01/10/2014

Blog 30: My favourite free teacher tools

Here are some of the free tools that I have found most useful throughout my time as a teacher. 

Lino app/ www.linoit.com

My class love this.  It's basically a pin board on which you can add notes, reminders, documents and photos.  You can set your boards to private, or share them with certain users.  Use it on browsers or tablets (app).  We have one account logged into all devices, so boards are easily shared and sync across all users.  There's also an option to allow people to add pins via email. A good way of collecting homework!

Popplet

Again, this is either browser or app based. Pupils can create mind maps, adding text and images. The paid version allows collaborative mind maps that sync across devices.

ClassTools.net

This site is crammed full of useful webtools. A few of my most used ones include:


Random Name Selector

Use these tools to randomly select pupils from your class. Get rid of the lolly sticks and try this!

Countdown Timer


Choose from a range of well known soundtracks, or upload your own MP3s and turn them into timers.  The range of songs available makes it versatile and applicable to a range of tasks.

Alternatively you can use the other countdown timer to link You Tube songs to the timer. 

Fakebook

A great tool for creating biographies and presenting them in an interesting way. Create fake Facebook style profiles and print.

Twister

A fake Twitter generator. Useful for summarising key events. For exampe, Tweet as Winston Churchill the day war ended. Kids love the challenge of writing in just 140 characters.

QwikSlides

A simple multimedia presentation maker. Good for younger pupils.

www.bit.ly

A site that shortens URLs. Ideal if you use Google Forms or collaborative documents. Peraonalise the address. e.g. a long url will become www.bit.ly/mypage

KidBlog

A free blogging service. Either blog on browser or via the app. 100MB free storage and you can add pupil users.

Edmodo

Edmodo is a free, social network style learning and sharing platform.  Share out work, recieve work, set polls, tasks and reminders.  Pupils can engage in safe and secure discussions, connecting with users from the class only.  Again, browser and app.

Google Apps for Education/ Google Classroom

A fantastic suite of tools allowing you to create staff and pupil emails, create collaborative office documents online, create survey forms (great for quick and easy assessment), create websites and much more.
Google Classroom allows you, as teacher, to send out work and receive work to your online 'classroom'.  No need for paper. No need to print. You can mark it online and send feedback back to the pupils.  For more information click here.

BlogMap

Blogmap is a world map with pins on. The pins link to over 240 class blogs world wide.  You can explore the physical enviroment surrounding a school before looking at and commenting on their blog.  I included this site as a shameless plug! (My own site)

Other really useful tools include:
  • Nearpod
  • Socrative
  • Doceri
  • Symbaloo
  • and many more


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