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Free handbook

Free handbook

Richard Byrne has updated his free Practical Ed Tech Handbook for 2018. For many years, Richard has created and curated a wealth of teaching resources and made them freely available through his blog Free Technology for Teachers and other online platforms. If I was stranded on a desert island, this would be my go-to source of technology for pedagogy. It’s aimed at school teachers but meh…good pedagogical praxis is universal.

Free images

Free images

Pixabay – Free to use any way you like, with no acknowledgement required. Photos are contributed by users and as such, you are relying on their confirmation that the images are theirs to share (although the site moderator reviews all contributions). Pexel seems to operate similarly and also turns up a lot of images from pixabay. Freepik – Free to use commercially with acknowledgement Open Clipart – the site owners claim they use the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Public Domain License (CC0) every time an artist uploads a…

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Graphic design

Graphic design

Whilst random decorative images can add to the students’ cognitive load and are not recommended, relevant graphics have been shown to improve learner engagement with materials. Zygomatic produces several tools that are all incredibly simple to use, useful, free, and online: Typography Editor – Create your own designs with backgrounds (or upload your own), badges, borders, rulers, frames, corners, and other ornaments; add text in a variety of fonts with backdrops and shadows. For PC or mobile interface. Image can be…

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Tools, fun stuff and tips

Tools, fun stuff and tips

All our ideas – Create an online wiki survey – ask a question, seed some ideas and in a few moments you’ll have your own wiki survey. Give participants the link and they will be presented with the opportunity to vote on the seed ideas and invited to give their own ideas. Then view the results with a range of visualisations. AnswerGarden – post a question, participants post their response (up to a few words) or upvote another answer, and a word cloud…

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Visualising data and ideas

Visualising data and ideas

Ideas and data presented visually, in a diagram, graph or infographic, usually contribute to a more fruitful discussion, engaging lecture or compelling argument. There are many free online tools that can help you to share your ideas in a lively and useful way. Canvanizer – Create a free, collaborative, online canvas to brainstorm, share and edit ideas, plan anything – select from 4 different categories of canvas to design a business plan, service, project management and general. Padlet is an online collaborative…

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