numbers, vowel sounds and links through to other sites.
On Easter Island, dedicated few trying to preserve native Rapa Nui language
This was an inspiring article and part of the impetus to include Rapa Nui in the script. Interesting video on Rapa Nui in the classroom.
The Language of Easter Island
Pronunciation, preface to the dictionary.
- Rapa Nui – English dictionary
My main resource, and a fascinating excursion into the way the environment shapes our language. There are hundreds of entries regarding fish, and nine different phrases for the various phases of the tides.
- Learn a Little rapa Nui
Beginners guide, simple words and phrases.
- Rapa Nui Language Information & Dictionary
List of Rapa Nui place names, phrases and pronunciation guide. Complete with photos!
Printable Paper is a top resource for teachers – and students – with a huge range (1300+ and counting) of paper templates, graph paper, lined paper and music paper.
It’s all free, it’s all organised beautifully (just don’t click on the occasional ‘Start Download’ ad links) and there’s no registration needed.
Try these pages:
Graph paper – imperial and metric measurements.
Music paper – grand staves, tablature, chord charts and SATB
Handwriting practice paper – huge variety of line spacing, orientations
Calendars – monthly, weekly, perpetual
Templates – doorhanger, CD cover, postcards
Paper games – battleships, hangman, dot game, word ladder
Comics pages – three panel;, top action, grids
Storyboard template – small, medium, large, 4:3, 16:9
Teacher resources – attendance, grade book, lesson plans
It’s amazing how much inspiration you can produce with just a couple of props.
This time around it was two flat-style palm trees that were left in our drama area after a storeroom cleanup.
We moved them onto the stage and improvised a series of ‘Pirate Island’ adventures, with an emphasis on ‘beginning / middle / end’ structure, or for the older students, ‘orientation / complication / resolution’.
Here are the assessment task sheets. I laminated mine so I can reuse them next year!
My first attempts at creating an animated visual of a journey (some 15 years ago) were laborious and frustrating and involved taking multiple screenshots of a small plane graphic as I moved it across a blurry background map.
My favourite though was the easy-as to use Tripline.
The web interface is easy to navigate, and creating an animated map is straightforward:
- Create an account. (Facebook login is an option)
- Create a new map.
- Add waypoints and locations. (Click on the map, search by name or add by decimal point latitude / longitude)
- Add descriptions and photographs. (The photo upload is VERY well implemented)
- Share your map. (I’ve added Tripline to our school website and Facebook page).
The completed project is slick, thoughtfully designed and presented and a easy for the casual user to use.
I’d highly recommend this online resource for classroom use. With the only downside being the registration requirements, Triplien could easily find a place in Geography and History lessons mapping out migration patterns, historic journeys or imaginary trips. The diary interface also suggests use in literacy lessons, whilst the ability to export distances suggests use in numeracy work.
You probably won’t need much hand-holding, but there are some excellent resources available:
You can also download a Tripline app for the iPad but the functionality – particularly the animated map – appears to be missing at this time.