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


This interactive crossword puzzle requires JavaScript and any recent web browser, including Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari. If you have disabled web page scripting, please re-enable it and refresh the page. If this web page is saved on your computer, you may need to click the yellow Information Bar at the top or bottom of the page to allow the puzzle to load.

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