Activity: Info-Digital Literacy Experts

Using Brushes on the iPad

posted Mar 18, 2011, 4:48 AM by Keri-Lee Beasley   [ updated Mar 22, 2011, 2:45 AM ]

Brushes is a fantastic app for the iPad that lets you create amazing pieces of digital art.

Here is a tutorial explaining some of the functionality of the app:

Explore and have a play!

Make a mobile website

posted Nov 17, 2010, 7:04 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Jan 12, 2011, 8:09 PM ]

Mobile websites are designed for small digital devices like iPods with internet access and smartphones.

Last week you saw the one for the Hands on Literacy conference:

Here's another one I'm creating for the Red Dot Book Awards:

Wirenode is an online tool that lets you create up to three free mobile websites.

We have set up four UWC accounts for us to make 12 mobile websites.  All you have to do is login.  (Don't create a new account....)

What mobile websites will you create?

Marius created Grade 6 Events

Rohaan created Grade 6 Calendar

Once you finish your mobile app, go have a look at Appolicious, a social bookmarking site for apps.

UWCSEA has an Appolicious account, where we record all the apps we've bought and keep track of ones we want to buy -- on our "wishlist".

An Appolicious account has been set up for Grade 6 students, so they can review and recommend apps via their "wishlist"

The login is "grade6uwc" and the password is the same as for "eastinfant" in school. Feel free to add apps to the "wishlist".

QR Codes

posted Nov 17, 2010, 6:56 PM by Katie Day

QR stands for "Quick Response" and they look like this:

HOL mobile app QR code.png

You have to first download a QR code reader app for your iPod (the kind with a camera) or smartphone, but there are plenty available.

Then just point your camera phone at the code (e.g., on your email screen) and it will read the URL and take you to: -- which is a mobile website for a teacher conference here in Singapore.

Text, SMS messages, URLs, and phone numbers can be encoded in a QR code.

You can make your own QR codes on this website:

Have a go!

Then start thinking about how these could be used.....  We have some ideas to share with you.

Grade 6: Tech Experts

posted Nov 17, 2010, 6:54 PM by Katie Day

New ECA... this time a lunchtime one just with Grade 6 students.

And instead of Mrs. Phinney and I, it's Mrs. Mrs. Beasley and I.

First up.... QR Codes.  See next post!

Creating audio book podcasts

posted Nov 2, 2010, 5:50 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Nov 2, 2010, 11:46 PM ]

We're going to be playing with GarageBand on the Macs, creating audio book recordings of picture books for the Infant students.  We'll create MP3 files and later load them onto the iPod Touches.

Blog comments and Pumpkin Remover

posted Oct 26, 2010, 11:42 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Oct 26, 2010, 11:53 PM ]

In the first half hour, we're going to re-visit Ms. Fraser's blog, Every Child Matters, and answer a few more questions she asks.  Please leave at least two comments on her blog.

In the second half hour, we can play Pumpkin Remover -- which is a one-week-only-in-honor-of-Halloween version of Red Remover.

Have you ever thought about the rights of children?

posted Oct 6, 2010, 12:09 AM by Katie Day   [ updated Oct 6, 2010, 12:12 AM ]

Ms. Fraser, a K2 teacher last year, is now studying in the United States and as part of her course work she is investigating what children think about the rights of children.

She would like to hear your opinions.

Please go to her blog, Every Child Matters, and answer her questions.

Evaluating Online Games

posted Sep 22, 2010, 12:03 AM by Katie Day

I've started a new list of online games for kids of different ages.

Please go here and try some.

Later we will rate them -- and I will perhaps take the worst ones off the list.

Book Buzz & e-Books

posted Sep 15, 2010, 12:08 AM by Katie Day   [ updated Sep 15, 2010, 7:00 AM ]

Today I want you to explore some e-books.

Another library is allowing us to test some that they have bought.  If you agree they could be a good addition to our library, then we'll get some.  

Explore some fun links I've put up on Book Buzz, the mini-blog I started last year.

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