The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers
Sep22

The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers

Here’s a shortlist of 5 essential web-based tools that every teacher should have in their edtech arsenal. There are many more I’m sure but for this list I’m sticking to tools you can access via a web browser, rather than apps. There’s another blog post brewing for essential iPad apps for teachers, but that’s something for another day. The tools in the list below can all be accessed by a simple classroom...

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WordWall – Free Personal Licence (Be Quick)
Jul13

WordWall – Free Personal Licence (Be Quick)

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on any brand of interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. I wrote about Word Wall back in March if you want to know more. Anyway, the folks at Word Wall have given me an invite code which gets the first 30 people to use it a one year free personal licence. Click here to sign up. There’s only 30...

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Explain Everything Screencasting App Now Available for Windows 8.1
Jul14

Explain Everything Screencasting App Now Available for Windows 8.1

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. I’ve written about using the iPad version for digital storytelling in the past, and now it’s available as a Windows 8.1 app. Explain Everything allows you to create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a...

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10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations
Feb26

10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations

In many schools, Microsoft PowerPoint is still the go-to software when creating presentations. But it does have its limitations, and there’s also the problem of “death by PowerPoint”. Sometimes it’s good to try alternative tools that allow for a slightly different approach. PowerPoint Alternatives There are lots of online alternatives which let you create great looking presentations on any device. Storing them...

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WordWall Activity Maker – free download until Xmas
Nov28

WordWall Activity Maker – free download until Xmas

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on an interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. Word Wall allows you to make dynamic interactive activities like you would in other IWB software. It would be ideal for users of other IWB’s /Interactive Projectors where the software that comes bundled with the boards is not as user-friendly as the...

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Make Mind Maps with MindMaple
Jul16

Make Mind Maps with MindMaple

Mind mapping can be a very useful tool for students when revising, or when planning a topic or a piece of writing. I’ve tried a few different solutions over the years and have recently discovered a new addition called MindMaple. MindMaple is a nifty piece of mind mapping software for the PC. There’s two versions that you can download – a free Lite version and a paid-for Pro version. The lite version is slightly cut...

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Adobe Education Exchange – resources for teachers
Jan23

Adobe Education Exchange – resources for teachers

The Adobe Education Exchange hosts a range of free, peer-reviewed teaching and learning resources, developed by Adobe Education Leaders,  educators who are already integrating technology in to classes with great success who also use the Exchange themselves to find inspiration for creative teaching activities. For example the site contains guidance on teaching code for games design and app development which supports collaborative...

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Sankore – free open source IWB software
Nov08

Sankore – free open source IWB software

Open-Sankore is free interactive whiteboard software that is compatible with all types of IWB. It’s based on what was previously called Uniboard software. It’s been in beta for a while, and from what I can see this is a recent release, although it still needs some work. The basic tools that you would expect are here. You can write with a pen (4 colours only) and a pencil. There’s a rubber tool, lines and text....

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Serif DrawPlus X5 Review
Oct03

Serif DrawPlus X5 Review

I’ve always been a big fan of Serif products* – they provide a much more affordable alternative to the likes of Photoshop or CorelDraw. Just out is version X5 of their popular DrawPlus vector drawing package. As well as creating standard vector drawings – SerifDrawPlus X5 also lets you generate both Keyframe and StopFrame animations which you can export as either animated .gif files, or as Flash .swf files. DrawPlus...

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Hue Animation Studio
Jul08

Hue Animation Studio

Hue Animation Studio is an all-in-one kit to kick start your animation project.The pack includes a webcam and some animation software plus some modelling clay to get you started. I was sent a trial version of the pack to review The studio includes Zu3D animation software which I wrote about last week which is a very user friendly piece of software. I found it very simple to create a simple stop motion animation and add sounds and...

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Quick and Easy Animation with Zu3D
Jun30

Quick and Easy Animation with Zu3D

Yesterday I attended the E2BN conference in Bedfordshire. One of the workshops I attended was by Oscar Stringer of Animation for Education. It was a fun workshop and gave me some more ideas for using animation in the classroom. The software we used was Zu3D which was pretty easy to get to grips with very quickly. You can download a demo version for free from the Zu3D website. If you like it a single version licence costs only £29.99....

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Smart Notebook Express out of beta
Jan21

Smart Notebook Express out of beta

SMART have recently announced that their SMART Notebook Express web application is now available globally and is no longer in beta. SMART Notebook Express is a lightweight version of their SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software SMART Notebook Express enables educators to open, edit, save and share .notebook files from anywhere, at any time, regardless of whether they have access to the Internet. Depending on their needs,...

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