A few of my favourite things

On my whiteboard training courses, I find that there are several websites that I am always sharing, and they are always well received by the trainees. I’ve shared most of them on this blog before, but as a way of distilling down a few of my favourite things, here’s the list again.

Classtools.Net: I love this website – there are two tools in particular that are very handy

  • Countdown Timer – a firm favourite. Choose your music to countdown an activity.
  • Random Name Picker – as seen on Teachmeets. Pick a student/group at random from a list.

The Big Picture – simply one of the best photojournalism sites I’ve seen. Every few days another set of stunning images is uploaded. Jawdropping.

FlickrCC Creative Commons Image Search – much better to use than Google Image Search as you know that all the images returned have a creative commons license.

Wallwisher – great little site for building your own online noticeboard. Any user can stick post its on here. Great for using with a group.

Etherpad – well Etherpad itself may be dead but the tech lives on. Check out iEtherPad or PrimaryPad as alternatives. Google Docs has the same facility, but if you don’t want to mess with logins and sharing, then Etherpad is for you.

SlideShare – a very useful resource for obtaining presentations on a multitude of topics. Many useful in education. Do a search before you have to produce a presentation and you’ll probably find someone has already uploaded a presentation on a similar topic. Can save you having to reinvent the wheel. If you want you can also share your own presentations here – just upload a powerpoint file. Here are my presentations.

What are your must-share websites? Add them to the comments below!

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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