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This is a useful site for some easily followed interactive maps – they start with prehistory (such as the continental drift theory) and end with the Roman empire. Nice clear audio and simple instructions.


Aztec History – the ballgame

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Game, History, Website

This is a section of a larger site which itself contains a lot of written information about Aztec History that would be quite accessible for junior students. However, this particular section, about a popular Aztec sport, is worth highlighting. From this page choose the link at the bottom ‘Play a Meso-American Ballgame Winner Take All’. On the next page choose ‘Explore the Ballgame’, then ‘Enter’. Here you have a number of choices. The first two are informative and if students are to successfully complete the interactive options that come later they need to spend some time here learning about the game. The ‘Experience the Ball Game’ gives two options. The ‘fan’ choice would be excellent for looking at primary evidence. Here an Aztec object (a pottery piece showing Aztecs at a game) is explored in detail, highlighting what it shows and therefore would be great for looking at how historians get their knowledge about the past. The analysis (narrated for us) was impressive. The other option, ‘player’, requires players to answer questions about the game to score points for their team. Hence the need for the prior research.

The Literacy Shed

Posted: July 12, 2012 in English, Website

This little gem comes thanks to a post on iLearn Technology, and what a gem it is for English teachers. An easily navigated and attractive site it is full of ideas for writing and creating. It is composed of a number of different ‘sheds’ – for example the Mystery Shed; The Thinking Shed; The Fantasy Shed; The Myths and Legends Shed. Each shed has a range of different resources such as images or videos. Each comes with suggestions for how these might be used in a class. Some lovely stimulating ideas and resources here which I can’t wait to try out in class.


Blood basics

Posted: June 22, 2012 in P.E and Health, Science, Website

Students studying science and needing to learn anything about blood – blood components, blood groups etc may find this site very useful. Whilst junior students would need help with the language I think senior students would find it manageable. The site itself is clearly set out and easy to navigate. Put together by a reliable source, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, they state that the site is for ‘health professionals’ to provide information and education.

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.

is the address of the platform.

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 – 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 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.

Dear photograph

Posted: February 26, 2012 in English, Photography, Website

This is an interesting concept that might stimulate some thought in either a photography class or an english one (used as a writing prompt I was thinking). Basically the photo is of a particular place, partly obscured by another photo taken earlier at the same place and accompanied by a short description of the event (often quite poetic in nature). Needs to be seen to be clearly understood probably!

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…)