Here is a round-up of a few free EdTech packages we have explored this week, which may be useful for teachers and students, globally. We explore making Fake Movie Posters, printing off patterned paper, and an interesting concept for flipped learning or helping students focus on a section of a video clip which also allows for assessment within.
Fake Movie Posters:
Wanting to generate a fake movie poster to compliment work completed in class? Then http://fakemovieposter.com/ is certainly worth exploring. With twenty templates to choose from, you can personalise details for a movie (title/actors/tag-lines); upload your own image; and save your final poster to your computer as a .jpg file. A great, simple movie poster generating website.
Useful for: Literacy, visual literacy; film studies; Art & Design.
Print off Patterned Paper:
We’ve all been there – you have a great lesson planned, and as you prepare the resources you visit the stock cupboard only to find that the final pieces of paper you require have already gone! This is where http://gridzzly.com/ comes in handy, providing an easy to use format to generate and print off the patterned paper that you require – with six different formats of pattern included, plus a spacer that helps you determine the size of the patterns. Just click ‘print’ to save as PDF, or print directly. Panic over – your fantastic lesson idea can continue.
Useful for: Literacy; Writing; Mathematics; Geography.
Focus on Video Clips:
Sometimes, you do not want your students to watch a whole video to help their learning, but only a snippet which is relevant to the point they are learning about. http://edpuzzle.com/ helps focus learning by allowing teachers to use only what you need from any video; inserting audio notes or record over a video with your voice; add questions at any point in the video and track your students’ understanding. The flexibility of videos chosen can be from Youtube, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, Crash Course, etc. as well as uploading your own videos to EDpuzzle and make them perfect for your class.
Useful for: Mathematics; Science; Literacy; Art & Design; History; Physical Education; Homework; Flipped Learning; ICT; Coding; Computing; Geography; Religious Education.
Have you come across some EdTech that is new, supporting the way you teach, and developing how your students learn? Please point us in the right direction, and will consider featuring and sharing with the education community.