Great E-Learning Tools

Formerly titled ‘Great Web 2.0 Software’ but could just as easily be called ‘Edtech Tools’ …

Using ICT as an aid to learning does not need to be fun, it needs to be engaging. However, using the tools outlined below is usually both.

An absolutely brilliant resource, managed by Tom Barrett, but with many contributions from other people, is the oft-updated Interesting Ways … series (I have included relevant links from this below)

Some of these web 2.0 resources have excellent 2 sided starter sheets here: (again, I have included the relevant links below as well).

Online Software What does it do? Links for more info
google search
Unusual flavours of the renowned search engine
Allows you to search the internet ... everyone knows that ... but Google are constantly innovating with some excellent 'twists' on the traditional search that are well worth exploring - see links to the right

Prezi on Google Search Tricks

Use Google Search in the Classroom

google fastflip
google scholar
google squared
Plus, for further google promotion … 100 Ways Google Can Make You a Better Educator

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers
Dynamic presentations
Allows you to create dynamic, non-linear presentations that can look really great.
Some teachers love to design these as teacher aids.
Take this a step further – ask your students to design them.

Thoughts on using Prezi as a teaching tool

Geography Example - Ocean Currents
Prezi in the Classroom

Getting Started With Prezi


Explore the world in 3D

"Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others."

Group conversations around a central resource

"A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too".
Use Voicethread in the Classroom Leakey’s Bubble – Voicethread Reflections (Primary School focus)

Voicethread tutorials


Post-it notes on a web page

Wall wisher is a free, online notice board maker. It’s ideal for making announcements, posting notes and responding to questions. Wall wisher is an online bulletin board that can be collaborative and interactive.

Example wallwisher:

Word clouds gathered from text

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

Use Wordle in the Classroom

starter sheet – wordle.pdf

Glogsterlogo note: use

Online posters

Online poster designer - posters can contain rich, dynamic content such as audio, youtube clips, scrollable text. Note that teachers should sign up for edu accounts.
Example - What Is Geography



Alternatives: xtimeline and tiki-toki (this has a beautiful interface)

Can be used to create a rich multimedia timeline (or other sequential narrative, such as a storyboard).
Quick survey
The fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices.
Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere.


wikis by wetpaint

Wikis – build collaborative web sites

A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages ... [they] are often used to create collaborative wiki websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, … and in knowledge management systems. [source: wikipedia]
edorigami’s wikispaces v2.pdf
Micro-blogging; one of the biggest social networks available
Micro-Blogging in 140 characters or less …
Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now …Twitter keeps you informed with what matters most to you today and helps you discover what might matter to you most tomorrow.

Easy podcasting

Free, online podcasting (record audio that can be imported into a podcast feed as on itunes for example.
Use Audio in Your Classroom

or various alternatives for creating a screencast (see links to right)
Record what you do and say on the computer; make an instructional movie clip.
Record your activity on screen together with audio (using a mike) to create simple instructional videos. Great for students to explain aspects of their learning. Designed for twitter, but you can use it in its own right without twitter. Thanks Matt.
28 Seriously Useful Tools for Creating Your Own Screencast

Good alternatives to screenr (which has a 5 minute limit):

star ethocom (15 min limit, export to different files – v. good ) (3 minute limit – good for twitter or email)

Create comic strips
Make and share comic strips for free a ... click-n-drag comic creator
Tap Into The World Of Comics

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