Being Safe Online

As you begin to blog this year at ISB, there’s a lot of things that we all need to learn more about.  Keeping ourselves safe online is a pretty important topic so here’s a fun way for us to start!

Task One

  • Watch the video below (Thanks Mr Mayo for posting this one)
  • Talk with 3 others and brainstorm all the “not-so-safe” things that Jennifer does
  • Leave a comment on this post listing everything that your group could think of
  • Now check out the Smart-Rules


iPad Apps for the Classroom

It’s exciting to be able to use iPad2’s in the classroom this year with our Kindergarten classes.

Using, I’ve created a resource to help us, help each other keep track of the really cool apps we discover along our “iPads in the Classroom” journey.  Click on the bold link, or on the image below to get to the  iPad Apps for the Classroom LiveBinder.

iPad Apps for the Classroom

PreK-K iPads: Apps to Get Started

iReading – Stories Collection I lite for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

iReading – Stories Collection I lite (Free)
AppleTreeBooks™ has been inviting some of the best illustrators from across the world to create illustrated stories for us. Exquisite pictures, vivid narration as well as animation and interactive features bring you and your children wonderful stories and a brand new reading experience. We have carefully selected various stories, including well-known classic fairy tales and new original stories, to give you many options to find the ones you love. Additionally, we will continuously update the books on our online bookshelf, so that you can read our illustrated stories at any time. AppleTreeBooks™ will enables you to experience a new kind of reading and the fun that comes along with it.

Talking Tom Cat for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Talking Tom (Free)
Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice. Excellent for those kids who are reluctant talkers, or for beginner EAL students learning to say words or phrases.
Pop Math Lite for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
PopMath Lite is the free version of the award winning PopMath.
It is a fun way for kids to practice basic math: 6 pairs of bubbles with numbers float on the screen above beautiful backgrounds. Each bubble contains a number, like 7 and 3+4: pop the right pairs! As you progress through levels, numbers increase. End of levels greet you with your time for that level, a message personalized to your performance, and the number of mistakes you did. This free version is limited to additions. The full version PopMath features additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions, including the choice to practice a given operator for even better drills. It also contains many more background images for more fun.
Learn ABC recognition, writing, and listening skills with animals. Two writing modes:
1) ALPHABET LETTERS: Write the Capital and Lower-Case letters and learning the letter recognition along with the sound.
2) WORDS: Hear the animal name, write the animal name, and learning the spelling in the process.

ABC First Phonics - Sight Words Free Lite for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Brain Counts apps – there are quite a number of lite (free) versions of the Brain Counts apps available for the iPad
Learning over 200+ Dolch Sight Words or “High Frequency” Words will help your child learn to read better, and in most schools, it is a requirement for the kids to know these without sounding them out. The POWER in this learning tool is the ability to change the setting to fit your child’s learning level and style and design to grow with your child. Use this to design your own custom learning lesson plans.
Learn Number counting, writing, and listening skills. This game reinforces associative learning which may aid in early brain development in young kids and may help your child get a HEAD START in READING and WRITING. Grand Canyon for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
ABC Mouse (Free)
This book is part of the next generation of interactive mobile books for kids. With unique features, engaging art, and high quality narration and music, this book will be a favorite for kids of all ages. Features of this book include:
Realistic page turning – Swipe your finger or click on a corner
Read to Me – The Book reads aloud with professional narration and music
Read with Pause – The reader turns the pages and can read along with the narrator
I Can Read It – The reader reads the book all by themselves
Glossary – Readers can select the glossary on pages to learn the meaning of difficult words through simple explanations
Clickable Search & Explore – On certain pages, kids can click on the animals that they find to hear the names of the animals read aloud.
Fun Facts – Filled with fun facts about the Grand Canyon that will educate and amaze your child. There may even be things that the parents don’t know!
Fully Produced Song – Listen to the entire Grand Canyon song as song by the award-winning team at the end of the book.
StoryKit for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
StoryKit (free)
Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life – on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train – to do something creative together.
Storyrobe for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
StoryRobe (0.99)
Amobile digital storytelling application. Create a digital story in three simple steps.
1. Choose Images/Videos
2. Record Story
3. Upload to YouTube or Email to friends
Alphabet Tracing for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Fun train, truck and worm animations come to life for children to follow, while showing the proper way to write alphabet letters and numbers.
TeachMe: Kindergarten for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
TeachMe: Kindergarten is an educational iPhone app which teaches four different age appropriate subjects to Kindergarten aged children: sight words, addition, subtraction and spelling. Subjects can be selected, set different difficulty levels, and you can even choose specific questions. The performance history for each subject can be reviewed.
Word Magic for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Word Magic (0.99)
Word Magic is designed keeping preschooler and kindergarten kids in mind. It is very ideal for kids between the ages 3 to 6. It is an excellent application for kids to have fun with words and their spelling and learn them. A picture is shown and the kids should select the missing letter for the picture. The picture for the word will be read out. There are three flavors. Based on the kids level, you can choose missing letter at the beginning or in the middle or in the last.

Licking Letters for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Jump into the pond and help your lovable friend, Hoppy the Frog, lick letters to spell words! Kids will have a blast with this exciting and fun spelling adventure! (Ages 2-8)

Specially Thai

We’ve been contacted by a K-8 Music Teacher at St. Edward’s Catholic Parish/School, Racine, Wisconsin in the USA.
Her 7th graders are beginning a world music unit. One of the groups chose Thailand. We’ve been asked if we could possibly share some music or dancing that comes from Thailand.

Isn’t it lucky that we’ve just celebrated Songkran, with our special ES Songkran Assembly? In the assembly, lots of Elementary students got to perform two traditional thai dances with our very own students providing the music for one of them as well! Even luckier, was our fabulous Thai Teaching Assistants & two ES teachers singing the King’s Anthem.

We hope that you enjoy the 3 videos we’ve prepared for you, St Edward’s 7th Graders – and we’re ready to answer any questions you may have – please leave us any comments or questions by clicking on the red comments link (at the bottom of this post).




A Message for Japan

It was all hands on deck in the Elementary School this afternoon as we tried to make 1000 paper cranes as a symbol of peace, health and happiness for the people of Japan.  
Over the past week and a half, the ES, MS & HS have been running various fundraisers to raise money for those living in the devastated by earthquake and tsunami parts of Northern Japan.

Here’s one Grade 3’s class effort, folding as many paper cranes as we could in an hour.

Wylio – Embedding Creative Commons Images & Attribution Made Easy!

Introducing **** Updated scroll to bottom****

To use when you need to embed a Creative Commons image in a blog post.

This site is SO simple, so easy and only 4 steps from finding a creative commons image to embedding it in a post for your blog!!

Step 1

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Step 2

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Step 4

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All images uploaded with Skitch!

You can still use compfight – but wylio is so much easier for embedding creative commons images & the bonus is the attribution is done for you – all in only 4 EASY steps!

***Update**** - free pictures

Of course, in this ever changing world of technology – Wylio has changed slightly since I first posted about it!
Due to it’s growing popularity ….. Wylio now requires you to create a free account & login to use.  You can use your google account if you have one!

My advice, for classroom teachers would be to create a class google account for Wylio – one email address, one password – for the whole class to remember.
(A class google account can come in handy for all kinds of other things in the classroom – another blog post for later).

Using Compfight, Downloading Images & Giving Attribution

These instructions are only if you need to download creative commons images to your desktop to use in another programme on your computer – such as KeyNote, PowerPoint, iMovie, Word, SMARTNotebook etc.

(These instructions refer specifically to PowerPoint, but can be applied to other programmes.)

If you are looking for Creative Commons images to use on your blog, (in a prezi or anything else that’s online and can take embed code) – check out this post with instructions instead.

  1. Open Firefox.  Type this URL in the address –
  2. Microsoft Word-1
  3. Type in your search word (keyword) and click search
  4. VERY IMPORTANT! (see arrows for the settings)
    Make sure Creative Commons, Safe Search & Show originals are black (not blue)
    Don’t click on the Shutterstock images (on the right-hand side) they aren’t free!

  5. Click on the image you like (a new tab will open).

    Image search for white clouds | Compfight | A Flickr™ Search Tool

    Download Steps

  1. Click on the Action button; scroll down to View all sizes.
  2. Make sure the size is at least 600 x 600 (or bigger). Sometimes it’s called the Large or the Original size
  3. Click on the Download link.
  4. All sizes | DSCN2106 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!-1

    This dialogue box will open:


    Make sure the dot is in the “Open with” circle.  Click OKWAIT for the photo to open.

  6. Click File, scroll down to click on Save As …
  7. Rename the file (what is the photo?). Make sure you keep the .jpg (file extension).
    Save to Desktop.  Click Save.Save Image

    Close the photo file & the download box but DO NOT close Firefox

  8. Use the back button on Firefox.
  9. backbutton

  10. Highlight and copy (command c) the URL of the image you have used.
  11. url highlight

  12. Use the F3 key on the keyboard to find your PowerPoint.
    Paste the URL on the last slide. (Attribution Slide)
    Use the F3 key to go back to the flickr page.
    Find the name of the owner of the image. (top right hand side)
  13. Ever wondered why blue jeans and white shirt is such a timeless classic combination? | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

  14. Write that name on the PowerPoint slide too. (see below)

Remember – proper Attribution (giving credit to the owner of a piece of work) means:

  • Write down their Name (either Real Name or Online Name)
  • Include a link (URL) to where you found their work

You can download a PDF version of these instructions here:  Using Compfight

Changing Your Blog Theme

Over the Winter Break, we upgraded our blogging platform and add some very cool, new themes.  Soon we will also be deleting some old themes that either don’t work or don’t look good.

If you are using one of these themes on your blog you’ll want to change your theme in the next couple of weeks.

CAUTION: Changing your theme can cause you to loose your widgets. Write down the order of your widgets and and copy and paste any code you have into a document before updating your them.

Themes to be deleted the first of February:

  • 72 Class
  • Anarchy
  • Black Letterhead
  • Blue Moon
  • Borderline
  • Chaotic Soul
  • Day Dream
  • Gental Calm
  • Hemingway
  • Man-ja
  • Redoable
  • Veryplaintxt
  • Primitivo

Check out the new themes we’ve added!


Twenty Ten

This theme is so good that it’s the new default theme for all ISB student blogs. It’s a great theme, easy to use. You can pload your own picture to use as a header, customize the menu, and the widgets always work!

2010 Weaver

Magazine Basic


Chip Zero

Adventure Journal

Smart One



Embedding a YouTube Video

These are the steps for embedding YouTube videos from our school/class YouTube account.  Please log into the class/school YouTube Account first.   Many classrooms have their own YouTube account. (Ask your teacher for the class username and password)
You can embed any other YouTube video in your blog without logging into the class/school account (as long as it is appropriate to your learning).  Skip steps 1-3 and begin at Step 4.
Do not use the URL that has an extra dot in the URL as it will not embed using the YouTube magic button.  (See the extra dot below)

Step 1: Log into YouTube account (in this case it’s *Ms Terry’s Class)YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.


Step 2: Go to MyVideos
YouTube - techcoachisb's Channel

Step 3: Find the Video you want to embed

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

Step 4: Copy the URL

YouTube - Adding Flickr Badge to your Blog

Step 5: Embed Button for YouTube Videos

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Step 6:  Check the code & Preview the Post
Add New Post ‹ Virtual Room 231 — WordPress

Step 7:  Close the preview tab, you should be back on your post, click Publish!