Being Safe Online

As you begin to blog this year at ISB, there’s a lot of things that we all need to learn more about.  Keeping ourselves safe online is a pretty important topic so here’s a fun way for us to start!

Task One

  • Watch the video below (Thanks Mr Mayo for posting this one)
  • Talk with 3 others and brainstorm all the “not-so-safe” things that Jennifer does
  • Leave a comment on this post listing everything that your group could think of
  • Now check out the Smart-Rules

 

A Message for Japan

It was all hands on deck in the Elementary School this afternoon as we tried to make 1000 paper cranes as a symbol of peace, health and happiness for the people of Japan.  
Over the past week and a half, the ES, MS & HS have been running various fundraisers to raise money for those living in the devastated by earthquake and tsunami parts of Northern Japan.

Here’s one Grade 3’s class effort, folding as many paper cranes as we could in an hour.

Wylio – Embedding Creative Commons Images & Attribution Made Easy!

Introducing Wylio.com **** Updated scroll to bottom****

To use when you need to embed a Creative Commons image in a blog post.

This site is SO simple, so easy and only 4 steps from finding a creative commons image to embedding it in a post for your blog!!

Step 1

Free Pictures - Wylio.com

Step 2

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Step 3

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Step 4

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All images uploaded with Skitch!

You can still use compfight – but wylio is so much easier for embedding creative commons images & the bonus is the attribution is done for you – all in only 4 EASY steps!

***Update****

Wylio.com - free pictures

Of course, in this ever changing world of technology – Wylio has changed slightly since I first posted about it!
Due to it’s growing popularity ….. Wylio now requires you to create a free account & login to use.  You can use your google account if you have one!

My advice, for classroom teachers would be to create a class google account for Wylio – one email address, one password – for the whole class to remember.
(A class google account can come in handy for all kinds of other things in the classroom – another blog post for later).

Using Compfight, Downloading Images & Giving Attribution

IMPORTANT NOTE:
These instructions are only if you need to download creative commons images to your desktop to use in another programme on your computer – such as KeyNote, PowerPoint, iMovie, Word, SMARTNotebook etc.

(These instructions refer specifically to PowerPoint, but can be applied to other programmes.)

If you are looking for Creative Commons images to use on your blog, (in a prezi or anything else that’s online and can take embed code) – check out this post with instructions instead.

  1. Open Firefox.  Type this URL in the address – compfight.com
  2. Microsoft Word-1
  3. Type in your search word (keyword) and click search
  4. VERY IMPORTANT! (see arrows for the settings)
    Make sure Creative Commons, Safe Search & Show originals are black (not blue)
    Don’t click on the Shutterstock images (on the right-hand side) they aren’t free!

  5. Click on the image you like (a new tab will open).

    Image search for white clouds | Compfight | A Flickr™ Search Tool

    Download Steps

  1. Click on the Action button; scroll down to View all sizes.
  2. Make sure the size is at least 600 x 600 (or bigger). Sometimes it’s called the Large or the Original size
    actions_allsizes
  3. Click on the Download link.
  4. All sizes | DSCN2106 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!-1

  5. VERY IMPORTANT STEP
    This dialogue box will open:

    saving

    Make sure the dot is in the “Open with” circle.  Click OKWAIT for the photo to open.

  6. Click File, scroll down to click on Save As …
  7. Rename the file (what is the photo?). Make sure you keep the .jpg (file extension).
    Save to Desktop.  Click Save.Save Image

    Close the photo file & the download box but DO NOT close Firefox

  8. Use the back button on Firefox.
  9. backbutton

  10. Highlight and copy (command c) the URL of the image you have used.
  11. url highlight

  12. Use the F3 key on the keyboard to find your PowerPoint.
    Paste the URL on the last slide. (Attribution Slide)
    Use the F3 key to go back to the flickr page.
    Find the name of the owner of the image. (top right hand side)
  13. Ever wondered why blue jeans and white shirt is such a timeless classic combination? | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

  14. Write that name on the PowerPoint slide too. (see below)

Remember – proper Attribution (giving credit to the owner of a piece of work) means:

  • Write down their Name (either Real Name or Online Name)
  • Include a link (URL) to where you found their work

You can download a PDF version of these instructions here:  Using Compfight

Typing PAL Online

Our Grade 3 – 5 students are enrolled in Typing PAL Online.  We’re using it as a home learning task rather than a specific time task in the classroom.

Typing Pal Online is a 100% web-based keyboarding tutor tailored to students and teachers needs. All Grade 3, 4 & 5 classes are set up and students are registered.  You can use Typing Pal online whenever you are ready to.  As this typing practice is online, students can complete their typing courses at home.  The advantage of using Typing Pal is that you can track your progress.  It’s very easy to use and the teachers can adjust the program to meet the needs of their students.

Student Login: your Student ID

Student Password: student

Welcome to Typing Pal School

3 Truths And A Lie

Ms H’s 3 Truths & A Lie

 

1.  I play the bagpipes.

2.  I collect seahorses (things that have seahorses on them).

3.  I have been to the Great Wall of China.

4.  I can scuba dive.  I am a certified open water diver.

Can you guess which one of these is a lie?  Please leave me a comment.

Today Grade 3 is learning how to create a post on their own blog. We thought that creating a post called 3 Truths and A Lie would be a good idea so that we could practise creating a post and we could also practise our commenting by going to other blogs in our class and trying to guess the lie.

You can read other truths and lies over at Mr Jessee’s class student blogs!