Religion e-books

 

Researching for lessons, I came across a lot of Religion books which are now available in e-form and online.

A few examples of these online books are:

  • Religion Living is now available for Ipads.

  • A question of Faith 3rd Edition

 

  • Why should you use these resources?

These two online  religious education textbooks are both easy to use in the classroom and work closely with the curriculum – whether your class is exam or non-exam.

Furthermore, due to these textbooks being online they are packed with interactive resources and handouts with compliment the textbooks.

These handouts are ideal when revising over a topic or trying to learn a new key term.

  • Teaching tips

These online resources and e-books have many links and tips to resources which can be used in the classroom. They also have teacher notes and are always helpful.

We never stop learning thus it’s exciting to see how these e-books will be used in the classroom.

 

 

 

Storybird

 

 

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Storybird is a Web 2.0 Tool which is an excellent tool for encouraging literacy and creativity in the classroom.


 

In a learning scenario, “starting with pictures” is powerful: it stirs the emotions while it engages the brain and jumpstarts students into their text, avoiding the blank-page syndrome. And it’s effective.

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As stated on their website it allows students to overcome blank page syndrome which they can suffer when they feel pressured and overwhelmed when trying to think outside out the box when it comes to essay writing and creative lessons.

 


 

Visual storytelling for everyone.

A platform for writers, readers, and artists of all ages.

As storybird is free to use and an accessible platform for all ages it could encourage students and family to create a story – which allows students families to feel more connected in their students learning.

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Also, it allows for communal projects and collaborations between both students and classes. This cross over can led to a library of books which can be sold and published if it’s wished through the paid feature to download and sell a book created. This incentive to allow students work to be sold and publish work can not only build up the students and schools portfolio but raise much needed funds for schools.


 

A massive attraction of Storybird is that it can be used with any devices, whether it be a phone, a tablet, a laptop, a netbook or a school computer.

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One other feature which I would encourage when using storybird is the use of paragraphs. For History and English paragraphs play a huge part in the layout of essays and the overall presentation/impression mark.

 

 

 


 

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One other feature of storybird which makes it very attractive in a classroom and school setting is due to the simple fact that it’s a private website no data is collected. A rising problem with websites is the collection of data and the risk this poses for users in the future.


 

Also, incase you missed this little bit of information earlier – it is free to use!

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For more on storybird check out these resources!

                                                                                                                    prezi logo https://prezi.com/kmgpwvqpwde7/introduction-to-storybird/

 

Web 2.0 – History Hub

http://historyhub.ie/

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Another great history resource is History Hub.

History Hub is a great resource for senior cycle history and even an undergraduate standards.

It has excellent resources for Junior and Leaving Certificate history and with the 1916 Rising coming up listening to Podcasts is an excellent way to engage students in the classroom and get them motivated in helping commemorate 1916.

Additionally, one feature of History Hub which I enjoyed is their From the Archives section of their website. More and more it’s noticeable that students are losing out on engaging with primary and secondary sources as we are teaching for an exam. Though true it’s great to be able to use primary sources from archives whereas possible.

(Images of the 1916 Rising aftermath)

Additionally,for T.Y. and senior cycle history students can use the website to get ideas for Research projects and topics.

Another simple fact about History Hub which makes it worth checking out is it’s updated regularly and they have a mailing list which you can subscribe to. I found this idea appealing as I sometimes forget what website I saw a great resource on but if I’m on their mailing list a quick search of emails usually turns up what I was looking for.

Free online Irish history class

 

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Earlier this year Trinity launched a free online history class which drew the attention of thousands of people – over seventeen thousand to be exact!

The MOOC is available for anybody with an internet connection and five free hours a week. The course can be taken at the student’s own pace with video, assignment and online discussion with other students and will also offer the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation on completion of the course. Students can also use the hashtag #FLirishlives to interact with other learners. (Ciarán Brady)

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/Thousands-expected-to-join-Trinitys-free-online-Irish-history-class.html

New Web 2.0 Tools

Last week I was present for a short presentation on many many web 2.0 tools which I had never heard of before. I’m slowly going through each of the web 2.0 tools which were presented on. Some of them I had already heard of but was not sure of what they did.

I plan on doing an elaborate post on each of the web 2,0 tools but here is a list of what is to come or you want to go ahead and research them yourself before the post!

  1. Narrable (good blog as to what narrable is http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/narrable-classroom-activity-ideas.shtml)
  2. Project 252
  3. The Answer Pad
  4. Xmind
  5. History Hub
  6. National Library of Ireland (website resources are fascinate even if it is not directly a web 2.0 tool)
  7. Storybird
  8. Edmodo
  9. Glogster
  10. Classtools.net
  11. Ted Ed
  12. Morzino
  13. Popplet
  14. Coggle
  15. Podomatic
  16. Audioboom
  17. Facebook
  18. Google classroom
  19. Padlet Backpack
  20. Twitter

Sharing resources

Sharing resources is possibly one of the best ways to learn and build up a portfolio of lessons.

I know some teachers do not like to share which is understandable as sometimes you have it tailored to your class and your style of teaching.However, some teachers are fantastic at sharing resources and helping other teachers with resources and ideas.

A few website which are full of teachers who share ideas and resources which are free to download (for the most part) are as follows:

  1. tes.co.uk
  2. History association of Ireland
  3. History Ireland
  4. TED Talks education
  5. blogging websites
  6. Twitter – try #edchatie or #edchat (refer to my previous blog post for specific related subjects)

 


 

Since publishing this blog – this weeks #edchatie was all about sharing!

Some amazing resources were shared and a huge amount of teachers and educators took part in sharing many web2.0 tools and resources. I will post the transcript to this blog when it is published tomorrow!

 

Where have all the teachers gone?

Reading a recent article from tes.co.uk. Upon reading a recent article from tes.co.uk I became slightly alarmed by the opening paragrapgh,

Last week, PGCE history courses run by some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including mine, faced closure because a national limit for the number of trainee teachers had been reached.

Closing universities because they had reached their national limit? Shouldn’t a greater demand highlight the need to keep universities open?

Further reading of this article has astounded and open my eyes to the world of how education can be repeatedly underestimated in it’s importance and value in society.

However, according to the article there was a

“Twitterstorm” created by those deeply concerned about the threat to these PGCEs, and the potential of not being able to recruit excellent candidates, helped the Department for Education to think again.

This again shows the importance of teachers communicating with each other online can have an impact.


 

Again, another point  which caused more concern was the mention of History and English as subjects once again coming under scrutiny. Again and again history is a subject that is being threatened despite the need for history in our schools today. We need to educate students about the past in order for them to understand how and why the world is the way it is today. Once again, I’ve been left feeling that the importance of history in schools today is being underestimated.


 

Though this article is focusing on education in England it is a concern as it highlights how teachers and subjects are being threatened by the shift in society. Should we in Ireland be conscious of what’s happening considering the recent outburst surrounding Religious Education last week?


 

The concerning article if you wish to read about it: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/governments-misguided-recruitment-policy-promotes-anti-intellectual

 

 

Christmas – Animoto style

A web 2.0 educational resource I have yet to delve into yet (plans for the weekend is to curl up with a cup of strong coffee and delve into all these educational resources!) is Animoto!

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What is Animoto?

Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. Animoto is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco. (All credit for TNW

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Sometimes it’s easier to demonstrate something that try and explain it thus keeping with the Christmas Theme let me show you an example of Animoto in action!

 

Want to know more?

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/14/animoto-celebrates-its-fifth-birthday-with-six-million-users-and-new-i-love-ny-video-style/. This article ran a great article on Animoto fifth birthday which summarised all the questions you may have about animoto!

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Resource

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New resources I have been trying out which I recommended any teacher to try out!

-studyclix (free upgrades for teachers)

-wordpress.com

-powtoon(there was an offer on for a free account, not sure if it’ still going)

-edmodo(connect with classes and save time photocopying. Also, I’ve found putting up the clips or powerpoints I have used in class is helping students revise and create discussion outside of the classroom.)

-21classes (blogging sphere for students. Mixed feelings on this. Look for a post on it later in the week!)

Prezi

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Death by powerpoint – we have all heard these words at some stage or another. It’s self-explanatory – too much powerpoint.

How do you make powerpoints more interesting? Prezi.com is the answer!


What is prezi you ask?

Prezi is a presentation software. Think Microsoft powerpoint but 3-D and a lot more interactive. Additionally, there is a lot of templates to be used!

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Why use Prezi as opposed to powerpoints?

One huge advantage of using prezi is you can put a youtube clip or video straight into your powerpoint. No more ads or pop up windows while loading a youtube clip. Additionally, same for websites and URL – Prezi allows you to go from the presentation to the website with ease.

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Additionally, it stands out from the crowd due to it’s interactive visual platform.

Also, it allows for sharing online which allows teachers from across the globe to share resources with each other. I’ve found this particularly useful when looking for primary resources or pictures directly from places such as Italy or Spain.


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Can I use Prezi if I’m offline?

Yes you can – Prezi allows you to download your interactive PowerPoint and use them when offline or have a slow internet connection. However, you cannot load websites or YouTube videos while offline.


How much is it?

Prezi has numerous offers and accounts you can sign up to. However, if you’re just starting to use Prezi I would recommend going with the free account until you have found your feet.

Is there any criticism for using Prezi?

Yes – some people have reported feeling ill due to the zooming feature (ZUI). However, avoiding having too many zooming features will avoid this occurring.

http://www.web2access.org.uk/product/172/ This article goes through the disadvantages of using Prezi in the classroom and what effect it had on people.


Should I be worried then using Prezi in the classroom?

No – Prezi is a must have webtool that will benefit any teacher who has internet access.


How do I use Prezi after I sign up?

https://www.youtube.com/user/PreziVideoChannel – This is Prezi official youtube channel and goes through how to use Prezi and why you should!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prezi.android&hl=en – Currently trying to embrace Google Apps and Docs feature.

https://twitter.com/prezi?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Prezi is also on Twitter!

https://prezi.com/ – The website itself!


Academic Resource: http://www.web2access.org.uk/product/172/ – University of Southampton –  Web2Access