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Thanks for stopping by my Educational Technology blog.

My name is Paul Andrews & I've been working as a professional Learning Technologist since 2004.  Presently I'm the Education Technology Services Team Leader for Shropshire County Council. Before that I was a Maths teacher and before that I worked in the IT industry as a Systems Analyst.

The purpose of this blog is to signpost and raise awareness of free digital tools and technologies which can be used by educators to support and enhance education and the job of teaching in general.

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Open Shot Video Editor - A free, award winning, video editor.

Web Addresshttps://start.me/en/education

In their own words: "OpenShot™ was created in 2008, in an effort to build a free, simple, open-source video editor for Linux. It is now available on Linux, Mac, and Windows, has been downloaded millions of times, and continues to grow as a project!"

OBS Studio - Everything you need to live stream and record video using multiple sources

Web Addresshttps://obsproject.com/

About: "Using OBS Studio you can not only record directly from your webcam and microphone, you can also... add in existing videos and still images, capture a window or portion of your screen, and much more."

Interactive Periodic Table of Elements in Pictures & Words

Web Addresshttp://elements.wlonk.com/ElementsTable.htm

In thier own words: "This pictorial periodic table is colorful, fun, and packed with information. In addition to the element's name, symbol, and atomic number, each element box has a drawing of one of the element's main human uses or natural occurrences. The table is color-coded to show the chemical groupings. Small symbols pack in additional information: solid/liquid/gas, color of element, common in the human body, common in the earth's crust, magnetic metals, noble metals, radioactive, and rare or never found in nature. It does not overload kids with a lot of detailed numbers, like atomic weights and valence numbers."

Nimbus Screenshot & Video Recorder

Web Addresshttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nimbus-screenshot-screen/bpconcjcammlapcogcnnelfmaeghhagj?hl=en

In thier own words: "Screen Capture FULL Web page or any part. Edit screenshots. Record screencasts - record video from your screen.Capture the web page, either part of it or the whole browser window, edit your screenshots in a very user-friendly interface. Record screencasts - record video from your screen."

Connected Mind - A nice Mind mapping app for Google Chrome, iOS and Android.

Web Addresshttp://connected-mind.appspot.com/

In their own words: "Draw unique and memorable mind maps, store them in the cloud for free and access them anywhere
At last it is possible to create a mind map as individual and easy to imprint on your mind as one drawn by hand on paper. The mind maps you create with Connected Mind are even better as you can easily include images and shapes and you have a whole rainbow of colors and a selection of fonts at your disposal.

There is no limit to the number of maps you can create and you can store them in the free cloud storage provided. There is no need to create an account. Simply sign in with your Google or GMail credentials and your maps can be stored in the cloud on a google database.

Once stored in the cloud, you can access your mind maps from any computer that has Google Chrome installed.

You can also take you mind maps with you wherever you go with the Connected Mind Android app available from the Android Play (http://goo.gl/7oBhK) and the iPad app available from the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/connected-mind/id659803223). You can open and edit any of your maps created in Chrome on Android or iOS, and vice versa.

✓ Complete control over map layout
✓ Unlimited undo/redo
✓ Shortcut keys for common operations
✓ Speech recognition - speak the text of your branches
✓ Free cloud storage for every user (no need to create an account)
✓ Choice of over 60 fonts that don't need to be installed
✓ Add rich format notes, including images and links, to any map item
✓ Notes displayed as you move your mouse over items
✓ Choice of 27 shapes, with beautiful color gradient fills
✓ Images added to your maps can be sized and clipped to any supported shape
✓ Autosaves after every change
✓ Have multiple maps open, with thumbnail images of each for selection
✓ Copy & paste between maps
✓ Import maps created in Freemind"

Click to spin - Random pupil name picker

Web Addresshttps://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/

About: This is a free service that lets you create a 'wheel of fortune' with pupils names on it.  You can then spin the wheel to pick a pupil at random.

Quizalize - Create free self marking formative assessments for your learners.

Web Addresshttps://www.quizalize.com/

About: This is a free service which lets you create online self marking tests which your learners can then take.

Stoodle - Create free online collaborative whiteboards.

Web Addresshttp://stoodle.ck12.org/

About: Stoodle provides educators and learners with free, online, collaborative whiteboards

  • Real-time collaboration on a virtual whiteboard with infinite pages 
  • Real-time communication through voice conferencing and text chat 
  • Permanent storage of all classrooms for later access 
  • Support for image uploading 
  • Access to basic drawing tools and colors

How to make self marking tests and quizzes in Google Docs Forms

Web Addresshttps://support.google.com/docs/answer/7032287?hl=en

About: You can now create self marking tests using just Google Docs Forms with no extra add ons.

This page will guide you through the whole process.

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