High-tech vs. no-tech: D.C. area schools take opposite approaches to education

5 cool ideas for physical education teachers

It is often difficult to incorporate physical education and technology together easily as they can diametrically oppose each other at times.  However I came across this great presentation about some web tools and technologies allow you to do just that.  Take a look at it here and I would love to hear of any great technologies that you use in your own phys ed classes.

Devices of Wonder: Cinema through the Ages

The Devices of Wonder Web site explores the ancestors of modern cinema, cyborgs, and other optical devices. The Web site was created in conjunction with an exhibition, which presented the parlor games, natural wonders, moving image devices, and scientific instruments that have entertained and educated humans for more than four centuries.

The Web site allows visitors to experience some of these inventions first hand, offering a unique opportunity to operate objects that are too rare and fragile to be handled.

The objects are fun to play with, and they also teach us about our social, scientific, and visual history. Below are some ideas for how you can explore the exhibition themes with children.

After you visit the Devices of Wonder Web site, you can return here for some teaching ideas.

Morse Code Vs Text Messaging - Which is faster?

Your students might like take a look at how some technologies stand the test of time.  Enjoy.

E-Learning Scope and Sequence Chart - What to teach and When

I put together this really handy chart to advise teachers what they should be teaching in ICT / E-Learning and when.  It is linked to VELS but really applies to any curriculum and you should feel confident in delivering these activities to the year level recommended.  Download the PDF File here.

let your students get creative with photos at PhotoFunia


PhotoFunia is an online photo editing tool that gives your students a fun filled experience.  You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Photfunia automatically identifies the face in the photo and let's you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages.

PhotoFunia is free and very easy to use. Just select an effect you like from over 100 different effects, upload your photo, and PhotoFunia will handle the rest for you.

Ypour students will love the chance to get artistic and create their own magazine covers and billboards of themselves and have a great time.

Access PhotoFunia here.





Spice up your next writing lesson with Comic Maker

We have been using comic life for a while at school and my students really love turning their narratives and information reports into comics or as they are referred to today "Graphic Novels".  Comic life will set you back around thirty dollars however and it does have it's limitations.

Comic Master is essentially comic life for free in the browser with nearly all of the features that comic life offers.  including the ability to upload your own images set up the style and layout of your comic and obviously add in backgrounds and characters.

All your students will have to do is come up with the plot and go from there.  You can publish and print your comic but you will have to go through a free sign up process to actually save it.

All in all Comic Maker is a sure fire winner for students aged from around 10 up and they wil really enjoy turning their texts into an edgy 'Graphic Novel' especially your reluctant writers and readers.

Comic Maker can be found here.