Monthly Archives: June 2014

Worth a read 06/14/2014

  • “If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. Most likely you will hear something like, “It was all Mr. Jones. He just never gave up on me.”

    What students take away from a successful education usually centers on a personal connection with a teacher who instilled passion and inspiration for their subject. It’s difficult to measure success, and in the world of academia, educators are continually re-evaluating how to quantify learning. But the first and most important question to ask is:

    Are teachers reaching their students?

    Here are 25 things successful educators do differently.”

    tags: teaching teachers KDSBytes

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Teaching and learning resources for the World Cup

Apparently there are some soccer games going on in Brazil. Lots of people are getting excited and staying up late or getting up early to watch.

It seems that students might be interested too, so if you’d like to harness some of that enthusiasm in your classroom over the next few weeks here are some useful websites and resources to help.

The Official FIFA World Cup site

Football and The World Cup from Teaching Ideas (UK)

Football resources from TES Connect (UK). Downloadable activities including quizzes in various languages – French, Italian, Spanish.

IPC 2014 World Cup Resources – a very visual collection of resources about all aspects of the game, the World Cup and Brazil.

World Cup for Kids from Activity Village. Lots of printable resources like colouring sheets, puzzles, bookmarks, flags and worksheets.

The World Cup: a fair game? Use the World Cup to explore inequality. From Oxfam.

World Cup 2014 Harness the energy around the football World Cup in Brazil 2014 and use these resources with children to explore global justice issues through the lens of sport and football. From CAFOD, the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.

29 Free World Cup worksheets From

Brazil: Lesson plans, games, activities

World Cup of soccer from Teacher Planet.

If you know of any other great resources related to the World Cup please let me know and I’ll add them here.

iPad news and views 06/05/2014

  • iPads were first introduced to grade 5 students in late 2010 when the college was asked to take part in the DEECD iPad trial. In the very beginning, apps were mainly used to support and reinforce concepts covered in classes. They were introduced during warm-ups as a way of tuning students into learning and, in some cases, to front load students. Now, iPads are a tool used to support the learning process when and where students see fit. Teachers set learning tasks and students choose how to complete and present them.

    tags: iPad 1 to 1 KDSiPad

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Worth a read 06/03/2014

  • “Differentiation can take place in lots of different ways. The old classics are differentiation by outcome and differentiation by task, but these, like many methods, can be really teacher heavy. I certainly remember working hours and hours to create and adapt work for individual students in my classes. It took a fair while and there are many more ways to differentiate than by these methods. Nowadays, I use a variety of more finely tuned methods and I make a use of a fair amount of technology to help me too.”

    tags: KDSBytes differentiation

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Add-ons for Google Drive

Google recently introduced add-ons for Docs and Sheets. Add-ons give you extra functionality to make Docs and/or Sheets even better. You can access add-ons by opening a new Doc or Sheet and from the Add-ons menu select Get add-ons. A new window will open up with a range of different add-ons to browse; you can install the add-on directly from here or click the item to learn more.

One of the most useful add-ons available is Easybib bibliography creator – copy and paste in a URL or search for a book or journal and EasyBib will gather up the bibliographic details ready to create a reference list in one of three styles to insert into a document – it couldn’t be easier! I have successfully used EasyBib in creating a reference list for for a university assignment. If we encourage our students to use a tool like this then there is no excuse for not referencing properly.

Other useful add-ons for teachers and students alike include:

  • Open Clipart – choose from more than 50,000 free clipart images to add to documents
  • Thesaurus (Docs)
  • Gliffy diagrams (Docs)

  • VexTab Music notation (Docs): Add music notation, drum notation, and guitar tab to your documents using the VexTab language.
  • g(Math) (Docs)- Create graphs and write complex math directly in your Google Doc
  • Template gallery (Sheets) – Save time by using professionally designed spreadsheet templates
  • Doctopus (Sheets) – this one deserves a Bytes post of its own (coming soon!) – An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive
  • Styles (Sheets) – Now you can quickly add style to your spreadsheet by highlighting cells and choosing a style from the style viewer

Add-ons are relatively new so no doubt the clever people at Google and other third-party developers are working on more – stay tuned!