Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
Spreeder.com is a free online speed reading software designed to improve your reading speed and comprehension. Press S to slow things down to a realistic challenge, or press the arrow keys for word-by-word progress. Get your “reluctant readers” racing the machine maybe.
Whatever your area of interest, from beginner, to blues, rock, folk, jazz, rhythm, and fingerpicking, and beyond. From novice to regular player, there’s something to learn. A big, and genuinely useful guide.
Use crosswords to review vocabulary and lessons for all subjects.
EclipseCrossword puzzles encourage logical thinking and correct spelling. Crosswords can be printed or uploaded to your website.
Oh dear… EclipseCrossword is only available for Windows. It will not run on a Mac or a mobile device (such as an iPad, iPhone, or iPod).
Whilst we use Hangouts for personal professional use, they can also bring learning conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Connect with people across computers, Android and Apple devices. Like Skype in the classroom, communication possibilities are endless… and free.
Expand your searches beyond what you’d thought of initially. Inspiration for broadening investigations.
Communication 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.
Thank 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.