Apr 262019
 

Watch the video about mind maps:

Explore Coggle tools

  • Explore the tools on Coggle (j2launch – Google Drive,  New – more – Coggle)

Mind map from text – Egypt

Transferring to j2e5

  • Click download – image
  • Right hand click – copy
  • Go to a new j2e5 page
  • Make it landscape and 50%
  • Paste – Ctrl-v
  • Make your mindmap as big as possible, crop any spare space

Mind map from text – Rivers

Coggle tools

  • Resize text by dragging
  • Add and delete branches
  • Add a picture
  • Add symbols
  • RH-click to get branch options

Adding a picture

  1. In Google
    1. Search for a simple picture – should be simple,use the word “icon” or “clipart” in your search
    2. Save image as…
  2. In Coggle
    1. When typing, click the picture icon and find your picture (in Downloads or Google Drive)

Success steps

  • explore new software with curiosity and positivity;
  • understand branch structure/rules of mindmaps;
  • classify ideas;
  • drag branches to create compact mind map

Next post – Mindmaps (2)

How to Mind Map

The Student’s Guide to Mind Mapping

 

 

Apr 232019
 
  1. Start a new j2e5 page
  2. Make a new table   with 1 column and 5 rows
    1. Henry VII 23 Years
    2. Henry VIII 38 Years
    3. Edward VI 6 Years
    4. Mary I 5Years
    5. Elizabeth I  45 Years
  3. Put the information in your table
  4.  Create a graph from your table by selecting it (click on top left box) and clicking the graph button 
  5. Add a picture of  each Tudor monarch – drag and drop them from this website:
    1. http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/tudors/kings.htm
  6. Add a title: The Tudors
  7. Add some facts, for example from these websites:
    1. https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/tudor-facts/
    2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/henry_viii/
    3. http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Tudors.html
  8. Make the page into an attractive poster – fill the page.
  9. ** Only when you have checked the success criteria yourself and with me –
    1. Go to https://cooltext.com/
    2. Choose a suitable style – royal, old-looking
    3. Type “The Tudors”
    4. Change settings – you can choose a better font here too
    5. Drag onto your j2e5 page instead of your title

Success criteria

  • Fill the page
  • Graph and chart together
  • Fact box
  • Big title
  • Even spacing
Jul 052018
 

Typing.com until 9.15 (ELM), 10,45 (FIR), 11.35 (HOLLY)

  • Make sure you are using the correct fingers – especially particular children – you know who you are!
  • Make sure you are stretching yourself (not too hard – not too easy)

Main activity

Choose one of the following activities

  1. Continue with the class database

    1. Shared files, British Birds
    2. Use the RSPB website to find information
    3. Enter in the database
    4. I have added a “Who did this record” field – add your name to show that it is your one.
    5. If it keeps on not working, go on to activity 2 or 3…
      1. Bird song
        1. Under the audio clip, click on the link
        2. Download audio file
        3. On the form, upload clip
        4. Then click “my pictures”
  2. Start your own database – choose your own topic

    1. j2launch – j2data – database
    2. On the “define” tab – add fields – think of all the fields you need – you can add more later
    3. On the “form” tab – add data
  3. Create an information poster about a British bird

    1. Include: bold title, pictures, information
    2. Can you include the bird song?
      1. Under the audio clip, click on the link
      2. Download audio file
      3. In j2e click picture icon  then + then “choose file”

FIR – We need to reset passwords

  • Please think of a new password with:
    • letters and numbers
    • at least 8 characters long
    • a capital letter or different symbol, eg !?:()&$£\/<>
  • …and write it in your Reading Record.
  • Next time you log in, it will ask you for you password and then to enter a new one (probnably twice)
  • Make sure you don’t tell anyone your password!
Jun 252018
 

 

  1. Go to my files, shared files
  2. Open British Birds database
  3. Visit the RSPB website to find the information on birds to fill in the form
  4. Enter the details in a new record in the form

 

  1. Bird song
    1. Under the audio clip, click on the link
    2. Download audio file
    3. On the form, upload clip
    4. Then click “my pictures”
Jun 062018
 

We will use Branch, part of JIT to make branching keys.

  • Log into j2e
  • Go to “my files” then “shared files”.  Open River Animals
  • Click “sort” then make up Yes/No questions to sort the animals.
  • Adding more animals
    • When it tells you that your diagram is complete:
      • Play it to test it out
      • Add a new animal
        • Think of a new animal – you could use this website to help find new animals: A spotter’s guide to waterway wildlife 
        • Play the game and answer the questions
        • At the end say “no” then “yes” (you want to add it to the list)
        • Search using the world button and drag a picture into the box (use .png in your search to get a picture without a backgound)

  • Woodland Animals
  • Make sure you are in “advanced” mode
    • Click “sort” then make up Yes/No questions to sort the animals.
    • You could use this information sheet or fact sheets to help you or more detailed information from the Woodland Trust
    • Adding more animals
      • When it tells you that your diagram is complete:
        • Play it to test it out
        • Add a new animal
          • Think of a new animal and play the game and answer the questions
          • At the end say “no” then “yes” (you want to add it to the list)
          • Search using the world button and drag a picture into the box
  • Birds of Prey 
    • Use the RSPB website to find a fact about each bird and enter it into the description box.
    • Now make up Yes/No questions to classify the birds in a branching key.
    • Follow the instructions in the Woodland Animals above, to add more birds.
  • What else apart from animals could you classify using Branch?
May 212018
 

Checklist

  • Tree-like
  • Rectangular shape – size of screen, no gaps
  • No overlapping branches/labels
  • Text size – no tiny text
  • Add your name as an unconnected idea – RH click in a space

Saving and uploading to j2e

  1. In Coggle – click download 
  2. Download pdf AND download image (RH click – save image)
  3. In j2launch – upload 
  4. Choose files…
  5. Upload both pdf and png files to j2e
  6. Make a new j2e5 page
    1. landscape
    2. mind map as big as possible
    3. save as “river mind map”

Finished…?

Have a go at this blog post

May 182018
 

LF: Explore Google Forms

  1. Go to Google Drive
  2. Click NEW, More then Google forms
  3. Explore as many tools and options as you can, including:
    1. Naming the form
    2. Changing the theme
    3. Trying each question type
    4. Adding sections and titles

LF: Plan your research project

  1. Think about what you would be interested in finding out by doing a survey.  I can get children in Year 6 to complete the surveys.
  2. Think carefully about:
    1. What questions to ask
    2. Which type of question
    3. What data you want – words, sentences, numbers,…
    4. Do you need names?
  3. Design your form

Looking after data – by doing a survey, you have a responsibility to look after people’s information safely.  How do you think you should do this?

LF: Share your form

  • Allow anyone at St Mark’s to view your form
  • Find and copy the share link for your form
  • Fill out this form to share your form information
May 022018
 

Previous post – Mindmaps (2)

Open and add

  1. Go to Google Drive
  2. Open your mind map from last week
  3. Add ideas to your mind map

Share your Coggle

  1. Share your Coggle by entering my email address

More techniques

  1. Create an unconnected idea.
  2. Create links – dashed lines – between ideas
  3. Insert symbols – label most important/interesting facts with !
    1. Create a key idea to show what the symbols mean
  4. Questions and comments
    1. Add a ?  symbol to an idea – then add a comment to that idea – a question about rivers
  5. Add hyperlinks to websites about Rivers

Preparing to print

  1. Fitting to print area
    1. Fit your Coggle on your screen – with not much spare space
    2. It will then be the right shape to print on A4 landscape
  2. Exporting
    1. Save the Coggle as a picture
    2. Email the picture to me
    3. Copy the picture into a j2e5 page

 

Checklist

  1. TEXT  Biggest in middle, then getting smaller
  2. PICTURES  Simple, cartoon/clip art pictures for some branches
  3. STRUCTURE – Title –> Chapters –> Sections –> Info –> Details
  4. SHARE with me
  5. SYMBOLS – for most important info and ?s
  6. FIT to rectangle – fill gaps

 

More information on Rivers

  1. You could get some ideas for main branches and information here:
May 012018
 

Choose one of these projects:

Spiders!

  • Visit this website about British spiders:
  • http://britishspiders.org.uk/wiki2015/index.php?title=Category:Spider_Species
  • For each type of spider:
    • Find its length in cm.  You could use CTRL-F and enter cm to find it quickly on the page
    • On another tab, search for a picture of the spider – use “.png ” in your search to find pictures without a background, eg “huntsman spider .png”
    • Copy and paste the image to your j2e5 page
    • Use the ruler or measuring tool to make the spider the correct size
    • Label the spider

Rivers

  • Start a new j2e5 page
  • Make a new table with 1 column and 10 rows
  • Visit this website to find out the longest rivers in the world and their lengths:  http://www.ducksters.com/geography/worldrivers.php
  • Put the information in your table
  •  Create a graph from your table by selecting it and clicking the graph button
  • Add a picture of the world with the rivers labelled (in shared pictures)
  • Add a title and make the page into an attractive poster – make things as big as possible to fill the page.

Mountains

  • Create another poster about the tallest mountains on each continent
  • Use the information here:  http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/li/List_of_mountains
  • Search for “seven summits map” to find a map of the world with these mountains marked on – add it to your poster
  • Add a title and some pictures