Sunday, 25 January 2015

Wanted - Poster!

Recently I have been exploring a few poster apps.  As with many of the tools available to us there are a number of apps that seem to do similar things.



I have made use of Phoster, Canva (@canva) and Quipio (@Quipio).  The first two are similar in many ways. Both have options to import photos to use as backgrounds and there are a number of shapes available in both. Canva, which is also available online, has more background choices in terms of photos - soothing views, seascapes, barren landscapes, sunsets and many more.  You name it, Canva has got it.  Add to this a variety of fonts, colours and font size permutations and you can create all manner of great posters. All you need now is something to say....  





Phoster, too, has flexibility in that you can import a background of your choice and play around with fonts, sizes and background colours.   A phoster poster can be more formulaic in its layout but its final product certainly does not disappoint.

Finally, consider using Quipio whose USP lies in the fact that you can highlight words to accentuate your point.   All these apps allow you to make visually very powerful posters and at a basic level you can create engaging displays.  


Posters put together in PhotoCollage and annotated with ShotText (PhotoCollage is available online too)


There are many other ways to using these posters which will enhance the learning process for your students.  I am looking forward to using canva with my Year 12s and 13s who are keen to learn some useful quotes from their set text and I imagine Year 8 will enjoy using Quipio to help explain some grammatical points.  Watch out for them soon on Twitter and on my department website.

Which Poster app do you use? What's your favourite?  Let me know in the comment box below.







Friday, 16 January 2015

#teacher5aday 16 days on

In the midst of the Christmas holidays I sat down and thought about my wellbeing.  To be more precise my wellbeing and the wellbeing of my family in 2015.  So, here I am, 16 days into the new year, how am I doing? 

#connect - Well I promised myself that I would keep getting as much as I can from TeachMeets by attending and taking part and that I would, as far as possible, get my colleagues to enjoy the benefits of TeachMeets too.  I have been true to my word.  I have signed up to attend and present at #TeachMeet Bett and at #TMReading at the end of March.  In terms of sharing the love I'm hoping to take a minibus load of colleagues to the TeachMeet and I have an idea to get the staffroom into twitterchats.   Watch this space.

#exercise - Mmm.  I'm doing okay with this but not as well as I thought.  B- I could do better.

#learn - Term started with a great Inset and I certainly learnt lots which I have already put into practice. I have enjoyed sharing this with my colleagues and my PLN and I am looking forward to reading in preparation for my dissertation. 

#notice - This has gone well.  This could be because I have had a little time on my hands.  The dissertation proposal is in, I have not had as much teaching to do due to mocks.  I have had Time and I have enjoyed these last couple of weeks.  

#give - I have had more time than usual and this has meant that I have been less stressed and more able to spend time with the family.  Good stuff!