Thursday, February 22, 2018

Please Welcome, Karen Greaves, Technology Specialist

About Karen

   I've worked in training & education in UK for over 17 years. When I first started out in teaching, there were not many affordable, good quality resources for sale, and most of them were paper-based.  


   I’m a bit of a technology geek. So, I ended up making my own and found that I got a real buzz out of making them. I decided if I ever got the chance, I would set up my own little business to provide fun and engaging resources at reasonable prices. I know how tight time is as a teacher and, it’s so stressful!

   My main background is teaching IT. I have several years’ experience as an ILT Champion. I have also been a key lead in Key Skills and Functional Skills as well as a personal tutor, internal verifier and NVQ assessor.

   I still enjoy learning new skills and mastering new software.  Helping other people is a hobby that I am absolutely euphoric about!

Embedding Technology in the Classroom

   Embedding Technology in your classrooms, using individual computers, an interactive whiteboard, iPads or mobile phones can be very beneficial to student learning.

   There are some great online assessment tools out there. OK, they take a little bit of effort on your part, but they can be extremely effective. Here are just a couple of examples for you to take a look at. I have used both of these, and they have worked very well in classes.

Triptico Plus

What is Triptico?

‘Triptico is a collection of interactive resources which enable imaginative educators to create engaging learning in their classroom or workplace. Creating, saving, adapting and sharing interactive learning content is easy with Triptico.’

   An individual yearly subscription costs UK £20, USA $27.00, EURO €21, AUD $30.00.


What is Quizlet?

   Quizlet is a free website for teachers and students where they can create digital flashcards. Quizlet can automatically generate interactive games and other assessment methods from the original flash card content.  Quizlet changes one document into 7 different assessment methods!

   Activities can be accessed from anywhere on computers, smartphones, tablets. You can even get a printed version. Content can also be embedded into a VLE, thereby giving the learner autonomy on their preferred method of assessment.

   Get a teacher account with even more tools. Visit the Website: for more information.

Technology in Use

   Triptico is great for collaborating with other tutors teaching similar subjects as you can share and use what you make with your peers.  It provides you with the tools to make professional looking content quickly!

   I've used this technology mostly on an interactive whiteboard so that I can get my students out of their seats and up participating.  They love clicking on the whiteboard or being in charge of controlling it.  This tool also helps to generate competition, so it's great for work in pairs or, small groups etc.

   There are just so many tools to choose from – check out the website for full details.


   Quizlet is great for differentiation – all 7 methods of assessments offer a unique experience.  Again, individual, pair, small group and whole groups can be accommodated. 

   The matching game has a timer and encourages healthy competition between groups. Although, the games can be manic sometimes as students want to better their own score and those of their peers.

   Being able to embed into a VLE is great, as this allows individual students to interact in or outside of class.

   The teacher subscription also allows you to create a classroom environment, so that activities can happen simultaneously within the classroom. It also gives you the opportunity to view the analytics.

     Interactive Digital Products from Resources & Courses

   Looking for something that doesn't involve cost, time or energy? Maybe you just want something different? Then, look no further. 

   Visit my store today, and take a look at all the DIGITAL INTERACTIVE products available.  There is plenty to choose from. There is a variety of activities, starters, games, puzzles, lessons & quizzes, all at extremely reasonable prices.  All digital products come in the following formats, swf.pdf and/or html.

   Here are a few of examples of how these interactive products can be used in the classroom with your students.

   Word Search – great for introducing technical vocabulary on a particular subject.  Two formats for the interactive game offers a time constraint-free option and a timed option which can encourage healthy competition among individuals, pairs and small groups.  Alternatively, the word search can be used with whole groups through an interactive whiteboard; this encourages individual participation and gets students out of their chairs. A paper-based version is also included. Try an extension activity  and look words up using online dictionaries or try paper-based version. Present findings/examples (pair work).

   Crossword – great as a consolidation exercise on the technical vocabulary from the word search. This crossword follows the same format as above. These two digital products are supplied in html format. However, my findings indicate these did not work well in Safari or Microsoft Edge when tested). There are paper-based versions that are also included).

             Graded Quizzes & Spot the Difference Puzzle

   Take a look at the video preview to see the content contained in this set of Olympic Games resources, which covers a Word Search, Spot the Difference & a Quiz. It's a chance to see the resources in action.  The quizzes are great for individual assessments. The Spot the Difference Puzzle helps students with proofreading skills.

                                        Matching Games
   What about a bit of fun on a miserable day, or as a treat for all the hard work completed? This is a great activity which can be played individually, in pairs or small groups. It's usually a timed game of approximately 2–3 minutes.  There are choices of matching images, images to text can be used if preferred, or text to text (e.g. to unscramble words). The example (below) shows text to text using maths multiplication. The answer has to be matched correctly. An extension activity or exciting challenge for students might be Catch the Numbers game. Students have to catch the answers in a basket using a computer keyboard, space bar, left and right arrow keys. Great fun!

     If you have an idea for a resource, or see something that you like, but would like a variation of that resource, please contact me. I am happy to do this for you. I can be contacted at



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Saturday, February 3, 2018

15 Great Teaching Ideas for February

1. Learn about  Rosa Parks on Refusing to Give Up Her Seat and Changing the World. Listen to her speech and interview.

2. Constitution Day Mexico: National Holiday:  

Try this Web Quest about Mexico.

3. Waitangi Day. New Zealand's National Holiday. Learn about New Zealand's National Holiday.

4. The Saami People's Day, Norway. Fishing Regulations and the Saami People. Learn about ideas of  Climate Justice in Sápmi: Áslat Holmberg.

5. Winter Olympics Events. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games. Watch live streaming and best Olympic videos.

6. National Pizza Day. Take a quiz! Hands Off That Pizza! Quiz,

Thats Amore, and The Pizza Quiz.

7. Washington and Lincoln's Birthday. Create some Presidents Day Crafts.

8. Royal Hobart Regatta Australia (Tasmania) State Holiday. Read about Tasmania. What events would you like to join in?

9. World Radio Day. Watch: AT&T Operators Recall War of the Worlds Broadcast. Listen to: War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.

10. Valentines Day. Have your student create free Printable Cards: Valentines Day for Kids.

11. Susan B Anthony. Read a Biography of Susan B. Anthony. Have your students create a time line or poster of her accomplishments.

12. Chinese New Year. Read about China Family Adventures.

13. Random Acts of Kindness Day. Download Random Acts of Kindness for Educators Resources. Choose the best ideas for your classes.

14. National Love Your Pet Day. Watch Love Your Pet Day. Have your class research, write, and draw about their pets or favorite animals.

15. National Chili Day. Try some great chili recipes and have a teacher-parent cook-off! Great day for instructing students in measurement and fractions.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Free Happy New Year Word Search and Key

FREE Auld Lang Syne, extravaganza, festive, and Gregorian calendar are some of the words you can find in this word search. Happy New Year!

Please provide feedback. Thank you!

Use grade level academic and domain-specific words and phrases, signal actions, emotions, or states of being that are basic to a topic.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

20 Holiday Classroom Break Ideas for Teachers

Looking for some classroom break ideas before-you-go for the holidays and/or just-back-in from the New Year?

1. New England Town Brings Rockwell's Christmas to Life
The town of Stockbridge creates a New England town setting- just like a Norman Rockwell painting of an American Christmas.

2. Christmas in Sweden

A very charming film which includes children flying from here over to Sweden, the Swedish language and magical scenes.

3. 10 Signs That You Are Highly Intelligent
They are signs, and we are all sure to have some!

4. Aussie Jingle Bells
  An Aussie Jingle Bells with lyrics & Australian bush animation.

5. The Ronettes Sleigh Ride Song
  Sing along to this familiar tune with the lyrics.

6. Mele Kalikimaka
    It is nice to think warm thoughts with this Hawaiian Christmas song.

7. Kana Kaloka
   Here comes Santa Claus, and there is sand here.

Feliz Navidad
   Jose Feliciano's famous song... got to listen to this one.

9. Christmas In Spain 
A very nice film about how Christmas is celebrated with family and traditions.

10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas Clip: I Hate
How the young Grinch begins to not like his classmates.

11. 500,000 Christmas Lights
Every year, a man in Bucken, Germany decorates his home for Christmas and with fabulous results.

12. Top 3 Christmas light Displays Across America
Light decorations pop from all around the United States.

13. Trista Lights 2016 Christmas Light Show
Featured light shows.

14. Carols of the Bells
Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs classics with an upbeat twist.

15. Best Neighborhood Synchronized Christmas Lights

16. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 哈爾濱國際冰雪節
Wonderful ice structures, slides and sculptures and more in this yearly festival.

17. Our Global Kitchen: Celebrations - Chinese New Year
Why certain foods are selected and eaten during the Chinese New Year.

A tale for young students about Chinese New Year.
Find out how astronauts celebrate New Year's Eve.

20. Dubai New Years Eve Fireworks
Beautiful fireworks ripple across multiple buildings in Dubai.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thanksgiving To Do List for Teachers


   What to do about Thanksgiving learning? I have been searching the web, and there is so much learning material on the Pilgrims and the life of William Bradford, which is mostly all interesting and inspiring. But what about Squanto, and the culture of the Native Americans?

   This way of life is also important to understand. The Native Americans might have a different philosophy than Europeans on what is, or was important in life. Many of their old customs involved concern about land management, and conservation. For example, the Southeastern woodland people used concepts such as burning the fields, intercropping and multiple cropping to keep the soil rich. They planted nut and fruit trees in the same field, which helped aid the fertility of the soil. They were not hunter gatherers, but farmers who lived in settlements. They also believed that the land belonged to everyone in the village, and the gardens were communal. A Native American belief was and is, to respect all people. All of this was a far cry from what I had learned in school.

  The first explorers happen to carry small pox and other diseases. It has been said that over 90% of the Native Americans had died of European diseases by the time the Pilgrims had arrived. My husband, whose grandmother was an Apache, said that if the Native Americans had resistance to the diseases, the Pilgrims and others would of had a terrible time establishing themselves here.

   Thanksgiving might be a good time to study cultures that have been misunderstood for generations. Here are some of my favorite short films and books.

1. A narrative film about the life of William Bradford.

2. The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods.

3. Who was Squanto?

4. The Ten Commandments of the Native Americans.

5. The Pilgrims: Story Time with Mr. Bean.

6. A Quote of William Bradford.


1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, by Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac.

Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving,  by Joseph Bruchac

The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving, by Ann McGovern  

The Island of the Blue Dolphin, by Scott O'Dell

Great Speeches by Native Americans, by Bob Blaisdell

The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce: A Pilgrim Boy, Plymouth, 1620, by Ann Rinaldi


Native American Netroots. (2017). Diary 1277. Retrieved from

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

19 Halloween Learning Ideas for Teachers

   Halloween and harvest are exciting events. From spooky houses to trick or treating, and corn mazes, it's a great time for families. But, it's also a fun time to learn, teach, and create. I've compiled a list of interesting ideas for teachers that will save you some time. I hope that you will use some of these ideas in your classroom this year!

Learning Ideas for Halloween

1. Make your own Jack O' Lantern, Halloween Letters, spelling cards, mosaics, puzzles for primary grades.

2. Halloween card creator, Happy Halloween with Arthur, Going Batty (need a web cam) and Cyber Chase  Disguise Combos.

3. Smarty Math Games with basic math facts practice.

4. Transylmania 2, Halloween Word Dig,Creepy Cooking and other elementary school games.

5. Halloween Mountain includes games with Halloween Hangman, Graveyard Golf, Skeleton Cannon and other games for elementary.

6. Printable worksheets and other games for Halloween for ESL.

7. Halloween and other memory games for primary aged students.

8. Halloween party games for elementary to middle school such as Pop goes the Pumkin, Pumkin Pinada, decorations such as Plaster Bones, spiders and more.

9. Halloween word search puzzles, such as Dracula's Word Search,  Scary Words Word Search, Creepy Crossword Puzzle and other puzzles.

10. 11 Classic Halloween Movies for Kids

11. 134 Halloween games with great animation.

12. Halloween Division Grade 4

13. Halloween Games, Catch the Candy, Natural selection 2 and other Haloween type games.

14. Teaching Ideas from Pinterest

15. 9 pages of Halloween ideas for ESL kids.

16. Halloween Stories by Chuck Larkin

17. Halloween Safety Coloring Book

18. Halloween Word Scramble

19. Halloween ideas from snacks to books to circle time songs.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Web Quest Learning

   I have always loved webquests. They are likened to treasure hunts used as a learning tool. 

The webquest helps learners to focus on a certain theme by involving them in a kind of adventure. Then, your students find information on a topic. Sometimes in the process, students portray certain characters, create products, join an expedition, or work as a group to create a presentation or solve a problem. So, a student might be able to use his or her own creativity in the learning action.

   Unfortunately, the freebie webquest is mostly an item of the past. There are many subscription type services where you can buy them now. But you, as a teacher, could make them yourself. Webquests can be time consuming to make. But, they can motivate and magnify your students' enjoyment of learning. This is cause enough to create them.

   There are many imaginative ways to present your concept ideas. Plus, you might decide to sell webquests on a subscription service, or from your own webpage. Here are some examples of web quests that I found on the Internet. Check them out.

Anasazi Web Quest
This web quest helps students learn about the Anasazi by traveling back in time.

California Indians
How did the natives survive? Students become representatives of a tribe and participate in an Indian ceremony.

Destroyers or Decomposers?
Do animals, such as vultures, only spread diseases, and contaminate crops? Learners find out about what certain and sometimes unwanted animals do for our environment.

Life on Plymouth Plantation
This web quest is about Plymouth Rock in 1620. Learners discover what life was like in the colonial period by participating in activities.

Oregon Trail
Explore the Oregon Trail as a scout. Then, tell the wagon train people what to look for in their journey.

Patriots in Petticoats
Learn about women who helped our nation become free and independent of Great Britain.

Pizza Family Reunion
Your mission to is make enough pizzas for a family reunion. Can you do it?

Who Wants to be a Millionare?
Discover how to earn, save and invest money to earn 1 million dollars in your lifetime.

Wonders of an Eclipse
Learners become president of science club while raising awareness about solar,  lunar eclipses and phases of the moon.