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Eclipse Crosswords

| December 4, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

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 | Add Your Thoughts 

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 | Add Your Thoughts 


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 | Add Your Thoughts 

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 | Add Your Thoughts 

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


| November 27, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

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 | Add Your Thoughts 

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 | Add Your Thoughts 

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 | Add Your Thoughts 


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.

Tenterden Rural Alliance Schools at Homewood School, Ashford, Kent ~ Day 2

| November 21, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Tenterten Rural Alliance

Homewood SchoolAfter our sessions, working alongside children, yesterday, we were joined by a vast number of teaching staff, from across the Tenterden Rural Alliance, for an INSET -  looking at Using ICT to Inspire: Raising levels of creativity in children of all abilities, at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre.

Tenterden Rural AllianceThank you, again, to Rachael Harrington, Headteacher Woodchurch CE Primary and to Debra Faulkner, Head of Administration & PA to Principal at Homewood School, for coordinating 145 (plus a few) from primary Schools, 270 from Secondary and 100 who stayed all day. A big event to organise, and what fun we had!

Well done to all the folk, from Wittersham CEP School, Charing Church of England (Aided) Primary,  High Halden C of E Primary, St Michaels C of E Primary, Woodchurch CE Primary, Tenterden C of E Junior School, Rolvenden Primary, Biddenden School, Egerton C of E Primary, Homewood School, Bethersden Primary and Repton Manor Primary.

Thanks to Chris, from Homewood School, for letting us know about their story:

Homewood school is a learning community with 2,200 students 270 staff.  We are proud to have one of the longest running and most effective e learning schemes in the UK.  Over the past decade we have given one to one access to students enabling them to have a mobile device to support their learning.

We currently have over 1,200 students with access to apple I pads, I tunes u and ever growing collection of I book learning resources.


| November 20, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 


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!)