Category Archives: Finds

January 2014 Finds…

General

http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Plenary-producer-6182703/ – this is a really usful PowerPoint of plenary ideas.

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www.pinterest.com – If you haven’t ventured there yet, Pinterest is an amazing place, full of useful classroom ideas, it has a specific category for education.

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http://www.edexcel.com/i-am-a/student/Pages/Past_papers_app.aspx – Edexcel have just released and app on Apple devices that allows you and students to access all past papers.  There is one for Google Play on its way.  Now they have no excuse!

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http://quozio.com/ –  A pretty quotation poster maker

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http://recitethis.com – Another, slightly funkier quotation poster maker

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http://www.edpuzzle.com – A video cropping website, works really well on my ipad, not so well on the school computers, but it really useful for finding ‘education friendly’ videos, without those pesky adverts popping up!

 

http://www.ingenious.org.uk/ – A site from various UK museums bringing together a vast collection of resources.

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http://www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt – Lots of beautiful information videos.

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http://www.noisli.com/ – a website that plays various white noises to put on in the background of your lessons.

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http://www.nowdothis.com/ – a ‘to-do’ list generator, that gives you one task at a time.

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http://www.e.ggtimer.com/ – a really good classroom timer website.

English and History

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http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war/ – The National Archives collection of WW1 diaries is now available online.

English

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http://www.twittermagnets.com/ – a fun poetry tool, students’ work can be published on Twitter.

Science

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http://www.algodoo.com/  – an app for playing with Physics.

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http://www.msichicago.org/play/goreact/ –  An interactive periodic table that allows you to drag the elements together to see how they will react.

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http://www.open.edu/openlearn/nature-environment/natural-history/tree-life – an excellent resource on evolution.

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http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/whoami/thingdom – a resource for exploring reproduction and genetics.

Maths

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http://mindsofmath.com/index2.html – A Maths app celebrating great mathematicians and their contribution to the world.

ISC

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http://www.wingclips.com/ – Inspirational film clips

Media

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http://www.benettonplay.com/toys/flipbookdeluxe/guest.php – a flipbook animation website, really easy to use!

Geography

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http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm – lots of Geography games.

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http://howbigreally.com/ – a site from the BBC putting size in perspective.

ICT

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http://www.codecademy.com/dashboard – a ‘teach yourself’ to code website.

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January 2013 – #ukedchat special edition

I am a bit of a Twitter nerd!  Every Thursday night there is a Twitter chat session called #ukedchat where lots of Twitter nutty teachers like me discuss an educational topic.  Not long before Christmas the topic was ‘What websites do you find most useful in your teaching?’.  With 100+ teachers tweeting you can imagine a fair few things were suggested and here in this special edition I have collected the most praised and suggested together.

I cannot vouch for all of them – but hopefully you will find them useful!  Enjoy!

I have also added in the links to the videos from the SSAT Conference – some really inspiring things!

SSAT Videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/byschoolsforschools?feature=watch

http://huntingenglish.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/reflections-on-the-ssat-conference-2012/

Things I use myself… (if you are interested in any of these and want to know more just let me know!)

http://www.tes.co.uk/ – you probably don’t need telling about this one!

http://wordpress.com –  the blogging platform I like to use the most.

http://www.blogger.com – the blogging platform most of my students like to use.

http://prezi.com – allows you to make zooming presentations, has been updated in the last year, with many more designs and the ability to upload old PowerPoints and make them more dynamic.

http://wix.com – allows you or the students to make little websites easily, great for presenting research projects

http://issuu.com  – allows you to publish things and class work in a flip book style

http://triptico.co.uk – I have had this loaded onto my classroom computer by IT, it offer a range of interactive whiteboard tools which look more appealing to teenage eyes than the preloaded things that come with the SmartBoard.  It has times, random name generators, random team generators and other things and it is free!

http://www.keepvid.com – originally suggested by Tim, this allows you to download YouTube video.  It wasn’t working for a period term but seems now to back up and running.

http://www.youtube.com – you will be hard put to not find something useful on here, 72 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube every minute.  Beware the adverts that sometimes come up!

General

http://www.ted.com/ and http://ed.ted.com/ – lectures on pretty much every subject given by a huge variety of people. 

http://www.voki.com/ – allows you to create talking avatars to deliver your content in a different way.

https://popcorn.webmaker.org/ – allows you to edit video found on the internet.

http://soundgecko.com/ – turns website text into audio files to be listened to.

http://blabberize.com/ – allows you to take any picture and animate with speech.

http://vimeo.com/ – alternative to YouTube – less adverts.

http://www.educreations.com/ – allows you to record your board and turn it into a video lesson.

http://www.edcanvas.com/ – allows you to create online topic boards for students to access all the material they need.

http://topicbox.net/ – brings together a lot of school friendly resources in one place.

http://www.pearltrees.com – allows you to create mind map/diagrams of lots of different things on one topic, you can add in video, image and internet links.

http://visual.ly/ – lots and lots of infographics on lots of subjects, beautiful and easy to understand.

http://www.schooltube.com/ – alternative to YouTube, takes the risk of a dodgy advert away.

http://edu.glogster.com/ – allows you to create a social network for your subject, students and topics.

 And for when you have the important presentation to make to senior management… http://www.sciencegeek.net/lingo.html

 Science

https://www.biodigitalhuman.com/home/ – 3D virtual human body

http://www.khanacademy.org/ – science and maths based lectures and resources from around the world.

http://www.google.com/sky/ – like Google Earth but looking the other way.

Maths

http://www.mangahigh.com/en_gb/ – free web based maths games

http://www.mathletics.co.uk/ – maths contests.

http://www.greatmathsteachingideas.com/ – lots of ideas and resources.

http://nrich.maths.org/teacher-secondary – lots of resources and discussion

http://www.khanacademy.org/ – science and maths based lectures and resources from around the world.

ICT

http://www.teach-ict.com/ – lots of resources.

http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercises/0 – learn how to code!

English

http://www.literacyshed.com/ – creative writing ideas and resources.

http://www.readwritethink.org/ – ideas to inspire English.

http://lexipedia.com/ – Great looking word encyclopaedia.

SEN

http://soundgecko.com/ – turns website text into audio files to be listened to.

History

http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/ – many resources.

MFL

http://www.sunderlandschools.org/mfl-sunderland/ – long established website with lots of resources.

Geography

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

http://www.gapminder.org/ – ‘a fact based world view’

Music

http://www.audiotool.com/ – ‘online audio workstation’

PE

http://www.youtube.com/pegeeks – lots of PE videos.

ISC

http://sociologyexchange.co.uk/ – many resources.

November finds 1…

General

 

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm – MIT site with free lecture, videos and lesson resources on many subjects.

http://blog.web20classroom.org/2012/08/soyou-wanna-make-your-own-books-and.html – a list of resources on how to turn your worksheets and lesson materials into your own digital text books.

http://pinterest.com/weareteachers/smart-charts/ – some great examples of student made presentations using nothing more technical than paper and pen.

http://quizlet.com/ – a site that allows you to both create online quizzes for your students and use others created by teachers all over the world.

http://huntingenglish.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/questioning-top-ten-strategies/ – a great resource on questioning techniques.

ISC

 

http://www.gamesforchange.org/play/ – lots of games to play online that teach about various social and humanitarian issues.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/08/a-simple-guide-to-all-that-teachers.html – a guide to digital literacy.

Art

http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/ – an excellent Art history site provided by Khan Academy.

Science

https://latenitelabs.com/ – Science lab simulations for online and blended learning.

http://www.favscientist.com/ – a website by Nottingham Trent University about famous scientist.

English

 http://www.tes.co.uk/ResourceDetail.aspx?storyCode=6171207 – great Speaking and Listening resource.

http://cheekylit.com/75-book-report-alternatives/ – 75 ideas for student feedback on literature.

http://pinterest.com/pin/279504720595101101/ – using popular music to teach simile and metaphor.

Learning support

 http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/10/top-200-special-education-apps.html – a list of the top 200 web resources for learning support teachers.

Business studies

 http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/recommended-teaching-resource-the-breakeven-simulator – a breakeven simulator.

Drama

 http://www.drama-teaching.com/?page_id=203&hop=alaynaspop – not sure if this is any good, but it looked comprehensive.

October finds 1…

General

http://www.edcanvas.com  – a quick and easy way to store all your lesson resources in one place for the students to get at their convenience.

http://www.sparkyteaching.com/resources/index.php – lots of ways to get the students thinking at the start of the lesson.

http://gifmaker.me/ – an easy way to make gifs (simply animated pictures).

http://www.britishpathe.com/ – it’s been on here before, and it deserves to be on again an excellent resource for old footage on a variety of topics.

ISC

http://www.truetube.co.uk/ – lots of video, resources and lesson plans on citizenship and RE subjects.

Chemistry

http://chemreference.com/ – an interactive periodic table.

English

http://unusedwords.com/ – exactly what is says, a site with an ‘unused’ word of the day.

Geography

http://www.earthcam.com/ – a page of the earth’s webcams, mostly real time too.

 

February finds 1…

General

http://ictmagic.visibli.com/share/cOmFVY – a clever way of defining learning outcomes.

http://mrcollinsreflectivejournal.blogspot.com/2011/08/3-key-words-for-year.html – a good way of starting the year, a new project or the term.

http://www.getloupe.com/ – what Wordle does for words, this does for picture, great for digital display.

http://sketchcast.com/ – allows you to make little films of you sketching something, useful for ‘how to’ demonstrations

http://www.explania.com/en – Instructional animations on many topics.

http://ictmagic.visibli.com/share/OCvhyW – Spelling wizard, a way for students to learn topic specific spellings.

Maths

http://www.greatmathsteachingideas.com/2010/07/10/the-fibonacci-sequence-in-nature/ – the Fibonacci sequence in nature.

Geography

http://online.seterra.net/en/ – lots of online Geography quizzes

Science

http://www.rkm.com.au/animations.html – quicktime aninmations for all aspects of Science.

English

http://audioliterate.com/ – downloadable and streamable free audio books.

http://www.telescopictext.com/ – Great tool for teaching sentence structure.

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/persuasion_map/ – a really great way of planning your arguments.

 

History

http://www.worldology.com/Europe/Europe_History.swf – Interactive map of Europe.

http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/ – the Anne Frank site.

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http://www.mrspripp.blogspot.com/2012/01/you-dont-have-to-be-technology-whiz-but.html – a great blog on ‘having a go’ with tech.

http://mrcolley.com/blog/ict-skills-for-teachers/twitter-for-teachers/ – a presentation on Twitter for teachers and the huge amount of CPD that is available for free on it.

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/11/60-second-adventures-in-thought.html – Open University project of short films about thought.

http://wondermind.tate.org.uk/ – how the brain works and thinking skills.

http://www.blockposters.com/ – make any image into a large poster.

http://www.capzles.com/ – another way for students to display work.

http://search.creativecommons.org/ – a site for searching through the huge amount so ‘creative commons’ copyright free things on the web.

http://www.podomatic.com/login – I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks like it could be promising.  A simple way of producing podcasts for your students.

http://www.screenr.com/ – a really good web based screen recording tool.  Great for ‘how to’ videos for programmes you use.

http://tagul.com/ – Makes lovely tag and word clouds.

Physics

http://ictmagic.visibli.com/share/GrS2cJ – Nasa site for education ‘Eyes on the Earth’

Geography

http://ictmagic.visibli.com/share/GrS2cJ – Nasa site for education ‘Eyes on the Earth’

Psychology

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/11/60-second-adventures-in-thought.html – Open University project of short films about thought.

http://wondermind.tate.org.uk/ – how the brain works and thinking skills.

Music

http://www.isleoftune.com/ – a silly but fun way of making music.

MFL

http://lingro.com/ – allows you to translate a whole website into another language and then look at each word in turn.

Welcome to 2012 – New Year finds…

General

http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/turning-students – being a lazy teacher…

http://reflectivemathsteacher.posterous.com/plenary-ideas – lots of plenary ideas.

http://www.britishpathe.com/ – so many films here, great for the humanities, mentioned before but always worth a mention again.

English

http://learningspy.co.uk/2011/07/16/hula-hooping-about-literature/ – teaching with hula-hoops (particularly good for ‘An Inspector Calls’

http://www.austinkleon.com/category/newspaper-blackout-poems/ – poems usings newspapers and a felt-tip!

http://oneword.com/ – One word appears at the top of the page – you have 60 seconds to write about it – great for starters…

http://blog.flocabulary.com/simile/ – teaching simile with rap and hip hop.

Georgraphy

https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dfc7f644_22cz4scmhf&pli=1 – online geography games.

History

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15818052 – history teaching through the years.

MFL

http://taskmagic.posterous.com/exploiting-authentic-texts-french-les-all-bla – teaching with authentic texts.

Science

http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/teaching-technology/tswt – lots of useful science teaching links.

Media Studies

http://www.frankwbaker.com/default1.htm – lots of useful media things…

 

December finds…

General

http://zoom.it/  allows you zoom into any picture on the web – lots of teaching uses…

http://www.curriculumbits.com/  lots of interactive resources for a variety of subjects.

http://webexpedition18.com/articles/awesome-creative-infographics/ Many reasons why we should be evolving the way we teach…

http://www.educaching.com/educaching.html Anyone out there Geocache?  Well now you can Educache…

http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/2011/11/21st-century-skills-are-so-last-century.html – what are the 21st century skills we should be teaching our students?

 

Media

http://www.notesfrommcteach.com/2010/09/learning-to-blog-using-paper.html Learning to blog using paper

Music and possibly physics?

http://vimeo.com/7792511  – music video with a graph making… or something like that!

Science

http://www.youtube.com/stevespanglerscience – many many Science videos.

http://vimeo.com/11590751 Beautiful stop motion water cycle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw – video of a massive aquarium – beautiful.

English

http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/timeline/index.html  – an amazing timeline of English documents from the British Library.

And two interesting infographics…

 

November finds 2

General

http://www.wallwisher.com/ – an online wall to stick stuff on!

http://www.weebly.com/ – a really simple website creator.

http://www.zondle.com/ – lots of games to play on lots of subjects and you can create your own.

http://www.tiki-toki.com/ – a rather slick looking timeline creator.

Science

http://smarterlearning.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/augmented-reality-in-education/ – Augmented reality for use in science.

Maths

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/ngfl/maths/echalk/rotation/index.htm – great tool for teaching rotations

Geography

http://www.worldmapper.org/index.html – lots of different maps and animations representing populaiton, product etc

Music

http://www.beatlab.com/ – a really simple grid based tool for composition

http://mapofmetal.com/#/home – a map representation of the development of metal music.

November Finds

General

http://www.classtools.net/fb/home/page – allows you to create fake ‘Facebook’ page for a character in a book or a person in history.

http://www.creativeeducation.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/09/10-reasons-to-tweet/ – 10 reasons to get  on Twitter!

http://visual.ly/ – an infographic website, lots of subjects covered in many beautiful ways.

English

http://issuu.com/missgroeller/docs/jenny – absolutely brilliant issuu published book of class poems!

http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Secondary-English-6084041/ – a video on teaching grammar from the TES.

http://figment.com/ – a writing sharing website.

Media

http://fordlcmusicvideo.blogspot.com/ – an excellent resource on music video and postmodernism.

http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/rating?time=30 – A great resource for colour design.

http://www.adamranson.plus.com/iconfrontpage.htm – an excellent media teaching resource.