23 March 2015

Adding Spring to Presentations






With no disrespect to these (above mentioned) tools, there comes a time when presentations just blur into a senseless maze of deja vu, maps well known,  blending the hope that the end arrives soon and painlessly. 

Been there?

Know what I mean?

Yes, there is PowToons , which adds sparkle and is great to share messages and reminders with students, as well as for students to create their own.

Below is a simple example:

But with Spring comes the urge to try out new presentation tools, which may, perhaps lead one out of the dreary maze of the expected. Here are some suggestions.

One of my favourites at the moment, is bunkr

and below you can easily understand how simple and interesting it is to use:

Personally, I find it one of the most interesting approaches to creating a presentation.

Two other tools which have caught my attention, are rawshorts (free to sign up to)

And Sparkol - though there is the pricing to consider.

Presentations don't have to be the regular, mental check-out session, where the audience struggles to remain alive, where presenters mumble onwards, reading slide after slide into oblivious digital dust. 

Presentations are so much more. 

So please, please, please, TEACHERS and Students alike, let's remember:

What is your favourite presentation tool at the moment?


I'd like to thank Mark Curcher, Director of the Program Director of 21st Century Educators at TAMK, Finland, for the meme above.

Further Suggestions:

SlideDog (for Windows only)

Reflections on Public Speaking

Presenting for  End of Academic Year

Slide Your Show


Ruri - free App for iPad

Financial Responsibility with Learning Games

Students today have the opportunity to learn at the click of a button, with a wide range of digital tools and apps to then display their skills and what they've learnt. 

Within this learning context, there is the need that students are taught digital learning skills - not only bodies of knowledge, but  skills which will enable students to become life-long learners, skills to navigate and to participate positively in the digital world. Despite the shiny new digital devices I regularly see in my classrooms, digital literacies are still, sadly,  lagging behind. 

Another skill which I think is relevant to include in classrooms today, is financial literacy - a skill which is not only for the purpose of passing an exam or test, but one which is immediately meaningful to students (e.g. how do they manage their pocket money for instance) and which they will need throughout their lives. 

Cash Crunch 101 is a free App, offering a game approach to finances. 
 Players choose their avatar (male or female) and then follow the cues to play the game, (by clicking the dice). As they make their financial decisions and they will also receive instant feedback. 

Players can also ask Brian (image on the left) how to play the game or use the glossary (a plus for students learning English). 

The website also includes notes for teachers and some additional sites to explore. 

How do you feel about financial literacy? Should it be part of classrooms today?

Further Suggestions:

(Images generated with RedKid.Net ) 

2 March 2015

Revision with Games


Revising is an integral part of learning and can be fun when games are used. I have already mentioned how Kahoot.it, Flip Quiz and Socrative are great resources to use in lessons, as well as  how Edmodo's Quiz feature saves teachers time and gives students the chance to do the quiz either in class or within a certain time frame chosen by the teacher.  As you can see below, you can name the quiz, set the time limit and choose the format of the quiz, i.e. Multiple Choice, True/False, Short Answer, Fill in the Blank, and Matching. It is very user friendly for both teachers and students. Another bonus is that teachers can re-use a quiz in the future.

Today I'd like to point out some other tools which are worth using for revisions. 

Quizizz is free and similar to Kahoot ,  gives students the opportunity to play in teams and works well
on all devices. Here is a brief walkthrough:

Quizdini - which offers the format of Multiple Choice and Matching games.

eQuiz Show is another option for creating a  Jeopardy-style review game:

What other games do you suggest for revisions?