One of my biggest frustrations when teaching adults literacy and numeracy was the total lack of good support material and tools. That's the main reason for starting MazioCreate. I've been scouring the internet trying to locate suitable programs that would support teachers who have adult students in their classroom. Trying to find FREEBIE downloads is not easy. On more than one occasion when the program was advertised as free, as when I went to download the buy now button swung into action. This happened while trying to download an on screen ruler program that I have previously used. You may have more success.
Sticky Notes - If you have an array of postit notes decorating your monitor, now's the time to get it on-screen. Yes those colourful little confetti like reminders on your monitor are great but, (yes there is a BUT moment here) they don't stay where you put them. To get your virtual stickies go to - All Programs / Accessories / Sticky Notes. To assist students attain their ACSF Learning Outcomes why not have them use this tool. Complete a screen dump of the desktop displaying the sticky notes as evidence.
This keyboard can be used with Word, Notepad, Excel, emails,URLs etc. One outstanding feature is the dynamic word list that is displayed as predictive text above the top row of the virtual keyboard. Students need only click on the correct word and it is automatically placed in the document. Other access options available are: hovering - move mouse to key and it will automatically insert letter etc.; scan function - where it highlights row by row then chunks of keys until the operator selects the correct key. Both these functions have a rate setting to progress slower or faster. The video gives a detailed demonstration on how to open and use this feature.
Interaction in the Virtual Dimension (Bless those Klingons)
Captain's Blog - April 18, 2011
I noticed a number of crew members making use of their downtime by using interactive games and activities to sharpen their wits. Some of those newbies need the help of a turbo charged sharpener to match the older crew members. I suggested they try a few activities that would warp speed their progress. For another list of interactive sites log onto www.maziocreate.com.au and register to receive the eNewsletter.
Virtual clock moves 1, 5, 15 minutes or an hour both forward and backwards. ACSF Level 1
This virtual clock does all of the above plus 30 minutes, enter start and end times using a mobile phone device and you can change clock faces. Now that's an impressive FREEBIE. ACSF Level 1 / 2
Virtual Pin Board that displays any shape based on the input for points. Other tools include a ruler in centimetres and a protractor. Students can manipulate both these tools to measure and calculate: perimeters, areas and degrees in angles. ACSF Levels 1, 2 & 3 (Could be used with Level 1 students if demonstrated using Data Projector.)
Alien Weigh In is from the same web site as Pin Board, and a bonus from the UK, it's in kilograms. It requires students to read the analogue scale to record the weight of an alien. They can check their accuracy with a digital display. Basic, but worth a look. ACSF Level 1
Maths Dictionary on the CoolMath4Kids web page. Very extensive list of mathematical terms. ACSF Level 2 & 3
Problem solving using angles and power to knock over a structure. I enjoyed the challenge of this activity, but had me working hard and slowly through the levels, after Level 2. It would be a good activity to have students record the angle/s and power they used to move the wheel and record the number of attempts. This could be applied to demolition work. ACSF Level 1, 2 & 3 but patience is needed.