Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

Spreeder ~ “Improve Reading Speed & Comprehension”

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Spreeder.comSpreeder logo7 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.

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments 

BounceNotate, review, share and comment upon and discuss a web page, or image, with BounceApp. Take screen shots and annotate, then share. Potentially useful. ~ Get playing, in many styles

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments 

justinguitar-logoThere are a lot of guitar sites out there, of variable quality. JustinGuitar contains lessons put across in a clear, concise, and friendly way, recommended by Mark Knopfler, Brian May and others.

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.

Eclipse Crosswords

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Eclipse crosswordsFastEasy

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).

Google Hangouts

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Google hangoutsxWhilst 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.


| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments 


Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations. Coursera partners with Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and others around the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

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