PrimaryPad is a web-based word processor that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time. It was conceived by a teacher and is specifically designed for schools.
Pads are collaborative. This means that more people can work on them at a time (indeed that’s the point of it) in order to get ideas, collaborate on a common task, share and quickly posting pieces of information when working in a group or collaborative environment.
PrimaryPad integrates other tools giving the possibility to write sticky notes, to draw, to chat with collaborators, to make templates, to upload and insert images and text from other documents, to use a time slider to go back in time in the edition of the pad to see what was there in a previous version, etc.
The free version of this tool allows to create an unlimited number of pads that last 30 days before being deleted and can be edited by up to 50 people.
The website also contains a library of ideas for teachers of any subject.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that combines the characteristics of whiteboards and of slides. It provides a non-linear dynamic way to give information. Presentations can be viewed at different zooms in order to analyse different levels of detail: zoom out to see the big picture and zoom in to see details — a bit like web-based maps that have changed how we navigate through map books. The zoomable canvas provide a way to spatially explore ideas and the connections between them leading the audience to an easier and better comprehension of the relationships between ideas and concepts.
It is possible to share presentations online and on mobile devices and to work on the same canvas in collaboration with other people.
The website hosts a rich manual and an interesting page about the known issues so that users can read about all the characteristics and possibilities of this software.
Celly is a platform of tools that builds private communication groups called cells working with any mobile phone or device. Members can join with one text and exchange group messages, polls, reminders, and web feed alerts.
Cells function as chatrooms where people communicate instantly via text-based messaging, phone numbers are kept private. Cells can also include messages from the web or other social networks to capture your interests. Anybody can instantly create, join, and discover cells but membership and message content can be moderated for security and relevancy. Also, cells can be private or public and they are organized by name, topic, and geography and can be explored by topic, number of members or messages, etc.
Celly service is free, messages cost as normal phone messages (it depends on the phone carrier). Currently text messaging works in the United States but there are active partnerships working to open service in emerging markets such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Anyway, Celly can be used also via the web, apps, email, so basically it can be used Celly from almost any country.
On the website there are use guides, FAQ pages and it is always possible to contact the support or read about desired topics in the blog and even chat with the team, if they are available.
JogNog is a competitive quiz game for students in grades 2 – 12. Over 40,000 educator-created review questions are built on state and national (USA) curriculum standards.
JogNog quiz games are in multiple-choice format—just like standardized tests. To complete any level, the student must score 80% or higher. Missed questions are repeatedly re-presented until the student answers correctly. Educational areas are organized into: English, Math, Science and Social Studies.
On the website it is possible to play JogNog quiz games for free as a trial and the website maintains memory of the played quizzes as long as the connection lasts.
It is also possible to buy the quizzes and using the Design feature, teachers can create their own personalized quiz towers based on the class textbooks and reading materials. Teachers and students can also customize existing quiz towers using the Quick Quiz feature, as well as create personal quizzes.
The JogNog quiz game provides testing, design, and reporting features which offer teacher, parents, and students a robust and valuable educational tool. Reports provide teachers and parents with detail about students’ strengths and weaknesses. Class tools exist for teachers to easily track students’ progress.
Students can now use JogNog Mobile on Apple and Android devices.
• 2nd Grade – Spelling
• 2nd Grade Math
• 3rd Grade – Math
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - English Language Arts
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - Literature 1
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - MCAS Prep
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade – Science
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - Social Science
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade – Spelling
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade – Vocabulary
• 4th Grade – Math
• 5th Grade – Math
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Additional Content 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Core Content 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Core Content 2
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Life Science
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Literature 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - MCAS Prep
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - World History 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - World History 2
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - Additional Content 1
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - Literature 1
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - Literature 2
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - MCAS Prep
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Literature 2
• ASC Science Ace - Middle School
• ASC Science Challenge - Middle School
• ASC Tech Challenge - Middle School
• Brain and Cognitive Sciences
• Jog Nog Challenge
• Local History
• Nuclear Engineering
iSEEK Education is a targeted search engine for students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers. It delivers safe and editor-reviewed results from universities, government sites and other noncommercial providers.
iSEEK understands natural language so it is possible to ask questions in normal, everyday language to find the information needed. It also allows to create customised resources libraries by a bookmark system.
An open collaborative learning environment of youth creation, supporting experimentation, creativity, exchange and production of ideas which actively promotes school communities’ projects.
The second generation of Greek Educational TV is a multimedia platform connected to social networks which offers students and teachers the environment and the tools to design and create their own multimedia projects.
Story is Adobe’s script-creation tool which can help new and experienced film and video writers to create scripts with correct formatting in various ways (film, video, 2-colum) as well as outputting it into practical schedules. Story was introduced in Adobe's Creative Suite 5 but from now on, it is available only online for free or Adobe Story Plus, a paid version that offers integrated scheduling and scriptwriting. The free version formats as you type, includes script templates, and lets you access your scripts from an iPhone. Teams should look to Adobe Story Plus, which lets you collaborate with team members, work offline, and assign roles. It also includes project management and scheduling tools that help turn a finished script into a finished video.
The collaborative paid version is part of the Creative Cloud, a subscription service that lets people access Adobe tools for a monthly price, to be released in May 2012.
The Story tool is a very handy but also a very powerful tool for script and scenario creation.
LearnBoost’s is a free all-in-one solution allowing teachers to manage their classroom by offering a gradebook, a software for managing and creating lesson plans, tracking attendance, maintaining schedules, sharing contents with parents or students, integrating Google Apps including calendars, tagging of Common Core Standards, and more. It is available in 11 different languages.
Lightworks - Open Source Non LInear Editor
Lightworks is an open source (and for the time being free) video editing software package, available as a public beta since end of 2010. Will become a commercially supported product from November 2011 onwards, with special pricing for education, as well as a free version. Lightworks is not the only free and/or open source non linear editor (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_and_open_source_software_packa...) but it certainly is a complete and professional package, and looking at the list of films and TV programmes that have been edited, a well esteemed product amongst the professionals. The user interface requires a somewhat steeper learning curve than the commonly known NLEs such as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, which makes Lightworks less appealing to the amateur that only occasionally wants to edit a bit of video. For professionals it is a great software package, certainly when complemented with the dedicated keyboard or hardware control panel.
Hardware specification requirements are not lightweight.
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Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create animations, interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. The outcomes can be stored and shared on the web within the Scratch system.
It is not only an ideal tool for the creation of simple and attractive interactive and/or animated learning objects, but it also serves as a learning instrument for young people. By using Scratch learners learn not only to create and share Scratch outcomes but more importantly they learn mathematical, logical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Scratch is at first sight a bit difficult to learn, but there is a (short and simple) manual that helps everyone getting started within minutes. It is not a full blown animation tool but it is a lot of fun and very rewarding to work with.
Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.