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Biology project: Help students get in touch with nature

June 11th, 2014

pink wild roses, spring

If your students live in a city they probably have difficulties recognizing and naming different species of plants and animals because they spend a lot of time indoors. If we want our young learners to appreciate and value nature, we should introduce them to it. That’s why we suggest the following project:

The project

You can do this next semester or the entire next year, to get students to learn more about nature. Ask students to create a report for 1 plant or animal that lives in their area each week or present a full list by the end of the semester. The full list should include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fungi and plants (both trees and non-trees)

Tell students that each report or page should consist of the following:

  • name of the plant/ animal
  • image – personal photos or images from Flickr (Creative Commons-only and the attribution)
  • short description written in student’s own words (4-5 characteristics of the selected species)

Each week or at the end of the semester ask students to make presentations in front of the class, so everybody else in the classroom can learn from them.

Tip:

To make it more fun and interesting, you can have students create their projects as flipbooks. (Click here to see a flipbook example)  Sign up at FlipSnack Edu, create a class and add students. They will love how easy it is to add text and images in their projects and they will enjoy making their presentations look so chic and stylish!

FlipSnack Edu for impressive student portfolios

May 27th, 2014

Portfolios are an awesome idea because building them can be a great learning experience for students. It will help them acquire evaluation skills and monitor their personal growth.

Student portfolios should support texts, photos, charts, audio, video and other elements. They should also look nice and be easy to read.

That’s why we recommend FlipSnack Edu. It’s has all the features we have mentioned and more. Students can create awesome portfolios starting from a PDF or from nothing. They can create pages and fill them with their texts, images, illustrations, audio and video.

When finished, the portfolio will look like a nice flipbook, like this one below. In addition, the teacher will be able to see all the portfolios from his classroom on the class profile.

How to create a flipbook from scratch with FlipSnack Edu

May 22nd, 2014

The new FlipSnack Edu editor is packed with awesome features, and if you’re not using it yet, your class is missing out on a great experience.

Don’t take our word for granted, test it yourself! Here’s what new options are waiting for you:

  • add and delete pages
  • add and resize images
  • use illustrations and cliparts from our database
  • add texts – many fonts and sizes available
  • add links
  • record or upload mp3s
  • add YouTube or Vimeo videos

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to create a project with FlipSnack Edu, be it from a PDF or from scratch.

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Teacher appreciation week at FlipSnack Edu

May 6th, 2014

Teacher appreciation

Happy Teacher’s Day to all teachers!
We know how important you are for society and we want to assure you of our appreciation and gratitude for all the hard work that you’re doing.

We decided to celebrate you for 2 weeks, with a special 25% OFF discount waiting for you at flipsnackedu.com and also a chance to win a 1 year premium subscription to FlipSnack Edu. All you have to do to enter the giveaway and receive the discount is to register with your email address.

Please go to flipsnackedu.com and redeem your discount coupon. After that, you can start adding students to your online classroom and create beautiful engaging projects and learning materials. The new FlipSnack Edu editor lets you and your students create projects page by page and add texts, images, illustrations, audio and videos into them.

It’s so much fun! And the discount offer makes it even better!

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Major FlipSnack Edu update

April 2nd, 2014

Hello teachers and students! We have some great news about FlipSnack Edu: we’ve just released a new and improved version, that expands the product use greatly.

Now you can create flipbook projects page by page right within the app: add pages, add texts and images, illustrations, videos and more. It makes the flipbook creation a lot easier. Of course, the old option of uploading PDF and JPG files is still available. You can also mix these options: upload files, then add pages and other items to them.

Access the page creator, by going to “start from scratch” (when creating new project) or “Edit content” (to add pages to existing project/ PDF).

To add content to pages, drag and drop items from above. You can resize them, change fonts, colors and more. To create a page, click the “+” button on the right. To remove it, select it and click “-”.

Fun projects for students

There’s also a new rubric grading system. Rubrics are a great scoring guide for assessing student performances and they improve teaching, contributing to sound, transparent assessment. We strongly recommend using them and creating your own. To create a grading rubric, go to Manage class –> Evaluation –> Create rubric.

These were the most important changes, but you’ll see more if you visit flipsnackedu.com

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The Solar System lesson for flipped classrooms

March 17th, 2014

Flipped classrooms have many advantages. Lectures are available at online all the time and students who are missing classes due to illness, sports or emergencies, have access to their lessons and can catch up quickly. In addition, students get to develop their digital skills, which is so important in our computer-based society.

If you are a geography teacher, you should teach about the solar system using FlipSnack Edu. It’s very easy!

Teach the Solar System lesson with FlipSnack Edu

  1. Sign up and set up a classroom
  2. Add your students. If they are young and don’t have email addressed yet, you can give them usernames.
  3. Upload the solar system lesson and share it with your students.
  4. Ask your students to reply with flipbooks about one of the planets and present it in front of the class.

Activities

In class you can discuss the lesson and do fun activities, individually or in groups:

  • Get some world maps (with scales). Ask the students to estimate how much space would be needed to position the planets properly at the scale used in the map. How far would Earth be from our Sun? Other planets?
  • Have the students create a scale model of the Solar System using fruits or cardboard “planets”.

FlipSnack Edu makes learning fun. Students will learn while creating their flipbooks and will have easy access to the learning materials you’ve shared.

Solar System lesson

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FlipSnack Edu contest for teachers

March 14th, 2014

FlipSnack Edu contest

We’re organizing a contest for all teachers interested in learning and connecting. Here’s everything you need to know about the contest:

Prizes:

1. First prize: a registration* (worth $645) at the 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium – April 9-11, 2014 · Sheraton Dallas Hotel – Dallas, TX

The full conference fee includes access to keynote and plenary addresses, all presentations, all workshops, welcome reception, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, poster sessions, vendor showcase and exhibits. Lunches and dinners are on your own. Tickets for the Awards luncheon are available for purchase during the registration process only. All onsite attendees will have on-demand access to recorded sessions from the conference for one (1) year post-conference.

2. Second prize: 25% OFF registration fee to the Online Learning International Symposium

How to enter the contest:

  • Write a FlipSnack Edu review, including your perspective on how FlipSnack Edu can be used for learning, and publish it on your blog/ website

  • Send the link to jani.rad@snacktools.com and explain why you want to attend the conference

  • Post the link on the FlipSnack Edu Facebook page

  • Tweet an invite to the conference using @flipsnackedu and #et4online:
    Join the @FlipSnackEdu contest to win a free participation ticket to #et4online

Contest duration: 04.03.2014 – 30.03.2014

Winner selection

All valid submissions will be judged by the FlipSnack Edu committee. The winner will be selected based on the quality of the blog post. We’re looking for originality, creativity and appropriateness to contest theme. The winner will be announced on March 31, on Facebook, Twitter and via email.

Incomplete or inaccurate entries and those not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification.

Rules and regulationsView all

*The registration fee does not include accommodation or travel expenses.

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Use FlipSnack Edu for book reviews

January 31st, 2014

We stole this idea from lindaslinks who used FlipSnack in her class, but we’ve adapted because you can do more with FlipSnack Edu.

FlipSnack Edu is the best tool you can use in your class for book reviews. It is a place where teachers set up online classrooms, add students and give them assignments. Students can log into their online classrooms with an email address or username registered by their teacher and publish their work on the class profile.

So start by finding the right book for your students. If you don’t already have it on your computer, check the Project Gutenberg – it offers over 42,000 free ebooks and you might find it or something similar there. If your students are young, you can ask them to retell a story in their own words.

Upload the book as PDF to FlipSnack Edu, write a title and instructions in the description field. Next, share it with your class as an assignment and wait for replies from students.

You students will now be able to log into their accounts to view the assignment, read it and reply with their reviews/ stories. They should convert their documents into PDF files before they upload them to FlipSnack Edu.

Classroom rules. Lesson plan.

December 10th, 2013

Students will do the following:
1.       Examine different conflicts or hurtful behaviors
2.       Develop strategies for dealing with such situations
3.       Create a brochure with class rules for making the classroom an environment in which students treat each other well.

Materials:
•        Paper and pencils
•        Computer with Internet access

Activity

  1. Ask students to write on a piece of paper 1 hurtful incident that has happened to them, but without using any names or other specific details that would make the person recognizable.
    E.g.: I was very hurt when I wasn’t invited to a party.
    Collect the papers and divide them into the following categories: Read the rest of this entry »

Creative writing with FlipSnack Edu

October 24th, 2013

This easy & fun creative exercise is great for language and writing practice. All you need is some images and a computer with internet access. You can start from our templates.

You can let the children choose the images themselves, or you can assign photos randomly.

1. Ask students to write 10 words that describe the image (what is happening, where is it, who is in the picture, how it makes them feel)
2. Next, have them write a short story in which they use those 10 words. The story must have a title and it should be between 10 and 30 sentences – depending on the age and the proficiency of students. Read the rest of this entry »