17 December 2017

The Best Edtech Tools for Learning

The Best Edtech Tools for Learning

Let me start by saying I LOVE edtech tools, they really are AWESOME!  
I remember being at Microsoft HQ and Satya Nadella telling us about 
HoloLens for the first time.  My mind started thinking of all the different 
possibilities that it could be used and how VR could become 
part of my reality, not from some science fiction movie set in 2030, 
but here today, I mean WOW!

Before I start I need to mention that not all the ed-tech tools are new, 
some of them are ancient, but I still think that they are great.  The 
other thing is although there are really amazing paid for apps, 
I am going to only look at edtech tools that you do not have to pay for
or there is a free version.

One other thing before we get to the good stuff... 
I know that the dream is to have student-centred, hands-on, 
personalized instruction,  but we need to remember that
technology is not the solution to success. 
It is a tool that if used effectively can
enhance teaching and learning.

OK now let's look at the Ed Tech tools I love.
In no particular order…

Kahoot  (https://kahoot.com




I first stumbled across this in August 2014, 
but have been using it ever since.  I love the fact that you can create your 
own quiz and then play it with your class or you can use one of the quizzes 
that another person has created.  (A word of caution, go through the 
quiz before you play it with your class….)  Regardless of what device 
your children have, as long as they have Internet access they can play.  
To me this has to be one of the top tools, fun and easy to use!




This is a great site for any English teacher.  So often you are looking for
passages to show or explain and can never find the right ones.  Well here they are.  
It is ideally suited for Grade 5 – 12.  There are hundreds of passages of texts 
that you can go through and best of all it is completely free.   I like the online 
version that allows you to highlight words, change the font size and go 
through the guided reading mode more than printing out the pdf.  There 
is also a handy quick assessment, but I really like the discussion topics that they have.
Brilliant!

OfficeMix (https://mix.office.com)


O my word, this is really incredible.  It is a free add on for PowerPoint 2013 

or higher that totally changes the way in which you can make PowerPoints.  
I love the fact that it becomes interactive, you can record and screen cast  videos 
straight in PowerPoint and you can add quizzes, polls, etc.  I used this to create 
all my learning content for ECDL year 10 students which then also allowed 
them to watch it whenever they wanted!

Have a look at my office mix video that I made to show you how to use it


StoryboardThat (http://www.storyboardthat.com/)


This is a free digital storyboard that is quick and easy to use.  I used to hand 
out templates for the students to draw, but this is so much quicker and easier, 
plus the students love using this.  It means that they do not need to be artists 
or keep loosing their pieces of paper. 
Love this!

Scratch

This is a great piece of software that is free and will allow you to learn how to
code quickly and easily using either online or offline.  The 2 versions are a little
bit different, but not much.  I have created 6 lessons that you can
download for free. 
These can be found below:


There are so many others that are really brilliant.
You might want to have a look at some of these below as well.

Book creator (https://bookcreator.com/)
Nearpod (https://nearpod.com/)
Minecraft (minecraft.net)
Minecraft education Editon (https://education.minecraft.net/)
Padlet (https://padlet.com)
Dualingo (https://www.duolingo.com)
Padlet (https://padlet.com)
Dualingo (https://www.duolingo.com)
Storybird (https://storybird.com)
Triptico (https://www.tripticoplus.com)

Have fun with these and I hope that you will use these next year!


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16 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal Goal 11

Sustainable Development Goals



Sustainable Development Goal Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities 

Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Lesson plan
Click here

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15 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 9: Infrastructure and Industrialization

Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable Development Goal 9: Infrastructure and Industrialization




Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 9: Infrastructure and Industrialization
Lesson plan
Click here

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14 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Sustainable Development Goals




Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth






Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
Lesson plan


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13 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Sustainable Development Goals




Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Lesson plan

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12 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation



Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Lesson plan

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11 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality

Sustainable Development Goals



Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality




Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Lesson plan
Click here

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10 December 2017

4 ways to motivate millennials

 4 ways to motivate millennials


This is a great book by Microsoft that discusses 4 ways to motivate millennials.

It concentrates on:
Teamwork
Transparency
Tangible impact and
Technology

Really good, download below.



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09 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality

Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education 


Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 4: Quality Education
Lesson plan
Click here

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08 December 2017

Tutor activities

Tutor Activities


Looking for something to do during tutor time...
Here is an excellent 63 page pdf booklet.
Show one each day and lots of lateral thinking!


07 December 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

Sustainable Development Goals



Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being



Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Lesson plan
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Completed Video

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06 December 2017

Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft on Windows 10

Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft on Windows 10


Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft on Windows 10 is now available! 
Students at home and at school now have access to a fun way to learn 
about coding. 
Check out this informative article about how 
Minecraft can prepare students for coding.


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Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 6

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 6


A 12 page pdf  with all the instructions on how to use variables.

Lesson 6:
You will understand how to:
 Delete a sprite and import a new sprite
 Draw using the pen feature of Scratch
 Use the pen up and pen down feature
 Change the colour of the pen
 Set the position of the sprite using co-ordinates
 Make a sprite appear and disappear using show and hide
 Add variables to your program to change the direction of movement
 Use the broadcast feature in Scratch to create subroutines
 Use subroutines to saves code and make the program more efficient and
easier to edit
 Enable user input to set the number of sides of each shape

The advantage of colour is that it gives the students the ability to see which 
tab they should be clicked on.



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05 December 2017

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 5

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 5


A 14 page pdf booklet on how you can you will use Scratch to draw shapes and 
patterns on the screen and use co-ordinates to set the position of the sprite while drawing.

Lesson 5:
You will understand how to:
 Delete a sprite and import a new sprite
 Draw using the pen feature of scratch
 Use the pen up and pen down feature
 Change the colour of the pen
 Set the position of the sprite using co-ordinates
 Make a sprite appear and disappear using show and hide
 Use the repeat function in Scratch
 Use the broadcast feature in Scratch
 Create simple subroutines


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04 December 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update


Just upgraded to the Windows 10 Fall and already started to play with Paint 3D

Have a look at all the new updates below.


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Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 4

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 4



The objective of the game is to collect 10 bananas or more in 20 seconds A

countdown goes from 20 seconds to 0.When the countdown reaches zero a
message will come up saying whether the player has won (10 bananas or more) or
lost (less than 10 bananas collected).

Lesson 4:
You will understand:
 The following key terms – variable, operator, IF..Else…repeat until
 How to give the user instructions at the beginning of the game
 How to use broadcast to start the game
 GREATER THAN and LESS THAN symbols
 BOOLEAN LOGIC as it applies to combining conditions necessary for game outcomes
 Combine different conditions using If…Else.. to govern the game outcome
 How to animate a sprite using costumes
 How to control the movement of a sprite using arrow keys
 How to design a maze on the stage
 How to make sprites interact with the background by using colours
 The range of coordinates available on the stage in Scratch
 How to make sprites start in a pre-set starting position using co-ordinates
 How to make objects to disappear and reappear in a random position


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03 December 2017

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 3

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 3


This is a 16 page pdf to create  an underwater game

Lesson 3:
You will understand how to:
 Import sprites
 Edit costumes of sprites given in Scratch
 Animate sprites using scripts
 Control the movement of sprites using the arrow keys
 Create scripts that move sprites around automatically
 Create interaction between sprites
 Use co-ordinates and random numbers to set start position of sprites
 Use variables and scripts to allow scoring and countdown
 Use backgrounds built into Scratch
 Making autonomous sprites


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02 December 2017

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 2

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control 

Lesson 2


This is a 12 page pdf to create a pac man type game

Lesson 2:
Learning Objectives
You will understand how to:
 Delete, resize and draw new sprites
 Draw new costumes and use them to animate a sprite
 Control the movement of a sprite using arrow keys
 Design a maze on the stage
 Make sprites interact with the background by using colours
 Make sprites start in a pre-set starting position using co-ordinates
 Make objects disappear and reappear in a random position
 Create variables to set up scoring in the game
 Make an autonomous sprite chase the sprite controlled by the player


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Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control Lesson 1

Using Scratch 1.4 for Programming and Control
Lesson 1


Scratch is a free visual programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab. 
Scratch was created to help young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically
and work collaboratively. 

I have found that some teachers struggle with this, so here is a 16 page book to 
give to students so that they can follow the book and learn how to code.  
All the steps are included.

Lesson 1:
You will understand how to:
 Create a simple script that animates the sprite automatically
 Create a script that allows the user to control the movement of the sprite using
the arrow keys
 Combine the different scripts to work together on the same sprite
 Make the sprite reverse direction
 Edit the stage using the Paint Editor facility within Scratch
 Make the sprite react to the background
 Import a new sprite from the ones available within scratch
 Create and edit new costumes for an existing sprite
 Create a simple script that move the sprite automatically
 Create variables to set the score and the countdown
 Set a sprite to start in a certain position
 Save your work

Have fun!


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28 November 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger


Sustainable Development Goals




Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger





Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Lesson plan
Click here


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26 November 2017

Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty


Sustainable Development Goals




In 2015, the UNs 193 member states agreed on the 17 Goals for
Sustainable Development (SDGs), a hopeful plan for a healthy world!

While in Dubai with the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors my team created
a video and a lesson plan to cover these topics.
Over the course of the next couple of months I will upload and share
each video and lesson plan that we created.


Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty




Sustainable Development goals
Description
Link
Goal 1: No Poverty
Lesson plan
Goal 1: No Poverty
Sample Timetable
Goal 1: No Poverty
DIY methods of food production


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