Technology that works: Weebly

By: Salome & Peter

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About Weebly:

Weebly was found in 2007. It lets people to create a unique website, blog or online store. Weebly gives  veryone the freedom to build an outstanding site that works perfectly across any device. They also offer a range of pricing options, including free and premium plans, as well as business offerings and is consistently the highest-rated website building mobile app in the App Store and Google Play. Weebly
not only lets you create,but plan, publish and grow.

Effective Uses:

Weebly can be used by teachers to create their own websites in order to improve educational skills. By using Weebly, teachers are able to provide documents, power points, assignments, review questions for tests and assignments, videos, etc. Therefore, Weebly has lots of options for teachers to be more helpful for students by providing learnt material online.

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Step 1:
You will need to sign up. You can use your existing  email address or sign up with Facebook or email.

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Step 2:
Choose a type that you want to use for your online source. For educational Purpose, we can choose either site or blog.

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Step 3:

Next step is to choose a theme that matches the purpose of  your online source.

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Step 4:

Once you choose your theme a message will pop up if you would like Weebly to generate a domain or you can make a new one and you can also extract a domain that you already own.

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Step 5:

Now if you scroll down a little bit, you will see a button to pick a layout of where you want your pictures and text to be. You can also look at a preview and and keep it, if you like it.

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Step 6:

After you can pick the main website background image. There are lots of images to choose from. If none of them fit you then you can upload your own image.

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Step 7:

Once you edit or add something, save it.(the option is at the top right corner of the screen).

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Step 8:

To choose a header for your website, click the gear icon on your header. After that different types of headers will pop up like no header, tall or short header and more. There are headers for each one of your pages so you can have different types on each page if you would like to.

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Step 9:

To add text image or something else, first click on the build option at the top of the screen.After, just left click and hold the icon and drag it where you want it on your page.

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Step 10:

To remove the box that you just have added just put the the mouse cursor on it and then You will see the option to close it on the top right corner.  To move or copy do the same but the option will appear on the top left corner.

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To add your own image first drag the image icon to your page  and then click in the middle of it where it says upload image. Once you click on it you have the option to upload the image from your computer, search for one or paste a link of an image.

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Step 12:

To re-size an image click on it and then left click and hold any corner of the image and move the mouse up or down to re-size it.

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Step 13:

To add pages click on pages at the top of the screen. After that you will see all of your pages on the left side and click the plus sign to add a new page (add a blog page).To edit the page, delete or copy, click on it once and few options will pop up.

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Step 14:

Once you have added your blog page, it will look a little different from the standard pages. You will have an option at the bottom to post blogs.

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Step 15:

Click new post and add text or images. Once done editing, click , save and it will save as a draft. Or, if you click  post, then anyone would be able to look at it. When you come back to edit the post again, an option will be at the bottom saying “draft.” Click on it and click on your post to continue editing.

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Settings:

Settings give you lots of options to change the things that you already have done to it or add other options like share the website on Facebook , archive, protect the site with a password and many other options.

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Upgrading…

In order to upgrade the website, teachers need to choose a plan from three different options.

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After choosing the plan, teachers should complete filling information about  their payment in order to get more options for the websites.

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Publishing the website:

To publish your website the option will appear at the top right corner. Once you click on it, it will ask you again like at the beginning to choose a domain for your website. After,  if you pick a custom link then it will say if the website is available or no, if no then try another one and if yes then everything is good. If you picked the option where Weebly generates the link for you then you do not have to worry about anything.

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Examples:

Ms Osier’s Weebly page, where she has all subjects that she teaches. She uses her website to provide power points, assignments and review questions for her students. Students are able to download files from the website.

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Ms Gourley’s Weebly website, where she provides, power points, assignments, due dates for assignments, etc.

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Mr. Stitt’s weebly website for Communication Technology class where he provides tutorials, agenda with due dates, students’ work.

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We Heart Piktochart!

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What is Piktochart?

Piktochart is a web-based infographic website that is easy-to-use while still maintaining a distinct level of professionalism. Users who may not have the same skills or experience as graphic designers can use this tool to create beautiful visual presentations. Based in Malaysia, Piktochart is a freemium site that allows users to pick basic templates and customize them to fit their needs. If more assistance and depth is required, one can also purchase a premium account, which offers a greater variety of templates as well as more extensive formatting options.

How to Use Piktochart in the Classroom: A Complete Guide

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Features

Piktochart is an effective technology tool that can be used in a school environment as well as in a professional environment. One can use Piktochart for course presentations, project visuals, or promotional infographics to create awareness about a topic. This tool is most useful for students who don’t have an extensive background in Photoshop and other graphic designing software.

Creating a Presentation – You can choose between creating an infographic, a presentation, a poster, or report. When clicking on your preferred tool of choice, you can choose between free preset templates provided by Piktochart or start from scratch and customize your own presentation. If you are a paid member, there are many more templates to choose from.

Adding Icons – By clicking on the icon sections of a presentation, you can insert preset cartoons and images that further accentuate and attract attention to your masterpiece.

Adding Visual Tools (graphs, maps, etc) – Tools such as graphs, maps and charts can be added to the infographic to provide a visual representation of information. These graphics can be formatted to fit your unique needs (axis, title, colour, etc.) and add variety to your project.

Exporting Files – Given the option to share and export files through social media networks, evernote, email, or download, a free user has a variety of different ways to distribute their work to the intended audience. Additional methods of exporting are available to paid members such as downloadable PDF format.

 

Why is Piktochart so useful?

Piktochart allows users to consolidate learning through the following methods:

  • Retrieval practice – One will have to recall information previously learned and apply it on their own to fit the needs of their infographic. Creating an infographic through Piktochart may benefit a student by allowing them to further understand the material due to having had phrased it in their own words.
  • Reflection – Depending on the level of ease at which one is able to recall certain components of the learning material, one can gauge the overall grasp of the topic based on seeing which sections are more difficult. Wherever the knowledge does not come as easily to the user, they will know they need more information on it.
  • Elaboration – One can use elements of what has been learned and expand on it by creating a phrase or making an analogy pertaining to that information. By answering questions on an infographic that readers would likely ask, the creator ensures not only creating questions but also answering them in-depth.
  • Mnemonics – Use of visual aids and charts to help retain information in long-term memory and build connections. PiktoChart can also help students learn a new topic by creating visual connections. By using and forming creative connections when looking at or making infographics, the student gains a deeper understanding of the concepts.

 

How can Piktochart be used?

  1. Piktochart can teach students about a new topic by creating an infographic pertaining to new course material, for example, students can learn lessons that can be kept and used for quizzes, tests, or exams.
  2. Piktochart allows students to demonstrate knowledge on a topic in an in-depth manner by elaborating on course material. The extent of this knowledge will allow the teacher to analyze the student’s understanding of the information, able to pinpoint the exact sections where students need improvement.
  3. Piktochart encourages creative application of knowledge for any user, by implementing graphs, charts, maps, and images to the topic at hand, ensuring there is a good understanding of the knowledge and proper consolidation of the information.
  4. Piktochart can be used as a long-term resource in the classroom for key ideas and topics. It is an eye-catching tool that can last a long time and be seen by all who walk by it.

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The Groovly Moovly Demo Slam

(A small ‘music video’ that shows off Moovly’s animation capabilities.)

What is Moovly?

Moovly is a versatile website that can help its user create everything from e-cards to documentaries. At its foundation, Moovly is an online video-making website with built-in transitions between images for a fun and engaging presentation. By combining images, sounds, and animations from the site’s library and your own (that you can upload), you can make an amazing video that is 100% you.

How to use:

  1. Go to Moovly.com and create an account.
  2. At the top of the page there should be a bar with links. Click ‘My Moovs’.
  3. Near the bottom of the page there should be a ‘New Moov’ button! Click it.
  4. The ‘Create new Moov’ page should pop up. From there, you can set the video’s title, description, and its category.
  5. The next page will lead you to a bunch of Moovly templates. Choose one and get started! A new window should pop up.
  6. The interface will let you drag and drop images, sounds, and animations from the library (left) to the stage (center). Every time an object is placed on the stage, it will pop up in the timeline (bottom).
  7. You can add little transitions onto objects by clicking the small grey arrow beside the object in the timeline.

A more in-depth walkthrough is offered when you open a Moovly project, and is recommended viewing for beginners.

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Google Classroom Cheat Sheet

Google Classroom is a platform that allows teachers to host online classrooms. Within these classrooms, teachers can provide feedback, handout assignments, post interactive applications, and create a google drive for the classroom. Google Classroom enables teachers to create their own functional website without the need of outside IT assistance. The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review and mark assignments quickly, all in one place.  Students are added to the classroom by their teachers or by entering a course code. Students can post onto the classroom webpage, communicate with their peers through comments and hand assignments in electronically. Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive. Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Google Classroom creates an environment where blended learning is made possible and easy.

Features:

Google Drive – By creating a classroom, a google drive is automatically created for the class. This allows teachers to be able to share Power Points, Excel sheets, and Word documents with students. This will allow students access to all important classroom information when studying.

Google Calendar- When a student is enrolled in multiple google classrooms, the google calendar collects all the due dates and test dates from their courses, and uses the information to create a unique calendar for every student.this is particularly useful because it gives the student something tangible to see their scheduled on. Ultimately, this will help the student manage their time more effectively.

Online Assignments & Quizzes- Through google classroom, assignments can be handed in electronically and quizzes can be taken online. This reduces the amount of paper used in classrooms and reduces the changes of assignments/quizzes being lost by teachers or students.

Grading – Google classroom has a downloadable mark book for teachers which allows teachers to stay more organized and allows for backups to be made in the case that something should happen to the teacher’s copy.

Mobile Application- There’s a phone application that allows students to keep in touch with their classroom assignments and activities. No functionality is lost going from computer to phone, which allows google classroom to remain useful in different platforms.

Communication – Announcements can be posted by teachers to the class stream which can be commented on by students allowing for two-way communication between the teacher and students. Students can also post to the class stream but won’t be as high of a priority as an announcement by a teacher and can be moderated easily. Multiple types of media from Google products such as YouTube videos and Google Drive files can be attached to announcements and posts to share content. Gmail also provides email options for teachers to send emails to one or more students in the Google Classroom interface.

Resources for Getting Started:

 

App Store Download: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/google-classroom/id924620788?mt=8

Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-classroom/mfhehppjhmmnlfbbopchdfldgimhfhfk?hl=en

Links:

Resources from Google:

Google Classroom Help

Google Classroom FAQ

Google for Education Help Forum

Educator-Created Resources:

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

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3 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Pros & Cons

Possible Educational Uses:

  1. Teachers can prepare all of their classroom assignments and test dates in advance. This helps classroom work stay on track throughout the school year.
  2. Teachers can post activities and educational tools that can help consolidate material that was learned in class.
    • Lesson sets allows teachers to consider their students on an individual basis. Multiple apps and links can be shown that allow students to work on different skills. This forms well rounded students and puts learning at the fingertips of the students.
  3. Allows for teachers to try flipped classrooms. Lesson sets and YouTube videos in conjunction with each other allows for students to learn a lesson at home, and then complete work and answer questions in class. Google Classroom allows for teachers to customize and try out a flipped classroom. Quizzes can even be added in after completion of a lesson to check a students understanding of the material.
  4. Students can use the website to stay organized and up to date with assignments and test dates. Since Google Classroom diminishes the need for paper handouts, students are not risking losing important work because it is all online for them to access.
  5. While there is not a live chat system, students can ask questions and comment on posts on the webpage. This opens up opportunities for collaborative learning outside of allocated classroom time.
  6. Students can allow post onto the classroom’s drive, which encourages the sharing of study notes come evaluation time, once again allowing for collaborative learning to take place.

 

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Cheat Sheet: StudyBlue

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StudyBlue is an online flashcard site that allows you to quickly and efficiently create card decks that you can study and quiz yourself on. The site offers a way to organize the decks into categories (‘classes’ and ‘interests’), and also lets you search the StudyBlue database to find decks made by other users, and also share your notes with your classmates.

There are two main functions of the cards you put up on StudyBlue: You can review them (in card form or on a review sheet), or you can test your knowledge. Students can choose from several different question/answer formats such as multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank, as well as how many they are tested for. There is a progress graph that shows how much you have learned of the deck.

You can upload notes from your computer into StudyBlue so that instead of switching between screens, you can make cards on the spot. Excel spreadsheets can be immediately imported into flash cards, as long as they are in proper format.

These cards can also be read on your mobile device as well, provided that you have the app. Reviewing flashcards does not require internet, but editing them does.

Features

Classes and Interests: By registering under the same school, class, and teacher as your classmates, you can all upload your notes into one database where others can review and quiz themselves on the material. You can even privately message each other, or invite students not on StudyBlue directly into the class.

Uploading Notes And Cards: In the database, you or your fellow classmates can register textbooks and study material for the course. Upload notes in any form to share with others, or create flashcards and quiz yourself using your classmate’s! Cards can be directly made on the site, made with notes as a reference, or converted from an Excel spreadsheet.

Review and Quizzes: There are three options you can choose between when studying a card deck. 1) Flip Card, the standard format where you look at one half of the card, try to guess the other half, then flip it over to see whether you are right or not. 2) Review Sheet, or all the info dumped onto something resembling a document, and 3) Take A Quiz, which is a calibration tool used to see how much you actually know.

Search: With the Search function, you can look around the gigantic database of StudyBlue to look for card decks with similar themes to whatever you are interested in. Take a peek and compare info with other people to make sure you have the right answer!

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Educational Uses

  1. Students can use it as a studying tool that can be accessed on mobile
  2. Teachers can use it to easily share material with students (generational learning)
  3. Students and teachers can collaborate to make efficient study
  4. Notes written by other people on same subject/textbook can be compared with yours

 

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The Ins and Out of Kahoot

What is Kahoot?

Kahoot is an online platform which can be used to create assessments such as quizzes, polls and discussions. Kahoot is interactive and engaging. One can access a Kahoot from any electronic device connected to the internet using a pin code, which can be found on the presenter’s screen. Kahoot is a customizable and fun tool that can be used in various group settings.
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The Basic Guide to Using Kahoot (Cheat Sheet: an informative guide on how to use basic Kahoot features)

To log onto the Kahoot dashboard

To join a quick round of Kahoot

How to use Kahoot effectively?

Kahoot’s Features & Uses:

Kahoot can be used as an educational review, either at the end of a lesson or on it’s own. As Kahoot is interactive and competitive, it allows students and teachers to gauge their understanding through the learning strategy of calibration. As well students who are typically too shy to answer or are not engaged will want to participate since the results are based on a user name and only highest scores are shown.

Kahoots can be used by presenters in poll mode, to reflect on how students are comprehending their lessons. Teachers can see anonymously how the class is feeling about the lesson and use it to adjust their lessons to the needs of the masses.

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Ghost mode can allow students to repeat the same assessment (possibly before and after a lesson) so students can see their progression in timing and accuracy. Teachers can also use this mode in between classes to compare similarities.

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The person who conducted the Kahoot can download the results, by doing so they can see general trends in learning as well as see who is struggling without accessing them for marks.

Kahoots are fun for all! Who doesn’t love to compete? They are also a great way to make students pay attention during presentations.

Review with Kahoot! Did you know you can do more than just make Kahoots? You can find them on the web as well! To do so just search under public Kahoots the level, category or topic and you can access thousands of Kahoots.

Kahoot encourages learning in a collaborative setting. Although students are competing many will work together and teach each other when there are gaps in their understanding.

Why is Kahoot so useful?

Kahoot uses a variety of learning strategies:

  • Generation Learning – In the age of technology learning on the web is the only way to maintain the attention of the young. By using one’s phone it prevents students from using their phone for other devices in class, keeps the audience focused and entertained and allows students to demonstrate/practice their knowledge. Additionally with thousands of Kahoots online, students can use this website as a study tool for practicing many different questions.
  • Calibration – The art of judging where you are at. As humans, we suck at this. However with the test students can see how well they would do in a mock test trial. At the end the student’s results are shown and they can compare their ranking to the rest of the class. This exercise will also help students understand where they can improve.
  • Reflection– This can be used for both the teacher and the student. The students can reflect on how they felt taking that test. Was it easy? Did it feel natural? Were there areas you struggled in? Teachers can use it to get feed back about their presentation and see what they need to improve upon.
  • Retrieval Practice – Kahoots cause students to recall the information that they have learnt and apply it to answer questions. By using a Kahoot it allows for retrieval practice to better prepare students for assessments. Additionally as Kahoot is similar to the style of a typical assessment, students can create ques to help them recall consolidated information.

 

Top 5 Educational ways to use a Kahoot:

  1. Kahoots are useful for teachers to test students prior knowledge, judging on time and results (which can be further analyzed after downloading). By starting off a lesson with a Kahoot teachers can see what skills need to be built upon and later use the same Kahoot to see how much information was absorbed
  2. Kahoot can be used before a test as an engaging form of review. This will allow students to use calibration to see which topics they need to further expand upon. Additionally it allows students to see similar questions to the ones on their test.
  3. Kahoots can be used for teachers to gather feedback. By creating a Kahoot survey teachers can get anonymous feedback, with controlled options. This feedback can be used after a lesson or unit to ask about students preferences, enjoyment, engagement, or confidence in a subject. This is useful for teachers when they offer extra help.
  4. Kahoot can be used to encourage participation. Many students too shy to participate by raising their hands can feel a sense of security when they answer online. Additionally Kahoots are fun and competitive so everyone can get involved.
  5. Kahoot can be used for student collaboration, again by assessing students in groups some students who are too shy or do not feel they need extra help can work with others to solve harder problems. These harder problems will allow the “stronger” students to practice and the students having more difficulty to learn how these problems are solved and work with others if they have any questions.

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