I love nice images and I often lay down on my bed with Photoshop and create. Others might knit or paint, but I create in Photoshop. I made some headers for my Google Classroom with inspirational quotes for the students (and myself!). I usually get images from Pixabay, put them together and change the size and format to fit Google Classroom.
Google Classroom headers should be in the format 1000 * 250 pixels. The best way to make images is with Adobe Photoshop, but since Photoshop is not free and somewhat tricky to use. Windows Paint will o the job as well. Just click the "change size" button and set the width to 1000 and the height to 250. After that you may paste clipart or photos into your image and put text on it. It's quite fun once you get started!
Writing exercises are always more fun if you know that the texts will be read "for real". It increases creativity and accuracy when the students publishing what they write. It is fun and engaging to create books with images and colours! BookCreator has taken note of this, and they offer a free internet service where you can make real e-books. The books can be collected in the school's own e-library and of course, you can send the links to the parents or whoever you want.
I recently received a tip about a service called BookCreator, and of course, I wanted to try it out with my class. BookCreator lets students create a real e-book, and now that I have tried it with the students, I can honestly say that it was a long time since we had so much fun! It was easy to use the different tools, and it was possible to create many different types of books.
I have written several times about my love for Kahoot, but I have never really taken the time to calmly and properly explain how to create a Kahoot. That's why I'm going to do so right now. Here is an easy step-by-step guide on how to make the classroom rock!
Kahoot is a tool that makes it possible to create fun and engaging quizzes in a simple way. The most common way to use it is through quick knowledge questions, but you can also use questions that require more thinking. Kahoot will automatically add compelling music to your quizzes, that makes it more fun.
The Google Calendar is an excellent addition to the Google family, and the more I use it, the more impressed I become. Especially now, when I have to organize meeting times for all parent meetings. Once I figured out how it works, it didn't take much effort before the job practically did itself, and I could spend my time preparing for the meetings instead.
Meeting appointments in Google is a service that allows you to add open appointments and set how long each appointment should last. Everyone who gets the link to the booking page can choose a time. Once the appointment is selected, it automatically shows up in the calendars of everybody who will attend the meeting. Your calendar, your colleague's calendar (if you will host it together) and the student's calendar. Easy as pie!
I recently started on a new job, and my new school is a maze of classrooms, workrooms and rooms for different materials. I thought I was brilliant when I walked around the school and placed a geo-tag with a label in Google Maps to easily find everything on a busy schedule. The classrooms, the coffee machine, the laminating machine and the coffee rooms. Everything was marked with geo-tags on my phone. :-)
Then I thought one step further and realized that it must be possible to add all the colleagues' key-GPSs to the same map. In that way, we could create Harry Potters "Marauders map" and see all the classrooms and the colleagues (and headmasters!) current positions!!
I wonder if the new colleagues could agree to let me create one?!?!
It would be so cool!
If you want to succeed in distance learning, there are a few things that are very important to keep in mind. First of all, it’s a mistake to think that distance learning means that the students should study alone when they feel they want to. That approach is guaranteed to end in failure.
I order to function, distance learning must rather be more controlled and structured than classroom learning and that students must never feel alone. Here is a list of the things that I have come to find are key-factors to make the learning successful.
Playing Kahoot is a popular way to do something fun for a while. There's some competition and laughter at the same time as it is educational. It is now possible to assign a Kahoot that lasts a week and where the students can play as many times as they want. This is a fun way to create some activity in the corridors or assign their homework in a different manner.
Create a "Kahoot of the week"
If you have never created a Kahoot before, it may be a good idea to first read the post "Create a Kahoot":
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I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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