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

Attendance App

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...]

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...]