Sunday, 14 January 2018

Crossword puzzle generator

An easy way to create your own crossword puzzles is by using EclipseCrossword. You download and install EclipseCrossword on your laptop and in just a few minutes you have your crosswords for your students. Here's an example of a crossword puzzle I created and embedded in a blog like blogger. 
Vocabulary, Unit 5, Year 6

Vocabulary, Unit 5, Year 6


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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

How to Schedule your tweets

It sometimes occurs to twitter users to be unable to tweet on a regular basis or on a particular date or at a specific time. If you wish to schedule your tweets in advance, there is a very handy tool to use: Tweetdeck. I learned about this tool from Shelly Terrell. Here are the steps to follow to plan a tweet for a future time.

1. Sign in to tweetdeck using your twitter account username and password.

2. Click the feather icon in the top left hand corner of your screen.

3. Type your tweet in the empty box that appears. Add an image or a link if you want to.

4. Click the 'Schedule Tweet' button below your typed tweet.

5. Select the date you want your tweet to be posted; use the arrows if you need to change the month. Adjust the time

6. Click 'Tweet at (the specific time)'.

7. Your tweet is ready to be posted at your desired time. You can see it in the 'Scheduled' column of tweetdeck.

 

Monday, 8 January 2018

My experience with the Sketch50 movement

I had an amazing experience through my participation in the sketch50 movement from March 27, 2017 to April 15, 2017. I learned about the event from one of  Wanda Terral's tweets. Sketch50 was an initiative launched by a number of teachers through social media. It mainly addressed educators and students. The aim was to sketch something related to a daily prompt we were given for a period of 50 days. I resorted to a google calendar displaying each day's prompt and also to the relevant tweets with the prompts by Sketch50. The hashtag we used on twitter was #sketch50.

In the beginning I felt I would not manage it at all. My coparticipants' likes and some retweets encouraged me to continue and reach the end of this great journey. Picking the app that suited you and learning how to use it was a great challenge at the beginning. The apps I personally used included Loose Leaf, Adobe illustrator Draw and last but not least Paper by 53.


🙂I enriched my PLN as I met so many bright and like-minded people on twitter! Some of them include:

🙂I liked the fact I got a badge for each theme I completed at https://www.badgelist.com/Sketch50-2017

🙂I enjoyed the great finale with Sylvia Duckworth's sketchnoting live presentation which has been available by EdTechTeam Live here.

🙂I used my imagination to develop ideas through sketching and I became more creative.

🙂I got more observant about objects around me. Have you ever thought how fast we are walking by objects around us without noticing them?

🙂 I started instilling my passion for sketchnoting in my students!

Here are my sketches 1-50 on each day's prompt:
Sketch 50 by Anthippi

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Lumen5 for video making

Lumen5 is a great tool I learned about from one of J. Wagner's tweets. It automatically creates a video in the form of a summary for a blog post. After you paste the url of your blog post, you choose the template you like. Then you click on the plus button to add content from the blog script that appears for you. You may need to edit the content you have added in each section by limiting it to 140 characters or by modifying it in the way you like. Here's an example of a Lumen5 video created from one of my blog posts.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Random Name Picker

Here's another tip I liked while I was watching Tony Vincent's periscope. You can create a random name picker with flippity.net. You can also have the options of having your students automatically divided into groups or getting a random seating chart.
Here is a summary of the steps you should follow to make your own name picker adapted from http://www.flippity.net/RandomNamePicker.asp

  • Make a copy of the template provided by flippity.net. The link to the template is here: https://goo.gl/ckauML. Edit the names and label your class by changing the name of the worksheet at the bottom.
  • Publish your spreadsheet to the web.
  • Get your flippity.net link at the bottom
  • Bookmark your link. Make use of the options provided at the top bar.

Here's the link to the Name Picker I created for one of my classes MY RANDOM NAME PICKER.

Animating an image with google slides

Yesterday I stumbled upon one of Tony Vincent's periscopes on twitter. I was impressed by one of the presenters, Kasey Bell, who explained how you can create animation using google slides. I had read about this hack somewhere else as well but yesterday I consolidated the way you can achieve this effect. And as the title of my blog suggests it is designed for my tech notes; thus, I would like to post this tip here so that I can remember it in the future!
To start with, I inserted a free creative commons image on a google slide and a butterfly png (an image without a background). Then I duplicated the slide (Ctrl+D) and I dragged the butterfly a little farther than its original position. I duplicated the new slide and moved the butterfly a little bit again. I followed the same process creating eight slides - I absolutely believe the result will be much better if you create more slides, though! After this, I published the google slides (File- Publish to the web). I changed the auto-advance slides to 'every second' both for the link and the embed code options and here I embed the result:

Monday, 10 July 2017

A Summary of my 2016-17 etwinning project