Flickr Colour

Last week I rediscovered images of my garden in a Flickr account, do you have one?

Taking, uploading and sharing images is not only fun but others may be able to use your images for their own creations.

penbentley - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver
After uploading images to Flickr, it’s important to decide how you want to share it.

Are you happy for anyone to use it, change it, redistribute it or sell it? Do you want people to attribute your work when they use it?

Have a look at Creative Commons Licensing and then select a Flickr License for your images.

QR Codes

Instead of packing bags for my summer holiday I’ve been fiddling with these amazing things…QR Codes.
I’ve downloaded the free QR scanner onto my iphone, signed up at then had a go. Here is the code for this blog.


Thank you to The Daring Librarian for this awesome tutorial…’s brilliant and it works.

I really must get a life and head for the beach….be back in 2 weeks.


The simplicity of slideroll makes it a useful tool for students to be creative and showcase their work. Using my garden pics again, the focus of this slideshow is the image rather than decoration and animation. Photos can be added by uploading from your computer or by connecting to your flickr account. There is a good selection of music to choose from and a variety of options for displaying the images. Students can also add captions and titles to their photos.


Lately I’ve been thinking about how brainstorming can be such a useful activity at the beginning of a new topic. I used to think it was about asking students to call out words that were randomly written on the white board…and that’s it. Oh dear…my facilitation of such an activity was questionable in the early days. There are many ways to do it, rules to follow, do’s and don’ts as well as web tools to use.
I took a light hearted approach and brainstormed some ideas myself about how it should be done.

Click on this link for a closer look at this poster.

What procedures and tools work the best for you in class?

Start Small

The use of technology in the classroom is no longer an option for teachers. Schools are installing more computers, curriculum changes are happening and students continue to rely on technology for social networking.
Teachers are expected to move with the times, regardless of their level of expertise and confidence. For some, these changes cause stress and anxiety.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by information overload. Start in small steps, think about the pedagogy then decide on the technology.
Here are two examples of how technology can be used when teaching about density, mass and volume. The story of Archimedes and the King’s gold crown is used to explain these concepts.

  • Create a video story using a digital camera or mobile phone, then publish it to YouTube or TeacherTube . This task uses higher order thinking skills and suits visual learners. This movie was made by Ted Banton, Vincent Stuck, Penny Hollard and Barry Shields (unknown school).

    • Create a podcast/audio recording using a mobile phone or computer. Make your own sound effects or use a free program, like Audacity, to record, edit and add sound effects. Once again, students will be using their higher order thinking skills to complete this task which is suitable for auditory learners. I used Audacity to make this podcast.


Archimedes Podcast