What are your favourite technologies for your class?

The great Richard Byrne shares his favourite tech items here. You’ll definitely find some great ideas on this list. https://practicaledtech.com/2019/08/01/my-back-to-school-product-recommendations-only-products-i-actually-bought-and-still-use/

While you are on his site, don’t forget to click on the link to download his Free Handbook (updated every year)



Assessment using Digital Tools

Assessment is at the heart of effective teaching and learning. Gathering assessment data guides us to better teaching and learning outcomes. The two main complementary approaches are Assessment of learning (summative) and Assessment for learning (formative).

There are lots of online tools (and tablet apps) that can help us assess our students’ understanding via AoL or AfL. In this post we will look at 3 free tools. More tools will be discussed in further posts.

  • Many schools are using G Suite (Google) as a learning environment. Schools using G Suite and Google Classroom can can simply create a quiz in Forms, include images and videos when desired, and indicate the correct answer for each item. When students take the quiz, Forms will automatically grade every response that has a correct answer identified.  You can also assign open-ended questions. The crucial thing is that individual feedback can be given to each student.
  • Kahoot! is a very popular game-based site where teachers display questions on the whiteboard/screen. The students then log into Kahoot on their own or in groups with their code and answer them. . Free (web/app) kahoot.com










Our third suggestion is SeeSaw which is a very simple and intuitive tool for students to create their own digital portfolios. There is huge scope for self-assessment and for AfL with this bright and colourful (free) tool available online or via a tablet app. Students and teachers post artifacts of learning in a variety of ways: audio, video, photo, drawing, note etc. Everything can be annotated with a text description, text caption, or audio recording. Feedback is easy and parents can log in to comment and praise the work.



Free resource: Storyline Online

Storyline Online (https://www.storylineonline.net/) is a fantastic resource to support literacy. It features videos of famous actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. The books are quirky and funny and are bound to interest your students. Each book has an activity guide (click below the video) with  lesson notes, vocabulary and extension activities. It’s available free on the web or via a free app


Read&Write and Equatio free for teachers

Texthelp offers a free subscription to its two best-selling products, Read&Write (text-to-speech, dictation, prediction etc) and Equatio  (add equations, formulae and graphs to MS Word or Google Docs). To avail of this offer, just go to https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/free-for-teachers/


These products will work on all devices (just sign in to activate). This is Read&Write working in Word 2010 on a Win 7 laptop.