5 Awesome Art & Writing Activities for the New School Year It’s finally here! A brand-new, shiny school year! Instead of kicking it off with the tired old standby the “What I did over summer vacation” essay, why not try an activity that is a little more original? Teaching in the Age of Minecraft Like many 11-year-olds in Texas, Ethan had to build a model of the Alamo as a school project. Often, students make their dioramas out of paper mache or popsicle sticks, but Ethan’s teacher gave him permission to build his project in Minecraft, the popular sandbox software game in which players build structures out of blocks. With his dad’s help, Ethan recorded a video tour of his scale model of the fort, complete with explanatory signs, and posted it on YouTube.
Top 10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools For Teachers Editor's note: We have originally written and published this article in November 2013. Thanks to your useful suggestions and our own following of the latest developments in the fast paced field of technology, we have updated this piece in October 2015 in the hope that you will keep finding it useful. Thank you for sharing!
Moodle CLOZE editor Use this website to generate CLOZE quizzes for Moodle (all versions) and/or to try out the CLOZE editor integration for Moodle. This editor was built at the Chair of Applied English Linguistics at Universitaet Tuebingen (Prof. Dr. Kurt Kohn), Germany, by Andreas Glombitza (andiglombitza(at)googlemail.com) and Achim Skuta (achim.skuta(at)googlemail.com). You can find more documentation here on Moodle.org. We are currently maintaining this software as a private project. PingPong Share: Description: Apple, Android & web app to provide instant feedback in class and during presentations. Audience log in to your room via a code. Set multiple choice, True or false questions and users can even submit drawings and photos.Website: gogopp.com/webApple App: itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pingpong-spot-networking/id734147693?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lt9ZAndroid App: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.co.waterbear.pingpongCategory: Planning & Assessment >Assessment Tools, Tests & Report WritingDigital & Web Tools > Quizzes, Polls, Surveys, Voting & Decisions
SongTree Share: Description: Apple and Android app for creating and adapting songs. Add a basic track and then sing! Create collaborative song projects at your school, or with pupils in distance lands.Website: songtr.eeApple App: itunes.apple.com/us/app/songtree-collaborative-music/id976263847?ls=1&mt=8&uo=4&at=11lt9ZAndroid App: play.google.com/apps/testing/com.ntrack.songtreeCategory: Music, Sound & Podcasts > Virtual Instruments & Music Makers Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory
12 Puzzle and Quiz Creation Tools for Teachers There are many different sites on the internet that allow you to create your own puzzles and games to use either directly in class, or which can be linked to/embedded into your VLE. I’ve been doing some trawling ahead of a training session I am running soon, and here are a few of the best ones that I’ve found. There are others out there, but the focus specifically for my session was KS4 and 5, so these links are aimed at older students. If you have any other favourites, please add them to the comments!
6 Tips On Making Your eLearning Blog Look Good As Well As Help Readers Learn: Let’s Blog For Success! Blogs are a way to learn as well as market your content and invite the right kind of audience to see what you are all about. An interesting mix of content will keep your audiences entertained and engaged. And the way your eLearning blog looks and feels will make sure they think of you when they need your services. Most modern organizations are serious about the culture of continuous learning. ▶ How to create and distribute an instructional screencast video for free Teaching somebody to do something on the computer is always tough. Words go a long way, and pictures are a big help, but nothing can beat the simple immediacy of a video. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to make and share an instructional video on your PC.
My Five Most Frequently Recommended Google Forms Add-ons I receive a lot of emails from readers who have questions about Google Forms and G Suite in general. Many of those questions are answered with a suggested Google Form Add-on. The right Add-on can go a long way toward streamlining your process for completing common classroom tasks like keeping track of supplies or organizing classroom volunteers. Tell About This – Quickly Create Simple Digital Stories From the developer of the popular story starter app Write About This comes a new iPad app called Tell About This (free and paid versions available). Tell About This is a fantastic new iPad app through which students can quickly create short digital stories. The concept behind the app is simple and well-executed. When students open Tell About This they can pick from an assortment of pictures that contain a story starter. Students listen and or read the story prompt and reply by tapping the record button to record a short story about the picture that they see.