Sites that might just help rid me of the paper mountains. . .
Whilst it may not rock the education world, this is what I will be using on this site from now on. You input a url, it generates a screenshot that you can format to suit yourself and then it hands you the embed code which embeds it as a link in your page – you can even attach a sticky note – woohoo!!
This could be useful as a home revision tool. Zen.do gives you a word processor to take notes or type up an essay etc. on and then, if you highlight text in your document, it turns it into instant flashcards to test your understanding. What a good idea.
Online embeddable polls. Marvellous.
I’m deviating slightly from my T&L direction here, but with good reason. To my mind, meetings are a necessary evil but this little app might make me a slightly more willing chair or participant. It’s still in invite-only beta, but well worth signing up to for early access. Meetin.gs lets you concoct and publish an agenda online, schedule your meeting ahead, lets you add notes – or minutes – to the page, upload documents as part of the agenda and create collaborative documents that can be worked on by meeting participants. Well, how pleasing! And it looks nice too . . .
This would be a great way of organizing websites, images, videos, quotes for project work. Bundlr collects your resources together and creates a well structured page under the title of your choice. I think it would have definite benefits when it comes to exam revision too – looks a lot more appealing than a long list of links!
Jog the Web is a fantastic idea for grouping different bits of the web together for simple, page-by-page access. Create your ‘jog’ and then link urls to create individual resource pages. Project work has never been so easy to manage – and research tasks become so much more manageable this way!
Amazon might seem an unlikely place to store documents, but their new cloud drive allows you to do just that – and images and music too! They give you a 5GB free limit, which while it won’t house all my mp3s, will do very nicely for this year’s worksheets and handouts.
I like graphic organisers a lot. I use them in many different ways, from planning practical music work with groups, to helping GCSE pupils with revision. I think this collection could prove very useful . .
A site that lets you create ‘learning packets’, Sophia is a potentially cracking idea. Basically, it provides you with a format for uploading a complete lesson plan/scheme of work package, complete with all manner of uploaded, embedded or linked resources. Ooooh cover lessons!!
Mmmm – and a tasty one it is too. For fuss-free blogging – say to upload resources for a particular topic all to one place, Soup is a great site. It lets you upload audio and video quickly and easily and also copes with embedding items too. I am definitely a fan of its low maintenance approach!
Lovely! A nice, simple organisational tool, thoughtbox lets you run three ‘trains of thought’ for free, and with minimal sign-up requirements. Each train of thought can contain loads of boxes, so I’m going to try using it to evaluate lessons.
Squareleaf is an online sticky notes site that prides itself on allowing you to keep your information any way you want – it’s not there to tidy up for you!
I may quite love Browserling. It’s a free, online, cross-browser testing site. So now, once you’ve created an online masterpiece in Safari (as I do) you don’t need to face disaster when you try to run it on IE (grrr!) Check it beforehand – oh, there’s a 3 minute time limit for free testing, but that should be enough to see what’s what.
This idea might seem a little off-beam, but anyway . . . . I’m thinking how much easier it would be for those of us who run a lot of extra-curricular events, teams, clubs to be able to ping off an email newsletter to inform parents of all upcoming stuff rather than crossing our fingers and hoping that pupils take letters home . . . so Mailchimp might be the way forward as for free you can store up to 2000 subscribers and send up to 12000 emails a month! It’s a little fiddly to set up initially, but once you’ve created a template you’re off and running.
Schoology is another Learning Management Site that could become popular. It leans towards the design and interface of a social network, but retains the distinct teacher/ pupil access areas of other LMS’s.
WebAsyst is a sort of organisational portal. The free hosted version gives you access to your own online desk, basically, where you can access files you’ve uploaded, manage projects, track issues etc. – if a number of staff were linked using this tool, it could become a really effective team administration hub.
Livebinders is used by many as an organisational tool. It can house schemes of work, or research in an online version of a three ringed binder apparently. I would love someone to send me a link of this being used effectively, because I just don’t seem to get it, and I’d like to.
Learnboost is an online class management system. It allows you to arrange your timetable, enter class lists, take registers, set assignments, plan lessons, keep grades . . . . phew. It really is an amazing free tool. I use it to keep track of my extra-curricular groups and KS4 pupils during longterm controlled assessments.
Thoughtbox -A nice, simple organisational tool, it lets you run three ‘trains of thought’ for free, and with minimal sign-up requirements. Each train of thought can contain loads of boxes, so I’m going to try using it to evaluate lessons, but there are loads of possibilities for using it. Could even work on the Smartboard as a target setting tool for group work! Hmmm . . .
Soup – Mmmm — and a tasty one it is too. For fuss-free blogging — say to upload resources for a particular topic all to one place, Soup is a great site. It lets you upload audio and video quickly and easily and also copes with embedding items too. I am definitely a fan of its low maintenance approach!