Friday, September 04, 2015

Google Apps Changes

Changes to Google Apps:

Now has voice type  - no add-ons needed. This is on the web version of Docs now and will be on the IoS and Android apps with the next update I believe.


The in Doc research feature which has been available on the Web, is being added to the Android App.


Revision History has been extended - might be useful for viewing student’s work.

(File….Show Revision History)

New Templates in Docs

File….New...Start from Template


Very cool Info panel in sheets which lets you see a visual representation of your data.

Click on icon on bottom right corner

Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 - First Post!

I've realised that it is a year since I posted on this blog. Perhaps it's because I use Twitter as my go to tool for professional learning. (@rosscoh) However I believe a blog is still a useful tool for communicating and in this case, keeping references to professional learning links for posterity.

The things I've been thinking about are here: Not in blog form but as a Google Site shared with the staff in 2014 -

I'm about to produce a 2015 edition of this.

In the meantime, here are some cool links which might help your digital learning programme:

This free resource aims to encourage young people to engage in creative writing. Designed by current teachers, the LMYL Picture of the Day can simply be shown on a Smartboard screen to give an instant writing stimulus.

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far

Design for modern classrooms. Some examples:

Ewen McIntosh on Fuzzy Thinking:

Derek Wenmoth ( Core Ed) on Rethinking Education

Google Expeditions are coming.......

Google Art Project

Is this the future of news? Crowdsourced video via Youtube and Storyful.

Nathan the mathematician in X+Y

Creating Videos with Google Chrome:

Powtoon and Screencastify

2,4,8.  What's the rule??

Excellent demonstration of the Monty Hall Problem:

Google Apps : 20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools

Video: “Evolution On Earth In 60 Seconds”

Monday, August 18, 2014

More Links

Here are some interesting links which I’ve come across in the last little while:

Dragon Dictation is a free app for Ipads and iphones which will let students ( or you) dictate. It does a pretty impressive job of recording what you say accurately, and the end result can be copied and pasted into Google Docs. Well worth a try, particularly for boys who struggle to write. Did I mention that it’s free?

If you saw the Seven Sharp piece on Hobsonville Point School, and wondered how they are making things work, here is some more detail which provides more background

Try Google mapmaker – add detail to Google maps – Camps etc?

Speaking of Maps – Have a look at Animaps –

14 Year olds detailed Minecraft replica of Rotorua Museum:

George Couros – 8 things to look for in Today’s classroom.  @gcouros

The best Web 2.0 Applications for Education. From Larry Ferlazzo @Larryferlazzo

Historical paintings if digital devices were around then…….

Think I need one of these:


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Term 3 Week 1

From Teacher Only Day Friday 25 July

Thanks for the session on Friday. I found it useful. There are a lot of things happening in education, and the website is an attempt to summarise some of them. I'll continue to edit the website with appropriate links and information.

I think it's important to remember that the key is the learning, not the tool. ELearning is all about using tools to support students learning, but what we should be focussing on is what our students are learning.

Also it's important to give more responsibility to students to make choices about how and what they learn and what tools the employ. A staff member made the comment to me at morning tea on Friday that we as teachers are too "top down" in what we want students to use as tools.

Give students the ownership..." Present your work in a way you think is appropriate" Provide options or at times, make it totally open ended.
David Warlick's blog about playing with Lego is a maybe a useful metaphor for this:

The other question is: Are we differentiating, encouraging risk taking, problem solving .. This is a part of the change which is disrupting (in a positive way) education. Don't expect to do what you've always done with the ICT tools of today and tomorrow....Look for new ways of doing things and empower your students to do the same.

For the record:  tablets = Android and IPads

Finally, in the interests of information/misinformation management I've corrected some of the comments  which were made on Friday.

Slide Shows
Slideshows are actually very straightforward on a tablet:

Quickoffice on ipad and android allows easy creation of PowerPoint slide shows. Insert text and/or images, notes.

Slideshare app for android allows creation of online slide shows.

Prezi is a non linear slide show and is as easy to use with the tablet app as it is with a desktop.

Keynote is a native iOS app for ipad for creating slide shows.

Haiku Deck is web based or iOS for Ipad and great for creating presentations

Boys with Android tablets can use the Google Slides app as well.
Talk about spoiled for choice!

Web Page Creation
Using Google Chrome on a tablet to create websites is very straightforward with Google Sites. Set up columns, insert text, images and videos, add pages etc.
Just remember you are working on a small screen.

Drive Docs App:
Simpler version of the google docs full web browser tool. Do the writing with this, check via Teacher Dashboard. Will allow font type, colour and size changes, justification, bullet points, indents. Works offline. .....Android App allows creation of tables and has spell check. Insert images using a browser on desktop view

Quickoffice App
Google app for creating and editing office documents. Allows similar edit tools as docs app plus track changes. Integrates with Google Drive. Works offline. Real time spelling prompts. This app is in the process of being merged into the Docs, Sheets and Slides apps.

Great writing tool. App on ipad and android tablets. Would be a great tool for writers notebook type regular writing tasks. Basic writing tool with the ability to easily add images. Integrates with teacher dashboard. Works offline

-Created and formatted with tablet Docs App(apart from images)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quick Links for Week 1 Term 4

From The Ulearn Conference last week

The nature of Transformative Learning. Keynote speaker Ken Shelton:



Student Questioning from Trevor Bond


School Staff as readers – from the National Library:


Want to try handwriting lessons on an Android tablet? Try this:


Some excellent android and IOS apps on this site created by a New Zealand teacher:


If you or any of your students are interested web page design, Google make a free editor which looks ok to me.


Interested in doing video with your class? Have a look at this cross country collaboration:

image   More Information here ( ignore the use of comic sans font!!)image

Try this science app for Android tablets. Goreact.


With goREACT, you can become a virtual chemist. Whether you're a novice or expert, the free play and guided modes make it fun and fascinating.

- Initiate nearly 300 virtual chemical reactions by dragging elements into the Reaction Area.
- Amazing images and videos illustrate the molecules you create.
- Select alternate views of the Periodic Table to discover different aspects of the elements’ chemical properties.
- Touch any of the Periodic Table's 118 elements to see an image and fun fact about it.
- With helpful hints about reactions to try, there’s always something exciting to explore.
- “Featured Reactions” menus guide you through themed sets of chemical reactions related to particular applications,such as the environment, beauty products or cars.
- Learn more about how the Periodic Table is organized, and follow links to additional educational resources.

This site lets you interact with the London Symphony Orchestra


The fun theory escalator video.


And finally, I think there’s a lot of sense in this: Teaching Children to be their own Internet Filters


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quick Links for Term 3 Week 5

First of a number. I get a lot of interesting stuff through my personal learning network. Here’s a quick sample which you can access through this email or through the ICT and Learning Blog



Great little blog from Tahatai Coast School Year 2 Class. There are some interesting Ipad apps used here….

Pounamu is a free, online NZ game set in a future world. Register now to play Pounamu on the 29th and 30th August

Anyone using rubric generators? These 3 Rubric Makers That Will Save You Time And Stress

Do rubrics stifle creativity?

Use the free Flickr photo storage site and the free photo editing tools embedded in the site.

Blog site of a NZ quadblogging school --- Melville Int in Hamilton

Try dividing 1 by 998001. Always good for a discussion

Learning with Minecraft. here are some ways you could integrate Minecraft into your classroom planning

A selection of hand made slow motion science videos:

Visual Poetry: Creating word clouds using an Ipad

Ipad animator:

A guide to Free Image collections on the Web:

Searching intelligently with Wolfram Alpha.

Web Tool of the week – Pinterest – 20 ways it can be used in a library

The future of learning. Interesting graphic….


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Timelines and other stuff; great videos!


Here are some tools to help you create timelines. I love using timelines to get children thinking about events in history. Timelines are useful tools which can be used as a graphic organiser. There are also some on our web 2.0 tools site



Try too


A List of Apps from Richard Byrne

IOS Apps:

A list of Android Apps:

reverse procrast


Videos are a great source of professional Learning for all learners.

This guy is great. Principal of a school in Harlem he is dealing with US educational problems, but some of what he talks about should resonate with us.

It's of Dr Geoffrey Canada, President of the Harlem Children's Zone in New York. Raised in poverty and the son of an alcoholic father, Canada introduces himself as black and mad. What he's mad about is the state of education, and the fact that few people seem to be bothered to do anything about it. He recognises that our traditional system caters well for the top achievers, who go on to be successful as leaders in our communities etc., but that it is hopelessly inadequate in dealing with a vast number of children who are then 'trapped' in the cycle of poverty and underachievement.

A Video from Cyberwise presents a child oriented view on device usage:


 I love the possibilities with creating stop-motion videos. Very easy to create with a tablet or camera and then a video editor.  I’d be happy to help you and your class create something. Have a look at this video. Very simple set up but lots of potential for creativity: (really like the cotton wool burnouts!!)

NASCAR Wizard from DIY on Vimeo.

More videos for your activboard - Has a whole lot of videos from various sources which, as the title suggests are not made for kids, but are good to watch with kids.