Author Archive: Tim
Collaborize Classroom is an easy-to-use online learning platform. Register & launch a free site in less than 5 minutes. A safe & password-protected learning community for you & your students. Take a poll, hold a debate, post a practice test or let your students support their arguments.
A great way to launch student-driven projects and challenge-based learning.Bring the best resources from the Internet into your online classroom by attaching pictures, videos, PDF or Microsoft Office documents.
Gain instant access to a vast and growing collection of teacher-designed lessons,create topics, lessons and assignments that you can share with other educators worldwide, and download peer-reviewed topic-based lessons with just one click.
For a largely free resource, Collaborize Classroom has potential.
Artcyclopedia is an online database of art works that can be viewed, and investigated, online.
With over 9,000 artists, and 160,000 links to 2,900 art sites, this is a comprehensive resource.
Type in the artists name or browse by medium, subject, nationality, or focus on specific subjects such as women Artists. Search by “movement” such as Pop Art, Magic Realism, Photorealism, & Pointillism
There are some interesting collections, such as Tiltshift versions of Van Gogh paintings.
Use the Actualizer to view art works at their real life size.
Button Beats has many elements worth exploring.
In one, trigger the range of beats and breaks by activating different sections of the cube. Then add your own elements, such as guitar riffs and synth lines.
There are many interesting ways to investigate aspects of composition in the free version of Button Beats. You can even sample, and play, your own voice or sounds.
Have a play and remember there is the red STOP loop button!
Français interactif!, is a huge & comprehensive, web-based French program developed at the University of Texas.
In addition to interviews of native French speakers and a wealth of cultural information, the website also includes recorded vocabulary, phonetics lessons, grammar explanations, and Internet activities.
Français interactif! helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real students who participated in a Summer Program in Lyon, France. The students introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.
Français interactif is organized into 13 chapters that deal with themes relevant to beginning French learners.
Each chapter begins with a short video, in a combination of English and French, but using French mainly, to introduce vocabulary that will be encountered in that chapter.
OneLook® Dictionary Search a search engine for words and phrases: Have a word for which you’d like a definition or translation- it’ll take you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate it. If you don’t know the right word to use, it’ll help you find it. “No word is too obscure”: More than 5 million words in more than 1000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.
Define words: Type a word into the search box on the front page to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that define that word. Be sure “Find definitions” is selected.
Find words: Type a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern. The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters or symbols. The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter or symbol. (Read these sections for more info on wildcards and the Reverse Dictionary.)
Translate words: Type a word into the search box and select “Find translations” to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that have translations of that word into other languages.
CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.
Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.
Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.
Two of our favourite face generators: Gombinoscope and Monoface. Both could just be good fun, or, useful in art projects on the structure of the human visage. How about making characters for a whodunnit story? Watch it though: Monoface has a potential 759,375 combinations to try!
Cut out all of the “extras” around the edge of a film with NicerTube.
YouTube is a massive repository of useful ‘How-Tos’, advice, research gems, & more.
However good the films are, there are a lot of aspects around, and below, which are less than useful in an educational context. In many comments, people are often trying out their rude spellings!
No sign-up or registration required…takes only seconds!
Enter Any YouTube Video URL, select a background type, (a web page URL, solid colour, or fun design) then visit the URL that is generated.
For example, http://nicertube.com/h7aykgys leads to “that video of Tim in the classroom”, but without all of the extraneous detail around the edge.
One of the problems I am sure you often encounter, as we do as we travel, is a huge, and sometime illogical, set of filters on online sites and resources. Sometimes strict filtering, whilst understandable on some levels, is also frustrating and doesn’t allow people to fulfill their professional duties.
I am not going to get on my hobbyhorse (again!) but I do think there is a lot of utterly inncouous but powerful material that can not be used in some regions (and yet is open in others) and Youtube is one of those repositories of valuable information which gets blocked. This is often not because of the films themselves. Rather, because of the comments that people make when they are often trying out their rude spellings!
You still have to exercise professional judgement as to whether or not content is suitable and valuable, but there are a few ways to display content that you know is appropriate to your pupils, even when it is held at bay in school. Here is just one:
Quietube is, as it says: “Video without the distractions”
To watch web videos without the comments and !@£$%^&, just drag the button (on the site) to your browser’s bookmarks bar. On any of the supported video pages, ( YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Viddler, and Vimeo) click the bookmark button to watch in peace.
You can then make short URLs too, to send the quietube version to others. Easy as 1, 2, shhhhh.
(You will have to create the Quietube link at home, and then go to that URL in school).
You might have some trouble with a few uploaders who prohibit embedding, but it is well worth the try.
There are others (to follow) but Quietube really is simple & instant. Oooh! Look at all that lovely white space!