Monday, June 20, 2016

Some More Digital Learning Resources


Seesaw is a digital portfolio site which is used by an large number of schools for sharing class and student work.
"Seesaw empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. 
Students can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. You can also import directly from most popular apps."

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a very useful tool for distributing and organising assignments for students. I use it with my maths class, as do other Wellesley teachers

"Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates your Google Apps for Education account with all your Google Apps services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroomsaves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized."

Instruction video here:


"Skoolbo is a great new program to help with reading and maths. Children are immersed in an incredible learning world and are highly motivated by the inbuilt rewards. Parents and teachers are equipped with an array of tools to help achieve wonderful educational outcomes for their children."

Google Art Project

I've pointed this out before but it just keeps getting better! Who needs to travel?(!)

"Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.[1]
The platform enables users to virtually tour partner museums’ galleries, explore physical and contextual information about artworks, and compile their own virtual collection. The "walk-through" feature of the project uses Google's Street View technology.[2] The images of many of the artworks were reproduced with very high quality, and each partner museum selected one artwork to be captured as a gigapixel image (with over 1 billion pixels)."

Newspaper map

Any newspaper, anywhere, any time...


Sign yourself up and then your maths class.

"What is e-ako maths?

  • e-ako maths is a resource created to support students' development of a sound knowledge and understanding of important maths ideas.
  • e-ako maths is designed to complement and support a classroom teaching programme and is not intended to be a stand alone tool for teaching these important concepts. The supporting resources linked below will help integrate e-ako maths into your class programme. Click to read about ways that the student e-ako can be used, both by students and as professional learning and development for teachers.
  • Each student will have their own account so that they can explore the material at their own pace. Each account needs to have a unique username, but the accounts can share an email address so you could use a class email address if you wish.
  • e-ako maths provides pathways of interactive learning modules (e-ako) for students to work through. Students can choose from the available e-ako, with assessment e-ako restricting access to more difficult material.
  • Each e-ako contains both teaching screens and interactive elements for students to complete. These interactive elements include matching tasks, multiple choice questions, and short answer questions."

Growth Mindset and Mathematics

"Stanford math education professor Jo Boaler spends a lot of time worrying about how math education in the United States traumatizes kids. Recently, a colleague’s 7-year-old came home from school and announced he didn’t like math anymore. His mom asked why and he said, “math is too much answering and not enough learning.”
Read the article here:


I've been using Banqer with my maths class this term. It's easy to set up and provides a genuine virtual economy in which the students can learn about aspects of financial literacy.

"By turning your classroom into a virtual economy Banqer creates financially literate students. Students can engage and interact with finances in a safe, moderated and extremely relevant way."

"The core of any economy is an incentive system. Just as we are financially incentivised to work, Banqer operates the same way in your class. Students will discover an appreciation for money and form a strong work ethic with Banqer in the classroom that motivates them like never before. "

Do not visit Hobson Point Secondary(!)

Friday, October 23, 2015

3 More Sites.....

More Interesting learning Sites:

Larry Ferlazzo (@larryferlazzo) maintains a fantastic website with a huge range of  educational content

Best online games for 2015 part 2.

A lot of examples of quiz sites similar to Kahoots

There is also part one here:


Try Spiral


And the third in the list for this week is Google Classroom which is getting better and better.

(Sign into Google first)

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