Blog 34: collaborative whiteboards using STOODLE

Www.stoodle.ck12.org is a free collaborative tool that allows you to work on the same 'whiteboard' as others from any platform, be it tablet or PC. You can connect with the entire class, or set pupils off working on a collaborative whiteboard.

It's really quite simple to get going! 

Firstly go to the web address above, then tap 'launch a classroom'
You can then share the URL of your whiteboard with the users. I usually email this out to the pupil iPads or associate it with a QR code that can be scanned by pupils.

Once connected all users can draw, add to and edit the whiteboard presentation.

There's an in built chat function and many basic tools, such as pens, text and image insertion.

You can screen capture or email the end results.

Really easy to use and very effective. Great for group work and project planning. Well worth a look!


Blog 33: Engaging Stimuli Using Adobe Slate

For ages, it seems, I have had Adobe Slate installed on my iPad, tucked away in a folder titled 'Productivity'- a place where I tend to stick apps that I fully intend on checking out later.  As is the nature of teaching 'later' seldom comes and when it does it is either filled with helping others, paperwork, marking and, dare I say, family time!

The Adobe Slate website gives little description except 'Make a beautiful visual story in minutes.'  The app replaces boring slide show presentations, making engaging and stunning looking visual slideshows.

I had a play and came up with this one.  Took about 2 minutes.

So tomorrow I am using it in a starter activity in my English lesson recapping personification with my Year 6 pupils.  Instead of a worksheet based task, I have taken stills from the video we are focusing on this week (Rocketeer- good WW2 links) and the pupils are using them as stimuli for their own descriptive sentences.

Each child will have a QR code in their books tomorrow, linking to the appropriately differentiated 'Slate'.  Scroll through the presentation below.

Saved paper. Saved time. Hopefully will increase engagement and focus.

A lovely looking, easy to use app.


Blog 32: numbers to 100,000,000 with QR codes

This week I wanted to assess my Year 6 pupils saying and writing numbers to 100,000,000.  Rather than go around individually, I created a sheet with QR codes that linked to audio recordings of large numbers. The pupils then had to write the numbers, using commas as separators. This worked really well and allowed me to assess something in 15 minutes that would've taken much longer.

The audio recordings were made using www.vocaroo.com, which allows you to upload sound files linked to QR codes. (See below)

As you can see above, you cannot use the audio recording function on ipad, so I used the good old TTS Easimic and uploaded the sound file.
Once uploaded/ recorded you are taken to a page on which you can listen to the clip and download a QR code. I pasted this onto the word document for the pupils to scan.

The pupils used Kaywa reader app to scan the codes, listen to the audio and them wrote the number.

Initially the pupils used the place value grid suggested by Michael Tidd (https://michaelt1979.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/stop-teaching-thousands/), but soon moved away.

The combination of QR codes and Vocaroo is definitely worth further exploring. Post your ideas below!