Friday, 30 May 2014

Pict Stitch

Look! It is my first creation using the mobile app, Pict Stitch

I don't normally take many photos with my phone, but here's a pict stich from the school trip to Normandy, France.

Above is a Pict stitch contain snapshots from Honfleur, the water wheel at Bayeux and a panel from the Bayeux Tapestry. 

Within the app there are many different frames available, as well as tools to edit dimensions, aspect, effects and text. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Fotor Photo Collage

On a recent trip to Bristol with friends I was introduced to PictStich. It is an app for smartphones that allows the user to mesh together two or more photos. An example of this can be seen below showing out delicious snacks and Brunel bridge:

Credit:Laura B
It got me wondering, is there was a online version that did something similar? I have found one called Fotor Photo Collage. I am sure there are more out there, but so far this is the one I am playing around with.

I have tested it our with a few images on this blog. It so far it has been easy to use, inutive, good features and reliable. The only thing I have struggled with is some of the sizing/resizing of images in the template. I am looking forward to using more of the photo templates and collage features. Its also worth noting it does have some "Photoshop" type features to freshen up or apply filter washes to photos.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Pythagoras Game: Have I got a hypotenuse for you!

This little gem was the first time I have had the opportunity to use this pre made powerpoint from TES - Have I got a Hypotenuse for you. (TES login required)

Today we just did finding the hypotenuse, and they got completely into it! I had my class into teams, where they could earn points or steal points from the other groups. They worked on whiteboards around the room. It made my heart sing to see them working together, collaborating, checking, discussing and analyzing their work (not to mention engaging and having some friendly rivalry on the side). 

 There are versions out to find the shorter side and mix.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Creating definitions: Card Sort Polynomial Definitions

I really have been experimenting with the idea of students owing rules and definitions rather than myself just telling them. See Similar and Congruent Post

In Algebra 1, we have just started Polynomials and Factoring. The first lesson has many vocabulary words that students should become familiar with. Trying to make it a bit more exciting and memorable, decided to tinker with a card sort I made last year.

The instructions to students were as follows:
Each group got a set of cards. To make it easier, each group had a different color font. The vocabulary words were bold underline in contrast to the definition plain which was in plain text.

Once time is up, it's time to go over the answers as a class, record and show some examples. 

Since students had already read (and read multiple times during the Warm Up activity) they were already familiar with the words and definitions that the link with the examples seemed quite fluid and hassle free - rather than potentially overwhelming done traditionally. Would use again for sure!