Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

ed.ted ~ TEDed ~ ideas worth sharing

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Ted EdWith ed.ted you can build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video. Some lessons worth learning.


| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments 

UbersuggestExpand your searches beyond what you’d thought of initially. Inspiration for broadening investigations.


| November 27, 2014 | 1 Comment 

81 DASHCommunication is vital. 81DASH professes to be “a safe solution that would allow students access to communicate anytime, anywhere, but also keep them safe and give the teacher the opportunity to monitor and have full control of that chat environment”.

81DASH is currently, free, and in BETA. Created by teachers for teachers. This could be well worth a try. It runs on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android

Although the chat feature is heart and soul of 81Dash, they believe that students need more than just a safe chat environment. A dashboard that allows them to communicate, share files, take notes, & keep track of tasks.

Ribbon Hero 2

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments 

titleballoonClippyThank you to Katie Swallow, of Bartley C of E Junior School, for the nudge towards Ribbon Hero 2, which teaches you how to use Microsoft programs.

The Microsoft paper clip goes on an adventure through time and, on the way, has to learn skills on Word, Excel & PowerPoint, earning you points. (Ribbon Hero 2 is only available for Windows).

It looks like you’re writing a blog post. “It’s defiantly helped me and I am hooked!” says Katie.


| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

BuzzSumo headerFor social savvy teachers, Buzzsumo enables searching~ for individuals who want to search for most shared content~ influencers and track mentions of a topic.

The free version allows a single user, 2 Alerts / 500 mentions

Extreme Planet Makeover

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments 


Extreme Planet Makeover, whilst sounding like an idea for a Gok Wan programme, is, in fact, a fascinating investigation of what makes a planet work. Control the look, and habitability, of your own planet.

Planet1Each potentially habitable planet has a window of time during which it is possible for life to evolve. The planet must be old enough for the turbulence years of its formation to of passed, but not so old that all the water on the surface has sunken into the cooled off core. Because smaller planets cool off more quickly than larger ones, the window of opportunity for life to exist is quite a bit shorter than with larger planets. Investigate.

Planet 3Earth~like planets are the right size, and the right distance from its sun. This is the holy grail of planet hunting. Worlds like this have the right conditions to support life as we know it. A major goal of astronomers is to figure out how many planets like this might exist in the galaxy. Can you make one yourself?

Adjust the distance from a star, star type, size, & age of the planet, & find out how your globule compares to others.


| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments 


Create lessons in 5 minutes: Blend your classroom. Make the most of class time

Blendspace “allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content. It empowers you to collect web resources in one place and share with just one link. Measure student understanding with built-in quizzes and monitor their progress ~ adapt to student needs in real-time”. Try it & let us know.

(Formerly known as EdCanvas, so don’t be confused if you see EdCanvas branding in the videos!)


| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments 


examtime: A free online learning web-app where students and teachers can create, share and discover a large library of Mind Maps, Flashcards, Quizzes Notes & more.

I’m Astronaut

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments 

i_am_astronautim astronautThanks, again, to Kath Harris, Bracken Hill Special School, Nottinghamshire, for sharing the fun they have had with the free I’m Astronaut App

Here is Sarah, heading out in to space! Take photographs, and send them off to explore the stars, and a black hole, or bounce around on the moon! Fun!

(I’m Astronaut (FREE) is very different to I Am An Astronaut (69p) )

Zookazam and ZooAtlanta

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 17.18.37Tim n PandasThank you to Kath Harris, for the nudge towards ZooKazam, which is free, at the moment, on the App Store

This gorgeous Augmented reality app, brings wildlife to life on your desktop, even with rain or snow. Lots of amazing settings to explore.

Their partners, Atlanta Zoo, have a free extension to the idea HERE ~ Stand out. Be understood. Get results.

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments “Powerful “in-person” communication because email and voicemail no longer cut through the noise”. Simple, fast, hassle free recording.