This week I delivered a careers talk to a group of PGCE students who are about to cross the finishing line and grab their first post as a qualified teacher. As it’s job hunting season, plus i’m about to start a new position in learning technology, I thought a post on how I’ve used the internet to job hunt might be useful.
Although I haven’t tested out all of the apps myself they are all highly recommended by my A Level students. Hopefully your students will find these useful too, especially during this stressful exam period.
How some of these apps are used.
Polly who is studying for her AS’s, has recommended Penultimate, Evernote Peek and Show Me. Polly uses Penultimate to create hand written notes before importing these in to Evernote Peek to create a series of flashcards that work by slowly removing the iPad Smart Cover. Alongside this Polly uses Show Me to create interactive presentations to consolidate her learning and create a reference point for revision.
Matt who is about to finish his A2s likes to use the note taking app Noteabiliy. He uses it to type, handwrite and draw notes. He’s especially likes it due to the audio record feature which he uses to record his one-to-ones so that he can re-listen to information in his own time whilst adding more detail to his notes.
A colleague recently asked me how I created animated pictures as she wanted to create her own as a fun way of relaying instructions to students via her Moodle page. If you’re interested in creating your own gif but don’t know where to start this link takes you to a tutorial for Photoshop users whilst this link will take you to a tutorial for the free photo editing software GIMP.
Animated gifs can be used for a wide variety of educational purposes including to create an animated background for collections on the social bookmarking software XtLearn, to post questions to students, to create short revision videos and to help students learn a new language by acting as a flash card.