Wordle for classroom displays

I’ve been experimenting with creating some Wordle displays to use as posters in my classroom. Here are the four I’ve done so far. My aim is to have them photocopied up to A2 size for displaying in the classroom.









I love PDF

In my mind whenever I see PDF I think “pretty damn fine” which is how I think of PDF files. I love them even more because I have a mac which has built into it a “save as PDF” option when you print anything. (Snapshot below is an example of that.)

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So I was excited to discover a new site (via a post from someone in my Feedly feed – can’t remember who unfortunately) – PDFmyURL.com. Sometimes you just want to save the whole page!

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I tested it out on this blog post from a friend of mine – Phone a friend. It saved into 4 pages – here’s a snapshot of the first page.

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By dragging the bookmarklet from the home page to your toolbar you can then just click on it whenever you’re at a page you want to save as a PDF file.

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NOTE: Tested only on a Mac and with Firefox – I have no idea how this works with a Windows machine or other browsers. What DOESN’T work is trying to save secure pages – for instance trying to save this page as I was editing it resulted in the Edublogs login page showing.

All about AudioBoo

I’ve been playing around with AudioBoo over the last couple of days. I have an iTouch and AudioBoo is an app that allows me to record an mp3 file and upload to the AudioBoo website and then embed where-ever I want. This is a test to see how it embeds here:


Using Google Wave in the classroom

Like many other educators I’ve been pondering how to use Google Wave in my classroom this year. Having created an account for use in my classroom I’ve come up with my first use.

I’ve created 3 private waves between my class and me.
1. How to use Google wave
2. Questions for me
3. Photography Task

#1 is obvious – it’s a wave showing things like formatting bar and reply button etc. #2 is for asking me questions about school work – I’ve used Edmodo in the past and will continue to but this is a way of also introducing wave to parents. #3 is for the students to let me know when they’ve finished a photography task so I can mark/assess/comment on it.

Most of us learn best by doing – this is a simple way to use Google Wave and to get the students used to the format of it.

camera/video technique … i did it my way …

I found myself wanting to both video the action at Unicon XV and take photographs and ended up holding my camera on top of the vado and shooting both video and photo at the same time.

This is a photo of how I hold the two (note that I use two hands but my 2nd hand was taking this photo!):

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This is a photo I snapped (and used as part of my 365 Photo Challenge):

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And this is the video that I shot at the same time:

43 seconds into the video is when I took the photo above.

Video Comparisons …

… I decided to compare the video quality between my Samsung PL50, Nokia 6121c and my Creative Vado Video Camera. The results are here:

New Camera

I’ve been meaning to buy a new camera for quite some time – my cell phone is all very well for quick spur of the moment snapshots but sometimes what you need is something better.

Today I bought a Samsung PL50 – entry level type camera – but what a difference it makes in shots.

I cropped yesterdays 365 photo and one I took today with the new camera; then I uploaded them both into Picnik and created a collage to compare the photo quality. When you click through and look at the bigger sizes you can see the quality difference quite clearly.

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2010 and a new challenge …

This one is a personal challenge – I’ve been thinking about the 365 photo challenge and a tweet today reminded me about it. So here we go:
Website for the photo challenge: http://kiwijoe365.blogspot.com/
And my first photo:

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