Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Mahara ~

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments 


Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application, created by the government of New Zealand. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other. Mahara also features interoperability with moodle.


| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments 

VittleScreen Shot 2015-02-08 at 12.00.05 is an interesting, an potentially useful, tool. Like “explain everything”, Vittle gives the chance to record, and present, any fascinating facts.

Turn you iPad in to a video whiteboard.

Vittle lets you narrate and annotate your photos and slides to create highly engaging videos.

Your iPad is now your broadcast studio.

Import a PDF from Keynote, PowerPoint, or elsewhere into Vittle. Drop in photos from your camera roll. Hit record, and start talking. It’s that easy.


| February 6, 2015 | 1 Comment 

Postachiopostachio-web-logo, “the Evernote Powered Blogging Platform”, create a Free Web Site in 30 Seconds, incredibly simple collection, blogging, and publishing of your finds, and ideas. With Evernote open, just tag notes “published”.


| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments 

SimpleMindSimpleMind ideaSimpleMind is a “Mind mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device”. Rather than just making spreading nodes, it is also possible to make links between multiple ideas. There are some limitations in the free version of SimpleMind, but it is worth investigating. (Also available on Android devices).

OpenLearning ~ “Teach and learn online”

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments 


Not one for everyone this, but if you are wanting to follow, or set up, and lead, an online course, then OpenLearning might be what you need.

OpenLearning: a “student centred online learning platform”. It’s flexible, easy to setup & allows anyone to run a course.

Openleaening logoOpenLearning supports student grading, automatically marked quizzes/tests and content distribution all based around a proprietary OpenLearning wiki and comment system, which includes subtle features to keep students motivated. You might be interested in one of the courses available throughout the year, or run on of your own. Largely free ~ worth a try.

Draft ~ Easy version control and collaboration for writers

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments 

DraftWhen you share your documents, using Draft, any changes a collaborator makes are on their own copy of the document, and you get to accept or ignore each individual change they make.

When you want to compare old drafts, you have a great view to see how your document changed over time.

Import your documents from cloud services like Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Google Drive.


| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments 


FunBrain is an interesting collection of games to play in different settings, and subjects.

Greg_HeffleyWith free educational games, online books, & comics. Funbrain, was created for preschool children, to 14 year olds, offering more than 100 fun, interactive games, developing maths, reading, and literacy skills.

One brilliant feature of FunBrain, is that you can also read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Galactic Hotdogs, SkullDuggery Island, and The Lost Side of Suburbia

Remind ~ “Safe Classroom Communication”

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments 

RemindRemind (formerly Remind101) could be a very useful app. “A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents”.

This is one to investigate. For our readers in The U.S., texting can be free. Those outside the U.S. can use email or the app to receive messages. Both are completely free! Get those you want to contact to download the app and opt-in to receive messages with push notifications!

Teachers can send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students’ and parents’ phones

Interactions are “safe” because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Useful? ~ cross platform mobile app creation

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments 


“Everyone can create apps”. LiveCode offers unlimited possibilities for mobile app development. Start building apps quickly, easily and FREE!

Whether it’s an app for making life easier, solving a problem or just an experiment, LiveCode is a great method of developing your next great app.


| January 28, 2015 | 2 Comments 

taskclonelogo-blueTaskClone is one for those who have taken up using Evernote: Stop forgetting tasks – Start saving time! Automatically send Evernote to-dos to your favorite task app or Google Calendar. Useful for planning ahead…


| January 27, 2015 | 1 Comment 

etherpadscreenshotEtherpad is a highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time.

There are many pads now (& we look forward to hearing of the one you use/prefer) but this was “an original”.