Archive for the ‘Food technology’ Category

Recently I wanted my geography students to complete a research report on two aspects of the fishing industry. Aside from the research process I also wanted students to gain some skills in presenting their findings using a web site so aimed to use Weebly. However, Weebly was being rather un co operative and proved too difficult to use so I looked for an alternative – wordpress was my choice. The instructions I gave the students were as follows:

WordPress – using wordpress to present our case study on an aspect of the fishing industry.

 http://wordpress.com/

is the address of the platform.

http://theeffstop.wordpress.com

gives a good example of what the finished product might look like.

Some instructions for use.

Click on the ‘get started here’ – fill in all the details remembering, but at the end DON’T upgrade, select ‘create blog’.

Once your blog has been created for you here are instructions for the features you will need to use.

The Dashboard is the control panel and you select these following option from here. The ones with # you MUST do as instructed.

Settings # – privacy – choose last option ‘I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose’.

Users # – invite new – put my email address here – hampson.leanne.l@edumail.vic.edu.au and my role as a follower. (these settings mean only I can see your site unless you specifically invite others to it. If later you want to keep using this blog you can change the settings)

Users# – my profile (this information is public so be careful) – make sure I can identify the site as yours

Appearance – themes (here you select the way the blog will look, there is lots of choice but you cannot use anything that says it is ‘premium’)

Posts – make a new blog entry – for each subheading you might use in a report create a new blog post – use the title of the post as your subheading

Pages – you will need 2 pages. The home page will be created automatically for you and here is where you will put your information – use the title of the blog entry as a subheading. Create a new page and call it Bibliography – put the details of resources used here – this second page does not have as many features as the home page will, you cannot put separate entries here.

You can add pictures and embed video clips from www.youtube.com/education which apparently students can now access.

How – right click on the video, copy the embed htm

Go to the blog post (in the dashboard view) – select the html option from the toolbar – paste, save the draft, preview, publish when finished the post. You can come back and edit any posts at any time.

 

The students were able to create their blogs without too many issues and are currently completing their research. One thing does not seem to be working and that is the ‘invite me to be a follower’ – despite the students following this process I have yet to receive any invitations so we will have to see……my backup plan is that the students will change their settings to public for the time it takes me to assess their blogs and they will give me the address of their blog. These settings can be changed back later. However, as no personal information is shared (as long as they follow the instructions when creating their profile) there should be no issue with the blogs being public anyway.

http://www.howcast.com/

A bit like ‘youtube for instructions’! Here people have uploaded instructional videos on everything from how to treat a bitten tongue, how to make your own doggy treats, to how to visit a playboy club. Obviously teachers need to choose carefully and maybe show the chosen video to the class as a whole rather than direct students to the site itself. It would be very useful for teaching instructional text type in english and who knows, you might find just that piece of advice you always needed. (who hasn’t bitten their tongue at some point….not so sure about the playboy club though…)

Calorie King

Posted: February 26, 2012 in Food technology, Website

http://www.calorieking.com/

The site provides the nutritional facts for thousands of foodstuffs, from grapes  (34 calories and 0.1 grams of fat per serving) to Wendy’s Baconator Double (940  calories and 59 grams of fat). This basic info is free; for $12 a month or $85 a  year, you can sign up for an account that offers a food and exercise diary,  recipes, interactive help with setting and maintaining goals, access to forums  and other features.

Market Fresh – Fruit & Vegetables – Home.

This is a useful site for Food Technology teachers (and home cooks). Produced by the Melbourne Market Authority it obviously aims to promote the use of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Some things of particular interest to teachers can be found under the Recipes link – here you can find video demonstrations on how to prepare particular fruit and veg (the one on artichokes was very helpful, I’ve never been able to fugure out how to use them up until this). The Young Explorers link leads to 4 other areas for students. Activities and Games has quite a few choices ranging in difficulty and quality. Of the ones I tried the Wordsearch; Hangman and Brain Buster were quite good. Interesting Information has exactly that, strange facts etc about fruit and vegetables. The Stuff for School Projects presents science based experiments with fruit and veg and in Kids Recipes you can search recipes by ingredient.