EmbedPlus “adds more controls to youtube embeds”

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EmbedPlus is a unique free web application that adds extra controls to enhance playback of embedded YouTube videos. Some of the additional controls include setting chapters, zooming, slow motion playback and writing annotations. These additional features may be useful for teachers who want students to focus on relevant parts of a long YouTube video. Features Ÿ You can set the start and stop points for the YouTube clip Allows slow motion viewing of YouTube videos, this is great for … [Read more...]

Collaboratively work on one document in real time

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There are a number of web based applications that allow multiple users to read and modify a document stored on the web. These applications are great for teachers who want to create a collaborative space for a small groups or classes. The reason there are many applications all with different names, but very similar features, is because Etherpad was acquired by Google in December 2009 and released as open source later that month. Some of the more popular Etherpad spin offs … [Read more...]

Edmodo Review “Social Networking for Schools”

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Edmodo is regarded as a social networking site for teachers and students. It provides a free and secure social learning space for a class to connect and collaborate. Teachers and students can post messages, discuss topics, assign and grade class work, and share digital content such as links, pictures, videos, documents and presentations. The Edmodo website is actually very similar to the layout and functionality of Facebook , which immediately makes it familiar to most students. Accessible … [Read more...]

DoInk “create animations online”

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If you really like cartoon flash animations but have no idea how to make your own, DoInk is a good place to start. This web 2.0 tool provides an easy to use online vector editor allowing users to express their creativity through animated drawings. DoInk is all about sharing so people can re-use the work of other users. This means you can develop your own animations quickly, even if you’re not a great artist. This web 2.0 tool allows users to share animations via a number of social media tools or … [Read more...]

Jing “an easy screen capture tool”

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Jing is a free, yet powerful screen capture application that is easy to use. If you have something on your screen that you want to save or share with others, Jing allows you to easily snap a screenshot of the image or record a video from your screen. You can then save and use the screen capture in any other application. It really is that easy. For users that want more powerful options Jing also allows you to easily add text, arrows or highlight sections of your screen capture. This is a great … [Read more...]

Twitter “a useful tool for teachers”

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Twitter is a social media tool which allows anyone to communicate via a 140 character limit. Many people get turned away by the idea of communicating via such short messages. And I’m sure there are some people thinking “I don’t care to read about what someone just ate for lunch”. But for any non-twitter user who takes the time to read the rest of this review and for those people daring enough to set up an account, I promise you will be rewarded. It’s actually the 140 character limit which … [Read more...]

Comic Master “create graphic novels”

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Comic Master is a free web application that allows you to easily create comics (graphic novels) online. Comic Master gives you a variety of options for page layouts, backgrounds, characters, props, captions and even some special effects. You simply scroll through the options, choose the one you want to use and simply drop it onto the comic page. It really is that easy. Teachers could focus on literacy in the classroom discussing how to develop a good plot, introducing characters or discussing … [Read more...]

Lingro “The future of website translators”

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Lingro is a unique website that helps language learners read foreign web pages, or documents and build their vocabulary at the same time. From within the Lingro website, you can enter the URL of any foreign webpage you would like to read. You can now amazingly click on any word on screen that you don’t understand and a bubble will pop up showing the word translated into your nominated language. Current languages include English, French, Spanish and German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, … [Read more...]

Attendance iPhone app for teachers

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Attendance is an app for the iPhone / iPod Touch or iPad, which allows you to take and keep attendance records. The problem with paper based attendance sheets is that they usually look messy with names added and crossed out. There is also often minimal space on paper to add marks, notes, emails and rarely attach photos. Plus I’m sure many teachers forget or misplace their paper rolls from time to time. This is where the Attendance app really shines for teachers that carry their iPhones in … [Read more...]

Blabberize “make images speak”

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Blabberize allows you to quickly animate any image to make it talk, by simply adding audio and specifying the bottom lip or jaw section. Within minutes you have a talking photo and the novelty factor of this will never wear thin for students. They absolutely love Blabberize. Make a famous person speak, give an animal a voice, even add a mouth to an inanimate object like a hamburger and discuss its nutritional value. The key to utilizing Blabberize is being creative with your lesson planning … [Read more...]