Open Badges – a new currency to recognise skills and talents
Mar21

Open Badges – a new currency to recognise skills and talents

Open Badges are a global standard to recognise skills & achievements across the web. They have the potential to change the way schools and organisations see qualifications; moving from abstract measures of knowledge towards a tool to connect talent with opportunities for employment, work experience and further education. A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. They allow you to verify your skills,...

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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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Student Assessment in the BYOD classroom with AnswerPad
Jan15

Student Assessment in the BYOD classroom with AnswerPad

AnswerPad is a free assessment tool that allows teachers to score and grade paper quizzes online. Unlike other tools, such as Socrative, the questions need to be presented to the students separately. This would usually be done via a paper-based quiz as normal so the students could work at their own pace, but you could display questions on the IWB and work through at class-pace. AnswerPad lets you set up an electronic answer sheet for...

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Allow Students to Create Their Own Apps With AppFurnace
Dec04

Allow Students to Create Their Own Apps With AppFurnace

AppFurnace is a new online tool which enables pupils to design, build and edit their own mobile device apps then transfer them for use on a smartphone or tablet device. The finished apps are compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Launched by Kudlian, AppFurnace is aimed at schools looking for ways to support the new computing curriculum in creative ways. Designed to be a cross-curricular tool, AppFurnace apps can be created for...

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Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly
Nov19

Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly

Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create interesting presentations and animations. You can incorporate both the hand-drawn style of apps such as VideoScribe and the hand-moved objects style that you’ll have seen in videos such as CommonCraft. Moovly lets you add voice, sound and music and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Animations such as “hand drawn”, “drag on” and...

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6 Creative Tools for Displaying Learning Objectives
Nov08

6 Creative Tools for Displaying Learning Objectives

It’s commonly accepted that you should start every lesson by displaying the learning objectives. But they don’t have to always be displayed in the same, boring way. Here’s a couple of creative tools that you might want to use to display the learning objectives in a more exciting and engaging way. 1. Star Wars Crawl Creator The Star Wars Crawl Creator lets you turn any piece of text into the scrolling text seen at the...

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Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!
Oct28

Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!

Kahoot is a new quiz and survey creation tool that will work on any device. It allows teachers to set up and run multiple choice quizzes which their students can then answer via any device that has a web browser. In many ways it’s a lot like one of my favourite tools, Socrative. The teacher creates a quiz using the web interface. Questions are multiple-choice style, and it’s pretty straightforward to get these set up,...

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Manage Class Seating and Behaviour with Class Charts
Jul10

Manage Class Seating and Behaviour with Class Charts

Class Charts is a free website that lets teachers manage their classroom seating charts online and add additional information about their students. Seating charts are an essential tool of any good teacher . They allow them to organise students into appropriate learning groups as well as help to minimise behaviour issues. With Class Charts you can also choose to include and display key data such as SEN or reading age which can be used...

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Browser-based coding on any device with SNAP!
Jun26

Browser-based coding on any device with SNAP!

SNAP! (formerly known as BYOB) is another visual, drag-and-drop programming language in the style of Scratch. It is free to use, runs in your browser, and will even work on iPads! The coding platform allows you to “Build Your Own Blocks” of code. It works by dragging and dropping method blocks into scripts. When you’re finished with a script, press play to see the code in action. It also features first class lists, first...

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5 Free Online Alternatives to PowerPoint
Jun25

5 Free Online Alternatives to PowerPoint

While PowerPoint is still the go-to software for many people when creating presentations, it does have its limitations, especially when it comes to editing a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad or collaborating with others. While some of these issues are addressed with Office 365, you do have to pay for the privilege. There are lots of online alternatives which let you create great looking presentations on any device. Storing them in...

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Sketchlot – a shared web whiteboard for tablets
May16

Sketchlot – a shared web whiteboard for tablets

SketchLot is an interesting free website that allows teachers and students to share whiteboard sketches made on their tablet computers. The application provides teachers and students with an online environment in which they can create sketches on their tablets easily and then share them with one another. The system works through a browser, so can be used on any web-enabled device. It doesn’t use Flash, so works fine on an iPad....

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The Star Wars Crawl Creator
May13

The Star Wars Crawl Creator

Here’s a different way to present your lesson objectives. The Star Wars Crawl Creator lets you turn any piece of text into the scrolling text seen at the opening of the Star Wars movies. Simply enter your text, then hit preview to see your text, complete with the famous theme tune. The site provides an embed code and a direct link so you can access your crawl in the future, or embed it into a blog or other website. It’s...

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