Teacher’s Pet

This is the handiest tool I have used in my classroom in a while. Teacher’s pet is a tool which runs through your word document helping you create worksheets in a flash. These can be saved and edited again and again saving you time. It certainly lives up to its logo – Busy Teachers’ Best Friend! Some ideas of worksheets include a bingo maker (which I use very frequently), word…

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Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter is a very handy piece of “free” software allowing you to convert videos to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MPEG, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVDs, convert online videos directly from 40+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube. This piece of software is built using Microsoft’s .Net Framework 4. Lining the top are media buttons for video, audio, DVD, and photo,…

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Kidblog – Easy Blogging for Primary School Students

Are you looking for a safe, free to use, advertisement free, easy to manage blog for your primary school students? Kidsblog http://kidblog.org/home.php has ticked many of the boxes for me. I had toiled with the idea of using edublogs, blogger, wordpress, scoilnet blogs and others but this was just so clear cut for the purpose and was separate from the school blog. And what’s more, it can also be accessed…

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Are you sitting comfortably? It’s Storytime…

The Storyline Online website, a literacy development initiative from the Screen Actors Guild of America, is a collection of short stories narrated on screen by actors (some of whom each of you will recognise, depending on your era!). The stories take between 5 and 10 minutes each to tell, and feature animations and images from their respective book illustrators. They are charming and captivating, and very educational in that subtle…

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Cartoon Story Maker 1.1

​ Cartoon Story Maker 1.1 is a lovely piece of free software used to create 2D cartoons. Children can import an unlimited number of ready made backgrounds called frames or use their own e.g. the school, the yard.  The cartoons/stories are great to encourage children’s language skills. They can be used for any target language. Children can also record their voices for a more interactive cartoon. They can add speech…

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Take the Line for a Walk

Every year I look for something in art that is fun, has little clean up and incorporates ICT. For the last two years I have used the artist Paul Klee as a starting point. The art lesson involves looking and responding to the work of Paul Klee who he said that when he was drawing, it was like taking the line for a walk. Strand: Paint and Colour Stand Unit:…

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