Create great polls and quizzes with Riddle
Jun08

Create great polls and quizzes with Riddle

Riddle is a new website that allows teachers and students to quickly create their own PlayBuzz and Buzzfeed-style quizzes, lists, polls, and more. Riddle makes it quick and easy to create powerful, interactive content – even from a smartphone. Even better, it’s free There are several different things you can create with Riddle. Polls: A simple tool to get a quick snapshot of opinion. Vote for option A, B etc. Commenticle:...

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Notebookcast – a free online whiteboard for any device
Jun04

Notebookcast – a free online whiteboard for any device

Notebookcast is a free online whiteboard that allows you to share whiteboard space with any devices. You don’t need to install any software, it runs within your browser. Like any whiteboard software you can draw and add images and shapes. Once you have created a board you can share it with up to 10 users, all of whom can add to the drawing in real-time. This would be good for collaborative work. The whiteboard is a little basic,...

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Pinterest for Teachers : A guide
May29

Pinterest for Teachers : A guide

If you haven’t seen it already, Pinterest is a social network that allows users to curate their own idea banks by “pinning” websites found on the internet to virtual boards. Each pin uses a main image to act as a visual reminder of the resource, and contains a link back to the original site. Pinterest acts as a bookmarking site – allowing you to build up banks of useful resources and, this is the best bit,...

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The Breaking News Generator from ClassTools
May14

The Breaking News Generator from ClassTools

Russel Tarr’s Classtools site is one of my go-to websites. I’m a big fan of the countdown timer and random name picker tools, and have used them on many occasions. The Fakebook and Twitter generator tools are also great. Just added to the site is the Breaking News Generator. This allows teachers and children to create an image that looks like something from a 24 hour news channel. It’s great fun and has a lot of...

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Real Time Pupil Assessments with Formative
Apr24

Real Time Pupil Assessments with Formative

Formative is an online assessment tool that lets teachers set up questions which run on any device with a web browser (iPads, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc.) By logging into the Formative website, teachers can create a series of assessment questions. Then, by sharing a quick code with their students they can access it on whatever device they are using, as long as it has internet access. To answer the questions, the students...

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Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool
Mar27

Canva – A Free Online Presentation and Design Tool

Canva is a free web tool (and iPad app) which allows people with limited knowledge of graphic design to produce effective presentations and other publications. The platform allows users to visually express themselves with or without the technical knowledge of graphic design. It makes the designing process more streamlined for users who previously lacked the time or the expertise to make high quality graphics for themselves. Canva...

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Create Interactive Online Courses with Versal
Mar09

Create Interactive Online Courses with Versal

Versal is a new way for anyone to create and publish interactive online courses – no coding required. The site provides a simple to use editor to add content, which it then publishes and hosts for you. For free. Versal uses a system of modules it calls gadgets to easily incorporate videos, surveys, quizzes, diagrams, and other tools to make your course more engaging. Gadgets are mini JavaScript apps that you drag-and-drop into...

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Appvent Day 23 : Brainstorm with Popplet
Dec23

Appvent Day 23 : Brainstorm with Popplet

Popplet is a really simple to use brainstorming tool. With Popplet children can quickly jot down their ideas and sort them visually. A popplet is a big pinboard that you can put boxes or “popples” onto. A popple is container that holds text, photos, and other interesting things such as Google Map or YouTube video. The whole thing was very simple to use, it was very easy to get started. There is also a Popplet website, so...

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ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Aug25

ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter

View Pure is a great way to show YouTube clips in class without all the on-screen clutter and dodgy comments. I’ve written about ViewPure in the past, but the site has had a revamp and is worth another blog post! Basically you go to ViewPure website, enter the URL of a YouTube video, or do a search, and it then displays the video on a class-friendly page without any of the on-screen clutter. ViewPure removes all comments, ads,...

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Magellan Universal Education Portal for the BYOD Classroom
Jun19

Magellan Universal Education Portal for the BYOD Classroom

Magellan is a universal education portal, which aims to allow schools to implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies effectively by providing a common web desktop which works across all devices. The Magellan desktop provides secure access to apps, cloud based learning tools, locally hosted programmes and files hosted on a school’s own server, delivered through a web connection to a teacher or student’s device wherever they are....

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Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox
Jun18

Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using what is best described as a virtual human beatbox. As you add people to the screen you can choose different sounds for them to make. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. It’s very simple to use, and would work well on an Interactive Whiteboard. I first wrote about Incredibox about 4 years ago, and since then they...

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Create fake conversations with the SMS Generator from Classtools.net
Jun16

Create fake conversations with the SMS Generator from Classtools.net

SMS Generator from the Class Tools website is a fun little tool that lets teachers or students create fake SMS conversations. This would be a great way for the students to recreate great moments in history, or discussions between fictional characters that they are studying. It’s very simple to use, and generated conversations can then be saved and embedded into other websites. You can access SMS Generator here:...

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