Teachers tools


Posted by MacKinnon | Posted in internet, teacher, Uncategorized | Posted on October 17, 2012


Prezi is a website that was recently recommended to me, it is a way of presenting work or information in a fast free flowing style.
Registration for the basic features is free but for a fee you can get more advanced tools. The presentations can be shared between users, meaning both parties can edit and tweak a presentation ready for display. For teachers who are sharing a project or giving ideas to other this is ideal. With simple steps and ‘cheat sheets’ getting started is easy.

Presentations can be edited and updated, so during a class project that is cross curricular the staff or children can upload and add their own explanations and examples of work. This presentation could then be used in; an assembly at parents evening or as a reflection at the end of the project. After a school trip a Prezi picture presentation could be shown or emailed to long distance family.
This example is about recycling.

I would let children add their own opinions about different aspects of a project and decide on which pictures to add.
There is already a stockpile of pre-made presentations that can be accessed by anyone, so as the starter to a topic or an informative teaching tool Prezi is easy to access, suitable for the classroom and an alternative to powerpoint.

When working on a student led seminar, we chose to use Prezi as a form of presentation. We picked a simple and clear design and put simple bullet points to outline our understanding. By making ourself all administrators we could all edit our sections from home.



Safe Searching


Posted by MacKinnon | Posted in internet, parents, safety | Posted on October 10, 2012

Being at university and being surrounded by computers and the internet often means that we as adults forget that not all children know about the internet, not all children can get onto the internet at home and it is our responsibility to give them the oppportnity to both use and be safe on the internet.

In some schools I have been placed in it is clear which children  have access to a computer at home, these children were confident and liked showing other children what they could do on the internet.

It is not only up to us as teachers to teach children about internet safety but adults also, specifically those parents or carers who are not computer literate.  There are easy to access videos on youtube aimed at children but also warnings for parents.

There are many different websites available to parents, children and teachers for example thinkuknow.
For children there are cartoons are videos explaining in a child friendly way why it is important to stay safe.

Cyberbullying is a very current issue, becoming more prominent with celebrities getting abused via social networking, for example Tom Daley’s very personal attack in August.

E safety can be tackled in many different ways by schools, but there is no doubt that children should be made aware of the dangers that they face online. For example an assembaly using a video such as this:

Are easy to find and tackle the serious issues, while the children should see similarities and engage.  Children could also be given the task of promoting e-safety around the school. Possibly even making a video similar to the one above.

Oftsed have published guidlines for E-safety called  ‘inspecting e-safety’This document suggests that staff, pupils and families all recieve training and information on how to stay safe online. The document gives examples of how and why internet safety can be taught, the main point from the document appears to be that maintaining a whole school consistent approach is the strongest way to teach.