Friday, 18th September 2020
Hailed as a ‘TikTok for Kids’ by its creator, Zigazoo aims to give “families and classrooms the ability to share video-based responses to projects built by leading museums, zoos, educators, children’s musicians, and education organizations.”
Download the app. You can join the global community or a specific classroom or pod. For the second option you need a code – this will be of interest to teachers.
If you continue without a classroom, you need to log in through Facebook, Gmail, or your Apple account (if you are using an Apple product). Select ‘notifications’ if you want to get these. You can start by choosing channels, which include some of the company’s own education resources.
The big red camera button allows you to create your own responses. You can also flag videos if you think the content is inappropriate.
Could be used for: short video-based exercises that students can answer through video and share responses with their classmates.
What I liked about it: restricted classrooms will engage your students: https://www.zigazoo.com/classrooms
Watch out for: younger or more vulnerable students should not be allowed to post videos to the open channel videos.
Available from the App Store and on Google Play.
More information here: https://www.zigazoo.com/
Friday, 11th September 2020
Lumosity – Brain Training
Your brain is probably getting a good workout at the moment, but in case you need to get these little cells into shape, here is an app that you might enjoy. All exercises are scientifically designed. You can set yourself a reminder on when to train.
Download and open it. You need to create an account or sign up with a Gmail, Facebook, or Apple account.
It asks you for your birthdate in order to match you with the right age group. Just click on ‘next’ if you don’t want to divulge your gender and other information.
There is a free 10-minute fit test to check where you are at: memory, speed, attention, problem solving, flexibility, math, and language. Your baseline will be tested in three cognitive games, which will then be compared to other members. A short tutorial introduces each game. The score after each shows how you fair in relation to others in your age cohort.
The games are short and fun to do. They are deceptively easy… You can go back and try again:)
With a premium subscription you get a personalised daily workout and more detailed reports.
Could be used for: keeping our brains active. Students could hold a competition to see who scores higher.
What I liked about it: fun.
Watch out for: if you don’t want to pay, you are limited in your choice of exercises.
Available from the App Store, on Google Play or online.
More information here: https://www.lumosity.com/en/
Friday, 4th September 2020
In this new remote working environment, most CDETB colleges and centres are now using Moodle for their teaching.
The CDU Moodle site is a repository of learning and teaching resources. If you don’t have access yet and you are a CDETB staff member, please email Eva with your “.cdetb.ie” email address and you will get a new account. Thanks to an upgrading process that all CDETB Moodle sites underwent in late summer, we can now offer access through the Moodle app.
Download the app from the store and open. You can decide whether or not you want to allow notifications. Type in the Moodle site you are interested in, e.g. curriculum.etbonline.ie. Enter your username and password as you would using a browser on your PC.
You should now see your personal dashboard. When you click on your profile, you should see your details. That action opens up the CDU Moodle website in your browser, so you might have to open the app again to see the other areas. When you click on any of the courses you are enrolled in, you can access all content. See all the other participants – you can directly message them.
You can upload files and photos as well as audio and video recordings to your app when you select the “box” icon on the right hand side.
The course categories are hidden under the ‘site home’ tap, beside the ‘dashboard’.
The CDU professional development calendar is cloned into the calendar section on the app, so you should be able to see all events organised by PD co-ordinator Carrie Archer.
If you used this app with your own college Moodle, you could try out the grading and site blog features.
Log out by navigating to the “three dashes” symbol to find the ‘log out’ option.
Could be used for: not only for accessing teaching aids on the CDU site, but as a teaching and assessment tool with your own students if your college has the app version enabled.
What I liked about it: clean interface. Lots of documentation on how to use Moodle
Watch out for: You can see the courses you are enrolled in by clicking on “all courses”, but it is not as obvious as it is in the PC version what is a category and what is a course, so navigation is a bit more difficult.
Available from the App Store and on Google Play.
More information here: https://download.moodle.org/mobile