Monday, 18 May 2015

Reading Facts

I created this Infographic based on some information from The Reading Agency.
Again I made it with Piktochart - I can not recommend this enough - it is so easy to use and produces such beautiful work!

I needed to make a few example infographics to show my students. 
I need to make another with some statistics in...what should I do it on?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

#UKEDChat Project Based Learning

I hosted another #UKEdChat on Twitter on Thursday - this time it was all about Project Based Learning. I was thrilled to see how busy it was and was glad to heard about all the PBL success stories. Still disappointed that many are tied down by their curriculum or the leadership at their schools and are not allowed to do much PBL.

The questions for the evening were:

  1. What is project based learning?
  2. Google’s 20% time in schools – (How can/) Should schools give students dedicate time to work on independent projects?
  3. How can we support project based learning, while allowing our students to remain independent?
  4. How does technology benefit project based learning?
  5. How can staff benefit from doing their own research based projects in schools?
  6. What are some examples of some outstanding student and teacher led projects you have seen in your schools?
#UKEdChat Storified the evening. You can see that here.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Infographic: Reading for Pleasure!

I have a long list of apps, websites and other tools that I have been wanting to try out, but have been to busy to do anything new recently. However I allowed myself some time today, (though I really shouldn't have),  to experiment with an infographic builder Piktochart. I used some information from a video I had made and a few publications on the benefits of reading for pleasure, and started off by using a template from Piktochart. I am really happy with the results and I think it looks like a very professional infographic - and it only took me twenty minutes! Piktochart also breaks up your infographics into presentations, so you can show the information in sections (click the 'Presentation Mode' button above the infographic here). I also need to experiment more with the graphs/data, because it allows you to present stats in a beautiful way!

I can see some great uses for this - we are going to get students to use it for their IB Learner Profile Superhero project. I'm also thinking of getting students to make ones about reading and their favourite books (just imagine a Harry Potter one with 'number of deaths in Harry Potter' and 'Number of Gryffindor House Points over the series!). I would also love to see a project where students present data in different ways to persuade (imagine one group acting as GreenPeace and making an infographic on pollution, and another acting as an Oil Company).