Sep 28, 2017


I find it easy to disseminate info to all my geography classes via whatsapp and was so happy to find out the desktop version accessible by ( Though many of you would have known by now)

Click on the top right hand corner and select WhatsApp from the pop up menu from your phone.
Log onto on your desktop and scan the code with your phone.
This screen will appear on your desktop.
You can check or logout from your phone.
One of the info which I sent on the WhatsApp.
Good to clarify student's doubt after class as well.

WhatsApp is useful to me not only for communication but also in education.
It is such an essential tool to communication nowadays.

Jul 10, 2017


Another tool recommended by Theresa in the SG Learning Designers Community is plickers perfect if you do not want the students to use their mobile phone but cards to indicate their answers. The students can be issued the cards following their index no. and the teacher download the app onto his/her phone. After the teacher asked the question with the options, the students can tilt their card to show the option they have chosen (A, B, C or D). The teacher can scan the students' choices and show the results.

On the teacher's handphone:

Results can be shown e.g. no. who has gotten the correct answer or just the number for the votes. The following are just screenshots of what I tried out at home.

You can choose to download and print the cards for plicker here.

I would recommend the 60 cards cos many of the classes are now 42 or even 43. Then you can choose to print the correct class size even if it is smaller e.g. 40. 

I tried out Plickers and scanning was fast but strange that I could scan those who are seated behind much faster and I had to scan those seated in the first row a few times to capture their choice. Like it that I don't need to get the students to take out their phones to log in. Their names are already captured based on their index number which is good as I tend to get naughty students putting funny names when using Kahoot(though I can kick them out of the game).  The students do enjoy seeing their answers captured and their names highlighted on the screen.

I asked the students for their feedback and most still prefer Kahoot which they feel grab their attention more. Agree to that as Kahoot is more gamified and the element of competition with a music which one of the students commented that she felt her heart popping out. Definitely more engaging in that way.

I also prefer Kahoot in that I could duplicate the questions for different classes. For plickers I have to type the questions again. I added images to Kahoot but not sure how to do that for plickers. I also like Kahoot in that I can export the results to excel and then analyse each student's performance as well as which questions they are weak in.

Jul 1, 2017


I was introduced to the SG Learning Designers Circle on Facebook by my colleague and I am so impressed by the sharing in the group. One of the members introduced Simple to use presentation software in which one can interact with the audience who can vote or input their answers or comments on their hand phone.
You can ask the question in many format as shown below. You can also set the duration of the question.

Audience can participate by logging into and enter the class code.

You can download the results in PDF from the dashboard.

You can also choose from the templates e.g. icebreakers.

Jun 30, 2017

N3 ICT symposium 2017 Google and Apple

Excited to learn more ICT tools and classroom apps which we can use.

Google online tools
Thanks to Yijie for his wonderful sharing on online assessment tools. 
You can see more of his sharing on his blog -

Had been using Quizlet and was not aware of the live version which allows for collaborative learning.
You can learn more of Quizlet Live here
My earlier post on the use of Quizlet:

Tried out the during the concurrent session:
Through this, the students will learn the rule of the game on their own and collaborate to win the game by matching the correct answer to the question. As they are assigned to a team by the game, they will have to work with classmates whom they might not have work with. It was kind of chaotic when we were told to look for our group assigned. And as we were not sure how it was played, many of us had to start all over again.
Hint: the answer is only available to one member of the group and if it is matched incorrectly, the group has to start all over again. which you can produce interactive video in which questions can be inserted at intervals to assess the viewer's understanding. I just hope that it's as useful as zaption which had been shut down. Was really disappointed when they shut down zaption and those which I had embedded in Google sites could no longer be used. Hope this will stay.

Will be trying another similar tool which I saw online. Rich lesson resources shared on and you can also create your own! Like the fact that you can add in questions to check for understanding (Think) as well as able to post information and links for them to explore further (Dig deeper). It also provide a platform for discussion (Discuss). 

Learned this from another member of the  SG Learning Designer circle -

Wow so much to explore - will compare the 3 above!

This one on animated tsunami is so good - seems good with a library of ready available assessment such as one to label countries in Asia. It can be easily cloned and new questions added. Will feedback more when I try it out with my classes.

A lot more to explore @ which seems to be similar to which I have been using.

Have yet to explore pear deck and quizzi. I had posted on the use of kahoot which I shared in the symposium 2 years ago

Comparison of the tools:

Apple classroom apps

With Apple Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time, or launch a different app for each group of students. Love the control Apple classroom has but need to check out the hardware such as Apple TV and the wifi router etc as well.

I love the control the teacher has over the class as I could launch an app to all students and get them all to work on it e.g. notes.

To ensure that all of them are on task, I can lock the app for the duration which I want the students to work on e.g. notes

Using the connection with Apple TV connected to the projector, the teacher can disconnected and allow selected sudent to share his or her work via airplay. An improvement will be addition of screen code so that only the selected student has access to the projection. I can also lock their iPads and get them to focus on the whiteboard or other tasks not on iPad. The teacher can also mute students iPad if it become too noisy.

However the app only work  with version 10.3 and above. The students will need switch on the wifi and bluetooth on their ipads. With the apple TV connected to projector, the teacher can move around with the ipad and monitor the class with the ipad.

May 19, 2017

Innovative ideas for classroom

Love the ones on QR code. #3 (How QR code is used in Maths homework linking work given to a video which helps the student in the assignment), #39 (QR code to help identify plant or trees) .
I have posted on the use of QR code and I must say the use of it had expanded to getting audience scanning it to to link it to surveys.Click on the link below for my post on the use of QR code

Whether you're in middle school, high school, university, or anything in between, it has never been a better time to be a student. Schools around the globe are…
Innovative ideas for the classroom:

Use of Powerpoints for Quiz and Games

I have created a very simple template with countdown timer (animated gif) for 1 min, 2 min or 3 min. You can duplicate the slide for the time frame you would like each question to run for your quiz.

The following is a very useful sites which provide some powerpoints templates to generate games/qui for lessons -

I like the Big board game  - just replace the topics and the questions. 
The teams get to choose the topics and the questions.
If they get it right the points are recorded at the bottom of the board. 
Download Big Board Facts
Download Big Board Facts with Answers Slide

Louie guess is very much like the pyramid game show. In this game students will describe words or phrases that Louie is thinking about in an effort to get other students to say those words or phrases. But they have to be fast cos there is time limit to read his mind! 
Download Guess Louie

Another good one will be what is behind the box which you can download from the link below!:
Download What's Behind the Box 8
Download What's Behind the Box 16 

1. Teacher or Trainer places unique background images (just insert a picture and right click on the picture and 'send to back' on the pop up menu) behind four to five slides.

To Play:
1.      Divide into Teams.
2.      Each team is asked a question. If they answer correctly, the teacher clicks the Remove box button one time.
3.       This removes one box from the board, if the team can guess what the picture is correctly, they win. If they cannot guess it correctly the game continues.
4.      Once a team has correctly identified the picture, teacher clicks the next slide button in the upper right to go to the next board.

Apr 24, 2017

Google Earth

Just realised that I have not posted this sharing on Google Earth in inquiry-based learning which I shared with my colleagues June and Kelly @ the Humanities network on 7 April 2017 at Fajar Sec. The slides which we used for the sharing.

Making use of what I had learned from Paul Cornish in the Humanities Conference. You can also click on the link below to see how to create kmz files for geographical inquiry:

You can download Google Earth free here:

This is how the screen will look when you open up Google Earth app or plugin.

Perform searches from the search box at the top left side of the program. Let's visit Machu Picchu! 
This was very useful when I get the students to take a virtual trip there and explore the area as a place with rich heritage... some were debating that it is a place with scenic beauty as it is high up in the mountain! This virtual trip get them to relate better to the issues mentioned in the textbook such as erosion of the footpath etc. They learn better through authentic learning.

You can type a place name, zipcode or postcode, a town/city name, an airport or you can even try to type in a latitude-longitude location (in decimal format). Once you press the  Enter key, you'll be "flown" to that destination.  You can take a virtual holiday!
You can also drag the little yellow man icon to the map and you will get to see street view. I do this before I visit a place so that I can navigate the place easily when I am there!

Use the zoom out and zoom in options from the buttons on the right hand side of the screen.
Turn the wheel in the top right corner to spin the item to a better understood angle. 

Click on Exit Street view to go back to the map.

Look for the date the picture was taken from the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

My colleague, June, shared on how she use Google Earth to prepare the students for their GI in Chinatown. Indeed the tool is useful for them to take a virtual visit before the actual field investigation so that they will not be lost. The students can also be shown how to do the landuse survey, marking the main landuse on both sides of the streets.

Use of Google Earth for Physical Geography

I have attached some of the kmz files below which you can explore. There are also many kmz or kml files which you can use with Google Earth online.

2 of the kmz files attached below were created by me - one on map reading which is the coastal area south of UK. The map was from one of the N level papers. 

The other file is the Earth Tectonic plates. I have place marked the features or the plate boundaries you see the actual locations on Google Earth. 

Earthquake around the world kmz - WWeqANSS.kml  attached - Have you wondered where and when did earthquakes of magnitude 8 or 9 occurred? Open up the file and find out!

Open the earthquake focus file attached to see whether there is a relationship between the depth of focus and the plate boundaries.

Use the 4degrees file to investigate the areas where there are higher increase in temperatures.

Open up the Hurricane Katrina file to see the historical images on how the hurricane formed and moved over New Orleans. Scroll through the dates to see all the satellite images from different days of the year. 
Drag the location of the toggle slider switch in the top left corner to a different date and see what the area was like. e.g. you can see what New Orleans was like after Hurricane Katrina, or one of the many famous historical times that date back to 1990! 

Google Earth for Sec 2 presented by my colleague, Kelly.

You can also drag the yellow man button on the left to any of the blue line and you can see the street view.

This is one of the street view of Tokyo. Look at the high rise buildings and more developed infrastructure e.g. flyover, wider roads congested with cars etc.

The second file is on the Favela in Brazil (slum).  

Open the file with Google Earth. You will see the Favela area marked by a yellow line. 
To see the street view, drag the yellow man icon on the right to any point on the blue line.

You will able to virtually walk down the street by clicking on the road. Click on Exit Street View on top right hand corner to go back to the aerial view of the Favela zone in Brazil.

Look at the living conditions of the people in the favela by taking a virtual walk in the area using street view.

Look for the date the picture was taken from the bottom corner of the screen.
Scroll through the dates to see all the satellite images from different days of the year. 
Zoom to a place on the map where the satellite image has a date, click the "View" menu from the menu bar and click the "Historical Imagery" button to enable the feature. 
Drag the location of the toggle slider switch in the top left corner to a different date and see what the area was like. e.g. you can see how the Serangoon River mouth was like before the dam was built in 2010 in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Click on the attached file below 'Forest' and then click on the pie charts in the various countries and find out which countries experience high rate of deforestation.

How much forest cover has Singapore lost?

Amazing effort by a teacher on enhancing the use of Google Earth through coding and design of app - something which I have yet to learn ( I just know how to use html with help of designer code in dreamweaver)
The app online he created: Love how you can analyse the maps side by side e.g. the population density versus the topography  etc