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MindMup mind mapping tool


I’ve started experimenting with this mind mapping tool which is now available through Google as an app. This is a very simple tool which can be easily used and manipulated to gather your ideas with students. Once you get the language of the tools you can follow keyboard shortcuts to add new nodes to your maps.

You can also use MindMup from the URL http://www.minmup.com I’ve connected mine to my google account so that I can then save directly to my Google Drive, otherwise it’s saved to the cloud and you need to keep track of your URL location.

Once you have finished creating your mind map you can then export to various formats (including as an image or table).

What I like most about this tool is the simplicity. I will be teaching my students how to use this tool and incorporating it into some pre assessment and post assessment work.



Olympia Voice Thread


I’ve just created this Voice Thread for class this week. Let me know what you think! You’ll need flash to see it.

Myths and Legends and the Olympics!


In Term 3 my Stage is investigating Myths and Legends of the ancient world. In my trolling of the internet I cam across this great site


From the UK it has a number of different myths from around the world which are told with animations but can also be read in text for. Some of the stories have background information and activities. Well worth a look.

Another one to check out is


This site is devoted to Greek Myths and the history of them. A very valuable source of information including ancient Greek history, stories, the Olympics and Greek Gods.




Rainforests is a popular topic for Stage 3 here are some helpful sites.

This topic also provides a useful way of discussing bias in websites and information. Get the students to think about why the site is written, who has written it and what message the site is trying to send.

Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre

Rainforest Rescue

Rainforests of Australia

Gondwana Rainforests

Australian Rainforest Wildlife

Australian Rainforest Association

Kid Cyber – Rainforest Biome

Rainforest Action Network


Using animation in primary schools


Using animation can be a motivation and interesting way to engage students in their learning. Here are some places where you might find some helpful hints and ideas.


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