I’ve used this website for ages now and it’s brilliant – it does what it says on the tin, and that’s to give you free fonts. There are tonnes and tonnes to find so you can find something more personal to use and forget those overused fonts in the world like Comic Sans and Times New Roman. It gives instructions to install fonts (which is very easy anyway) and has a library of over 20,000 to choose from.
Sound Cloud is a website that proves a social experience based on music. You produce your own music and this site not only lets you share it with the world, but it gives you a nice mp3 player that can be embedded on web pages to make sharing music easy. If you’ve just finished a music project in school, you could get it recorded and add it to your school’s cloud and easily share it online.
Available free on the Mac App store, iBooks Author is an amazing app that allows anyone to create about any other kind of book — for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just
I used this the other day and could play with my book on my iPad so easily – you can add all sorts of custom widgets to make the book so much more interesteing than a conventional ebook. Embedded video or galleries as well as making interactive activities out of pictures is amazing, it even lets you import 3d objects for the user to interact with. This, with a crazily easy text editor make this a great product for free! The only snag is that this is a Mac exclusive and can not be installed on a PC (sorry guys). But for the few who have Macs, I’d definitely recommend getting this – completed books can even be published in the Apple book store.
Grooveshark has been around for a while and has advantages over other music streaming services because it is browser based, which means no installation and no dancing around proxy settings at school and it’s completely free with no ads. Grooveshark make their money by selling a premium service with additional features but they don’t try to bully you into purchasing this service like some other similar services do! You aren’t limited to how many times you can listen to a song and you can create an account and build a library and playlists that you can access anywhere. Grooveshark is also available on tablet and mobile devices but these versions are still in beta but still great.
Available on iPhone and iPad, Garageband is a fantastic tool that allows users to create their own music in intuitive and inventive ways. Music can be saved and exported and there are options to mimic real instruments or to use the clever ‘smart’ instruments if you’re not as confident. Check out the website below where you’ll find videos and more info.
Rising Stars are a company that provide resources for education and have a great ICT scheme that is modern and in line with current technology. Once purchased there is no need to buy any additional software as everything needed is included or links to free software are there for you to use.
The scheme is called Switched on ICT, there’s a link below where you can download a trial unit to see what you think. It’s not just for Key Stages 1 and 2 either, there is a foundation stage scheme available too!
This app is now payware!
This app is getting featured everywhere and is completely free! It’s great as you can write your own stories, illustrate them and even send it off to be printed professionally. It has a very edgy professional feel to it and it comes with loads of templates to help you get started if you need assistance. You can share your books online and can read work from other children.
Check out the website here: http://www.scribblepress.com/home
You can find it on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/scribble-press/id487300076?mt=8
Paint.NET is free and it’s a great alternative to other photo editing software. It has many similar characteristics to that of photoshop and it features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, andplugins.
Video tutorial – see below!
Morfo is a great app that can bring the concept of hot seating way into the 21st century. Kids can take a picture of any person, animal, object and animate it. The picture is transformed into a 3d representation of the original picture with blinking eyes, a moving mouth and a protruding nose. This face moves, shows emotion, talks when you record a message and even rocks out to music! There’s a free version and a paid version available.
Puppet Pals is available on the app store and is great for telling stories. It encourages children to script their stories and is fantastic for speaking and listening. There are plenty of options to customise their stories. I’ve tried this app out and it worked brilliantly with iPads shared out amongst the whole class. This app is free and has additional content that you can purchase should you wish to.
This website is aimed at I.C.T professionals – co-ordinators and technicians, it contains plenty of forums, blogs and news all relating to I.T in education.
Kodu is a free program that allows users to create games using a really intuitive system that is visual making it great for kids. This lends itself brilliantly to the world of programming and should be very useful for future teaching when the new curriculum is finally announced.
Have a look at this introductory video to see the sorts of things you can get up to. I’ve used this with my class and they really enjoyed using it. The fact it’s free means they can download it and continue learning at home and even save their projects to show in school.
You can download Kodu for free here: http://fuse.microsoft.com/page/kodu
More free software that’s great for recording and editing voice and music. It also can be used to add effects to, and mix existing tracks. It can be a little tricky to get your head around at first but there are plenty of tutorials and video tutorials around which are really useful as it’d be a shame to not use this software. For free, it’s slightly complicated design can be forgiven as this means that this software can help you do tonnes of things in school that you may otherwise have to pay quite a lot for!
This software is great! It’s free and it will play pretty much any type of video file. If you’ve every been frustrated by Windows Media Player, this is definitely the solution. It’s free, small and very versatile as it is capable of executing additional tasks like converting video files and recording screen captures. You won’t regret using this software.
Google Chrome is an alternative web browser that is small and fast and comes complete with a web store where you can download free apps for Chrome to help you get the most out of the web. I’ve been using it for years and can’t really fault it. Plugins let you customise your browser to support you in the ways you need it to. Real time gmail updates and other built in tools make Google Chrome a fantastic alternative to other browsers.
Get Google Chrome here.
View the web store here.
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Some of the most common keyboard shortcuts that could help you save time if you don’ already know them. These shortcuts are usually usable across tonnes of programs – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet Explorer and other programs that aren’t Microsoft.
You can find a page that shows you many of these shortcuts here.
Thanks to http://www.internet4classrooms.com for this help.
Developed by Paul Godding, this app aims to hone in on children’s competitiveness and engage them in mathematical arithmetic and times tables. Great for iPads and iPod touch if you have them in school.
You can find the app here.