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Schoolmedia September 7, 2007

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http://www.schoolmedia.org.uk/
Education Media have recently launched Schoolmedia, a site that provides a free online learning platform for schools.

It’s completely free to use and allows you to create material using the Moodle system. Moodle is a great piece of software which gives you access to items such as forums, quizzes, blogs, surveys, chat, glossaries and peer-assessment tools. If you’re working together with older students or teachers from a group of schools in a learning community then it’s a great resource. Why not pop along to Schoolmedia and give it a try?

(If you really find you get into Moodle then you can do all sorts with it. For example, Broadoak Primary School have used it to create their school website!)

Games at Sandfields September 7, 2007

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http://www.sandfields.co.uk/games/games.html
We’ve included some of Stewart Davies‘ games and resources on the main Primary Resources site. The address above links to all his great activities at Sandfields Comprehensive School. There’s Blockbusters and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire powerpoint templates together with The Weakest Link scoreboard. There’s also timers, random selectors and a brand new resource called Rouleaux (which selects items in a slot machine style). One of the best things about the site is that you can download the files for each game and alter them to make resources on your own subjects. Great stuff!

150 Free Microsoft Programs September 7, 2007

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Tech blogger Blake Handler has posted this really useful list of 150 free pieces of software you can download from Microsoft. Some of my favourites include…

Educational Software for the Classroom September 7, 2007

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http://www.adrianbruce.com/computers/educational-software.htm
I’ve mentioned Aussie teacher Adrian Bruce’s resources before in the blog. He’s put up a list of software on his site that he uses regularly. A fair number of the titles have been mentioned in this blog before but there’s a few I hadn’t come across. Adrian’s also hoping to add some material to help you get the most out of the programs at a later date.

AM-Deadlink September 7, 2007

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http://aignes.com/deadlink.htm
Is your Internet favourites list getting out of control? Is it clogged up with old inactive links or full of duplicate entries? This free program might be just what you need. It goes through your Internet favourites (whether your browser of choice is Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Opera or Firefox) and removes duplicate and inactive entries.

Picasa August 27, 2007

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http://picasa.google.co.uk/
Picasa is one of my favourite free software downloads on the Net. It’s an image organisation program that keeps track of all your photos and makes it superbly easy to browse, print and share them. Download and install the program and it will get to work searching through your hard drive and rooting out all your photographs. You can organise them into folders, add captions and keywords and even send them off to be printed at online photo processing stores. It’s definitely worth checking out for home use and it can really help organise things at school as well.

Fonts for Kids August 27, 2007

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http://www.momscorner4kids.com/fonts/index.htm
Looking to brighten up your wall displays, certificates or worksheets? Then check out this great little site that has tons of super fonts to download and use.

Paperless Printer August 27, 2007

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http://www.rarefind.com/paperlessprinter/
This is a great little piece of software that enables you to print out from any program (that allows printing) to a jpg or bmp image file.

It’s useful for producing images of things like printable worksheets and websites for use in presentations. It also prints to pdf and html as well as several other file formats making it easy to share documents and other material.

It’s free to download and use for personal use although you’ll need a (very reasonably priced) license to use it beyond home use (I’d suggest that you’d need one for school use).

Quiz Busters August 27, 2007

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http://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters/index.aspx
Quiz Busters is based on a popular quiz show that regularly included the phrase “Can I have a ‘P’ please, Bob?”. It’s great for plenaries. You can use one of the ready made question banks or very easily create your own. Well worth checking out.

Teachers Direct have made available this Word Search game as well.

Fluxtime Studio August 27, 2007

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http://www.fluxtime.com/
Try out this fun site where you can create, edit and play your own animation clips and even send them as e-cards to your friends and families. It’s incredibly easy to use and the basic version is free. To save and create more complicated animations you need to sign up.