Geese on a Blue October Sky
Some links I’ve put on my virtual pinboard recently. Ready for the new term?
Here are some of the things I’ve tagged classroom over the summer holidays.
- A garden alive with art: all-natural insect sculptures – in pictures I think my class might like this as it combines outdoors, insects and art. I suspect it is trickier than it looks to get these sorts of results.
Inspired by the art of ikebana – a traditional style of Japanese flower arranging – Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue hand-crafts bugs using materials from his garden. He transforms his garden waste, including sticks, seeds and petals, to create his Natura Insects series. “I think about the main shape of the insect,” he says, “and try to find something to satisfy that. It’s very much like a puzzle.” As the year progresses, his creative options change. “I choose the materials according to what nature offers during that time. All four seasons offer many different materials to play with.” The series started as a morning routine over coffee to sharpen his thoughts for the day. “It was never meant to be a complex process, but rather an easygoing, morning mind-stretching exercise.”
- Problem Solving: Grade 4 Mathematics There looks like there is a lot of resources on this site.
- Control Alt Achieve: Random Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets
To prove this I have used Google Sheets to create a “Random Writing Prompt Generator” that randomly pulls from a list of about 2,000 adjectives and 1,000 nouns to create over 2 million unique prompts. See below to get your own copy of the Sheet, learn how it works, and get more ideas on how to help your students write poems, stories, or other creations.
- Create & Innovate with Keynote Pile of resources for keynote in classroom, links, embeded videos and some templates. (All About Me, Choose Your Own Adventure, Coding with Keynote, Eclipse Animations, Green Screen, Holograms, Illuminated Text (Poetry in Motion), Infographics, Invisible Buttons, Learning Journals, Prototype, Quiz Shows, Selfie Bingo & Shape Stories. )
- The Literacy Calendar 2018-19 – Literacy with Miss P The following table provides a map of the academic year with a range of key calendar events. It includes national days or weeks and a whole host of school competitions and events. I’ve also added some key children’s literature award dates as it’s always good to keep an eye out for new and exciting quality texts.
- ADE Worldwide Institute 2018: 5 Star Points From The Lone Star State. | Next Generation Learning; Today… As far as Pages is concerned, it too has brilliant functionality with the Apple Pencil, effectively becoming a powerful sketching tool as well. The workflow means you can easily create interactive EPUB books that can be viewed in iBooks. When starting a document, scroll down to find the Books template. Once selected, you can add text, photos, image galleries, videos, shapes, tables, charts and your own drawings to your document. On iOS you can also record audio directly to your document. This effectively means we will no longer need to spend £5 on purchasing the Book Creator App.
- Lesson Plans – The Art of Ed
- Bio Poem template PDF. I’ve used and amended this many times, unfortunately I’ll not be able to this year as for some of my pupils this is the third year in my class!
A Bio Poem is all about you. It is a way for you to introduce yourself to others. Take some time to think about yourself – your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Then, use the template and example below to write your own Bio Poem.
- Mr. Fahey’s Tech: UPDATED!!! 13 Ways to Enhance Math Lessons with Flipgrid
Featured image: my own, I spent a fair bit of the summer trying to get close to butterflies.
I’ve been on holiday for the last two weeks, the second spent unwell with a sinus infection that made me uninterested in everything bar Lemsip and a bit of netflix.
Feeling a bit better and reviewing my pinboard links. Most seem to be around poetry, maths and micro:bits in the classroom ( I need to get out more).
- New Findings on Tutoring: Four Shockers
tutoring by paraprofessionals (teaching assistants) was at least as effective as tutoring by teachers
Teaching assistants were more effective in reading with small groups than teachers. Due perhaps to being able concentrate on the job in hand without thinking too much about the rest of the class. And:
Tutoring does not work due to individualization alone. It works due to individualization plus nurturing and attention.
Also volunteers were not as effective as assistants (move on not committed in the same way). I’d say a big plus for classroom/pupil/teaching assistants.
- Misty In Roots – Peace & Love 12″ – YouTube
- Results on ReadWriteThink – ReadWriteThink poetry interactive activities, flash based, but might be useful for ideas
- Multiplication Grids One of many interactive and the like for maths on the mathbot.com site. Some Secondary but a lot look useful for primary.
- Controlling a Raspberry Pi via SSH | Rosemary Orchard One of the many links I am finding via micro.blog. This has info for controlling a pi from iOS Workflow app.
- 5 Ways to Celebrate Poetry | Edutopia
- Teaching with ‘The Lost Words’ – Education With Espresso
The Lost Words is a beautiful book created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. It contains not poems, but spells to conjure back certain words which have been ‘lost’.
The first thing worth noting about this spell book is how alluring it is. I felt enticed into immersing myself in the spells and illustrations immediately. You could quite easily lose yourself for days by: soaking in every inch of detail, finding the hidden meanings of the spells and decoding the kennings.
- Plotting live microbit sensor data in Mu | Blog My Wiki!
I decided this would be even neater if you could untether a microbit, so here’s a project where I send accelerometer data as a string wirelessly from one microbit to another plugged into a computer running Mu. It could be great for physics experiments.
- Parts-of-speech.Info – POS tagging online
Enter a complete sentence (no single words!) and click at “POS-tag!”. The tagging works better when grammar and orthography are correct.
Looks useful. I’ve seen a lot about the immersive reader in Word, but it is lacking in the iOS version of word (although present in OneNote). I like the simplicity of this and the warning:
Computers make mistakes too!
- p5.js | home
- Sketch Machine Weird gif maker made with above p5.js
- OK Go Sandbox
We want to give teachers whatever tools they need to connect the joy, wonder, and fun in our videos to the underlying concepts that their students are learning.
— DAMIAN KULASH, OK GO
Or maybe we just wanted to have a ton of fun? Quite stunning videos. One Moment esp.
- Digging into the Gutenberg Editor – Jeff Everhart Jeff Everhart
Header image created with above mentioned Sketch Machine.
The tabs left open from yesterday. The internet is a more fascinating place that I’ve got time for.
Worth mentioning that a lot of these links are coming from micro.blog as well as my RSS reader.
Some recent finds collected with pinboard
Featured images, a montage of gifs from skipi, which is stuttering away. For no particular reason.
- Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online | Cult of PedagogyMight be a nice guide to copyright.
OPTION 1: MAKE YOUR OWN If students create their own images, then they own the copyright and can use them without having to pay any money or get permission (unless the photos are of someone else…but we’ll get to that).
I like option 1
- BBC – KS3 Bitesize History – The First World War : Revision A bit too much detail for my primary pupils, but should be handy for me.
- WWI Uncut – YouTube – YouTube WWI Uncut BBC series, short programmes. Medical one looks a bit to gory for my younger pupils.
- World War 2 timeline by lindaayers – Teaching Resources – Tes
This can be used either as a teaching aid to help with the chronology, or printed off and laminated as a display. I have it hanging on a washing line from my ceiling and the children refer to it quite regularly. Hope it’s useful.
- E-safey knowledge organiser.docx I am starting to notice some of these knowledge organisers popping up.
- S3 for Poets
Might be useful if I ever want to use Amazon S3 storage.
S3 stands for Simple Storage Service.
It’s a service provided by Amazon that provides storage and it’s simple. If you look at it the right way. And it’s Tuesday. And there’s a full moon. 🙂
Simple is in the eye of the beholder. And to a programmer, like me, S3 is simple. But we forget sometimes that what seems simple to us might not seem so simple to a literate person who isn’t a programmer. For example, a poet.
But poets need to store stuff too, and Amazon provides a great service, so let’s dive in and crash through the obstacles and get to the other side, where storage is simple. Dave Winer, New York August 2012
Image from page 109 of “The manual training school, compri… | Flickr No known copyright restrictions. Somewhat glitched.
Some of the things I’ve pinned to the board this week.
- Home – Minetest
A free, open source voxel game engine and game. Fully extendable. You are in control.
I installed that on a few PCs in school. Testing it in a lunchtime club. Looks like a free minecraft. Lots of possibilities. I have it running on one pc as a server and the class can connect from different PCs (WE have tested and got it working on mac & windows).
- Let’s Enhance
Neural network hallucinates missing details to make image look natural.
hallucinates is an interesting choice of words.
- How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met
Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users. Contact information you’ve never given the network gets associated with your account, making it easier for Facebook to more completely map your social connections.
Not sure if this is incredibly creepy, just the way things are heading or both.
- That IoT Thing: Bitty Data Logger 3.0
Bitty Data Logger is an application which can capture and chart data from a BBC micro:bit’s internal accelerometer, magnetometer and temperature sensors. It’s available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and for Chromebook as well. Data is, of course, transmitted from the micro:bit to your smartphone over Bluetooth so you can be some distance away from the micro:bit and…. whatever you have connected to it.
I had a quick test with an earlier version. Lots of possibilities for the classroom, wonder when I’ll get it fitted in.
- Something is wrong on the internet
one of the traditional roles of branded content is that it is a trusted source. Whether it’s Peppa Pig on children’s TV or a Disney movie, whatever one’s feelings about the industrial model of entertainment production, they are carefully produced and monitored so that kids are essentially safe watching them, and can be trusted as such. This no longer applies when brand and content are disassociated by the platform, and so known and trusted content provides a seamless gateway to unverified and potentially harmful content.
There seems to be a myriad of weird videos, automatically or semi-automatically created, earning money. Google have now said they will restrict videos that are flagged: YouTube to restrict ‘disturbing’ children’s videos, if flagged – BBC News. It seems unlikely that will deal with the problem.
Featured image, a bit of processing slit-scanning strangness, guess the source.
Some things that have caught my interest over the last week:
- Good Teachers Talk: Better Teachers Listen | Class Teaching The post is more interesting, to me, than the title.
One way of achieving this identify shift is to come unprepared to a lesson! For example, working on a poem in English that neither the pupils nor the teacher have read before. In doing so, pupils begin to see that their identities can fluctuate from learner to contributor, thus giving them the confidence to enact this discourse themselves in the classroom and beyond.
Which speaks to vocalising your process. I do that (I hope) in writing, but not so much in reading.
- School walls are oozing with unhelpful growth mindset cheese…. | teacherhead
Get these slogans blown up and laminated and plaster your corridors and walls in them… Bingo! Go Growth Mindset
Live it. Don’t laminate it. Stick that on a poster
- Developing a Proper Growth Mindset – The Educator Blog
False Growth Mindset
After the recent pushback on Growth Mindset this post suggests that there can be real Growth Mindset and “Many of the best teachers are already there”
- Online training – Raspberry Pi We recently launched a new way for people to learn about computing with the Raspberry Pi Foundation: free online training courses, available to anyone, anywhere in the world!
- How to Live Without Google Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they are not only tracking what you search for, they’re also tracking which websites you visit, and using all your data for ads that follow you around the internet.
- Physical Computing With Scratch | Raspberry Pi Projects
The version of Scratch included with the Raspberry Pi has a number of unique features; one of the most useful is its ability to communicate with the GPIO pins (General Purpose Input Output). These pins allow you to connect your Raspberry Pi to a range of devices, from lights and motors to buttons and sensors. The original Raspberry Pi had a 26-pin header and newer models (B+, Pi 2, Pi 3, etc) have a 40-pin header, but this workshop will work with any model.
I’ve generally failed with any raspberry pi stuff that involves extra hardware beyond a camera this might help.
- Simple Scratch intruder alarm « Blog My Wiki!
uses any old Raspberry Pi with Raspbian and some parts you’d find in a CamJam EduKit or similar: an LED, a resistor, a push-button switch, a buzzer and a Passive Infra Red (PIR) movement sensor wired up
Looks like it might be a nice we project for school.
- Fragmentum – A microcast from Adam Procter A new microcast. Glad to see a education one appearing.
- Clips – Google Drive lesson plan to use clips to produced short, 30 sec, movie about a country.
- Spreadsheets – Google Drive Resources for teaching spreadsheets. Year 5 (England)
- iOS Keynote is so darn cool! – Learners Together: Teaching with Technology Animated presentations for six word stories.
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