When the classes visit the library for Student Led Conferences in a few weeks time they will have time to explore the library using  the PYP Concepts.

Each year level has a suggested PYP concept to explore but of course students can choose what they would like to do in this time.

These videos were created using Powtoon (which you are clearly told at the end of each animation).

Powtoon might be an excellent tool for Year 6 students and their upcoming Exhibition.

2012 top learning tools for 2012

Each year Jane Hart compiles the Top 100 learning tools.

Additionally, Jane has also provided the following tools:

“But now for the complete 2012 Top 100 Tools list. I have prepared a number of resources that not only provide detail about the tools but that also help to analyze the list.  This includes:

– a shareable slideset, (via Slideshare), which I have embedded below
– a textual list, where you can also see at a glance, how the tools are commonly being used (ie for Personal/Professional use, in Education or in the Enterprise)
– a list of the Winners and Losers in 2012 – compared to 2011
– and a categorised list of tools, called Best of Breed 2012

And, if you want to compare the rankings across the six surveys, there’s the Top 100 Tools 2007-2012 list too.”



I love looking at this list to see if I am current in my awareness of the tools that others are using, as well as finding new ones!

It is an excellent way to easily share what can be used from the myriad of resources out there, that can simply overwhelm.

My general rule of thumb is – find one new tool to experiment with – consider its benefit to education – trial it with some students and then share :).




I already use the majority of tools on the list – but will be testing out Learnist as an alternative content curator.


Horizon Report 2012 and a useful livebinder for teachers

The Horizon Report 2012 is out!

The NMC Horizon Report for 2013 identifies mobile devices & apps and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less.

Then within two to three year we sill be seeing Game-based learning and personal learning environments are seen in the second horizon and then augmented reality and natural user interfaces in four to five years.

This livebinder is an excellent resource for teachers to begin to understand the implications of these developments.


The story of Cinderella – perspective

Consider the story of Cinderella. Add some interactive-ness, then put on DeBono’s thinking hats and you will have a recipe for expressing ourselves from the perspective of Year 1.

This is the interactive version the story of Cinderella we used to set the scene.

These are some shots of us working, thinking and collaborating.

Yr 1 Express Ourselves – Cinderella on PhotoPeach