What’s a GIF? (and why you should use one)

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I have been using GIFs more and more in my classes. I only learned about these this school year from the huge number that people share them on Google+.  The example below was playing in the background yesterday while my students were doing a lab investigating how the rate of evaporation affected crystal growth. What […]

12 Fun Gifs That Put the Technology into Education

The Modern Classroom

Nothing speaks Internet better than animated gifs! Once relegated to the ‘Internet Hall of Shame’, Animated gifs are totally back, and actually a really easy way to inject some fun into lessons and material. Try using Giphy, the animated gif search engine, to find the perfect piece of animated silliness to put into your next lesson. […]

Fun and Accessible Computer Science Tools for Kids

Computer Science Tools for Kids

Computer Science can sound pretty daunting, particularly if you don’t know a lot about the subject, and it is often thought of as the preserve of ‘geeks’ or particularly intelligent students. The idea that it is particularly difficult can put off students who might actually have a real natural ability for the subject, which is […]

Using Web Tools to Build Student Confidence

Build Student Confidence

As any teacher will know, a huge amount of student achievement stems not just from knowledge and understanding, but from having confidence in themselves and their own abilities. Countless times, a student who has all the tools they need, but just has doubts about their own ability, will fail to achieve the level they actually […]

4 Brilliant Resources for Paperless Books

Paperless Books

There is nothing in the world quite like a good book. Reading, whether curled up by the fire, secretly holding a torch under the duvet, or simply drifting through life with your nose firmly wedged between the pages, is one of the most wonderful things in life. As a veritable devourer of books since childhood, […]

3 Brilliant Resources for Home Learning

Resources for Home Learning

There are a variety of reasons why you might want students to be able to access excellent sites for brushing up on topics at home. Many teachers are now using the Flipped Classroom model, which sees the usual order of teaching reversed, so that students learn the main nuts and bolts of a new topic […]

Using Animoto in the Classroom

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It’s unusual for me to write a blog post extolling the virtues of a single edtech tool – I usually prefer a rundown of several resource that can be used for any given subject, because there are so many brilliant tools out there to feature and usually so many advantages and disadvantages to using each […]

5 Chrome Apps and Extensions to Help ESL Learners

Chrome Extensions for ESL Learners

Last week in Stockholm, I attended the Google summit and it blew my mind. Although I’m still in beta shock and am coming to terms of how I will reinvent my practice with what I learned, there were some immediate take aways with apps and extensions to the chrome browser. Although these are for general […]

3 EdTech Tools to Kick Off the New Year

EdTech New year

Have you made a new year’s resolution? Or perhaps ten? Are you one of those people who thinks the whole thing is nonsense and you’ll never stick to it, so there’s no point in making one in the first place? Whatever your stance, the New Year is a good opportunity for a healthy dose of […]

5 Real Benefits of Using Animation in the Classroom

Animation in the Classroom

Some teachers are a little torn over the use of animation in the classroom – lots love it but sometimes people feel it can be a time-consuming waste of precious classroom hours, with students spending a long time perfecting something that they don’t believe has huge educational value. In fact, there are fantastic concrete reasons […]