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Classroom Resource: Versal



Facebook has copped a lot of flack lately, about privacy intrusions and whatnot. I have to say though, data collection for the purpose of personalised advertisement isn’t all doom and gloom! While scrolling through my newsfeed, I see an advertisement, clearly targeted at me based on my recent search history or internet viewing or however they collect their data! The advertisement was for a website Versal, and was marketed as a website that transforms the way students experience content. The screenshot showed two students excitedly sitting at a computer viewing a video.

It looked interesting! And I’m in the market for 100 ICT applications, so of course I clicked the link.

First impressions were … Read the rest of this entry


Kid Safe Google Search


As a mum of a 6yo, and a pre-service educator, a huge concern of mine is my child and students stumbling onto inappropriate content on the Internet accidentally. This seems like a really cute child-friendly way of minimising the risk associated with search engines.

Brooke Armstrong Blog

While on the search for teacher blogs, I found a post on Kid Safe Internet searching. The blog is from a teacher of year 4 and 5 students. The project was for students to compare kid safe search engines.

I didn’t even know there was such a this as kid safe search engines. I took such an interest in checking out the different sites because of a incident that happened to my next door neighbors children. When the kids were searching the popular Loom Band YouTube tutorials, mum just so happen to walk by to hear a video that did not sound like a Loom bracelet tutorial. She quickly turned the inappropriate video off. A bit off track but the point of the story is that it is very easy for children to accidentally click on a pop up or incorrect or inappropriate site.

A great idea having kid safe…

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Classroom Resource: Symbaloo



Symbaloo is a graphic bookmarking tool, the displays your bookmarks using icons in a ‘webmix’. To create a tile, you choose an empty tile, and enter the website. The Symbaloo program searches for the icon image, and if there is one available it will automatically display. If one isn’t available, the user can choose to upload an image. Another option is to colour-code the tiles, or use a cartoon image provided by Symbaloo.

I discovered Symbaloo while Read the rest of this entry

Classroom Resource: MasteryConnect



The innovation I chose is #19 from the Google doc. The innovation arose from practice, and it is an example of learning through assessment.

What is it?


MasteryConnect is an app for educators to collate and share resources and assessment data. Educators can find and save resources, track curriculum standards (website appears to be US-focused, with ‘Common Core’ standards referenced), collect data, and create reports. The app also makes it easy to share the data between educators, students, and families.

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Classroom Resource: Proloquo2Go



Proloquo2Go is an assistive communication iTunes app that gives students without speech a voice. The app consists of picture symbols and text, accompanied by spoken voice. The aim of the app is to make assisted communication more accessible and flexible. It is fully customisable (i.e. font, language, symbols, stories, accents).

Strengths/Opportunities: Proloquo2Go goes beyond printed ComPic/Pixon images or language boards. It adds Read the rest of this entry

Classroom Resource: QuestGarden


Ok, so this one is a bit sneaky, because it’s not a new resource for me. This is a website I have used in the past, and most of my classmates have probably used it as well for EDX3280. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed creating it, and I have actually been able to use elements of it in my work in Year 2 at that school!


QuestGarden allows teachers to create webquests – guided inquiry lessons – for students. The website describes the goal of the website as:

“to create lessons that make good use of the web, engage learners in applying higher level thinking to authentic problems, and use everyone’s time well.”

In creating my webquest for EDX3280 I utilised a range of ICT applications to integrate into my quest… Voki, YouTube, Beebots, Vimeo, ispring, and online games. Students access iPads, tablets or computers to complete each quest.

Strengths/Opportunities: An interactive and interesting WebQuest has potential to hold the engagement of the students through the tasks, and become an excellent learning tool. In a team teaching situation, each class teacher could create one WebQuest to implement across the cohort, and there would be a terms worth of work created. Alternatively, there are WebQuests created by other teachers that you can utilise. There is a small subscription fee of $20 for 2 years.

Weaknesses/Limitations: The subscription is cheap, however Read the rest of this entry

Classroom Resource: Plickers


Thanks Michaella for introducing me to Plickers through her blog post titled: “QR codes to assess student learning


This is such an interesting way to use QR codes!

Teacher asks a question with up to four multiple-choice answers. Students hold up the code in a particular orientation to convey their answer to the question. Teacher scans code. Program uses the scanned data to guage student understanding, and presents the data in a cool graph (and we all know how much I love data!).

The app is free, and the codes can be downloaded and printed for free. I’m yet to download the app, so I can’t give a personal review on it, but I am excited about the possibilities.