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  • KatrinaL 03 Apr 2017 1:42pm () in Diving into Seesaw

    Kia ora Louise

    Fantastic to hear that you watched the webinar recording and found it useful. 

    I really like the way you are thinking about how you are going to get your students to use Seesaw and the connecting with their parents/whānau- this gives them an authentic audience. I agree that it is an easier interface to use than Blogger.

    For the older students they can change their profile picture- this will give them some ownership and also so it it won't look so much like a 'younger student' space. 

    Go well and I'm looking forward to hearing how your journey goes. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions here :)

    Ngā mihi,


  • KatrinaL 31 Mar 2017 9:24am () in Diving into Seesaw

    Thanks to everyone that joined us. Please do fill in the feedback and we would love to hear from anyone that would like another session like this (a dive into session), a session extending how you can use Seesaw (App smashing, PRT portfolio, assessment). 

    How are you using Seesaw in your learning environment? 

    Ngā mihi, Katrina :)

  • KatrinaL 20 Jul 2015 11:19am () in Movie Making - Windows

    Hi Steve
    On Chromebooks you can try WeVideo

    WeVideo makes video editing easy for everyone and accessible from anywhere.
    Supports 8 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Russian, Japanese and Arabic)

    - Three Editing Modes - to suit novices and experts alike: Storyboard, Timeline and Advanced mode
    - Connect to Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google Drive & Dropbox to easily use photos, videos, music & graphics files already uploaded
    - Drag & drop media files in any order to assemble your story
    - Trim video clips to focus on key moments
    - Split long clips into smaller ones and re-arrange
    - Enter text for titles and captions in your native language (most languages supported, including - - Mandarin, Spanish, English, Arabic, Portuguese etc)
    - Add text, effects, music, transitions and more
    - Record voice-overs and video directly
    - Get creative with over 100 royalty-free effects & audio clips

    -Style your video using dozens of creative and professional Themes
    -Ensure creative consistency throughout your videos by applying a Theme

    - Publish to YouTube or Google Drive, and notify friends on Facebook and Twitter
    - Super-fast rendering speeds
    - Export 480p (SD) for free, with WeVideo watermark
    - HD Export 720p (HD) for $0.99, or 1080p (HD) for $1.99

    - Use Google Drive or WeVideo sharing to invite others to collaborate
    - Take turns editing or simply share each others’ clip libraries

    WeVideo adds a folder called "WeVideo" to your Google Drive directory. This folder will contain names of the WeVideo projects and videos you create.


  • KatrinaL 28 May 2015 9:38am () in Voice over you tube video clips.

    Kia ora Kate

    A couple of apps/extensions to try out using the chromebooks:

    1. Screencastify (from the Chrome web store)

    Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio. Just press record and the content of your tab is recorded. So you can easily create a screencast for video tutorials, record presentations etc. It also supports desktop capturing, allowing you to record anything on your screen (not just tabs).
    Videos are recorded as webm/vp8 files with ogg vorbis audio and can be saved to disk or uploaded to Youtube or Google Drive with a single click. 

    2. VideoNot.es (from the Chrome web store)

    It enables you to:
    - Watch videos and take notes at the same time, on the same screen
    - Keep the same shortcuts to play/pause your video while writing notes
    - Automatically synchronize your notes and video. Just click on a line of your notes to jump to the related part of the video.
    Everything is automatically stored in your Google Drive, to access them everywhere.

    3. EDpuzzle (from Chrome web store, more a teacher tool to create a lesson for students)

    EDpuzzle empowers teachers to make any video your lesson. Crop a video, explain it with your own voice and embed quizzes at any time
    If you use videos in the classroom, EDpuzzle is a must have. Take any video from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, etc. make it perfect for your classroom and more engaging for your students. Make any video a true lesson by making it to the point, personal and effective, plus get all the data about your students so you know if they truly understand the lesson.
    Step 1:
    Crop the video, use only what you need for your lesson. 
    Record your voice on top of it to explain it in your own personal way, add clarifications, a warm introduction, you name it.
    Add quizzes along the video and check if your students truly understand the lesson.
    Step 2:
    Assign it to your class/classes and let your students watch the video and answer the quizzes.
    Get meaningful data and insights about your students while they watch the video lesson or after they have completed it as homework. See at a glance how they are answering the quizzes and where in the video they are struggling to understand the concepts.

    Hope this helps :)

  • KatrinaL 01 Jul 2013 11:11pm () in Engaged and Enthusiastic Year 2-4 Class

    My Year 2-4 class has just completed the Wandering Whales field trip. The outcome in terms of learning and engagement was better than I could have hoped for. The students were motivated to extend their own learning in their own time. Many students would arrive in class for the day with a poster of information they had completed at home eager to share. 

    All the components within the field trip (audio, video, writing tasks, reading, speaking) created a fantastic rich learning environment across the curriculum. I created a link within our own school website where the children could post information and questions using Padlet. This engaged our parent community also. The parents were posting their own questions!

    The field trip encouraged the students to read a wider variety of material. Many choosing whale information books for their personal reading from the library.

    The 'buzz' of enthusiasm not only captured our parents but other students in the school. The senior students also engaged in the Padlet Wall and looking around the classroom at the learning displayed.

    We have now moved onto the Freshwater Ecology Field trip. This field trip links well to prior learning 'Take Action For Water' which was an inquiry topic about freshwater ecology in our own area. Now the children are experiencing and using this learning in a wider context. We are an Enviro-School/Schoolgen School, so the students are very passionate about environmental learning. This field trip is very special to the class as it is the first time we have sent an ambassador- Kowhai Kea. The students have missed our classroom friend but it has further encapsulated them in the whole field trip. This is an wonderful concept!

    The outcome in terms of the students learning through this platform (virtual field trip) has been so valuable and beneficial to core development areas. It has generated rich oral language with topical and scientific words/terminology.  The reading material has been accessible for all students. The activities/resources available from the LEARNZ website have been very effective to support the comprehension of the learning outcomes. The field trips have created opportunities for different forms of writing and responding to information. The bi-cultural aspect has further engaged maori students (and all students), this was visable in writing experiences as the  maori language glossary provided in the readings was transferred into students writing.

    Overall: I would recommend LEARNZ field trips to any class of any level. It's been an exciting learning journey to be a part of with my Year2-4 class.