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...]

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...]

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...]

Wallwisher “an online notice board”

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Wallwisher allows anyone to set up an online wall in minutes, which can be customised via different themes. A wall is basically the 'web page' where people actually post messages. Students, colleagues or friends can then post written text, images, videos or links to your wall in a matter of seconds, without having to log on. There are a few more options like choosing your own wallwisher url, adding a picture and making the wall public for everyone or private for your eyes only. Your wall updates … [Read more...]

Dropbox “syncs your files online”

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Dropbox is a free and easy to use application and website, which allows you to sync your files from your computer or phone to “the cloud” and therefore access them from anywhere. However it is more than a simple back-up solution, with Dropbox you can share folders, collaborate on files or even set up online photo galleries. For a teacher Dropbox means you never have to stress about leaving work at home or losing your thumb drive ever again. Features The beauty of Dropbox is that you don’t … [Read more...]

Wordle “create word clouds”

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Wordle is an amazingly easy to use web 2.0 website, which allows anyone to generate really creative word clouds by providing text. Words that are used more frequently, or specified as important, are made larger and stand out. The words clouds can then be customised with a variety of font styles, colours and layouts. The beauty of Wordle is that there is no sign up or log-in required and once completed you are free to use your word cloud in any way that you like. Use it in the classroom, put it … [Read more...]