With enormous thanks to Bev Evans I downloaded her Nativity powerpoint storymaker and decided to give it a try out with the Nuture Group this afternoon. The children, a mixture of Year 3 and 4, took to it like ducks to water and had no problems accessing the program. They particularly enjoyed seeing their stories in ‘big screen’ and were able to re-edit their work instantly on seeing their errors.
It’s Christmas (for me!) December 9, 2009
Our new ICT suite was handed over today! There are 30 workstations – plenty of room and wonderful air conditioning! To test drive the suite I chose some Year 6 children. They all thought the suite was fantatsic – I had better get the display boards finished now!! The official opening is in January but I might just have to test drive it some more before then!!
Wonderful Wordle! December 5, 2009
Here are some of the Christmas cards that Year 3 children have made using wordle – I just love the ‘WoW’ factor when the wordle cloud appears on the screen fopr the first time.
After hearing on Twitter about the fantastic program, ript I just knew that I had to try it out with some of my classes. Enter Year 6! After introducing them to the wonders of the song ’12 Days of Christmas’ I let them loose to search for images and come up with a cover design for a Christmas card. As ript saves as a jpg this would be an easy task to import into publisher.
Christmas is nearly here! November 29, 2009
Whilst planning on Friday I suddenly came to the realisation that there were only 3 weeks to go in School before the break up for Christmas. As I only see the children once a week for ICT I know I needed to step up to the Christmas card and calendar making activities mark this week! After following my ‘Twitter’ friends for a while a couple of new( to me) programs were being mentioned frequently namely – wordle and ript. Time to get these programs into action!
I thought to use Wordle as a header for a calendar in Year 2. The children would use their typing skills – and wonderful use of the ‘shift’ key …..ahem – to type in the months of the year and choose how they would want them to look on the page. Example below:
Using ript the UKS2 children, hopefully, will search for images around the 12 days of Christmas and arrange them into a ript page. This can then be saved as a jpg and inserted into a greeting card template in publisher. We will see how that goes on Wednesday!