Sunday, 22 June 2014

LearningApps

I love teaching and I love ICT. But what I like the most is combining those two. I don't mind trying new apps or ICT tools. It's not a problem to learn how to use them.
Recently, I've created an account on LearningApps.org.There is a wide range of possibilites to make your own apps. It's very easy to use, as there are various templates. You can create apps on different levels of difficulty.
Here's a simple one:

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Summer with Scratch

No matter how old you are, you can always learn new things. If you haven't got any holiday plans or you have got some free time in June and July, you can attend a free, online class that will teach you how to program using Scratch. 
Scratch is a graphical programming language used to create interactive stories, games and animations. 
Learning on your own is not easy, but you can take part in the Coding with Scratch class by Pursuitery. The class begins on June 16 (session 1) and July 21 (session 2).
Click on the picture to read more:


http://summer.pursuitery.com/scratch/

There are 5 challenges. If you complete them successfully, you'll get a nice badge.


If you still hesitate, watch the film:
 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Let me tell (read) you a story

Some people may say that reading is a waste of time, you should just live your life and experience things. But I read a lot and I'm quite happy with that. There's always a book on my bedside table. I'm just looking for a bookcase to store a huge amount of books I have.
I'm not that kind of reader who can read a few books at the same time. What I need is a good story (rather fictional) I can read from cover to cover without interrupting. For a few years I've been choosing series, such as Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. And since I met my husband I have read a lot of fantasy. I've never expected I would be fond of such kind of books, but to my surprise I am. 
What makes books so powerful that we feel scared or excited reading them? I believe it's the story itself. People love stories. Some of us like reading stories, while others prefer listening to them. And of course, there are many gifted people who can tell really good stories.
It's amazing that we can even share our feelings while reading stories, e.g. when we are reading them aloud to children.
Today I'll present you my favourite sites to listen to and to create stories.

READ / LISTEN TO STORIES

Oxford Owl - Library

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/reading

You have to Sign in to read eBooks, but it's free.

Storyline Online

http://www.storylineonline.net/
 
I bet you'll love this site! Would you like to hear a story read by Betty White or Elijah Wood? If yes, it's the perfect place for you!

CREATE STORIES
If you would like to write your own stories or inspire your students to write theirs, there's no better site than Storybird.com.

http://storybird.com/

You can create free classroom acount (up to 35 students). You can give assignments, keep your class activity private or share it. Making storybirds is easy, and students will be inspired to write by beautiful art.