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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Classroom Timers for your Interactive Whiteboard
Feb20

Classroom Timers for your Interactive Whiteboard

Need to give the class a timed activity, but don’t have access to a stopwatch? There’s plenty of sites out there that will give you access to a countdown timer to help you keep track of the time. Here are a few of my favourites: Classtools.net This is still one of my favourite timers. Select the time you want, and the corresponding music to accompany it. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, because of the music, but...

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eQuizShow – Create Gameshow Templates Online
Jan11

eQuizShow – Create Gameshow Templates Online

eQuizShow is a free website that lets Teachers and students can create educational quiz show templates like the TV game show Jeopardy. Created quizzes can be access online – and also shared with others. It’s easy to build a quiz. You just need to enter a title, a password for editing, and the question categories. eQuizShow will then create a grid where you can enter questions and answers. There is also a gallery of quizzes...

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Edcanvas – an online lesson designer
Jan04

Edcanvas – an online lesson designer

Edcanvas is a nifty website that lets teachers collate online resources into a single page for their students to access. The lesson (or canvas) can be shared with students via a URL link or embedded into a blog/Learning platform. For example here’s a canvas on Photosynthesis:     Creating a canvas is quite simple. Down one side of the page is a search column that lets you search YouTube and Flickr as well as add...

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Blubbr : Create and Play Quizzes from YouTube Videos
Dec28

Blubbr : Create and Play Quizzes from YouTube Videos

Blubbr is a new, free, website that lets you create and play quiz games from YouTube videos. The site calls these “Trivs”. You can play trivs in different categories, from celebs and music to sport and education. These trivs can then be shared with anyone across the internet. For example, here’s a video quiz about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Once you’ve watched a short piece of video, the first question will...

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The Hobbit Avatar Maker
Nov20

The Hobbit Avatar Maker

As if I wasn’t already excited enough about the forthcoming Hobbit movie, there’s now a website where you can make yourself part of Thorin’s company of dwarves. Go to the Hobbit website to find out more. You need a webcam for this – you can’t upload a photograph – line yourself up with the webcam, and choose from one of the different dwarven heads. And you can end up with something like this: Rather...

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