Homework

Thanks for adding more to your Flying Sharks story… and I hope you’ve realised that the reason for the ‘wordless stories’ is to encourage you to think of how description can improve your writing. 🙂

Here’s a wee heads up… can you be ready to give me an update on your personal project NEXT FRIDAY (10th June)… I’d like to know the following:

  1. What you are learning about
  2. What you’ve found out so far (Don’t panic, I don’t need any great detail!)
  3. Where you are finding most of your information
  4. What you are working on so you can share your learning
  5. How well you’re getting on (and if there’s anything I can do to support you)

As I say, I don’t need great detail yet (though it’d be nice!), this is just so I can make a few notes for my own reference, and to check that you’re not leaving it to the last possible minute!

🙂

Interesting Learning

As promised, here are the details for the project.

You have chosen something YOU are interested in and want to learn about (BTW: I’ll be sharing with you a really effective strategy for finding out more very shortly).

You are to do something with your new knowledge that you can share with me/the class/the world.

The ‘rules’ are pretty simple:

  1. You must be able to provide sources for all your references/facts/information;
  2. Er, that’s about it, really;
  3. If in doubt, refer to rule 1.

As I have tried to make clear, you are free to share what you have learned in any way you choose: essay, poetry, a story, a modern dance, a song, an album, a film, a documentary, a crochet blanket (much faster than knitting!), cake(s)or anythingelse that allows you , to show off some skills that you have that I would be unlikely to know about otherwise…

The Serious Bit: From my point-of-view, and for assessment purposes, you need to be able to explain the decisions you have made/choices you have made. Er, that’s about it… though don’t forget Rule 1 above!

DEADLINE: The intention is that you should be ready to share in the last week of term (w/c: 27/6/16)

As inspiration, here are some bits and pieces that previous classes have created…

 

Old Age Pictures

Hi Class. Welcome to your blog. 😉

As mentioned, your homework for next week is to find, or create, a picture you can use for your obituary. Obviously, this means you will need to use an existing picture, and then you will need to ‘age’ it. I mentioned 2 FREE tools you can use to edit an existing photo. You should probably ask permission from your parent or carer before downloading and installing a new programme! (NB: Check to see if you already have a programme that can edit the pictures. Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements are ideal, and sometimes come bundled with a camera or scanner)

WINDOWS USERS

My first choice picture editor for quick and easy editing on Windows is a free programme called Paint.net. For a free programme, it is remarkably powerful and will allow you to do a lot with your pictures. It has lots of tricks up its sleeves, so can take a while to get the hang of… but it’s worth it!

MAC USERS

Well done for having a Mac! 😉 The best free editor for Macs is a programme called GIMP. This stands for GNU Image Manipulation Programme. Like Paint.net, it’s very powerful, and free.

iOS and Android

Your best bet is to go to the App store and search for “age me”. I found two free iOS (ie: iPod/iPhone/iPad) Apps and there are bound to be some Android ones as well. If you know of one, please leave a comment so you can share it with the rest of the class.

NO COMPUTER, NO TIME, NO WANT TO DO IT? NO WORRIES!

If you don’t want to make a photo, or if you are not able to get access to a computer to do it, or if you are just a bit worried about the technology, DON’T PANIC! You are very welcome to use a random photo instead, just make sure it fits in with what you are writing for your obituary! 😉

OK. Enough from me… over to you! Feel free to ask questions by using the comments (Just click on the speech bubble at the top of this post)… and srsly… DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE! You want to try and get a good picture made if you can, and that could take time!

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!