Student absence reports part 2

In our last blog post we covered accessing student absence reports through the student profiles, which give you a breakdown of when students have been absent for all of their lessons. This way also shows patterns of what class may be missed on a regular basis. This week we are looking at accessing absence reports through the student absences page. This method shows a report for the selected class over a set period of time.

1. From the school home page click on Student Attendance.01

2. Click on Roll marking and then teacher roll mark. 03

3. Click on the class that you want to see the information about.

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5. Choose how many weeks you want to view the data for           . snip_20150925110256

6. You will be presented with two options, one shows a text version of all absences and the other is the graphical version.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this post. If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact your ICT coaches.

Haiku Deck – Guest Blogger Alex N

If you are wanting to have a go at using a different presentation tool why not try Haiku Deck!  It’s the one Colin and I used to present BYOD at the last PD day.  It’s free and it’s really easy to use as well as being web based so you can access it anywhere.  To sign up click here

What I really liked about it is its message of simplicity and that the focus should be on the visuals not on the text.  We all know how boring text laden power point slides are no matter how many fade in’s and fade outs are used!

So, what makes it easy to use?  Themes, so you can be consistent with your message. Templates, that don’t let you put too much text on a slide. And, 1000’s of creative commons images for you to use.

You can download an app from iTunes for your iPad, tablet or smartphone and it’s just as easy to use on these devices as a PC or laptop.  If you really want to you can also convert it to a power point presentation once you have completed it but don’t forget to leave a blank slide as a place-mark to embed any YouTube clips or videos.  And, to look really “tech savvy” you can sync your smart phone or ipad/tablet to the smart board or data projector and use it to control the presentation!

Give it a try for your next presentation to your class, you could maybe convert some of those old power point presentations to give them a different look.

I’m happy to help if you get stuck or Haiku Deck have a help email and they get back to you really quickly.

Being a connected educator -PLN

A connected educator is a connected learner who collaborates online and uses a range of social media tools to build their own personal learning network to interact with other educators.

Watch the following video to learn more about being a connected educator.

This video and article are part of this larger post about taking the challenge and creating your own PLN. You can find the whole article here.


Scootle is an online learning environment with 1000’s of resources as well as a collaborative platform for students to collaborate with their learning. If you have not yet registered with Scootle here are the links which you will need. Also there are some help files attached if you would like more information. If you are not yet a registered user of SCOOTLE you are able to join through accessing this link . If you are already registered and have forgotten your password click on this link to reset your password . I have also attached a link for further information on how to use scootle and some help files if you require and further assistance with SCOOTLE please don’t hesitate to contact through the contact page.

Paperless School idea #1- Collaborative Documents

Once every few weeks I will post a number of ideas which can help to reduce the amount of paper we need to print out. This weeks idea is collaborative documents and file sharing.

Meeting Words – Quick and Easy to use no need to sign up, this site allows you and your team or class to all be working on a document at the same time. Each person is a different colour. Documents can be printed, and saved.

Self Destructible Notes – Type text (post note) and get a link for it, can be password protected, send the link (email, twitter) to the recipient. As soon as the recipient reads it, the note will be destructed. You can attach a file to your note. It will be automatically deleted after the first downloading

Google Drive:  Getting a Google account is a great step towards using a range of collaborative tools which give you access to the many Google apps. Google Drive allows you to upload your files, edit anytime from anywhere, choose who can access your documents share and collaborate online.

Week 1 Class ideas – Word Clouds

This week I thought we would start with an easy one to integrate into your teaching and learning, the “word cloud”. Word clouds are a useful tool for many tasks and are already widely used across the school. There are a number of sites and a number of ways to use them. My favourite one to use is Tagxedo which allows students to add words, websites or large amounts of text then customize the shape by either using the pre-set pictures and words or adding their own pictures.  Other sites which I have used and are used widely across the school include Wordle, and Tagul. The downside to Tagul is that students need to become members of the site to start using it, which just adds one more step when trying to set up quickly in a computer room or when using laptops. Please take the time to leave a comment on how you use word clouds in your teaching and learning as well any other sites which you use. The following articles are also a good guide to more word cloud generators and how to use them in the classroom.