Web Literacy Classes from Mozilla

The Internet is all-pervasive in today’s world and it is increasingly becoming an essential element of all our lives. There is now a real need to educate all in society on how to use this powerful technology in meaningful ways. All too often people only use it to navigate and consume other people’s ideas and content online but there is so much more we can do. Lisa Neilsen, the Innovative…

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AutoCollage – Microsoft Research

Microsoft AutoCollage is another free tool available to teachers in Irish primary and post-primary schools. It was developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge. It can compile a number of images into one collage using face detection and object recognition before blending images together in a seamless method. Possible uses of AutoCollage in a school setting include teachers and pupils compiling posters, displays of pupil work, storytelling projects, recording important school…

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Studyclix.ie

In April 2012 a new website was launched called Studyclix.ie. The site was built by a Luke Saunders, a Secondary School teacher in Sligo. The website is aimed at second level students and teachers and is free of charge. Studyclix.ie breaks up the main Junior and Leaving Cert. subjects into curricular topics which links to all past exam question​s with marking schemes attached. Another useful feature of the site is…

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Quick and Easy Screencasts with Screenr

Screenr (http://www.screenr.com) is a free web-based tool for creating short (limited to 5 minutes in length) screencasts (video recording of a computer screen that can be accompanied by audio narration). There is no software to install on your computer (you may be asked to allow a Java applet to run however) which means it can run on both PC and Mac and can also be accessed from any computer with…

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BETT 2012 & Free Programming Tools

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the BETT show in London. This has now become an annual pilgrimage to view what is new in the world of technology and education. At first glance this year’s show didn’t appear very different from other years but when you went under the surface there were some notable gems. In particular there was an increase in “free” quality resources for schools, particularly…

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Easy Video Conferencing with Big Marker

​Big Marker is a new free service for conducting online conferences. Having given it a look over on a friend’s recommendation, Big Marker looks like a great option for conducting online tutoring sessions, brainstorming sessions, and other online presentations. Big Marker allows you to create your choice of a private or a public online meeting room. If you make your room public anyone can join. If you make your room…

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SUPER Conversion Software

There are a number of software packages that I always install on a new computer when I’m first setting it up. One of these is a free application called SUPER, which stands for Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. Basically SUPER is a free piece of software which can be used to convert a video or audio file from one format to another.  While there are of course many packages…

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Pushing Twitter further with Tweetdeck

The power of Twitter for educators has been well illustrated by others in previous posts on this blog. For most of us, when we first set up our Twitter account, we tend to use the Twitter website as the place we go to read and post tweets. This is how I started also; however as I began to realise the increasing usefulness of Twitter, I also felt the need for…

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280 Slides

280 Slides is a free online application that lets you create presentations quickly and easily right in the browser.With it, you can create a presentation, theme it, add graphics and video, and then present it, share it via SlideShare, or download it as a PowerPoint or PDF file. It’s so smooth to use that it’s hard to tell the difference in the experience between working in a traditional presentation application…

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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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