Socrative polling app

Socrative screenshotI saw the Socrative student polling app demonstrated at the Music EdnetDaytime‘ music conference.

Socrative is free (basic use) and consists of a teacher module where quizzes, questionnaires and resource materials are assembled and a class module where students logon (via the website or app) to take part in the poll.

Our demonstration had us answering questions about our music-technology abilities and our involvement in courses focusing on scoring for movies.

The app worked flawlessly, updating voting / scoring in real time.

Once home I tried out the teacher app (on iPad) and found it to be easy to use if perhaps a little bare-bones.

Socrative should prove useful in any curriculum area and could be used to gain student feedback, test basic concepts or administer assessment tasks.

The app provides a range of reports and the option for responses to remain anonymous. The help facilities are impressive, with a free pdf manual to make operation and quiz creation painless. Personally I liked the idea of the ‘Space Race’ the best; students are placed in teams which compete to race across the screen. Huge fun!

Socrative Website Blog Article

Socrative Manual Blog Article

Australian Curriculum Music & Drama Skills / Knowledge Overviews

music_overviewFirst 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.

download R-8 Drama Skills & Knowledge

download R-6 Music Skills & Knowledge

Free Japanese Language Posters

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 Posters: school Japanese Posters: phrases Japanese Posters: Introductions Japanese Posters: Manners Japanese Posters: Greetings download Japanese Language Posters (pdf)

iDoceo Update

iDoceo IconFor 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.

Resources Button

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!

Also…

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!
  • Calculator

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?

Year 2 Technology: The Three Pigs

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.

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Three Pig technology plan.

Bullying Posters 2014

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.

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Screenshots:

2014 bullying posters_Page_1

What Is Bullying?

2014 bullying posters_Page_3

What Do We Do With Bullies

2014 bullying posters_Page_2

Bullying: What Can You Do?

 

Ninja Classroom Qualities Posters

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!

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Sample thumbnails of the posters.

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Rapa Nui Language Resources

Various Rapa Nui phrases for tides.

Various Rapa Nui phrases for tides.

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:

 

 

Printable Paper

Printable papers website screenshotPrintable 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

 

 

Pirate Island Assessment Sheet

Pirate Drama Assessment Sheet Pic

Pirate Drama Assessment Sheet Pic

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!

Desert Pirate Treasure Drama Assessment