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A rather good story!

A really interesting story book creator although features are limited in the free version.


This morning I had a look at the many online platforms out there is cyber space that allow users to create their own stories (or poems!). An online program called Storybird popped up and I had a bit of a peek at what it had to offer. As a free user, this program allows you to use a variety of illustrations to start building your narrative- the user chooses a ‘set’ of illustrations in the same theme (often by the same illustrator) to build the pages.

The images can be formatted by a simple drag and drop sequence to cover a full two page spread, half a page (either on the left or right), 3/4’s of the page (either left or right) and 3/4’s of the page (up or down). Each has its own position in which to write the text, the largest spaces allocated to the half page formats and…

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Dyslexic use of an iPad

A report on how one year 12 student used her iPad for studying

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A teacher reports on senco-forum:

A sixth former uses her i-Pad (everyone in Year 12 was given one by the school) to take a photo of the whiteboard in lessons when the teacher has finished writing on it. Then she can listen carefully without having to take notes and missing some of the detail.

She also photographs worksheets, coursework etc. She has very well organised folders on her i-pad and also uses it to take notes and write her answers in class. She then regularly e-mails everything to herself and prints it off or files it.

She only takes one A4 notebook into school and uses it for all 4 subjects that she is studying. When the notes are full she pulls the pages out and files these into individual subject folders at home. Her teachers were doubtful at first but now love the idea.

She always has her notes…

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Top tips: using Facebook to create communities

Two weeks ago I delivered a bite sized session on the use of Facebook for careers advisor, study coaches and careers advisors. This is the handout i made

3 easy ways to use clickers and Peer Instruction in the Arts and Humanities

Next month I am delivering a workshop on the use of clickers and have found this interesting article about the different ways that clickers can be used in the Arts and Humanities. It’s inspired me to use a video clip in my demonstration. Please let me know if you have any ideas for videos this. I am delivering to the Art and Design, Humanities and Engineering departments.

Turn to Your Neighbor: The Official Peer Instruction Blog

On June 3, 2013 I sat in a room at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany at a Turning Technologies User Conference.  The room was quiet as we listened to Christopher Wiley, the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the City University London and expert in musicology, explain how an off the cuff decision to use classroom response systems (CRSs), in his case clickers, to learn how his students preferred receiving feedback on their papers radically changed the direction of his teaching practice. But that’s not why I was eager to hear his talk.

Dr. Wiley was in Karlsruhe to discuss how to use clickers effectively in the Arts and Humanities. This is one of the hottest questions among members of the Peer Instruction Network, who frequently wonder how to use Peer Instruction, which is often facilitated by clickers, outside of the sciences. As a high school history…

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