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,...

Read More
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....

Read More
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...

Read More
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:...

Read More
Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard
May23

Record and share lessons with PixiClip online whiteboard

Pixiclip is an online whiteboard that lets you record your annotations as you make them, along with your voice and even webcam footage. If you’ve used iPad apps like Explain Everything then you’ll get the idea of how this works. The number of tools are limited, but enough to do basic drawings to illustrate simple concepts. You can also upload images in advance then add them to the canvas while you talk.   Drawing with...

Read More
Free BYOD Class Polling in PowerPoint with Participoll
May09

Free BYOD Class Polling in PowerPoint with Participoll

ParticiPoll is a free audience polling plugin for PowerPoint that allows polls to be run quickly and with no need for additional clickers to be used. Students can vote via any internet-enabled device. Signing up with ParticiPoll is free for basic features. Once logged in, download the free plugin for PowerPoint. The makers claim that the plugin doesn’t need admin rights, and so should be easy for teachers to install themselves....

Read More
Create Jeopardy-style quizzes using FlipQuiz
May02

Create Jeopardy-style quizzes using FlipQuiz

FlipQuiz is a free site that allows you to create Jeopardy-style quizzes to use on your interactive whiteboard without the need for any technical skills. FlipQuiz was created to provide educators with a quick way to create gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom. With FlipQuiz, questions are displayed on-screen and boards are saved for later use. Sign up is free for the basic FlipQuiz, and you can quickly start...

Read More
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,...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More