Want to Make your Poster Bigger? Use Block Poster!

One of the useful resources I learned about at the ABQLA conference yesterday was about Block Poster. Remember that pesky problem we were having when we tried to print student info graphics? No longer! Block poster has three steps:

  1. Upload your photo
  2. Decide how big you want it (how many 8.5 x 11sheets wide you want it)
  3. Download the PDF!

I used it to print out some of the infographics from the Sec IV class that they made on the topic of the Glass Ceiling.

Here is how my display looked before:

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I had printed out the infographics on 8.5 x 11 sheets. One each.

And then I printed three images out with Block Poster and chose to make them only 2 wide (so about 4 pages each):


NOTE: be prepared to have to carefully glue the pieces together, as well as cut off the white border the printer inevitably (?) gives you when you print out an image. Doing this exercise, I learned that I cannot cut straight to save my life (see the rift in the middle of my Digital Literacy Project sign).

I also mounted them on a large piece of black construction paper – this way it was easier to line up and made it sturdier.

On the whole, it looks pretty good:

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Block poster requires no sign up and it is literally as easy as three steps. I can’t say how thrilled I am to now be able to show ace the wonderful infographics being made in the school!


rAPPido review: Running Tigers App by Greg Scruton

Greg Scruton, math and multimedia teacher here at Traf has made an app for our house points system and it is now available on the App store:

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I tried to find it by googling it but the search engine spiders haven’t got it yet. But if you search in the app store on your iPad with the words “Running tigers” it should be the first thing that pops up!

Now, it is more than just a an app to keep track of house points. Greg has also made it into an addictive game! You can tap the flowers which will be sucked under the grass for points. The gnome rockets away when you tap it, the bunnies multiply, the school house is full of children and, if you can catch  it, the bird turns into a bowling ball! You can see how many points you have accumulated at the top:

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Oh! And I just figured out that some of the trees run away when you tap them! Very cool!

I also know that when someone in our Traf community is celebrating a birthday, a banner will fly across the sky saying Happy Birthday (no birthdays today so alas, no screenshot).

I know for a fact that this app took Greg many, many hours to make- he had to learn a whole new programming language to do it. He even got a student to design the running tigers and added all sorts of game components, which I am sure added to his time:

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It is a great app- simple and fun (maybe too much fun – watch for girls tapping at their screens furiously- they are probably trying to get those pesky birds…)


3 Places To Get Free Full-Text Scientific Studies – Edudemic

Will definitely add these to the research tools and tips component of my Digital Citizenship Kit!

Though many of the articles will be a little too sophisticated for our audience (although I hear from a science teacher that she has a class that she can’t give enough information out to satisfy them, so maybe this will help…) I was just flitting around the first offering PLOS (Public Library of Science) and came upon a section entitled EveryOne which has excellent science articles such as this one (I love when science encourages my wine, chocolate and cheese habit, even if it has to do with yeast…)

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These days, when you’re asking your students to do research (on just about any topic), it is likely going to be online research, at least at the start. Most materials are easily available online these days, saving students the time and hassle of heading to the library to schlep home with 100 heavy books in …

See on www.edudemic.com

Wednesday Workshop: Moodle, Showbie and Conference notes

Just in case you missed another installation of our staff iPad Show and Tell, here is a list of links to the presentations and resources discussed!

1. MOODLE by David Pelletier

The first presentation was from David, who attended a tech conference and became enamoured with Moodle. Unbeknownst to him, he had already been using Moodle as a student – he is taking an online course on wine that uses it as a platform. It was the perfect opportunity to show us what the tool is capable of.

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2. Showbie by Nadia Schoonhoven

Nadia has been playing around with Showbie as a way to collect student assignments and give feedback. She is using the free version which means she does not have access to the built-in annotation function in the app. To get around this, she uses Showbie in conjunction with Notability to send her feedback to the students. As she mentions in her presentation, it is a great tool to help you go paperless!

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She even shared her presentation via Showbie so that I could have access to it:

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I also wroe a rAPPido review on Showbie which you can see here.

3.Conference notes by Melanie Leblanc

Last but not least, Melanie gave us a whirlwind tour of a dizzying amount of resources she learned about at her conference. Highlights include resources for making info graphics, and mind mapping tools.

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The presentation includes many excellent links so check it out!

Thank you so much to our presenters!


Google Just Released New Standalone Apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides (Offline Features Included) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Just in case you finally got used to the lay out of Google Drive, Google is switching it up again. They now have separate apps for your documents and your spreadsheets. Apparently a google slides (which I assume is their presentation software) is on its way.

I note that there is no mention of a google forms app, which is what they really need as the forms do not work in the present Google Drive app…

One other note: at the time of the writing of this, I checked the app store to find these apps and was not successful. However I hadn’t installed the last update yet (it is going right now) and the link in the article works and will bring you to the app in the iTunes store.

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See on www.educatorstechnology.com