Make Your Presentations Pop with These Free Tools

Presentations Free Tools

These days audiences expect more from presentations. We want to interact, and we expect access to the presentation again afterwards. We also expect audio and video, not just stills.  Slides seem  to have become synonymous with bad presentations, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Used well, slides are a great medium for communicating ideas, providing visual summaries, analogies and […]

Quick and Easy Assessments Using Google Forms

Quick and Easy Assessments Using Google Forms

Overview There are many many different assessment tools that claim to be designed for educators. Some are free, some are expensive, some are excellent and some are appalling. Google Forms does not claim to be an all singing all dancing assessment engine but that is exactly what makes it so neat. Simply a tool to ‘collect information […]

Create Engaging ‘Comic’ Lessons with Halftone 2

Engaging ‘Comic’ Lessons with Halftone 2

Overview Halftone 2 is comic creation app that gives you the ability to turn photos, pictures and images into professional and engaging comics and scrapbooks. A really neat tool with a number of interesting applications, the app can be particularly useful in the classroom for creating lessons that catch student attention as well as a […]

Super Easy Class Collaboration Using Padlet

Class Collaboration Using Padlet

Overview For those not yet familiar with Padlet, it’s an extremely versatile tool that is probably best described as a digital ‘post-it’ board. It’s being used by many educators and organizations as a tool to share and visualize any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text), together with anyone, from any device. Name: Padlet (formerly wallwisher) […]

Start Your Day the #EdTech Way with a Techie Brekkie?

What is a Techie Brekkie?

This guest post from Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz) was originally posted on Craig Kemp’s Professional Reflection Blog. ICTuesday’s, Techie Brekkies, Techie sessions, whatever you call them – if you do them right they will create an exciting sharing culture within your school. I have been involved with Techie Brekkies for a long time now and have been inspired […]

The Benefits of Flipped Classes on Student Workloads

The Benefits of Flipped Classes on Student Workloads

I have to confess that when I started collecting data about my students’ attitudes about my flipped classes I was hoping that most of them would say that it helped them become better writers and learners. I teach introductory writing and literature classes, and so I want to show my peers and my administrators that […]

The Five C’s of Educational Leadership

The Five C’s of Educational Leadership

In previous posts, I’ve written about the 4 C’s of 21st century learning. I discussed their importance to student growth, innovation, and success. I talked about removing technology from the conversation in order to focus on the skills themselves. And like many before me, I suggested we move past the need to call them 21st […]

Whole School Tech – to LMS or Not to LMS?

Whole School Tech – to LMS or Not to LMS?

One of the exciting aspects of being a teacher in the 21st century (there I said it) is the constant stream of new tech and apps that are able to make arduous tasks quicker, our students more engaged, our learning programs more dynamic and our own professional development personalised. Alongside the excitement is a frustration […]

Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too…

Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too

What is 21st century learning? It is collaboration. It is creativity. It is critical thinking and problem-solving. It is research and information literacy. It is digital citizenship. It is responsible use. We expect our children to develop these skills. We integrate these skills in our every day lessons so that our students can grow and […]