Generators are a really quick way for teachers to produce engaging content with very little expertise. They are a great way of building confidence. As long as you can type a few things into a website, up-load a picture and press the ‘generate’ button you are competent using this form of ICT Fodey.com - http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp Wordle - http://www.wordle.net/ The Generator Blog - http://generatorblog.blogspot.com/ MapMsg - http://www.mapmsg.com/ Random Name Generator - http://ransom.sytes.org/ Educational Jargon Generator - http://www.sciencegeek.net/lingo.html
This webiste has a range of tools - http://classtools.net/ These are just a few highlights. The timer has option of changing the times and also the theme tune The Lights Out option is only for small files and similar to Interactive Whiteboard Software The Random Name Generator requires a list of students – best tip is to copy and paste from your class lists.
Advanced Google Search – remember you can use this to get specific file type returns such as just PowerPoint or shockwave flash (animation) files. Quintura provides a really good visual search – excellent to use with children on project work. Google News– searches the most up-to-date news web sites
The Microsoft Bing start page is great. Every day a new high quality picture from around the world is used for the start page. The image in itself makes a great discussion topic. But also hidden within the images are clues to where the place is in the world providing an opportunity to create an interactive mystery with you class.
Flickr – in particular the slideshow function. This is a fantastically simple lesson starter or way to create some engaging content.
http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/ - Clusters similar images into groups.
Wallwisher is an excellent and free to use resource that allows the user the place ‘viirtual post notes’ onto a web page www.wallwisher.com
In the words of Google : &quot; Google Fast Flip is a Google web service that lets you find and share news articles. It combines the qualities of print and the Web, with the ability to &quot;flip&quot; through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. It also enables users to follow friends and topics, discover new content and create their own custom magazines around searches.&quot; fastflip.googlelabs.com/
If using Zamzar and downloading videos – ensure you convert as MPEG. Zamzar - www.zamzar.com/ ClipNabber - clipnabber.com/ KickTube - kickyoutube.com/ Media Convertor - www.mediaconverter.org/ Firefox Extension Downloader Helper - www.downloadhelper.net/ iSpring – You can convert powerpoint presentations to flash files which could then be imported to the Learning Platform http://www.ispringsolutions.com/
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