Monthly Archives: April 2014

FREE – Queensland Education Resources Expo

I received an email from Queensland education resources expo (QUEDREX) today informing me about the FREE expo they are holding.

19 & 20 July, 2014

Royal International Convention Centre

Brisbane Showgrounds

Bowen Hills

10am – 3pm

This looks really good with free presentations on a range of topics with free giveaways.  There are resources to purchase as well.  I did not make it last year as I had an assignment to finish that weekend.  This year I am definitely going, the presentations are really useful so you will take away a lot of new information.  If you look at the presentation list for each day you will see the wonderful topics that will be covered.

See you there!


Adventures in Literacy Land

I discovered this wonderful blog site called Adventures in Literacy Land, where reading is magical.  This site is a collaborative blog site with some great ideas.  I found some ideas that I thought were good ideas to encourage students with their reading and writing.  The idea of giving students blank postcards with the schools address and stamps encourages students to send the teacher the post card over the summer holidays.  Another idea was students sending in a picture of themselves reading at their favourite reading site.  Another one was a list of student recommendations of books to read over the holidays.  These are all ideas I will now save and use at a later stage once I have a class of my own.

Any novel way to get students reading and writing is worth the effort.


When reading the post written by Sharnel regarding hashtagging  I was amazed I never knew about this, probably because I am not a Twitter user.  I did try a few different searches using the hash tag and had success with my searches. 

I tried some other searches at this sparked my curiosity and found it was not just Twitter posts like in the video showed. With this knowledge I can now refine my searching and hopefully not waste so much time looking for particular information. Thanks to Sharnel I can now save time, what a wonderful piece of information and so simple to use.

Anzac Day Resources

I thought it was fitting to look for Anzac Day resources and I found this wonderful site with loads of resources.  Some resources could also be used when studying History.  Some of the activities include information to create a timeline which can be achieved with an online programme.  There are computer activities for creating a wreath of poppies, scavenger hunts, films, videos and maps to name a few.  This site has early childhood, primary and secondary resources.  There are so many different resources it would be hard to know which one to use considering Anzac Day is only for the one day and not a lot of time would be allocated.

This article has eight sites for timelines


Creative commons image through Google

As Margie wrote about ‘There has to be an easier way to find images I can use” I went and had a look a followed the instructions of how to filter with Google to find creative commons images.  I clicked the link  and what wonderful instructions.  I was actually looking for some safe images (not filtered by licence) so I actually found what I wanted.  This site also tells you how you can look for images by colour even. Here are some more links to creative commons images as posted by The Whiteboard Blog.  What a great find Margie.

Here are some other good search engines that you can use to find creative commons images from Flickr:

Compfight :

FlickrStorm :

Simple Flickr CC Search :

Flickr Creative Commons Search :

Google walks the Grand Canyon

Google walks the Grand Canyon. There are 121 kilometres of trails in the Grand Canyon in street view. How exciting is this technology, image what how you can teach with this tool? Wait until there are more geographical locations added we will be able to walk sitting in our classrooms and explore with the students.
Watch the video attached to the link above to see how it is captivated. Let’s start exploring more of the earth. Won’t it be good when parts of Australia are in street view? It will be good to use for History, discover and explore from the classroom. How exciting would this be using it in the classroom, the students would love it.

If you Google street view treks it comes up with other places that have been explored.
Here is the link to place around the globe that has videos, click on the coloured dots to find an interesting place to investigate.

Great Barrier Reef

You borrow the tracker to capture places around the globe and in Australia follow this link.

Post it notes on the IWB

I stumbled across this fabulous site that allows you to make post it notes on your computer that can be projected to the IWB. This allows for brainstorming activities, you can type them in or the students can type them in making it more exciting as they all have a go at typing in their answers.
I found that I could create blank post it notes and then you double click on them to type. You can be prepared before the lesson starts. You can change the colours and make the board look pretty. What a great resource this way it is larger on the screen so everyone can see. I will be adding this to my list of must use tools.
There are other features with this tool; you can also use it with other people at the same time. Can you imagine a couple of classes using it at the same time all contributing their thoughts?


Safe Share TV is an online programme that allows you to share YouTube videos without the advertising. Paste the YouTube address in to the safe URL generator and it will generate a new safe URL taking out the advertisements. I tried a music YouTube that had a 12 sec advertisement and the safe link URL took out the advertisement and started at the beginning of the video. This has great potential for sharing public YouTube videos without the unknown advertisements or inappropriate related videos and comments that come attached. Now you can share safe videos with the class.  I will be utilizing this handy little tool.


Silicon Valley 9 billion dollars law suit

Disgruntle employees and ex employees have found out the their was a deal with companies like Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe not to poaches employees.  This meant that anti-poaching agreements kept wages down.  There are now over 100,000 people suing the companies for loss of wages.

How would that feel to find out the employers have this agreement which meant that you could not move to another company to get better wages because your employer had an agreement to not employ you.  No wonder they are suing for loss of wages.  The employees are making sure that they companies pay and are not getting away with it.  There would be no incentive to improve yourself and move up the ladder when changing jobs.


Online stories

While investigating online resources for my second assignment I discovered this wonderful online story site sponsored by The Entertainment Industry Foundation.  Actors read the story but also talk about bits of the story.  They story is animated to engage the learners.  These stories can be used in several different ways.  It could be used for entertainment, as narrative examples, which can be discussed and broken up into segments, orientation, complication, resolution and ending.  If you had a hard copy of the book you could make up activities for guided reading groups, really the list is endless of what learning can be achieved from the online story.  I will be adding this site to my list of useful sites.