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Bounceapp.com

| December 8, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

BounceNotate, review, share and comment upon and discuss a web page, or image, with BounceApp. Take screen shots and annotate, then share. Potentially useful.

JustinGuitar.com ~ Get playing, in many styles

| December 5, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

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 | 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.

Coursera

| December 2, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Coursera

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.

Übersuggest

| November 28, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

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

81Dash

| 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.

BuzzSumo

| 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

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.