Mr Melkert's Meandering Mind

Tales of an Upper Primary Teacher

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Teach, Tech, Play

Keep the first Monday night of each month free if you are an educator wanting to develop your ICT skills and practical ideas. Some of the best professional learning is hosted by Eleni Kyritsis and Michael Ha, two educators from Melbourne. They gather presenters from all around the world and then give them each 4 minutes to present their idea/concept/useful tool. Here is an example of one of their episodes. 

You can check out the website at Teach, Tech, Play

The next episode is Monday March 2nd 2015 at 8pm AEST. You even get to participate and vote on who you think is the Play King/Queen for the month.

Don’t miss it!

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This is my favourite classroom tool at the moment. Create and play quizzes, surveys and discussions using any device with a web browser. You can make your own, use the public kahoots created by other teachers or find out what your students really know by getting them to create their own Kahoot.

Here is a presentation I made for a TeachMeet session.

Here is a link to my Kahoots that I have created:

Click here to create your own Kahoot account.

Click here to play a kahoot. (You will need a game pin to play)

Watch this video about Kahoot created by Susan Johnson.

Or this one created by Tim Smith.

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Make Your Own Font

I am not an advocate of spending too much time teaching kids handwriting these days although they still need to develop a legible writing style. One way of keeping kids computer created work individualised is to have them create their own font. I found this great explanation by Mya on an easy way to create your own personalised font. Mya also has lots of fantastic other ideas on her site Full Time Kid.

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Lip Dub Creation

As a farewell to Dwellingup Primary School the year 6/7 students of 2014. With help from the year 5 students, created a lip dub taking viewers on a walk around the amazing place that we are lucky enough to go to school at. It took lots of planning, research, cooperation, perseverance, creativity and support as well as being fun and motivational.

Here is a link to the lip dub. We would love some feedback and for it to be viewed by as many students as possible. Do you think we have the best school grounds in the world? I can’t think of a better place to go to work each day.