Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tech Tips Tuesday

I thought that today I would mention the tech tools and resources that I called on in my first week back at work. One of my challenges has been remembering what some of the online tools and resources are called, and after that finding that they have changed since I last used them! Some of the resources below were already being used by the teachers in the classrooms I share.

Information sources:
Talking Textiles - This contribution from "The Children's University of Manchester" provides interactive activities and quizzes that help students to develop an understanding of textiles including how they are made and decorated.

How the Body Works - This Kids Health site has movies, quizzes, articles, word finds and activities to teach students about the body systems. I used this with the Year 5/6 students who will be writing explanations of the respiratory system later this week.

Behind the News - This ABC program was used in both Year 3 and Year 5/6 to expose students to recent news and to create opportunities for discussion around current affairs.

Study Ladder - (previously Smart Kiddies - and wow, what an upgrade!!) I used this resource for interactive whiteboard activities for Maths lessons, but there are now activities in a great range of learning areas. Study ladder is free for all my purposes, but for more information on costs see the pricing chart.

Math Drills - I used the free black line masters for fractions to use with my Maths class.

Classroom Organisation:
Super Teacher Tools - I used the Group Maker tool to create random pairings of students in my Spelling and Maths groups.

Lesson Design:
When creating interactive whiteboard pages for my lessons I returned to the Flickr Creative Commons for images to bring the pages to life.


  1. love all these tools Penny, good on ya! How do you keep all your web stuff organized?

  2. Hi Viviana.
    I don't do so well at keeping track of all my web resources, but have found that I return to this blog to find the things I've liked and have used before. I also use Delicious to collect and sort websites I like.

  3. I've used things like How the Body Works before, but many of the others are new to me, so I'll definitely be bookmarking them for future reference. :)

  4. I love the way you are doing. I never keep track of it. Great job you are doing.Keep going. You may be interested in http://www.youtube.com/user/GuruBix


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