Playtime

I hope you’re getting some work done on your projects during the holiday… and knowing how the boredom must be kicking in by now, I thought I’d throw some distractions your way.

There are lots of ways you can demonstrate your thoughts on the topic, and I’m aware I often through out the names of a variety of online tools you might not know about, so here in one fun-filled package are a few you may wish to play with.

Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments!

Glogster

Glogster is the site I used to put together the ‘poster’ I used to introduce the Owen poem.


Mr W’s Time Detective Glog!

Now… the bad news is that Glogster is undergoing a massive upgrade at the moment, so you may struggle to set up a new account. That said, it is worth the wait. 😉

If you want to go for it, you can sign up for a free account at edu.glogster.com Using the edu.glogster.com site is preferred to the usual public site as the content is ‘safer’, but more importantly, you get more tools for free (My favourite price)!

Next up…

Wikispaces

Looking for a free website that allows you to embed all sorts of media? Looking for incredible ease of use? Looking for a brilliant way of sharing or even better working with others? Then try wikispaces!

A wiki is an online site that lots of people can edit. The great news is that, as long as you are using it for K-12 education, it is free and has no adverts. I love wikis, and wikispaces is the easiest one I’ve found so far. It doesn’t look too flash at first, but if you have a bit of imagination and time (and are willing to search around for this site : http://wheretostartwithwikisandblogs.wikispaces.com/More+Advanced+Wiki+Editing) you can make it look really great — or really awful if you over do it!

You can get started here: http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers

You’ll need to sign up for a wiki ID, and then make sure you select the following options!

Watch to see the boxes to tick!

Animoto

Animoto is a lot of fun. The easiest way is to think of it as a way of creating very cool slideshows along with music you are allowed to use!

Rather than give a long explanation, I’ll just show you an Animoto I made a few years ago.


Animoto Show

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Enough Already…

My laptop is really stuggling here, so I’m going to leave you to chase up these for starters. I’ll add more later, but in the meantime, keep working!

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