How to schedule parent teacher conferences with Google Docs

Organizing parent teacher interviews can be a frustrating and time consuming process. By using Google Docs and this tutorial you can completely simplify this complex task and concentrate on other issues of importance. 

I have put together this video tutorial (above) and also I have prepared instructions and templates here that will make the process faster and simpler for everyone involved.

Computer lesson plan for younger students. Inserting images into Word

Thanks to Kate Scott for this one.  This is a very simple one page lesson plan you can hand to younger students to assist them in inserting clip art and pictures into Microsoft Office applications.  The illustrations really help.  Download it here.

Computer Lesson Plan - Graphing and sorting Data in Excel

This lesson has been submitted by Mark Muldoon.  It is an excellent 2 page lesson plan that you can confidently laminate and hand to students to help them understand how to put together a simple graph and sort their data in Excel in simple and illustrated steps.  click here to download it.

Lesson Plan: How to write Excellent Explanation Texts

One of my colleagues, Vanessa Sheehan put me on to this great lesson from Jacqui Sharp on how to write an explanation text.  I hope you enjoy it.



The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Lattice Multiplication

It really amazes me how many teachers and inevitably students with years of experience that have never come across or taught lattice multiplication. Which is a brilliant alternative to traditional multiplication.

"What is Lattice Multiplication" you may ask?

Lattice multiplication offers a very simple alternative to traditional multiplication methods when dealing with whole numbers and decimals of any size.  I find it incredibly useful to use lattice multiplication with reluctant mathematician's who need to take a fresh look at solving both simple and complex equations.

I came across these two excellent slideshows that explain in simple terms for both teachers and students how to do lattice multiplication for whole numbers and decimals.  I would love to creadit the author who put them together but I cannot find any details.

Please share this with your kids and add this as another tool in your maths toolbox.


How to learn the basics of Spelling in 2 minutes

This video is a little bit fast for my liking ( remember to pause after each rule.) but it just might click with a couple of your students who have been making some common spelling mistakes.

3 Great Screen Sharing & Narration Tools for teachers and students

I find it really easy to learn tasks from a good video tutorial whether it be a youtube video on how to renovate a  house or narrated screen tutorial of how to do complex tasks in Photoshop.  I found these three tools on Edutecher another great resource for web 2.0  tools that you and your students can use to better explain how to do something on the web or desktop.




Bounce is a simple, yet powerful, Webtool that allows teachers and students to take a screenshot of any website and then annotate it simply by dragging a box around any portion of the screen. The annotated screenshot can then be shared via Email, Social Networks, and even embedded. This is a great way for teachers to explain how to use a site or ask questions of the viewer about the content on the site. Easy to use and very useful.



Bubble Comment: allows you to record a video message that pops up when a user visits a particular website. It's a great way for you to personally point out web page features or topics to others.


Camtasia Studio  If you ever need to make a recording of something on your computer desktop so you can share it, this free open source program does the trick. Anything you can see on your Windows desktop can be turned into a standard AVI movie file. If you ever need to create a tutorial or demonstrate what a piece of software can do, this will do it for you.

If you know of any other great tools we wwould love to hear about them.