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My name is Paul Andrews & I've been working as a professional Learning Technologist since 2004. Presently I'm the Leading Research Fellow at the Digital Solutions Team based within the University Centre Shrewsbury.

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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Glide: Create a mobile app from a Google Sheet in 5 minutes, for free.

Web Addresshttps://www.glideapps.com/

About: This is a free service that lets you create web-based mobile apps in under 10 minutes by pulling data off a Google Spreadsheet.

Google Dataset Search - Find Datasets wherever they are hosted (GREAT for research!)

Web Addresshttps://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch

In their own words: “Dataset Search lets you find datasets wherever they’re hosted, whether it’s a publisher's site, a digital library, or an author's personal web page.”

Write Reader - Let your pupils create multimedia E-books

Web Addresshttps://www.writereader.com/en

In their own words:  "For more than 200 years we have taught our children how to write and read in the same way. Still, every fifth child today is functional illiterate. Being both parents and passionate teachers, this made us think: Okay, if children can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. And by creating WriteReader we have done just that. Children learn by being motivated, and they are not motivated by putting A, B and C’ in different orders; they are being motivated by telling stories about dinosaurs, Christiano Ronaldo, skateboarding and pink, fluffy unicorns. So we let children write books about their big passions without letting correct spelling slow them down or kill the motivation. A teacher or parent then writes the correct spelling, so focus is on comparing, not correcting. Actually, this is pretty much the way we teach our children how to talk.

Our dream is to change lives by changing writing from being a potentially losing game into a rewarding experience where children share and become proud writers. Be a WriteReader – Just go ahead!"

Weather Lab - See what the weather is like in America

Web Addresshttps://ssec.si.edu/weather-lab

In their own words: "Weather Lab is a tool to help visualize how North America’s weather is formed. This lab is designed to model the complex interactions between air masses and ocean currents, but like all models, it represents probable outcomes. Each prediction you make is for possible outcomes during Spring."

Beautiful Audio Editor - Edit audio anywhere.

Web Addresshttps://beautifulaudioeditor.appspot.com/

About: "An experimental audio editor.
Copy. Snip. Pan. Record. Flexibly fade volume with envelopes. Apply and move effects (filters, compression, etc.) amongst tracks. And more.
Edit while playing for quick feedback.
Works online or offline.
Create and organize projects in Google Drive. Edit projects anywhere within Chrome or Firefox.
Store projects online or offline (in a local file to load later)."

Synth - Podcasting in byte-sized increments.

Web Addresshttps://gosynth.com/

In their own words: "256 second audio or video soundbytes that you can share anywhere, discover easily, interact with and listen to back-to-back. Free."

Cartoons Public Domain Movies - Feature Films in the Public Domain

Web Addresshttp://publicdomainmovie.net/

About: On this website, you can find hundreds of films which can be legally watched for free.

National Geographic 101 - A wide collection of videos focusing on nature and science

Web Addresshttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLivjPDlt6ApRpidjp1zjROOCKru-89Q1_

In their own words: Explore and experience some of nature's most intriguing phenomena in the 101 series, a science class unlike any other.

Microsoft Forms - Easily create surveys, quizzes and polls.

Web Addresshttps://forms.office.com/

About: This is Microsoft's take on Google forms.  Both services do the same thing, letting you create online surveys, quizzes and polls.  which one you use is entirely down to your own personal preference.

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