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Yammer

Yammer has been installed at Canterbury College. Yammer is a private social network that helps staff stay on top of it all. Yammer collaboration software and business applications allow you to get connected to the right people, share information across teams and organise around projects so you can go further – faster.

With Yammer, you’re always connected to co-workers, information and conversations. Tap into your network to find exactly what you need and discover things you didn’t know to quickly make decisions, get work done and keep moving.

Making a difference at work doesn’t have to be difficult. Yammer gives everyone a voice, letting you seize opportunities to go beyond your job description and share ideas to move you and your company forward.

Check out https://about.yammer.com/product/features/ for more information.

 

Plane Finder

Track the progress of flights across the sky in real time with Plane Finder, Pinkfroots live aviation web and phone app.

Map data ©2014 GeoBasis-DE/BKG (©2009), Google

Alongside the tracking of planes, there are details of flight times, speed, altitude etc. Opening a huge range of possibilities for functional skills and GCSE Maths activities.

 

The Flipped Classroom

Instead of lecturing during class time and leaving students to figure out how best to do their assignments on their own at home, flip the class and give students the opportunity for hands-on activities and meaningful learning in class.

    • Record re-usable video lesson resources, so you don’t have to do it again next year. It’s easy to make minor updates to perfect lessons over time once the initial recording is done.

    • Build stronger student-teacher relationships, and promote higher level thinking. Since your class will watch the input/lectures as homework, you can spend class time working one-on-one with students to get them to surpass their potential.

    • Not all students learn at the same pace. Allow students to rewind and replay your input/lectures. Give students the time they need to process the lesson, so they come to college prepared to ask the questions they need answered.

The adaptive learning company Knewton has released an infographic in order to provide background on the flipped classroom model and why so many teachers are experimenting with it.

Flipped Classroom

http://www.livescribe.com/blog/education/2012/07/17/the-flipped-classroom-infographic/

For Flipped classroom ideas, check out: http://www.pinterest.com/techsmithedu/classroom-ideas-for-flippers/

Socrative

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. www.socrative.com
This teaching resource has been used by English Lecturer Will Sherwood, who commented;

“Socrative is a great type of assessment that can be used as either a Starter or Plenary. In teaching Animal Farm, I put together a quiz (made up of multiple choice, true or false, or one answer questions) to test what students had learnt since I took over the class. Socrative allows you to not only create a wide range of questions  but you can move them around during the creation process as well. The major thing to consider when creating the questions is how long could the answer be? Socrative is unforgiving and students answers must match your own. Although you can offer multiple answers (each one needs to be separated by a comma) if the answer is more than one word, you need to consider every single alternative answer your students could come up with. If they’ve given the right answer but it tells them they’re wrong, you’ll definitely be hearing about it! The great thing about the quiz is that they are never set in stone, after trialling one, you can go back and modify it depending on the level of your students or the success of the quiz.

An addition to Socrative is that once everyone has completed the quiz, it gives you, the teacher, an excel spreadsheet with every students answer to each question and colours in the correct answers green and the wrong answers red.

I would highly recommend Socrative quiz as students find it a great way to test their knowledge and as an extension task, you can get students to create their own quizzes to test the rest of the class on.”

Check out this instructional video for a how to guide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGr53IA91MU

Skype in the Classroom

“Welcome to the world’s biggest classroom”

“We believe that amazing learning experiences should be available to everyone. Skype in the classroom is a free platform for connecting educators and experts to learners everywhere.”

Teachers globally are transforming their classroom using Skype to create motivating learning experiences for their students. From connecting with classrooms in other locations to learning about each others’ studied subject to connecting with content experts – teachers are extending learning beyond classroom walls.

Find out how Skype in the classroom works: http://vimeo.com/44867804

How to join Skype in the classroom: http://vimeo.com/63179451

How to create a lesson on Skype in the classroom: http://vimeo.com/63179453