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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Quickly Create Interactive Text Activities with Textivate
Oct10

Quickly Create Interactive Text Activities with Textivate

Textivate is a simple web tool which allows users to automatically generate a range of interactive browser-based activities based on any text of up to 500 words. To use Textivate you simply type or paste a chunk of text into the text box on the textivate front page and click on the “textivate now” button to see the available exercises that can be generated from that text. The exercises are generated automatically based on...

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Screen Sharing with Screen Leap
Jul18

Screen Sharing with Screen Leap

Screenleap is a rather interesting website that lets you share your computer screen with anyone you want to for free. You go to the ScreenLeap website, click on the sharing button and the site will generate a URL. Share that URL with a friend and they’ll be able to see everything you do in a defined rectangular area. You can resize the rectangle to show all or just part of your screen. This would be great for demonstrating to a...

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Desmos Interactive Graphing Calculator
Jan27

Desmos Interactive Graphing Calculator

I’ve written about Desmos before – they are developing some very interesting online whiteboard software which is still currently¬† in beta. But while we’re waiting for the full release, Desmos have released something else they’ve been working on as a side project, and thats their Desmos Calculator, available at www.abettercalculator.com You can very quickly enter equations using a combination of the keyboard and...

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Dumpr – fun with your photos
Jan19

Dumpr – fun with your photos

Dumpr is a great little website that has lots of tools for doing creative things with your images. Simply choose an effect from the 21 on offer, upload your photograph and Dumpr will do the rest. You can then save your image to use elsewhere. For example, turn an image into a Rubiks Cube: This is a great way to create avatars images for social media, or present your images in creative ways in blog posts or student presentations. The...

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Photo Pin : a creative commons image search tool
Jan10

Photo Pin : a creative commons image search tool

PhotoPin is another great search tool that lets you search for creative commons images to use in class projects and blogs. Simply search for any topic using the search box , preview the photo, and click “get photo” to download the photo as well as the code with proper attribution link. If you prefer to pay for your photos rather than linking to it, the results at the top will take you to a stock photo site where you can...

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Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool
Dec21

Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool

Beautiful Curves is a cute little drawing application, creating almost organic-looking artwork. According to its creator “Beautiful curves simulates that little bit of randomness in life, where you never know whats going to happen next.” It’s a fun application, which would work on your interactive whiteboard. Check it out here....

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QR Voice – talking QR Codes
Dec18

QR Voice – talking QR Codes

QR Voice provides an interesting angle on the regular QR codes that have been doing the rounds recently. QR voice encodes a given text message into QR code that once scanned by a QR scanner smartphone application reproduces the message with a synthesized voice. So basically you type the text in (up to 100 characters) and QR voice gives you the link. For example, scan this with a QR reader on your mobile phone such as QuickMark You...

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