This is way too late but just haven’t had the time to post it before now!


So I completely ‘Magpied’ this great idea from the On an E-Journey with Generation Y Blog by Anne Mirtschin  a teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College, in country western Victoria, Australia. Follow Anne on Twitter as @murcha

I wanted the advent calendar to be interactive and on the internet but Anne’s post didn’t really go that far.

So I dug around the internet and found out that you can now upload PowerPoint onto Microsoft Sky Drive and then create an embed code which will let you ‘play’ the powerpoint as it was meant too! ’How to’ article here.

I think you’ll agree they look great! Especially when you consider Robson and Daniel in my Y3 (7 year olds) class created it independently.

You can also cheat by using Advent templates like this useful article but I think it takes the fun out of the creation.

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  • Anne Mirtschin

    Thanks for ‘magpieing’ the interactive calendar idea. You have now shared what I was always trying to find out – how to keep the animations alive when adding a Powerpoint presentation to an online space. This is great and I love the fact that we can network, learn from and with each other and push the learning further with a networked ‘global brain’. All I have to work out now, is how to get a skydrive account and do the same. My students will love to add the animations to their blog, so I wonder if there is a minimum age requirement for students to have Sky Drive?
    I tried to view your presentation at school but it wouldnt load. However it works fine from home, so something must be blocking it at school. Thanks again and hope we stay connected and share further learning.

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