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(!)