Tech Week 2016

One thing that caught my attention during the build up to CESI 2016 and during CESI was TechWeek!

Today, I recieved my pack for TechWeek and started planning how to incorporate technology into my lessons! (Going beyond powerpoints and short videos!)

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New Web 2.0 Tools

Last week I was present for a short presentation on many many web 2.0 tools which I had never heard of before. I’m slowly going through each of the web 2.0 tools which were presented on. Some of them I had already heard of but was not sure of what they did.

I plan on doing an elaborate post on each of the web 2,0 tools but here is a list of what is to come or you want to go ahead and research them yourself before the post!

  1. Narrable (good blog as to what narrable is
  2. Project 252
  3. The Answer Pad
  4. Xmind
  5. History Hub
  6. National Library of Ireland (website resources are fascinate even if it is not directly a web 2.0 tool)
  7. Storybird
  8. Edmodo
  9. Glogster
  11. Ted Ed
  12. Morzino
  13. Popplet
  14. Coggle
  15. Podomatic
  16. Audioboom
  17. Facebook
  18. Google classroom
  19. Padlet Backpack
  20. Twitter

Sharing resources

Sharing resources is possibly one of the best ways to learn and build up a portfolio of lessons.

I know some teachers do not like to share which is understandable as sometimes you have it tailored to your class and your style of teaching.However, some teachers are fantastic at sharing resources and helping other teachers with resources and ideas.

A few website which are full of teachers who share ideas and resources which are free to download (for the most part) are as follows:

  2. History association of Ireland
  3. History Ireland
  4. TED Talks education
  5. blogging websites
  6. Twitter – try #edchatie or #edchat (refer to my previous blog post for specific related subjects)



Since publishing this blog – this weeks #edchatie was all about sharing!

Some amazing resources were shared and a huge amount of teachers and educators took part in sharing many web2.0 tools and resources. I will post the transcript to this blog when it is published tomorrow!


Christmas – Animoto style

A web 2.0 educational resource I have yet to delve into yet (plans for the weekend is to curl up with a cup of strong coffee and delve into all these educational resources!) is Animoto!


What is Animoto?

Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. Animoto is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco. (All credit for TNW

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Sometimes it’s easier to demonstrate something that try and explain it thus keeping with the Christmas Theme let me show you an example of Animoto in action!


Want to know more? This article ran a great article on Animoto fifth birthday which summarised all the questions you may have about animoto!

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Key Skills – Working together!


While reading the document outlining the elements of Working together I noticed word Group was mentioned a total of 97 times over 31 pages.

Each time the word group was mentioned it was in reference to group work and how students should be encouraged to teach each other.

Thus this quote from William Glasser in the document was eye opening and a good reminder!


Thus I have a few Web 2.0 tools to help make groupwork a little easier for the tech savy teacher whos not afraid to spice things up a little!

Google Docs

Google docs let you collaborate with students – even when you’re not in the classroom with them.

You can upload and edit assignments online – which is great for groupwork or class projects.

Also you can have control over who is invited to edit the document and you can see each edit and change made – thus no need to worry about cheating.



Channelme is a web 2.0 tool which allows you to ‘surf the web the web’.

This is good for groupwork as students (similar to google docs) can share a web site  to collaborate over a web page. One feature which stands out for me is the real-time chat and the ability to add notes and comments right on the page. This can allow for participation and bouncing around of different ideas which may not get heard in a sit down group discussion. It gives weaker and shy students a chance to have their opinions and ideas heard and recorded.


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Join me is an easy to use website that you can host meetings on – handy for groupwork and discussions.

One huge plus about this web 2,0 tool is it’s designed to be mobile friendly!


Dropbox is a service that keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and never lose a file again.

Dropbox is well known – but I see it rarely used by teachers in the classroom! Yet I hear the constant complaint from students that they lost work which impacts on other students grade and performance in groupwork assignments.

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If your reading this you know how great is 🙂



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Random name picker

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Save the headache making groups by using random name picker.

It’s fair and easy to use in the classroom.

Caution: Emotions can run high if students are paired with people they don’t like. Set ground rules about how this web 2.0 tool works before using it in the classroom.