Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
Quizlet: “Simple tools that let you study anything, for free”.
Quizlet’s flashcards, tests, and study games “make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages”.
With a free account, you can create your own study sets, track your study progress, and compete with others.
Collect, and curate, your online gems, with the fascinating BagTheWeb
Create focused gatherings, containing the best links on your favorite subjects. Each bag is media container that allows you to organize the links you find into a coordinated unit, for exploration at a later date.
A bag on Blooms revised Taxonomy acts as an interesting example.
Twiddla.com offers a collaborative, and easy to use, whiteboard. There is very little to set up on this web based “meeting playground”. Press the green GO but and invite others to join you. It is simple to add images, web pages, or documents to mark up. The simplistic colour choice tool, and choice of shapes to add, means you can also be annotating with ease.
Collaborative. Easy. Free. Effective. This tool is useful across many ages, interests and abilities.
The Adjective Detective courtesy of Knovation, provides a range of animated lessons on… you’ve guessed it… adjectives. This is followed by a quiz and detective game. The lessons include finding out what adjectives are; about comparative and superlative adjectives; and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game has several levels and reinforces the learning. Fun and useful individually, or as a class.
- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/site-of-the-day/0050/word-literacy-adjective-detective/55331#sthash.xS4ER19D.dpuf
If you are fortunate enough to have 1:1 iPads in your classrooms, you might try Skaffl, as a mobile learning platform.
If your students keep a device every lesson, or if they share them with other classes, Skaffl aims to make one to one learning engaging for children, and easy for teachers. Design, and distribute, assignments, digitally. These can be completed online with the inbuilt editor.
Students work can be annotated from inside the app, providing feedback, and grades, to pupils. An annotation tool enables comments on work, seen either individually, or by class.
Cheese Sniffer, from the TES iBoards, is an interesting introduction to programming elements. The competitive nature of the game, means that concentration is compounded.
Control your mouse forward, backward, left and right, and see how much delicious cheese you can consume, before the other rodent rotter does. Something to have a good sniff around.
The blue whale is one of the largest animals ever to have existed on earth, and it feeds on one of the smallest.
Thanks to the Whales and Dolphin Conservation site, this chance to “swim alongside” a virtual blue whale, offers some intriguing glimpses in to a remarkable, underwater, powerful and extraordinary experience. Humbling.
Thank you to Chris Wesley, chair of governors at Long Sutton Community Primary School, for these thoughtful words:
Good morning Tim and Sarah,
I am writing to express my sincerest thanks to you both for your brilliant, inspiring work here at Long Sutton Community Primary School for the past two days.
As Chair of Governors, when our Head Mr Bill Lord Initially floated the idea for your visit, I was, at first a little sceptical about the benefits that such training would bring to our school weighted against the costs involved.
Bill suggested that I should visit your website and follow you on twitter to help with making an informed decision.
I did both of those and did some further research and agreed to support inviting you to visit us at Long Sutton and deliver your training seminar to School.
I attended on Monday 6th October still with some trepidation in my heart with the nagging question of the decision to spend what is not an insignificant amount of money (but even knowing we had recuperated costs.) was still wary.
Sat in a room full of teachers is always a bit daunting even for a seasoned Governor such as myself.
I was so amazed by how quickly your audience were focused, joining in and were like sponges soaking up the information you and Sarah were sending out. I too found myself taking copious notes and trying to work out how I could use the resources you revealed in my own working environment.
The one thing that stuck with me from the day was that It is as you eluded to not on it’s own the answer to the 60 million dollar question but a chest that when opened provokes you to spread your horizons and seek tools and resources to use.
I called into School on Tuesday afternoon to watch and join in your session with the yr1 children. I was again blown away by the interaction between both you, Sarah, the Teachers and especially the children. I saw some truly amazing stuff.
I can say without reservation that it was worth every single penny spent and that I would have supported it even if we had stood the entire cost. The outcomes far outweighed the investment.
It was without doubt the best presentation I have had the privilege to witness and be part of.
Chair of Governors,
Long Sutton Community Primary School.
Economics-games.com is a free multiplayer educational games site for teaching microeconomics, industrial organization and game theory.
(Intriguingly, for a game about economics, it is…) Free, Ready to play, Nothing to install, No need to register!
Choose the game you want to run, enter the number of players and that’s it: “You just have to communicate their logins to your students and have them connect to the site with their (phones), tablets or laptops. You can then observe and debrief the game through your interface”. This is suitable for older students, to play, and learn, some interesting fiscal concepts. Run an airline decisions against a robot competitor.
Here’s a BIG one! debategraph.org/ is a remarkable twist on, and combination of, some key tools. Log-in to create free public and private maps on any topic! Superb.
A collaborative gem, debategraph.org/, is a powerful tool, combining the visualisation of arguments, and collaboration on editing. Interact between teacher and student, or a group of students. If you’re not blessed to be in one space, at the same time, this could enable distance learning or joint working.
URLs are made for each stage of the graph so it is possible to head to a particular point in your presentation. A side bar adds extra details to what you are conveying. A living, stretchable, malleable persuasive presenter.
It is vital to allow some time for this jewel, and explore its power, possibilities and potential.