Picking PhotoPeach

Travelers!

The one thing to remember about technology is that it isn’t always reliable. Always, always have a backup plan. I’ve managed to have my PC, my laptop and my iPhone all die within an hour of each other. *Sigh* However, we are back up and running… for the moment anyway!

Today I powered on (including a few restarts) to learn a new web 2.0 tool for the classroom. The website of interest today is:


Now for the purpose of discovering PhotoPeach for myself, I made the following slideshow. Please bare in mind, my curious adventurers, as I am working from my laptop I had limited photos with which to use. I ended up using photos from my Picasa Web album to make this slide show. Luckily, one of the features of PhotoPeach is the function to add photos from Picasa or Facebook. So in other words, this is a short personal slide show. Quick background information may be required for the purposes of you viewing this.

  1. Every year since I was 4 I have attended the Port Fairy Folk Festival with my mum (and in recent years my best friend as well)
  2. Don’t forget to laugh at us, because it is all in the name of fun and discovery.

Folkie 2011 on PhotoPeach

Now that you have been subjected to way too much of Miss K – I think we’ll move on to how this can be used in the classroom. While that was an example of PhotoPeach’s slideshow, it’s not a great example of classroom use. During my self-tutorial of the PhotoPeach site, I came across a slideshow made by the class of 2CB. This is a fantastic example of how PhotoPeach could be used in the classroom! Take a look below:

 Our First Week in 2CB! on PhotoPeach

Slideshows are a quick and very easy way to present photos for use in the classroom. Not only do the visual learners have something to look at, but it is a way for your students to visually remember something in regards to the topic, rather than just facts. Show you epals across the other side of the world photos of what you are doing at school or share knowledge on local events to overseas classes. With PhotoPeach it’s a matter of Choose your photos, Pick your music, Play your video. Too easy!

As a teacher, our aim is to encourage students to be better thinkers, better learners. Using slideshows in your classroom will give your students the chance to visually experience, express and evolve their own learning. Not only that, as you can embed it on your class wiki or blog, parents can see how the classroom works for themselves. Use slide shows for group work, collaboration, exploration, to consolidate and to discover ways to visually represent information.

PhotoPeach Tutorials:

Seeing is believing.

Logging off,

Miss K.

Introduction to Edmodo

Here is my first post to you all in the beginning of the journey towards discovering all things ICT education related!

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This first post is a ‘Website of Interest

 

I want to draw your attention to a wonderful micro blogging site (yes, I know there are many out there!), one for education. Not only that, it is a fantastic little (I use this term very loosely as the site is anything but ‘little’) place to not only network yourself, but have you students collaborate and communicate without a ‘virtual’ classroom setting.

The site I refer to is called – Edmodo

Screenshot of Edmodo.com

Screenshot of Edmodo.com

Edmodo offers quite a few fantastic features:

  • Communities¬† – where you can access millions of resources that other like-minded people have shared for you to use! Run questions by other teachers for suggestions or even offer suggestions if you have previously covered a topic;
  • Polls – to use within groups or classes. Find out what your students enjoyed or disliked during the day, or find out what they would like to learn about;
  • Setup online submission assignments and grade them;
  • Network with other teachers and students within ‘Groups’ to differentiate different networks;
  • Secure site so if you are a specialist teacher you can work with multiple classes and have separate groups to ensure privacy of each and every student and class;
  • Private ‘notes’ to whomever you like to allow for single conversations rather than group discussions;
  • Publish files and links or add them to your ‘Library’ for use later on;
  • Make smaller groups within a class for group projects;
  • Sticky note or post-it note for notifications/updates when you log on;
  • Embed or share links, video, posts to groups of people, or single people;
  • Use the calendar feature to keep track of assignments or important dates; and
  • Mobile web access for those of us who like to keep track of our networking whilst away from the desk!

While this website may not directly be involved in a lesson plan, it could definitely be used to gather information from your students or network between students, classes, schools or teachers.

I may have only been a Edmodo user for a small amount of time I have already found the site extremely useful.

I’ll leave you below with a short demo I discovered on YouTube to give you a peak into the Edmodo world… (click here for the vid as Edublogs won’t embed video!)

Logging off,

Miss K