Marvellous Monday Morsels

Hi all,

This week there is a real mixture of morsels to tempt your time-poor lives.

Need a video to inspire your students as to the importance of education?  Then pick one of these.

Those of you who engage with Bloom’s Taxonomy might enjoy these posters.  You can reimagine your own and display them, or use these ones with appropriate attribution.

Using Essential Questions to engage your students.  This is the nub of it all really – good questions to elicit good thinking and then good responses!

Are we using good pedagogy, or just giving kids a device? One person’s viewpoint.

For those in leadership positions or aspiring to same, this blog post on educational coaching makes for interesting and possibly confronting reading.  I have been in groups in the past where this was done and it is a very worthwhile, if somewhat daunting process.

eSchool News.  This is worthwhile subscribing to as it’s free and you can choose which areas of news and information you want to receive in your inbox.  Based in the US, but has a lot of relevant stuff for us as well.

Great YouTube video about using Evernote effectively. Especially useful for beginners.

gClassfolders helps you organise Google Drive.


Google Docs for iPAD.  How useful is that?  I’m going to get it today.

Top 40 iPAD Apps that you may or may not already know about.

Here is a veritable cornucopia of iPAD apps that should appeal to many.  Mainly reference type apps here.

I’m adding this link as it looks interesting, but I am fully aware that it may not work on our school network.


If you are into Science and History, this site is truly AMAZING!  This link takes you to the introductory page but from there you need to just go exploring.  Intelligent people explaining really complex scientific ideas and concepts very well.

Finally, a Brainy Quote to take you through the rest of the week,



Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi everyone,

Another busy week for us all, so chin up, keep smiling and don’t let the timetable get you down.

The newest way to put flyers online and it’s free.  You can also print it out which is great.  Might be good for Garage Sales, etc.

An interesting blog post about the benefits of using new technologies and using them mindfully, so as not to suffer from the “butterfly brain” effect.  Some great links to YouTube videos too.

Do you worry about the effect of texting on our grasp of grammar?  Here’s some interesting statistics.

This is JellyCam, a free stop-motion film maker that’s free and just a bit of fun.  You can maybe use it for those family Xmas dinners that are so much fun!

This looks like a fresh new way to chart your own timelines of events.  It’s free and you can use it for your own life or other events within specific time periods.

Some interesting research findings from 2012 in the USA about the level of technology integration and positive results in schools.

Want to get ahead with your Asian languages?  Try this site to any number Asian and other languages to start learning.  Looks good.  I tried three words in the French section and already I’m fluent in them!

Read this if you are planning to visit New York some time soon.

The new NASA website link for all things astronomy related.  Wonderful stuff.

This is a great article/blog about the importance of teaching your students how to ask good questions. The comments are good too as is using “Today’s Meet” to track questions.

This is a quirky little blog exploring the secret lives of scientists.  If you have a look at the first video link listed close to the bottom of the first page, there is a short clip from a neurologist who learned to see in 3D at the age of 48. Very inspiring woman!

Here is a link to 50 awesome chemistry videos.  Our Science boffins may enjoy these.

If you think you’re tech savvy and have a great Professional Learning Network, watch this short clip and think again.

Brainy Quote for this week is:

So, keep working on those tasks!



Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi all,

I trust that assessment time hasn’t exhausted you all too much and that the marking is trouble-free.  Here are some links to give you a break from marking papers, answering phones, helping keep Emmaus beautiful, working in the Tuckshop and the hundred and one other jobs that staff do to make this school wonderful.

Collective Knowledge Construction.  The downloadable pdf from this ideaslab site makes for interesting reading.

8 Excellent timeline creator sites.  SOSE and English teachers might find this useful.

A great article about education in Finland and what really makes their education system different from others.  Worth reading!

Alternatives to book reports which may be more suited to Primary or Learning Support, but may also appeal to our Year 8 and 9 teachers who want to inject something different into their planning.

Those of you who have ESL students may be interested in these iPAD apps.

From the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning comes a great article about Digital Natives 10 years on.  

Fantastic slideshare presenation about 21st Century educators.

Artlovers and Art  teachers  might be interested in this blog entry listing some great iPAD apps for Art.

Anyone who has to give presentations and uses PowerPoint or similar may be interested in this guide.  Quite funny, but makes some good points.

Avoiding plagiarism.   Some of these might be worth sharing with your students.  Remember that we have our own online referencing generator that all students should be using.

Interested in Facebook photo deletions?  

If you like Pinterest and you have an iPAD, then this will interest you.

Some of these short video clips are amazing and may help to reinforce basic English concepts for your students.

You can join knowmia (same as previous link) as a teacher and this page has some fantastic links.

Of course you will all be blogging soon on Emmaus Reads  but if you want to blog further, here are some other places to share your opinions.

And finally another great quote from BrainyQuotes:


Cheers everyone and have a great week,