ICT for Education Conferences – Summer & Autumn 2012 Jul13

ICT for Education Co...

Hello to all you friendly people at the ICT for Education Conferences in Reading, Colchester, Exeter & Newcastle. As promised, here are the slides that reference the tools and services mentioned. (Note – If the slides don’t appear, refresh the page and they then should –...

Russia May17

Russia

Just back after a long and uneventful flight from Eastern Russia via Moscow. Working for a few days with an international school – using ICT to enhance teaching and learning. On the way out I managed to take in some Moscow sights too and, during a great few days, perhaps one of the most...

GrabMyBooks Apr05

GrabMyBooks

GrabMyBooks is a very clever tool to collect web pages and turn them into ebooks that can be read by an e-reader. You need to use the Firefox browser and install a new add-on to do this. GrabMyBooks saves the web pages (text and images) in a single book that’s saved as either in EPUB or...

Screen-o-Matic Mar24

Screen-o-Matic

From Wikipedia: “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot is a picture of a computer screen, a screencast is...

St Helens – ICT for Education Feb24

St Helens – IC...

Many thanks to the nice folks at ICT for Education for the opportunity to speak to teachers at the conference in St Helens today – the venue: the brand new Langtree Stadium. The conference had an exhibition area and interesting ideas for sessions. One ‘Question Time’ session...

Checkthis Feb24

Checkthis

The most complicated thing about a pencil is knowing to use the sharp, pointy end – and what to do when it’s not so sharp and pointy. Shouldn’t web tools be like this? Discuss… Checkthis looks to meet the pencil test – balancing features and ease of use well. No...

Computer Clubs for Girls Feb19

Computer Clubs for G...

Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G) is a recently-relaunched initiative  (it began in 2005) which aims to introduce girls aged ten to 14 years to IT in new and engaging ways. The scheme is run by e-skills UK and hopes to encourage more young girls to pursue technology careers. It’s not...

CLASP Inset Day February 10 2012 Feb11

CLASP Inset Day Febr...

Had a lovely time in Zummerzet yesterday working with two large groups of teachers from the secondary and primary schools that make up the CLASP  cluster. It was a joint INSET day with over 300 teachers taking part. I was hoping to catch Sue Palmer’s keynote but needed the time to work...

Youblisher Feb11

Youblisher

Publishing online offers a fantastic way of celebrating learners’ achievements and helping to create a genuine audience. Issuu and Scribd have been around for a while and both do the job well of converting PDF documents to online texts. Not sure how long Youblisher has been around but,...

Four PowerPoint Tips Feb09

Four PowerPoint Tips

Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up the pace and pzazz needed to keep a class engaged when using PowerPoint. Here’s a few tips: 1. When you want the class to focus on you and not the screen, hit the ‘B’ key on your keyboard. This will turn the presentation black so that...

Primary Wall Feb07

Primary Wall

A lot of tools exist to allow pupils  and teachers to share and respond to ideas online, but one specifically designed for education is PrimaryWall . Create a Primary Wall and your create a unique address which can be shared with others. These are public and last for 30 days but you can pay...

Google Docs & Flubaroo will do your marking! Feb06

Google Docs & F...

Bring together Google Docs and Flubaroo and it’s possible to get the computer to do your marking — how good is that?! You’ll need to use Google Docs and Flubaroo Briefly, the first steps to follow are: If you haven’t, sign up for a Google account. In Google Docs,...

Pinball Feb06

Pinball

Pinball from BBC Scotland has six different tools for generating and organising ideas. It’s a bit tricky to see how they work at first – the introductory video certainly...

Go Animate Feb04

Go Animate

Asking learners to re-tell, explain or summarise is an effective way of consolidating learning. It’s good to combine with tools that focus less on the technology and more on the message. One such is GoAnimate Very easy to use – if you can type, you can animate. Pupils can record...

Tagxedo Word Clouds Feb04

Tagxedo Word Clouds

Word Cloud tools  take a bunch of text and re-present this visually where the words that appear most often – the high-frequency words- are given greater size and weight. Put simply, the more the word is used, the bigger it appears. They can be very useful in analysing text and...

Audio Recording Feb03

Audio Recording

Two steps to creating an audio broadcast: 1. make an MP3 and 2. make it available via RSS, iTunes, school web site or, class blog. The second stage can sound harder but, in reality, the hard work (and the learning!) is done in the first stage – involving planning, preparation and...

Comic Strip Feb02

Comic Strip

Asking learners to re-tell, explain or summarise is an effective way of consolidating learning. It’s good to combine with tools that focus less on the technology and more on the message. One such is Make Beliefs Comix  Very easy to use – it’s free to use and doesn’t...

Storybird Feb01

Storybird

Quite simply, Storybird is nothing short of gorgeous. The site provides high-quality art work to inspire writing. Surely ideal for primary school, English and MFL teachers? I created this short story for 4-6 year olds, playing with the expectations of who the narrator could be. iPad users...

Two Music Resources Jan28

Two Music Resources

Two resources for musicians, music teachers and those interested in sound… 1. JamStudio  is a online tool to create music. It allows users to mix different instruments (guitars, drums, bass, etc.) with simple clicks to create music. Tracks can be saved online or...

Popplet Jan27

Popplet

Popplet describes itself as “a platform for your ideas.” It has a very simple interface that pupils will soon get to grips with for capturing and organising ideas. These pupils need to be over thirteen though as stated in the terms of use. That’s the downside as it’s...

Exploratree Jan25

Exploratree

Exploratree is a free web resource for pupils to access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides. It’s possible to share these and work on them in groups too. Probably more suited to secondary age pupils. The Exploratree web resource was beendeveloped by Futurelab as part of...

Visuwords Jan21

Visuwords

An online graphical dictionary – visual and interactive. Great for exploring words, meanings and what connects the words. A word of warning, it’s a full dictionary that contains ‘adult’ words…

Simple Technique Jan18

Simple Technique

Here’s one simple technique for coming up with ideas. I’ve tried this myself and it works. Only three simple steps to follow: Step 1 – Important Words Try and think of the most important words related to your project … usually 2 to 4 words. Step 2 – Word Association Next, for...

Online File Conversion Jan18

Online File Conversi...

You want to view a video, embed it into PowerPoint – or you want to place an image in a document… but for some reason your PC won’t allow it. That’s where online file conversion software could be useful. Zamzar can be slow and has suffered from irritating pop-ups but it...

Bubbl.us Jan12

Bubbl.us

Bubbl.us is an online tool for simple mind mapping and outline planning. It doesn’t follow the principles outlined by Tony Buzan’s or offer the functionality of software for download. But it’s a simple and useful way to start ideas and for pupils to share these. It’s a...