Category: 2) Useful n Interesting


| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Mathtrain.TV is a free educational “kids teaching kids” project from middle school mathematics teacher Eric Marcos & his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.

A great inspiration to other students to create their own explanatory videos too.

It is part of the Project and was created to host their student-created maths video lessons. It is Web 2.0 friendly with its ability for users to generate “ratings” and “comments”. The middle school students use a tablet pc and screen-capturing software, Camtasia Studio, to create the tutorials (screencasts or mathcasts) which are used for classroom instruction and posted onto sites such as Mathtrain.TV,, iTunes, YouTube, and TeacherTube

Students work hard at creating the content and construct the best explanations they can in an unscripted format. Some include captions.

Eric and his students invite other students and teachers, parents and educators to help contribute to this global collaborative effort. They are especially interested in student-created “mathcasts”, hence the “kids teaching kids” motto.

I have already learned LOADS,and that’s amazing: I took two mathematics exams, and failed all THREE of them! :-D

Back To The Future Day

| October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments 


Back to their future crewOctober 21, 2015 – Back to the Future Day. The date that Marty McFly and Dr Emmett “Doc” Brown chose to travel forward in time from 1985 in the hit sequel Back To The Future II.

Try this timer HERE

Picfull, easy photo editing + Picasion, animated gifs

| October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Picfull is a quick, easy and very effective way of modifying photographs online. About 18 effects, with lots of varieties.

Picasion is great for making, quick, animated gifs ->

WeVideo ~ collaborative cloud based video editing

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments 

WeVideo is a cloud-based video editing platform that allows you to create videos, online, enabling remote students to collaborate, with invited others, on projects, editing, adding titles, effects, animation, music, narration and more.

If you shoot videos with your mobile phone or camera and would love to professionally edit them in only a few clicks, then WeVideo is just what you need. WeVideo is accessible via the browser of smartphones, tablets and computers, so it can be used anywhere there is internet connectivity. Film in the field & others start editing back at school before your return.

The free option includes: 2 GB storage, 720p resolution, and more. Worth investigating.

Socrative ~ still a great tool

| October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Socrative is a system that uses cell phones and or laptops, for gathering feedback from students. “As easy as raising your hand”.

You can post as many questions as you like in a variety of formats. One of the more “fun” question formats is the “race” format in which students can work individually or in teams to answer questions as quickly as possible. This video offers a nice overview of the Socrative system.

Just Paste .it

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments 

JustPaste.It is a free, simple note sharing service. In its simplest form, Just Paste It provides an online word processor for writing notes and documents. It is also possible to add images and videos into your JustPaste.It pages. When you’ve finished, just press the “publish” button. This creates a unique url for your page. Students and teachers can easily share notes with each other, or test out a web layout.

It is possible to Just Paste content from a word processor in to a JustPaste.It note so also provides a way to convert Word documents in to a format that can be easily used online. ~ some great thoughts on careers

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments 

“Need some ideas for the future? Some inspiration on what kind of career might be right for you? Just want to find out what’s out there? iCould can help you to discover what you could do and how you could get there”.

iCould features videos of people sharing stories and experiences from the working careers. Many types of job are covered, from Accountancy and Advertising, through to Travel and tourism.

The site contains a huge range of very well produced films and could be a realistic, yet inspiring, guidance to many at a secondary level, when students are making those crucial decisions about their future. It could also be a great way to help younger pupils realise what it really entails to become, let’s say a sports person, or a pop star!

Image manipulation

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments 

If you find blank spaces in our blog posts, then it is probably because your school filtering system is blocking what it thinks to be “dodgy stuff”. Things like social networking and images get filters in a jitter.

We sometimes use Flickr to host some of our pictures and, unfortunately, this is sometimes blocked. A real shame as we have so many delightful pickies of smiling folk on our days around the country. Have a look at home and you’ll get a lot more out of the experience.

One of the best elements of Flickr though, is that they allow outside (”third party”) applications or websites to communicate and exchange information with the images you host there.

Some of the best websites for creating cool new images and fiddling with Flickr Photos include:

PicJoke …What fun and madness you can create, so easily.

It is free but does require logging in (easy and discrete.) Look what Sarah did to the bald bloke! The (Toblerone) cheek of it!

Big Huge Labs Flickr Toys

and our old fave, Spell with Flickr – not a way to edit or alter your images, but a neat little tool to create pictures from text. Try it.

Vcasmo ~ a handy way to record presentations

| October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments 

Screenshot 083Vcasmo means that you can film a presentation and synchronise it with the slides a presenter is talking about

Useful for recording the goings-on at a conference. But also in a classroom environment, perhaps when preparing for an interview or other presentation.

We have used it with great success in a “challenging” setting, and therefore we wouldn’t have clearance to show you how the children flourished using it. A great boost to their confidence to see themselves and their presentations “as one” though. Also a good opportunity to discuss presentation styles and techniques. Powerful! Continue Reading

Behold ~ Creative Commons Image search

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments 

The search engine Behold helps you find good Creative Commons licensed images for your presentation, blog, or video. Behold sifts through tens of thousands of Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr. This is an advance on the Search by License option in Flickr as it also factors in the quality of the found images.

Behold searches for actual image content rather than just on the tags that the originator has assigned to the image. Useful when you are preparing material, or when helping students find appropriate, and useable, content.

We Tell Stories ~ Interactive Fairy Tale & more

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments 

A couple of years back, Penguin set six authors the challenge of creating online stories, that would develop as they were written. This was called We Tell Stories. Some of these tales were aimed at a mature audience.

The result of the third week was the interactive, personalized fairy tale by Kevin Brooks, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. This could be useful when investigating the structure of traditional tales.