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.

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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:

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What Is Bullying?

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What Do We Do With Bullies

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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!

orange-downloadDownload the Ninja Classroom Qualities Charts PDF file (1.8Mb)


 

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

 

Tripline

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.

Now you can purchase dedicated map-journey software such as PriMap or use freebie (yay!) online tools such as Map My Trip or Tripomatic.

My favourite though was the easy-as to use Tripline.

The web interface is easy to navigate, and creating an animated map is straightforward:

  1. Create an account. (Facebook login is an option)
  2. Create a new map.
  3. Add waypoints and locations. (Click on the map, search by name or add by decimal point latitude / longitude)
  4. Add descriptions and photographs. (The photo upload is VERY well implemented)
  5. 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.

Classroom 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.

Resources

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.

Sample trip

Rapanui Kickstarter Project

My Google alert feed on all things Rapa Nui (my latest musical ‘Compass Rose’  is set there) suggested this great Kickstarter Project: ‘Vai –  The Story of Water On Rapa Nui‘.

Paleoecologist Dr. Candice Gossen plans to create a documentary film covering 15,000 years of Rapa Nui history and, in her own words:

“Tell you a story, a new story about what I found deep down in the mud below the waters of the crater lake Rano Kao“.

With so much speculation and misinformation regarding Rapa Nui and its tragic history, this seems to be a most worthwhile project to get behind.

Personally, I’ve plumped for the tree gift ($25 or more) as Rapa Nui needs all the trees it can get!

Take a look yourself and consider making a pledge.

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Vai – The Story of Water on rapa Nui: Kickstarter website screenshot.

 

 

360Cities Rapa Nui Panoramas

I love the colourful and personal world-view that Google Maps and  Street View have brought to my classroom.

I’ve now added 360Cities to my teaching toolkit as they take Street View and turn it into an immersive (you guessed it!) 360 degree panorama.

I’m writing a children’s musical set on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and was alerted to a 360cities panorama of the Ran Raraku quarry, where the famous heads were carved:

 


Inside Rano Raraku : The Moai Quarry in Rapa Nui – Easter Island

This one shows the Ahu Akivi moai, the only ones to actually face the ocean.

Ahu Akivi (Front Left) in Rapa Nui – Easter Island

This one shows the Ahu Tongariki, the largest moai on the island.

 


Another Day At Tongariki (Front Center) in Rapa Nui – Easter Island

The 360Cities site requires Flash, so there’s no visiting on your iPad! Fortunately, there is an app, and since it allows you to make your own panoramas, it’s excellent value.

Panoramas are user uploaded, so popular tourist sites are over-represented and some places have none at all. That aside, my quick sampling (birth place in UK, recent trip to New Zealand, Canada and interest in Easter Island) all turned up useful views.

And of course, your students could make their own too!