Class Tech, English, Pobble 365, Tech for Writing, Writing

Getting Started with Pobble 365

Pobble 365 has been around for a while but sometimes it’s good to go back to something and have a go on it, also it is a shame that it isn’t used more as it really is a fantastic resource. For anyone new to it, Pobble 365 is an online wall that provides users with interesting daily pictures. They are a fantastic stimulus to writing, morning/settling down work or an introduction to media literacy. The pictures are featured along with reflective questions and a story starter.

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Five ways to used Pobble 365 in you Classroom:

  1. Stimulus

Use the picture as a hook for a unit of writing this could be weekly or even fortnightly. The Pobble 365 picture could work as a front cover and children could write a chapter to be included!

2. Morning work

It’s quite common to encourage writing and literacy in classes especially during morning work. When children walk into class with these breath-taking pictures it’s almost a sure thing that they will be engaged to write.

3. Computing

Part of the objectives for Key Stage 1 and 2 is to create work for a purpose, in a way to promote competence as well as confidence. A way this could be done is to create your own versions of the Pobble 365 pictures.

4. Guided Reading/Inference

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Children could practise their inference skills. A group set of pictures could be handed out and have questions on the back to answer such as: Where is the girl? What could she be hanging from? This could furthered by children arguing opinion: The girl is hanging from a helicopter. True/False and please explain why you think this.

5. Philosophy For Children (P4C)

As a massive focus of P4C is learning through enquiry and exploration, this is another way Pobble 365 would be useful. Using the exciting images children will practise the principles of P4C; that their ideas and the ideas of others have value, as well that they do not need to be correct. Asking questions like the ones in idea four would suit this and help breed this kind of thinking in your classroom.

Please comment below on how you have used Pobble 365 in your school.

Thanks,

Adam, Casey, Cherise and Sim

The Edtech Hub Team

Class Tech, edtech, Tech for Learning

Getting Started with Bit.ly

Bitly is definitely a piece of EdTech that when used correctly it is an amazing EdTech weapon, it’s easy to use but so effective and we’re sure you’ll love the results of using it! Put simply, Bit.ly allows its users to copy a web address (or URL) and shorten it; you can also customise a URL which is very helpful for class use.

Why?

The reason it is so useful is that often you look at a clip or an activity for children to broaden or strengthen their understanding and this is the weblink that you find: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/forces/play/ and then we expect eight year olds to type this in! Wouldn’t most adults be disengaged before they finished writing the link! There are a few ways of getting around this but a URL shortener is so easy to do.

Using Bitly

First as a user you will need to go to Bit.ly and register with an email address, once you have done this you are ready to go. Next, click on the ‘create bitlink’ button. Bitly call their shortened links ‘bitlinks’ and the first part of the shortened link is ‘bit.ly’.

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Creating a bitlink is very simple and then enter the full URL in the box at the top right of the screen. Almost instantly the URL will become a bitlink such as

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There is another step where users can customise this link to something more memorable. This is completely up to you, it will go red if it’s unavailable green if it’s ok to use. It can be a fun game trying to use a bitlink that someone hasn’t.

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Quick Tips:

Bitly prefers that you use certain characters so when creating the URL for http://bit.ly/Wednesday5_7_17 it wouldn’t allow certain characters such as (  /  )  so instead use an underscore, so just bear that in mind. Another idea could be to create a bitlink and to just change the URL when required, that way your class just need the one link and the URL it is linked to could change to suit learning at that time, saving learning time and keeping things simple.

Final Thoughts:

Bitly is a great, quick little way to make the view, typing and sharing of websites a little easier. Also, you can use bitly or google shortener to share files on google drive. I hope you enjoy using it!

Thanks

Adam, Casey, Cherise and Sim

The EdTech Hub Team