Some new Minecraft seeds

Well it has been a while but here are some tested Minecraft seeds have fun:

3292052 – Villages with great landscapes around including river, jungle, mountain and plains

1405119578 – Jungle and Desert environments

1418072576 – Village island

1894558086 – lots of Caves

-509333905 – Loads of iron , village and diamonds

1074879716 – There is a couple of villages and great landscape

1407434958: also has a Village Island

1408106526: Epic Mountain Villages & A Floating Island

1388582293: lots of villages altogether

infinity: Dig deep to find iron, redstone, and precious gems.

AcE: Lots of water a a village in the centre

sylph: huge mine

1405119578: Jungle, melons, cocoa beans and a Mesa Biome

my son and I tested these out and they all worked on the iPad. The beauty of using a seed is to ensure that you have the materials, landscape, resources that you want to build with and on rather than having to hope or regenerate your environment.

Using Minecraft in the classroom is a huge hook into our content to test, explain and create content in different ways. If you need inspiration check out our iTunes U course on using Minecraft in the secondary classroom by myself and amazing teachers from RSC. You can download it with an iPhone or iPad from iTunes U – The course explores different ways or using world creation tools in the classroom across the curriculum.

Twine – fun, interactive, nonlinear story telling

Twinery Twine is a program that lets you generate interactive stories. It is a great fun tool, there is no programming involved and your finished story are webpages. Twine was created by Chris Klimas. You can download it here or you can use it online.

Getting started:

Once you sign up click on the green +Story tile

Give your story a title and click add – your story board has been created 🙂

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Hover over the box and a tool bar will appear

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Click on the pencil to edit and start writing your story. Link to other passages by putting the title of the pages you wish to link to in brackets like this – [[This clickable link goes to a different page / passage]]. The page and a link to your first passage will be created. This is how you give the options for your choose your own adventure story. Each new page/passage created using the double brackets – [[ ]] is a new option in your story. Likewise you can use the [[ ]] to create a loop in your story so readers choose a different option if you wanted or to go back to the beginning of the story.

You can also write a new page like [[The river| The river]] and then the word appears on the first passage and you have also created a new page/passage to link to.

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Click on the rocket ship on the passage that is the start of your story.

To add images to your story use this code

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NB you don’t have to include a width and height for the images it can be quicker to load if you add them however.

ok that is it for now I need to learn more before i blog further on this great tool – on my agenda is to learn about how to change the colour of text and add background images.

Great tips can be found on the gameintrospection blog

For step by step help the you tube tutorials from the VegetarianZombie are excellent. Starting with his intro video He walks you through a step by step guide to using both the basics and then following on from that using conditions, if statements and more to enhance your choose your own adventure stories and games.

Word Cloud with a difference-how to use Tagxedo

Tagxedo creates word clouds with a difference.

Word clouds can be created by all learners teachers and students for many purposes. I prefer tagxedo as it allows for the clouds to be in the shape and colour i want them to be rather than just random like wordle!

Check out Michael Gorman’s extensive list of 108 ways to use word clouds in the classroom here

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or if you prefer the PDF version:

Word Cloud with a difference-how to use tagxedo

Kahoot is a real HOOT ….. a how to guide

My students and I love Kahoot. It is such an engaging and fun tool I use it with all aged learners who have a device either 1:1 or 1:small groups to create engaging and fun quizzes and surveys. My students love the quiz mode way more than the survey mode. The competition and ‘game show like’ sense of adventure that the quiz creates has all my students engaged and hurrying to class. Kahoot is the first thing i do in class once i have marked the roll. If a student has music and arrives late the first thing they say to me is did i miss the the Kahoot! What better reference is there for an engaging tool!

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Or here is the link to the PDF version of this how to guide:

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Create QR codes easily …… a how to guide and ideas for classroom use

Create and use QR codes on the bottom of task information, as a scavenger hunt laminated, around displays for more information on how it was created or to a video showing the students working or talking about their creations, around your room to prompt inquiry, As extension tasks or to support students differentiation different colours for different activities. Anywhere around the school, your classroom, for teaching and learning tasks to make learning more interesting.


Here is the link to the PDF

Using Popplet in the classroom …… How to use Popplet

In the last 24 hours i have made several help guides in preparation for the HTAV conference in October. I thought i would share them here too 🙂

I love Popplet it is such a cool tool available on the web and on ios. All learners can use Popplet both teacher and students to create and show visual thinking. To create: mind mapping, make timeline visual and interesting, for story telling, character analysis, summarizing or organizing information, detailing and showing the processes: the creation process, the design process or the idea process, For How to guides, Explaining the steps involved in something, for revision material, as an intro to a topic, a real or virtual scavenger hunt, visual learner cues, for planning or storyboarding ideas before beginning a project, research work, assignment passion project or challenge based learning proposal. To show different processes, topics, unit outlines and information. So much potential here with this one tool.

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Here is a link to the PDF version i created 🙂
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Using Skitch in the classroom …how to use Skitch

In the last 24 hours i have made several help guides in preparation for the HTAV conference in October. I thought i would share them here too 🙂

I love Skitch because it allows me to annotate any image or pdf on both my iPad and laptop. It could be used to give students feedback, to add directions, label diagrams, sketches and other visuals, provide written cues to visuals, give task information or directions, give prompts to clues, as a reflection tool for the learner to annotate thought processes and thinking, areas of difficulty and ease, feelings, ideas, future explorations etc, brainstorming, as a pre-test or post-test, where I am at now and how I feel I am going, as a colourful whiteboard, also you could use skitch to create a how to guides!

How to use Skitch


or view the PDF of the how to guide here:

How to use Skitch

iTunesU and iBook Author content creation

My Students love iTunes U it allows me to organize the course and the semester in a clear easy to follow manner. I use posts to clearly communicate with my students what they will be doing and attach the materials that will be needed for the subtopic being addressed. I use iBook Author to create interactive books for my students to use to engage them in the content. Some of the books i create are just revision books full of interactive multi-touch components like in my first History course i created. Alternatively I create iBook Author books with content, information and images to bring History and Geography to life for my year 7 students and include interactive multi-touch components to take full advantage of the iPads and actively engage the students.

Tips for iTunes U courses-

Use outline to plan and organize your course. Ensure that is logically organized the way you want to teach it so students are not jumping around the course from section to section. I find that creating and building a course before i teach it helps me works the best as you can change the outline but you can’t move your posts around which means a lot of copy and paste and frustration. Best practice is to work on getting the outline to a stage where you are happy with it before building your course. Subscribe to some public courses before you start to build and create your own so you work out what works best for you ( a few subtopics in the outline and lots of posts or Many subtopics and areas and then a few posts or one post in each) There is no right or wrong way just what works for you.

Share materials between your courses where you can rather than uploading the same materials. If you add the same feed to more than one course, Course Manager creates duplicate materials in the My Materials Library and counts the duplicate materials towards your 20 GB available storage space.

Uploading your files be aware that the maximum file size is 2 GB however remember that your students need to download the materials to use so think about reducing the size to manageable downloadable sizes. If you have created an iBook Author ebook and it is huge consider splitting it into two books pt1 and pt2. If it is video footage think about putting in the link to the uploaded video on Youtube or Vimeo rather than uploading the video footage.

When displaying video material in the My Materials Library or a course Materials pane, Course Manager creates a thumbnail image for the video from the image displayed 11 seconds into the video file.

Save materials as PDF’s and upload the PDF’s into iTunes U as students can then annotate the PDF’s in a variety of apps.

Once you upload a material into iTunes U materials you can edit it to change the name of the resources, give it an author, change copyright information etc. It is good to change the name of materials to make them make sense for the students. For example a screen shot of a website will have the file name screenshot! Not that helpful for the user but by going into edit you can change the title to login details for …. etc to give the image meaning for the user.

When you insert an iBook or a video you can direct students to a particular part of the video or a chapter within the book. In the context of a video it is great as you can direct students the relevant parts rather than view the whole video.

Here is what some of my students think about iTunesU courses:


Tips for iBook Author-

Planning is essential when creating an ebook with iBook Author. Changing the order of sections within chapters is difficult so planning out the broad outline for chapters and the topics within them is essential before you begin to create your book.

Always make a Landscape iBook so no matter which way you hold the iPad it can be read easily.

Where it fits add interactive elements to your book this is what engages the reader and involves them. Interactive elements bring the iBook to life and take full advantage of the iPad’s features.

Source your own photos ask friends, colleagues etc explaining that you will credit them as the photographer it works really well and then you avoid hassles with copyright.

iBook Author has interactive aspects within its included widgets however you can create different interactive aspects to add to your ibook using Bookry and BookWidgets. I have used Bookry and found it easy to use with great support and help videos when you get stuck. It is free to use and works very well with iBook Author. I have only discovered bookwidgets recently and am yet to have time to play. I do notice that only the trial is free!

Review your iBook on an iPad or on your laptop to ensure it is set out the way you want and flows logically.

Here are a few of my students talking about the ebooks i made using iBook Author:

For more tips on iTunes U and iBook Author check out my slideShare presentations in this post about presenting at the HTAV annual conference.

If you would like to check out my courses or those created by my colleagues follow the link below.

Ringwood Secondary College courses –

Here is my Geography course –

Water Scavenger hunt

Using coloured QR codes create with My students will Solve the clue and find the QR code then follow the instructions on the QR code find and snap the water treasure. Students will then read the next clue then hunt for the QR code and so on..

Here are my clues for around the school:

Clues to find QR codes for instructions to hunt and snap treasure

1. Dewy has this covered
2. Captain of the ship RSC
3. Time warp into the past
4. Lights, Camera, Action
5. Fix it Felix Jr! or is it Wreck it Ralph!
6. Piping hot or freezing cold this is spot for what’s what
7. Data in all sizes, shapes and manifestations
8. Bounce, bounce lots of net
9. Bang, bang, clang, clang
10. Lost and need to be found, problem needs solving we are the first port of call
11. Spaces a plenty before 8 am after 9 no more til after 4pm
12. Flying high respect I show
13. Muscle and sweat to and fro lifting running beat…beat…beat…
14. Prepare and rest a breather
15. Siberia they call it where winds and young ones rush by
16. Fighting virus’s is what I do solving your issues I am there to help you

Here is a copy of my QR hunt:
QR codes for water treasure snap and hunt

I had my QR codes laminated so i can reuse them next year 🙂

The QR codes ask the students to find the following treasure:

Take an image that shows waters interaction with: Fauna, Flora, The Built Environment, The Natural Environment and The Water Cycle in action. Examples of: water conservations, sources of water, uses of water, water issues or misuse (without misusing water), the different forms of water. How much water do the the tanks at school hold? How is tank water used at school and how many tanks does the school have? Finally there ares some quotes about water from various sources the students are asked to choose a few and snap an image that would be an appropriate background for the quote.