Scoop.it is my new favourite web tool… yes I know I have a lot of those but I guess that’s why I love teaching and learning, there are always new ideas you come across that make what you do so much easier. Scoop.it is a tool which helps teachers troll the internet for information about particular topics. You can sign up for a free account and you are able to create up to 5 topics. These topics help you gather or curate web based articles, webpages or posts about these particular topics. Scoop.it also allows you to follow other peoples posts.
I have two topics which I am currently curating in relation to teaching.
1. Teaching Tools Today – where I gather and curate tools useful for teaching, these include web 2.0 tools, traditional ideas, graphic organisers and more.
How does Scoop.it help me? Well…. it keeps me up to date on what is happening in the world of education. I follow other educators and rescoop their posts that are relevant to me. I am able to find new teaching strategies to help me in the classroom and most importantly I’m connecting with others interested in the same thing… educating the future generations.
I’ve added the links to my blog roll so you can get to the directly.
Do you use scoop.it? Let me know your topics and I’ll have a look!
The School A to Z app is a recently released app from the NSW Department of Education. You can down load this app for Android and Apple. The app contiains several different features. There is an extensive English, Mathematics and Technology dictionaries. These dictionaries are suitable for primary and secondary students.
My favourite part of the app is the Spelling Bee. In this section you can select levels of difficulty or insert your own lists. The words are spoken and you are asked to spell the words.
There is also the Maths Monkeys… if your children have trouble with multiplication this is another great way to practice. See what you think!
Wallwisher is a fantastic tool for working collaboratively. This tool is a pinboard that many people can post to. Ideas for the classroom include brainstorming, collaborate reading tasks, feedback and many more. I also thought I’d use it for story board planning and sequencing activities with the whole class. What ideas do you have?
I’ve been checking out this learning tool and have found it to be interesting and useful. Glogster is an alternative to blogging. It lets you create a poster style presentation to share with students. As a teacher you are also able to create students accounts which are private so there are no issues with students identities being compromised.
Below is an example of a Glogster created by a teacher to show Writing with past tense. You’ll not there there are several types of media included and that you’ll need flash to be able to see it.