Monday, June 28, 2010

Museum in a Box

Judy and Allison recently went to an ICT in English conference hosted by Tim Wilson. To access Tim's website click here. It is full of terrific and practical uses for using ICT in English for all grades.

One of the interesting sites Tim mentioned during his presentation was Museum in a Box. This site allows students to be creative in their thinking about characters, historical events and influential people. The site describes itself as a place that provides the tools for students to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, could be put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

That's Rubbish!

I was reading Education Review the other day and I saw an advertisement for a terrific resource. Clean Up Australia has launched a web-based educational game called "Clean Up The River".

It is a challenge-based game to enable infants and primary students to learn more about the impact of rubbish on their local river systems. There are four levels of difficulty and the animated game is divided into two sections - the first is where students have to navigate a river while removing rubbish in order to save the marine life, and the second takes place in a recycling plant where rubbish needs to be sorted correctly. There is also a multiple choice quiz to reinforce the learning. If you have a go with your class please post a comment.

Monday, June 14, 2010


I was searching for storytelling and writing websites that I could use with Year One and I found Storybird. This website allows students to create a story, complete with illustrations. It can be a collaborative effort with two students taking turns to create the story. The virtual tour is fabulous and explains how the site works really clearly. I think this could be a new favourite!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Too Long....

Time to resurrect this blog. I have been so busy being an AP that I have neglected the idea of having an online service for the staff. It's time to make amends. Over the last few months I have been collecting resources and adding them to my Delicious account. So... it's sharing time.

A fabulous site for maths and grammar games that will have your students asking for more time on the computer.

If you want lesson ideas that have an engaging "youtube" style introduction then you cannot go past this site.... lesson plans and notes are included.

Fantastic ideas for getting reluctant writers to write.

Don't forget to comment about what you thought of the sites..... it may just spark another persons curiosity!