living and learning together

Another excellent Edublogs.org weblog

living and learning together

off to visit Pompei

March 31, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

In a recent post i loooked at google maps and a number of virtual tours. In school i have one follower who expressed an interest in the topic and wanted to know more.
One topic at school i dont teach but love to read about is history particularly Roman history, as a student i worked for 4 summers excavating a Roman Villa and its surroundings. Now i love reading novels by Simon scarrow about roman times.         http://www.scarrow.co.uk/

back to the real post. this is a virtual tour of pompei in Italy , a roman city preserved by the ash of the errupting volcano vesuvius. Having visited pompei for real the place is amazing but just viewing the site really allows kids to see what life was like in a roman city.

take a look for yourself.        http://ow.ly/TxKu

visit the ancient city

visit the ancient city

if you enjoy this you may also want to visit this site which gives informtion on a 3D vido tour of ancient Rome. ( many thanks to Angela Meirs for here original post)

click on the link to find out more.        http://ow.ly/TxKu

visit ancient rome

visit ancient rome

Happy travelling.

Tags:

Bringing history to life…

March 27, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

or for that matter anything you want to. animals….objects… historical figures… or even your class teacher!!

Blabberize is a very simple site to use, just follow the simple instructions.

the process of blabberizing something involves uploading a picture, adding a mouth, recording some audio and thats that.

I find it usefull bringing to life historical figures my best ones include a roman soldier accounting his days on Hadrians wall, Newton and his discovery of Gravity, alexander Flemming and his discovery of penecillin. I also enjoyed my recreation of the alien from toy story and his attempt at work domination.
but seriously , the kids love seeing these pictures talk and find it both entertaining and enlightening if you get the facts right.

make  historical figures talk

make historical figures talk

try it for yourself at  http://blabberize.com/. have fun

Tags:

staying in and seeing more of the world.

March 18, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

pleasure and paris

pleasure and paris

first of all an apology that I have not posted for 2 weeks. Life at the salon has been very busy maing the tea and coffee!!
my post this week was something i discovered by looking at one of my must view sites. www.ilearntechnology.com host by kelly Tenkley. ( she is amazing in the resouces she searches for, and shares with others ).

The site I would particularly like to mention is googles virual tours. This is your chance or perhaps your kids chance to visit some amzing places around the world. My favourite has to be Paris, a city where I  have spent some romatic moments with my wife, but a city i love for atmosphere , ease of movement, fantastic resturants, and loads of sites to see. check it out for yourself.

http://www.google.co.uk/help/maps/streetview/gallery/#landmarks&eiffel-tower

Kelly has also introduced me to the idea of taking the kids on a virtual educational visit, to another country complete with airports, planes, and pilots, passports and even the kids bringing their own suit cases. all you need is a little imagination.

Next term we are delivering a crime and punishment day and with this site in mind I plan to send the kids around london searching for  the criminals and the gettaway car, whilst finding clues on the way.The idea is at present in its infancy but with time and effort i hope to produce a stimulating activity.

Google streetmaps have finally reached Ithlingborough so watch out kelly you could take your kids on the virtual tour to mid northants to discover the highlights we have to offer.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?sourceid=navclient&hl=en-GB&rlz=1T4DKUK_en-GBGB238GB238&q=st%20peter’s%20church%20irthlingborough&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

 

irthlingboroughs church

irthlingboroughs church

Tags:

Words and pictures

February 19, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

This week I would like to mention 2 sites which i love. I do not yet fully utilise them but have found that when i do use them in school my kids love them.

The first site is :   http://animoto.com/   which allows you to produce very professional slide shows. You can use a variety of pictures from their own Gallery but find it is much better when uploading your own. The site also allows you to add backing music, whilst the site organises the pictures and text into a really great slide show with intesting backgrounds and slide transitions. For a 30 second film/ animation the use is free but there is a fee for longer animations. I find it is a great way to generate discaussion around a new topic or concept.  great as a starter or plenary. If you have the technology kids love making their own too.

 

a great way to produce a proffesional slide show.

a great way to produce a proffesional slide show.

 

well Animoto covers the pictures but the words relates to a site called Voice thread.   http://voicethread.com/#home 

This site is totally free for educators and allows you ar you class to record a voice or combination of voices. the site also allows you to upload a picture around which the discussion can be based. we have used it for a talk on salvery and also a science lesson based on Energy. The site is simple to use and the kids love recording and hearing their own views.

when the voice thread is completed the finished product can be e-mailed to others so they can listen to the recording and i believe even add their own comments.

 

http://voicethread.com/#home

 

a great way to share pupils views

a great way to share pupils views

Tags:

half term learning

February 13, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

This week we are on holiday from school but need lots of things to do . There will be the usual , swimming, football, beavers, but also some special activities. 

The only problem with a week away from school for my son is that like any typical 5 year olds he forgets some of what he is doing at school in terms of numbers and reading. I have to admitt we pack so much into our week off that it is good to go back to school for a rest.

But we do love to play games, educational Games!!! on the computer, we have a number of discs we look at and play but i have just discovered this great site for learning games activities for kids. My son loves it . Take a look for your self if you have kids  from 5  to 12 years of age they will too. 

www.e-learningforkids.org

for kids who love to learn

for kids who love to learn

Tags:

The wow factor

February 6, 2010 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

amazing clipart

amazing clipart

http://www.phillipmartin.info/clipart/homepage.htm  

I am just putting together a charity Quiz for Haiti at School and remambered Phillip Martin clipart. Phillip produces all his own clipart and all has his own definite style inprinted upon them. From farmyard animals To kids in the classroom to famous people in history Phillip does them all.

Use them to enhance your whiteboard presentations or produce posters they just give that bit of style or individuality to your work. I just love the sheeps bottom!

Phillip has a wide range of catergories for you to lok at and choose from.So take a look for yourself.

Tags:

An Amazing resource

January 30, 2010 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

A few years ago my teaching was transformed by the introduction of a smartboard into my Classroom. At first mastering some of the options available to me when using it took time and a bit of effort. Slowly but surely i began to master the simple options and began to challenge myself as to what else I could do.
About 6 months a go I discovered @jameshollis on twitter, and followed a link to www.teacherslovesmartboards.com .

I discovered that James was Smartboard genius and the site itself was just an amazing resource for teachers who use Smart notebook in their class rooms.
James constantly suggests fantastic links to site that lend themselves to use on the Smartboard. My kids love the interactivity and their learning has really picked up a pace since I began using the various resources.

As well as sharing great links James is always willing to help if you have a problem. His podcast is always worth a listen to to gain information,tips and hints.
I recently signed up for online training which he also runs at
www. teacheronlinetraining.com ,for a small fee per month you can gain access to a wide variety of courses to enhance your teaching, and create smart noteboard resources for yourself. I have just completed my first class following some simple, easy to follow, video clips on how to install and play flash video on the smartboard.

I cannot express how fantastic this site is, for all teachers with smartboards, go check it out yourself.

A fantastic resource for teachers with smartnotebook

A fantastic resource for teachers with smartnotebook

Tags:

A boy thing

January 23, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

build your own super hero

build your own super hero

creating Super heroes has been something I enjoyed as a kid drawing, sketching, superman, Batman and my own creations was a great way of passing afternoons as I visited my great Aunt Ginny. I would sit by the fire for hours creating costumes, body postures, and muscular features.
Time has pasted but boys still love to create these superheroes of their imagination, this site I saw suggested by @tombarrett on twitter simply brings it into the 21st century.

http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/heromachine2/heroMachine2.asp

you can build your own super hero, male or female, from hair , eyes and even ears, to head gear , clothing, accessories and even companion. Top the whole thing off with a suitable name and then print or share yours with others.
I really enjoyed making my 1 million $ man, (there is a credit crunch you know!)
But as with the previous site this can be enjoyed by people of all ages.My son enjoyed creating pluto man, whilst pupils at my school came up with all sorts of ideas.
so have a go for yourself……you will love it.

Tags:

January 19, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

interactive apollo  mission

interactive apollo mission

This is a fantastic scientific based site which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. The older ones amongst us can look back and remember those intrepid astronaughts and the first moon landing, whilst the youngsters can live the excitment of being the “spaceman” they have dreamed of being since the age of 5.

The site has a fantastic catalogue of photographs, audio clips, and video footage from the mission to the moon. From take off to landing, to the return and splash down you can relive every hour of the mission. select different clips to hear and view, photos from all sorts of angles. A fantastic resource for teachers, but a thrilling site for anyone with an interest in the space race.

At the end of the mission you can finish up with a certificate which you can complete and print off.

“Huston the eagle has landed” click on the link to start your mission. wechoosethemoon.org

Tags:

A new approach

January 6, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

having returned to school after another holiday reading other peoples blogs and wondering where they find the time and find the brilliant ideas to b log about. There ae two blogs that i regularly read that really stand out for me, both Langwitches blog and ilearntechnology. These are both outstanding blogs each nominated for awards with edublogs. What is it about them that makes them so good? why do i want to read them?

The answer is that i learn new things from them, they motivate and inspire me. that is what i want to do for others with my blog, at present it is a meandering of thoughts and self expression, there is no value to others who read it.

I want there to be a reason for people to read my blog, i want to help others,there has to be some value to myself and others to justify the time spent on it rather than doing the other tasks i have to complete as a teacher.

I have just been given a great opportunity to develop my blog , by working in an alliance with others who blog. I hope this will take me on a journey of discovery.

Tags: