Gooru: The Ultimate Educational Search Tool

People are always recommending new online sites that are useful for classroom teaching and learning. However with so many available options I find myself gravitating towards resources that are easy to use as I don’t have the time to learn the ins and outs of every resource. After someone recently recommended Gooru, I decided to check it out and having done so I definitely think it is one to watch…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

GoAnimate – free cartoon creation online

Goanimate is a free online cartoon tool. You can sign up for a free personal version which has restricted features and functions or you can sign up for a schools version which gives you access to lots of features for free.GoAnimate4schools allows you to create accounts for pupils and teachers. For the schools version you will need to use an email account that is associated with your school, such as…

Read more Leave a comment

A useful free classroom tool: Scribble maps

​ Many teachers are already using Google maps to enhance their teaching and students learning in the primary classroom. Scribble maps is a very useful online tool that allows teachers to bring Google maps a step further in their classroom. http://www.scribblemaps.com/ What is it? Scribble maps allows you to edit and customise your own Google maps. Teachers and pupils can use the tool to draw on or label any map…

Read more Leave a comment

A useful free classroom tool: Scribble maps

​ Many teachers are already using Google maps to enhance their teaching and students learning in the primary classroom. Scribble maps is a very useful online tool that allows teachers to bring Google maps a step further in their classroom. http://www.scribblemaps.com/ What is it? Scribble maps allows you to edit and customise your own Google maps. Teachers and pupils can use the tool to draw on or label any map…

Read more Leave a comment