Education Eye is a collection of hundreds of exciting and innovative educational websites, blogs and resources — updated daily. Our Sites for sore eyes free sample was rated as a ‘Futurelab favourite’ on here, so we’re big fans! Check out our Education Eye widget in the left-hand column of Sparky Teaching website pages too. Needs a good browse.
Animoto for Education allows you make your own videos and slideshows for use in class and download them with a free Educators account. Animoto is one of the web tools featured in our guide to sparking up your lessons, Sites for sore eyes. To see what Animoto can do, take a look here.
Use Answer Garden to set open-ended questions for your students to answer on your blog, class webpage or via the Answer Garden site. Useful as a brainstorming tool (e.g. give your class a spelling rule and create an Answer Garden to brainstorm as many words as they can come up with), to gather feedback (e.g. gather answers from pupils prior to a data-handling Maths lesson) or to develop a sense of class community (e.g. everyone contributes a positive adjective to describe the class or a pupil).
Save the Words takes words long-gone from common circulation and offers them up for adoption in a bid to save them from extinction. A great idea and a brilliant homepage where each word cries out to be adopted. Adopt a word as a class and see if you can single-handedly keep it going!
Wordia is a site where users (including many celebrities) have uploaded videos defining a word. An interesting way to explore word meanings. Contains a section specifically for educators to use with their class, exploring topic key words via the Wordia Word Banks.
Worldometers takes a simple idea and makes it riveting. If we described it as realtime world statistics, it would sound mind-numbingly dull. It isn’t.
Why Did We Become Teachers? : excellent excellent stuff. Print this article out and put it on your staffroom noticeboard.
Transformative or just flashy educational tools? : are we using educational tools for the purpose they were intended?
NB. These are all external sites so, although we never knowingly recommend something unsuitable for classroom use, we don’t take responsibility for any life-changing events that may occur as a result of clicking that mouse button…
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