Webtool A Week

You can find a Symbaloo webmix of all the tools featured on the blog here. Feel free to share…

Week 39: Google

Whilst the way Google operate is not to everyone’s liking their products have begun to change the way many schools operate. 20 million students worldwide are using Google Apps according to Jeff Dunn in his article about going Google. From the now commonplace Google Docs for collaboration in the classroom, Forms for surveys, Chat for quick discussions to the less well known tools such as searching by reading level, Google has an increasing range of tools to help the teacher and student alike.

There are an increasing number of Chrome extensions (tools that live inside of your Chrome Browser and provide additional functionality by connecting to other web utilities), 12 of which are discussed in this Edudemic article. Other tools such as Earth, Street View and Maps provide rich opportunities for learning.

If Android apps become available through a browser (a Chrome coloured Android robot has been spotted at Google HQ) then the popularity of Chromebooks would rocket. Whilst I can’t yet live my professional life entirely in the cloud and via my Chromebook it is not far away…

Week 38: Awesome Screenshot

Thanks to @realsmart for this one; Awesome Screenshot is a Chrome extension that does exactly what it suggests – captures all or part of what is on your computer screen. Once captured you can annotate with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text. There is also an eraser to remove any sensitive information. The image can then be saved online and a shareable link generated or saved straight to your Google Drive.  There are plenty of classroom applications for this, from simply showing students where to find particular information to highlighting particular aspects of language or annotating photographs. There is a demonstration video here.


Whilst this blog is the home of webtools that are free I am making an exception for Blippit for three reasons. Firstly, there is a free trial available; second, because it is remarkably cheap and finally, the technical support is second to none.

Blippit is a web-based tool for creating mobile apps that work on any internet-enabled device. It is designed specifically for schools and combines drag and drop as well as coding thus making it accessible across the age range. Also, the school has total control of student accounts and publishing the apps.

I met John Bidder (MD) at the EICE conference in Manchester in March and after the sales pitch signed up for a free trial. The first app designed was for year 11 students, to aid them with their revision. Once complete I simply posted the QR code that is provided with each completed app and the students merrily linked to the app (including those with battered Blackberrys).

Since then I’ve used Blippit with a wide range of abilities in year 8 in Geography and ICT with success.

The biggest test of Blippit came last week when we ran our first Project Based Learning event. Over 3 days a group of 7 mixed-age students designed apps for year 6 students, to ease their transition from primary to “big” school. The students taught themselves how Blippit worked and sourced all of the content themselves.  We combined the design process with critique from the group of students and a wide range of adults via a blog. The comments (including some from Blippit HQ) really made the students aim for a thoroughly professional end product. The apps can be accessed via the blog or here, here and here. Altrenatively read a blog post from Blippit themselves, as to how they saw the project unfold.

Planet Blippit is the best place to see the kind of apps that students are producing; it is the unique app store. Do have a look at the Seaton Burn College page to see what our young people have produced in less than 3 hours. Also worth a look are the “choose your own adventure” apps from Porchester Junior School.

The technical support from John and the team has been superb. From instant replies late on Friday evenings, sending bespoke code on request, answering e-mails from students and providing lengthy critique of their work; they have provided a mighty service at every turn.

Take a look at a video showing how Blippit works, view the detailed FAQs, and the Twitter feed and check out the UK education prices and then sign up for a free trial.

I’m sure you will be as impressed as I have been.

Week 37: lettrs.com

Thanks go to @katerussell for featuring this on @BBCClick. Lettrs.com is a site through which users can send traditional looking digital letters around the world. The thinking is that it saves the hassle of paper, envelopes, stamps and trips to the postbox. Once signed up choose your style of paper and type away. In school this could add a new twist to any letter writing tasks and as a teacher you could send your feedback via a reply in letter form, thus modelling the techniques and layout you wish them to achieve. There is also great potential for letters from historical figures, scientists, geographers in far flung corners of the earth and aliens! There are mobile apps for iOS and Android, a good introductory video, a blog, Twitter feed and a dedicated page to the use of lettrs.com in education. Well worth trying out.

Week 36: Infogr.am

John Tait reminded me about infographics during his presentation at #TMgeorge this week. Whilst John uses Piktocharts you might wish to try infogr.am over the summer. The ability to create your graphs and charts from spreadsheets, add maps, images and videos makes this a tool with plenty of potential. Export features are only available via subscription sadly, but the infographics you create can be published online, shared via link or even password protected. There is a blog, infogr.am are on Twitter and a great tutorial video from Hannah Tyreman to get you started.

Week 35: Tagul

Tagul is another tool for creating word clouds, and so is similar to Wordle and Tagxedo. The subtle difference is that there are a range of custom shapes available, some fancy rollover effects and it will work with non-Flash devices (iPads etc). There is a quick tutorial video here, FAQs here and a gallery of Tagul creations here. Whilst Tagul is still in Beta it is free, but there are no guarantees that this will be the case forever. Use it quick!

Week 34: Flubaroo

Flubaroo is a tool to help with marking and grading work; it works with Google Forms. It is at its simplest marking multiple-choice questions and is a real time saver; time which can be used in providing feedback and next steps. The Flubaroo website gives a good overview of how the script works in 3 minutes and is the best starting place. The analytical tools mean that it is easy for teachers to spot areas of weakness for particular students, or across a class in general, meaning you have evidence of where interventions need to take place. Another free and web-based tool to try!

Week 33: StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a “discovery engine”. Choose a particular category and it provides a selection of web pages recommended by other users (an automated word of mouth approach). Users rate a site by giving it a thumbs up/thumbs down selection on the StumbleUpon toolbar. In terms of classroom use there are numerous potential uses, from providing up to date content for forthcoming lessons to providing stimulus materials for students as they stumble their way through a topic. Edudemic provide a nice list of possible uses here. With apps and extensions for the majority of browsers and devices this could be a great way to find all manner of content you didn’t know you needed!

Week 32: scrible

Scrible might help students improve their ability to acknowledge sources of information on the internet, and focus on the essential information they are looking for. Scrible lets you highlight and annotate text and images on a webpage and then save the webpage to return to later. By simply installing a free bookmarklet you can pick out text and add commentray notes to any webpage. There are numerous other tools that let you mark up and save web pages, but Scrible has features like exporting your notes to Word docs and masses of colour choices. This page shows how scrible works at its most simple, this page shows a more detailed use; there is a blog, a Twitter page and a tutorial video to get you started. As always, it is free to sign up and there is a student edition with additional features. Throw away the highlighter pens!

Week 31: Mentormob

This is a new content curation tool designed to guide students through pages relevant to their learning rather than wading through the pages Google throws up based on popularity rather than relevance. Once you have signed up for a free account choose web content (videos, webpages, blogs, Google Docs) and arrange it in a playlist, alongside exercises you design to check and test their understanding. Share the playlist via a link and students can access relevant content chosen by you. The interface is clean and simple for students and creating playlists is quick and easy for staff. There are excellent tutorials on the MentorMob site, they are on Twitter and have a YouTube channel for further advice. This could be a great way to flip the classroom if you haven’t tried flipping before.

Week 30: Hackasaurus

Hackasaurus “makes it easy to mash up and change any web page like magic all within your browser. The X-Ray Goggles allow learners to see what the web is made of, remix and change web pages by making it easy to tinker and mess around with the building blocks that make up the web.” Designed by Mozilla, Hackasaurus worked exceptionally well with year 8 this week as they changed the content of the Seaton Burn College, Sunderland and One Direction websites!  Hackasaurus also came in handy to celebrate the College under 14s winning a national football trophy:


Hackasaurus is remarkably easy to pick up and has endless opportunities in the classroom; well worth looking into. There is an introductory video at the bottom of this page, a blog and Twitter to get you started.

Week 29: Skype

Skype provides free video and voice calls over the internet. We used Skype to connect with Colin Eccles who works at Cockermouth Travel to learn about the impacts the floods in 2009 had on Colin himself and the business. Every student prepared a question (using John Sayers’ question grid) and spoke with Colin individually.  The Skype in the Classroom project aims to provide links to particular people/classes who are willing to share their stories, so saving the job of finding an expert with Skype yourself. It is a great resource and, as long as your internet is reliable, a super way of getting experts into your classroom.

Week 28: Symbaloo

I’ve been using Speed Dial for a while now, as a way of arranging the ever increasing number of essential websites that I access regularly. However it has proved a little tricky for students to get the hang of. Having to collect the URLs of images because of the limited number of pre-defined logos being the biggest issue. So we have begun using Symbaloo in the classroom; it is a simple way of collecting quick links to the websites you use most frequently. Using the Chrome Bookmarker makes it easier still. With the option of creating different pages for sets of bookmarks (different subjects/topics perhaps) and sharing pages this is a staff and student tool with plenty of uses across school. There is a short introductory video here and a more detailed tutorial here.

I’ve created a webmix of each tool in this section of the blog, in chronological order. Enjoy and feel free to share.

Week 27: Triptico

Since Triptico was featured in week 16 it has had a number of new tools added and existing tools improved so fully deserves another mention. Triptico is, ”a simple desktop app, packed full of innovative resources to enable you to quickly create engaging interactive learning” designed by David Riley. Triptico provides a high quality Word Magnets template, a classy Order Sorter tool, two timers, a lovely tool for randomizing groups, a selector tool, a text spinner and a number of quiz tools of which Find Ten is my favourite. Also available is an interactive version of SLOW writing as described in my post here. Triptico is a free resource, whilst Triptico Plus provides exclusive resources and bonus features, such as cloud storage. Triptico also has an excellent blog detailing ways to use the resources and a short video giving a quick overview of some of the learning resources available on the app. David’s latest addition is a series of “Break Time Ideas”, simple ways you can use some of the resources within Triptico. The first 3 are here, here and here. A superb tool which we should all use!

Week 26: ClassCharts

This looks like a great tool, and thanks go to John Sayers (again) for his tip-off on Twitter. ClassCharts is a tool to set up seating plans that contain contextual data, including photographs. On top of that there is a behaviour management element, with the ability to add or take away points based on criteria you set (similar to Class Dojo – see week 10). The beauty of ClassCharts is the ability to rearrange the seating plan by dragging and dropping or by selecting one of the sets of contextual data (so you can seat by any contextual indicator you choose, reading age for example). There are numerous room layouts to choose from, the ability to invite other staff to collaborate on a chart, and detailed reports available to reflect upon.  There is an introductory video here , FAQs further down the page, testimonials here and ClassCharts are on Twitter. Plans are afoot to integrate with SIMS and add a markbook which could make this an essential tool for many teachers.

Week 25: Poll Everywhere

I finally got round to using Poll Everywhere this week; having presented 5 consecutive assemblies to year 11 about preparing for exams I wanted some feedback on whether my input had benefited them or not. Poll Everywhere is an easy way to gather real time feedback through the use of the mobile phones/browsers of the audience. Once you have created your free account (this allows you up to 40 respondents) set the questions (which can be multiple choice or free text) and share the numbers to be texted to gather responses. As it is real time the feedback display changes as more and more responses come in.  For a clearer explanation than mine have a look here or watch this tutorial. Cost may be a consideration; whilst texting an answer may cost the student, the large majority of them have unlimited text bundles and so it is within their existing price plan. Poll Everywhere can also be embedded into PowerPoint making it a novel way to check understanding.

Week 24: TodaysMeet

Thanks to Jason Bretzmann for sharing TodaysMeet via his excellent newsletter. TodaysMeet is designed to harness the backchannel – the thoughts and comments of the audience (in your class or during a presentation). Although Twitter is commonly used as a backchannel this is not always practical in a school situation. TodaysMeet is a very simple website which serves as a great alternative. There is a dialogue box that asks you to name your room (into which all of the comments will be saved for a set period of time). Once you have created your room it appears as its own website.  Students, or anyone else can then join your room.  Participants don’t use any logins, they simply choose a name and then click “Join.” Once they join, students can type up to 140 characters and then click “Say.” TodaysMeet could also be used for feedback (or feedforward), capturing comments or questions or as a place to collect questions. TodaysMeet has a blog, an FAQ and a hashtag to get you started.

Week 23: Behappy.me

This is a lovely site providing happy quotes, “filling your life with inspiration and happiness”. Many of the quotes could be used as a stimulus for discussion at the beginning of a lesson, or during tutor time. There is also an option to create your own quotes (which could be an interesting way to get a message across during a lesson!), and you can sign up for a happy quote to be e-mailed to you each morning. Thanks to Tim Rylands for spotting this one.

Week 22: Streams in Padlet

Wallwisher has changed its name to Padlet. Most of us knew Wallwisher as a good way of collecting students thought, ideas or feedback on to a single page; a little like a collection of post-it notes. This week Padlet introduced the first of its new layout themes called Streams. “In the stream layout, all posts are arranged one below the other in chronological order, though you can change the order if you want using our characteristically easy drag and drop interface”. This provides new opportunities for teachers to use Streams for classification, reordering text or even writing collaborative stories, writing blog posts or explaining steps in an experiment/recipe. There is a blog post about Streams from Padlet here. A new dimension to an old favourite…

Week 21: screenleap

This is a smart tool which enables you to instantly share what is on your screen with any device that has a browser by simply sending them a unique code. With no software install (although you need Java) it is a quick way to show some student’s electronic work on the screen at the front of your classroom for all to critique or peer assess. With a conference call facility and a Chrome plugin for GMail there are plenty of potential uses between staff as well. Instructions to get started are here. Thanks to Mark Cunningham (again) for putting me onto this great tool.

Week 20: Photo Peach

My thanks to Dan Roberts for this tool via his Web Wonder page on the TES websitePhotopeach allows you to create photo slideshows. You (or your class) can upload your own photos to the site, add text and then select your own backing music. Dan explains how the site works and its potential uses in the classroom here, well worth experimenting with and a smart alternative to PowerPoint!

Week 19: cueprompter

Whilst I find that students are getting better at preparing presentations by using the growing range of alternatives to PowerPoint, and following simple rules about the design of those presentations; the sticking point in my opinion is still the verbal delivery. Either text is read from a sheet or the student speaks in a stilted and disjointed manner. One way of beginning an improvement in this area is using cueprompter, an free online autocue. Simply copy and paste the text (maximum 2000 characters) into the box and choose the most suitable screen size, font size and colours. Once the autocue screen is displayed the speed at which the text moves can be altered. Whilst this doesn’t stop the student reading a script it certainly improves the quality of delivery. Thanks go to Andy Hutt for this tool.

Week 18: textivate

John Sayers put me onto this one; a tool that, “allows you to automatically generate a range of interactive browser-based activities based on any text of up to 500 words.” Simply type or paste a text into the text box on the textivate front page and click on the “textivate now” button to see the available exercises (up to 26 of them!). There is a help section and blog to give you a flavour of what others are using textivate for, and YouTube has a short video to show textivate in action. Register and you can save your exercise on the site and share them via a hyperlink. A simple tool with many possibilities… The site is currently in Beta so expect improvements as time goes on.

Week 17: ThingLink

Thanks to a tweet from Mark Cunningham this week I came across ThingLink and can see a myriad of possibilities for its use in the classroom. ThingLink turns images into interactive graphics by allowing hotspots to be created linking to all manner of content (text, music, web pages, videos, audio). If that sounds complicated take a look at ThingLink and it will all become clear… There are plenty of examples of how ThingLink can be used in the classroom; try this Google Doc and 10 uses by Edudemic to begin with. ThingLink is free and there is a Chrome plugin to make tagging easier. A brilliant creation tool!

Week 16: Triptico

Triptico is, “a simple desktop app, packed full of innovative resources to enable you to quickly create engaging interactive learning” designed by David Riley. Triptico provides a high quality Word Magnets template, a classy Order Sorter tool, two timers, a lovely tool for randomizing groups, a selector tool, a text spinner and a number of quiz tools of which Find Ten is my favourite. Also available is an interactive version of SLOW writing as described in my post here. Triptico is a free resource, whilst Triptico Plus provides exclusive resources and bonus features, such as cloud storage. Triptico also has an excellent blog detailing ways to use the resources and a short video giving a quick overview of some of the learning resources available on the app.

I absolutely agree with the reviewer who said, “I love this app! My advice: go get it… now!”

Week 15: rv.lio

Doug Belshaw alerted me to this superb presentation tool (pronounced “revealio”) via Twitter. It is different to some others as you can create in your browser and the presentation does not need to be linear. Mark Anderson has produced a brilliant guide to rv.lio on his blog – his writing is far more erudite than mine so use his work to guide you through!

Week 14: QR codes

A revamped display in my classroom now contains QR codes and has generated much interest from the learners, many of whom did not know what they were! A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners and smartphones. You will need a QR Code reader (I use QR Droid) on your smartphone and a website to create the QR code (year 7 and I have used QR Stuff). 3 simple uses of QR codes could be:

  • direct learners to You Tube videos linked to the topic
  • place them in textbooks to link to updated content on the internet about a topic
  • store homework tasks in them; it is often quicker for the students to scan a code rather than write it into their planner.

Most of the quality research into the use of QR Codes has been undertaken by David Hopkins, a Learning Technologist at the University of Leicester. His blog is well worth a visit, especially his QR Code page and this post in particular. This Prezi by David Muir might also spark some ideas.

UPDATE: John Tait has produced a superb video guide to the production and use of QRCodes in the classroom. Brilliant John.

Week 13: inklewriter

This is another great tool courtesy of Jon Bridgeman. Do you remember pick your path stories from when you were young? This is the electronic equivalent. inklewriter is, “a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.” Once your story is written it can be shared via a unique url or converted to an e-book. There is an example book, tips and questions and an introductory video to help you get started. Year 7 and I used complicated diagrams to map the stories and Google Sites to share them last year but this will make the process much more slick and professional. A marvellous tool with heaps of potential…

Week 12: easel.ly

A tweet from Jon Bridgeman set me on a path towards this weeks tool. easel.ly is a simple tool to, “create and share visual ideas online” i.e.: make infographics that can easily be shared with others. Create a free account, choose a background or use a pre-designed vheme (visual + theme) and add objects and text. Once complete your visual can be easily shared or embedded. There are over 70,000 visuals ready to view or you can see the one I put together to stimulate some revision thoughts for my year 10 class here.  Jon successfully used easel.ly with his year 7 class this week; I’ll be giving it a go before Christmas. A short video tutorial is available here, or Jon’s own tutorial gives an excellent overview of how to use the site.  easel.ly is still in Beta so expect plenty of improvements in the future. It beats Word and Publisher for creating posters!

Week 11: Bing

Bing offers an image each day to, “to help you explore the world around you”. There are endless possibilities for using this image (or those in the archive) in the classroom as bellwork or a starter activity, to get the learners to think big, to create questions of their own or add some SMSC into your lesson. Each image has four of hotspots which, “are intended to intrigue and inform you”; the text in hotspots can be used to help students learn more about the subject via the hyperlinks. As a Geographer I tend to start with location questions, then move to exploring the climate and cultural references in the images. The final act is to reveal where the image was captured using the information button in the bottom right hand corner. A brilliant resource available that changes each day!

Week 10: Class Dojo

I tried Class Dojo this week as a way of improving the engagement of a particular class who I felt were not aware of the behaviours they were exhibiting during my lessons. Class Dojo is a free behaviour management tool designed to “improve specific student behaviours and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback”. Create a (free) account and after importing the class list set up the positive and negative behaviours you are going to award (or take away) points for. Whilst the class is in full swing you can reward those who are doing well and highlight the behaviours that are holding back the learning to those that require it with a few mouse clicks. The visual nature of the class page means that students are well aware of who is performing above and below expectations and, crucially, how. A student introduction is here and a quick teacher tutorial is here.

Week 9: Sliderocket

If Prezi makes you dizzy and PowerPoint feels old hat then the web-based Sliderocket might be the way forwards, especially as it is integrated with Google Apps and so does not need installing (for colleagues at College). Whilst it is just another presentation tool, the advantages of Sliderocket are that it looks smarter than PowerPoint (or at least my PowerPoints), it can be used collaboratively (so you and colleagues don’t need to worry about version tracking) and there are a bunch of analytic tools that could be very useful for seeing which slides students spend their time looking at most/least, so potentially identifying gaps in their knowledge and understanding. With the ability to import existing PowerPoints this could be a great tool to pimp your presentations next week. For an introduction to Sliderocket look at Meet Sliderocket on this page. There are some lovely templates here (including a smart newsletter template) and plenty of tutorials on their YouTube channel. For College staff simply log into your GMail through the Learning Platform and click more on the menu where you find Drive and Calendar. For other users there is a Chrome app or simply sign up on the website.

Week 8: Smore

Mark Anderson (aka @ICTEvangelist) put me onto Smore. It is a superb tool for designing beautiful flyers which can be published instantly. Using clear graphics, with plenty of themes; the ability to add text, images, videos and tweets means Smore’s pages are, “beautiful by default and impossible to screw up!” The analytics available are also useful to see where, when and what is being looked at in order to refine and target your flyers in future. This tutorial shows how straightforward it is to produce your first flyer and here is a great example of using Smore as a newsletter from North Tyneside CLCs.   Mark’s blogpost about Smore is a superb place to start. Smore is still in Beta so there will be refinements in the pipeline.

Week 7: Edcanvas

We have Neil Brown (School Advisor for ICT, North Tyneside, aka @ngcbrown) to thank for this one. Edcanvas is designed to be a seamless way to bring all of the digital resources we use in the classroom together under one unique url; “no messing with applications. No cascading windows. No multiple browser tabs” as they put it. Once you have created your free account simply drag and drop the videos/images/text from the search bar on the right hand side onto your canvas.  These resources can be from the internet, recently searched webpages, Dropbox, Google Drive, your bookmarks  or your desktop. Another great feature is the ability to add text to the resource; this means that students have a focus and can be looking for particular answers to questions you set rather than simply watching. The resources you add can be rearranged to suit the structure and flow of your lesson giving you, the teacher, time to intervene and support rather than needing to lead from the front. This week has seen the Edcanvas add the option of allowing students to create canvases so peer teaching aspects of the syllabus is a real possibility with this tool. This tutorial will explain the process far more succinctly than I have (it only lasts 38 seconds!). Edcanvas is still in Beta so expect plenty of tweaks over the next few months.

Week 6: Scoop.it!

Scoop.it! is a great way of collecting content on a particular topic or interest that you or your learners may have. It also provides a simple way of providing a range of resources without the learners having to search the internet, and means that you can direct learners to appropriate and relevant content.  Sign up for a free account and drag the bookmarklet onto your toolbar. Once you find an interesting article or video simply click the Scoop.it! bookmarklet and publish that article/video to your topic. Your topic can then be shared with your class. Once your topic is underway other content will be suggested which you can curate taking the legwork out of finding more content. Try this for a simple example or here for a more thorough example curated by eminent Geographer, John Sayers (aka @JOHNSAYERS). John has also pointed me towards a great run through of Scoop.it! that he has produced.

Update (19/10/12): Scoop.it! have released a Chrome extension this week which makes scooping easier. It includes an option to scoop from Twitter.

Week 5: Quizlet

Quizlet is a great tool for revision. You can create bespoke flashcards (with text and/or images) or alternatively use the sets that are freely available already; there are many sets relevant to secondary school learners, chemical compounds for example. Quizlet could provide a more engaging way of learning vocabulary in languages or testing the facts about a particular case study. As well as the flashcards there is a test section which provides written, matching, multiple choice and true/false questions, a great way of learners testing their knowledge having used the flashcards for revision.  There is a free iPhone app and plans for an Android and Windows version in the pipeline.

Week 4: Pearltrees

Pearltrees describes itself as a “social library”. It is a quick and easy way of collecting websites that interest you. For example, if your class were researching homelessness you could collect relevant websites and videoclips in Pearltrees to avoid the students spending time researching and increase the time analysing and evaluating.  Once you have created a Pearltrees account you install the Pearler, a small icon that sits to the right of the address bar in your internet browser. Each time you find a relevant site click the Pearler and it automatically adds the site (a pearl) to your Pearltree.

Week 3: Socrative

Socrative is a great tool for instant assessment. It is quick to set up and provides an instant snapshot of the levels of understanding in your class. It can be accessed on any web-enabled device, so if students bring their own device it is possible to utilise them. Teachers set up a ‘room’ with a question or questions (which can be multiple choice, true or false for example); students log in and then answer the questions. The answers then appear, in real time, on the teacher’s screen or via an e-mail. This means that the teacher can instantly react to plug gaps in knowledge or understanding.

Week 2: AnswerGarden

AnswerGarden is a “digital scribble space”. It is great for instant feedback to a question if you are in a computer room. Once you set the question and e-mail the link to your class (or add a link to a page on the Platform) learners can begin inputting their answers in real time; the AnswerGarden will develop on screen. The size of the words will change as the popularity of the answer increases. A powerful tool to use at any point in a lesson but has rel potential for summarising the thoughts of a class at the end of a topic.

Week 1: InstaGrok

A search engine with a difference. You can choose the level of results you are looking for from beginner to expert with the slider at the top of the screen. Keywords are displayed in a spiders web (like VisuWords). Alongside this, there are connected key facts, web pages, videos, images, other related concepts and even quizzes around the subject. InstaGrok also collates the sites you have been to, and sets you up a journal to record your investigations. An intriguing alternative to Google?

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