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“Kahoot” Game Based Learning

I was looking at the Teacher-pay-Teacher website and I came across a new game based learning site called “Kahoot” and I am hooked! I have made six quizzes for different lessons I teach and found some public versions I could use! I have tried them in two lessons so far and those students that used the site seemed to love it! Now that I have some experience I will be sure to try again. For the students it is a simple matter of them visiting kahoot.it and entering the game pin!

Once the students have entered the pin their username will be displayed on the Kahoot page.

I also found if you don’t have any devices in your classroom you can still use the preview mode! I just tested this option and it worked well, but it would be much more fun for the students to have devices! I also just created a Kahoot for my K2 class and will try it out on Monday! Try it now!

The quizzes are really easy to make and you can even add YouTube clips to make for some interesting questions!

Create a free teachers account now!


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Plicker real-time formative assessment!

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices! Which is really cool in my class given we only have laptops once a week! I have just started testing the site and it looks super easy to set up a class. Then you just print the cards and point a device with the app from iTunes or Google Play.


Use Plickers for quick learning checks to know whether your students are understanding key skills. I will start using Plicker in class next week and update this post!

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Using Augmented Reality to Spice up a Worksheet!

I have been looking for different ways to make my lessons more interesting and fun for the students and ever since learning about Augmented Reality (AR) from Brad and Drew (Two Guys and Some iPads) I have tried many times using Aurasma and other AR tools. Now I think I am almost ready after using Daqri 4D Studio. After having my students record a video from a Bible book worksheet and went ahead and made a AR experience from the videos and the other media I used to teach the lesson. Here is my trigger image (what you need to point your device at).

Bible AR trigger 2

And here is what you would see once the experience is loaded! I was able to add three different experiences including the student video, a youtube clip about the Bible story and the Google slide I made for the lesson! What a great way to add a student voice to the learning experience! Next is to teach the students to make their own! Get your own education account at Daqri now!

First Bible AR

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Google Apps for Education in Hong Kong

Looking forward to an amazing weekend of googliness!

The Google Apps for Education Hong Kong Summit is a fantastic two day event taking place in Kowloon Junior School on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th 2014. The summit is focused on helping you get the most out of Google Apps for Education in both ‘primary/secondary schools’ and ‘Higher Education’ environments. They will have sessions lead by some of the worlds leading Google apps experts including Google staff and Google Certified Teachers and trainers.

There will be sessions for teachers/lecturers, school administrators and school IT managers. We guarantee you will leave the summit with knowledge that you can take away to your school and start using straight away.

In addition there will be a ‘Chromebooks playground’; A dedicated classroom with experts on hand where you can drop in at any time during the conference to try out Google Chromebooks.



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Amazing week of Edtech

What an amazing week we had at school using technology! I am so excited bringing these creative ideas to the classroom and I want to give a big Shout Out to all the amazing teachers that have shared their ideas via Google Plus, Twitter and the blogosphere.

The first exciting lesson we did this week was Connected Classrooms. We had a Virtual Field Trip (VFT) with the pilots of the Solar Impulse. Connected classrooms are a way that technology can bring just about anything into the classroom! My goal is to one day have the children speak with the astronauts on the International Space Station!


Connected classrooms was a new idea I came across this term and I started out doing what is called ‘Mystery Hangouts’, some what similar to twenty questions where the students need to guess what part of the world another classroom is from. So far I have been using pre recorded messages via youtube due to time differences and we are in the process of connecting with similar time zone countries. We have visited Canada and Zimbabwe. You can join a Google Plus community to find your own!

The next fun thing we did was a Lip dub! A lip dub is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song. We did ours with the song  ‘Every Move I Make‘  by Hillsong Kids. It was lots of fun for both teachers and students and it was great for the school spirit and teamwork!

 lip dub




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Are you looking for a quick way to explain and share how to do anything from your computer? I love Screencastify to make quick YouTube clips for my students or fellow educators! It is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. The great thing about this Chrome extension is that you can record voice and video at the same time!

Here is a quick tutorial I made to supplement a short professional development I did my fellow educators.

I can see this will become a wonderful tool for all those that teach or want to explain just about anything! And what’s even better is this great Chrome extension is totally free!