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App of the week - Kaizena

Kaizana allows you to provide verbal feedback linked to a Google Doc. Once you are over the ‘cringe’ factor, verbal feedback is faster than typing and research shows that it can be more effective. This tool integrates well with Google Drive and the existing comments features to provide an alternative way to give feedback (remember, Ofsted don’t prescribe a particular approach and verbal feedback might be easier in practical subjects!)

 

A new revision and testing regime!

Today I started a new system of testing for my Year 13 Business and Economics students in a bid to sharpen their knowledge and exam technique for their A2 paper.  Simply, the system involves students sitting two exam questions in exam conditions each lesson between now and their exam.

Connecting teachers and researchers #rEDCamb 2015

On Saturday 14th March, Jonathan Sharples and I gave a presentation at a researchED Research Leads event at Cambridge University. Our intended focus was to explain the value of connecting teachers with researchers, from a researcher and teacher perspective, and to outline a new service that aims to facilitate more connections on a national scale.

App of the week - ToonDoo

ToonDoo is a web-based free comic strip creator where the focus is on the storytelling and creativity rather than drawing skills. Easily put together visually appealing comics to describe storyboards, processes etc.

 

http://www.toondoo.com/View.toon?param=742229

 

Start at ToonDoo.com by signing up for a free account. After this step, you must sign into your account and click on the “Create” button in the top right corner of the webpage.

 

App of the week - Gojimo revision app

Gojimo

 

This is simply the best quickfire revision quiz app. It has a range of GCSE and A-level subjects, questions all contain detailed explanations, it is aligned to English exam board curricula, it tracks progress, is easy to use and free!

 

 

 

21st century learning means revision on the move and squeezing work into otherwise dead time such as a bus journey.

 

App of the week - Google Keep

Google Keep

 

Sometimes the simplest tools are the best. Google Keep is a quick note taking app with the advantage that the notes are stored in the cloud and can be accessed from any device. And as you expect from a tool integrated with Google Apps, notes can be easily shared.

 

 

Apps of the Conference

Our 2015 ChALLenge Conference was remarkable in many ways, with eLearning as one of the threads that ran through the conference.

Below is a link to the Quick Start guides that were created for the conference workshops:

http://goo.gl/Exbzwc

The apps used during conference were

  • Post-it Plus
  • Kahoot
  • EdPuzzle
  • Socrative
  • Book Creator
  • Padlet
  • Skitch

App of the week - Appshed

Building Apps with Appshed

 

Surely building an app is too difficult for either teachers or students? Wrong! All students in year 8 at Sandringham have built an app in a single day. A tool called Appshed makes it easy.

 

Appshed is a web-based tool that creates ‘apps’ that are really mobile websites. There are significant advantags to this approach: there isn’t any software to install, the apps will run on any device with a web browser and you don’t need to go through the submission and approval process with the app store owners.

 

App of the week - Study Blue

StudyBlue Flashcards

 

Getting to the business end of the year in terms of preparing exam classes, one effective revision technique it to use Flashcards. StudyBlue is a slick tool for creating flashcards on any device and includes quizzing and testing.

 

Here is a short intro video to introduce how easy it is to create Flashcards on StudyBlue using the app (there are free apps on both iOS and Android:

 

You can access the site at https://www.studyblue.com or via the mobile apps.

 

App of the week - Challenge Week

It is the beginning of our ChALLange week. Why not take the opportunity to try out some eLearning tools to ‘remix’ your lesson and up the variety and level of challenge for all?

 

Tom Sherrington, @headguruteacher, describes the idea of Flow, where the challenge levels are continually just ahead of the level of skills:

 

Tom’s contention is that the most common reason for lessons to be sub-standard is that tasks are insufficiently challenging. The following are suggestions for high challenge learning activities:

 

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