5min Life Videopedia – Another Amazing Video Website

26 05 2009







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5min is a platform for instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos. This library includes tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 subcategories, which are professionally produced and brand-safe.

5min features content from some of the world’s major media companies as well as the most innovative independent producers. You can watch video recipes, yoga and fitness routines, tech tutorials, DIY projects for home and garden, health videos on specific conditions, beauty and fashion tips, video game walk-throughs and much more.

It’s a great tool for every subject area. Go and have a look.



18 05 2009

What can you do to keep your learners engaged when introducing them to a new topic?

Why not play with Befuddlr?! Befuddlr will take pictures from Flickr, or you can also upload your own, and befuddles them to create a fun picture puzzle to solve.

It’s a perfect application for the SMART Board! Try it out!

Etherpad – An Online Collaborative Text Editor

18 05 2009

Try out Etherpad for a fast, free, easy and really live collaboration and chat session.


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Etherpad is an online collaborative text editor usable by anyone with an Internet connection. There is no sign up required; you just share a unique URL (web address) with the people you want to collaborate with.

Each user has a different colour and there is a chat box. You can use the random URL assigned or make one up just by adding the name of the document to the end of the URL.

It is real time; you see the edits of the other people as they make them, and you may discuss changes as you make them in the chat box.

The potential for use in education is unlimited. This is a great web tool for collaborative writing and planning; writing reports, stories or scripts, answering questionnaires, improving writing, making lists or also discussing opinions.

It really is simple to use.

  1. Just go to Etherpad and create a new pad.
  2. Email the link for the pad to your learners.
  3. Learners click the URL and they are ready to start writing and chatting in the same pad. You can see everyone editing the document.
  4. All revisions of the etherpad can be saved at any time.
  5. It is simple to format text as well as headlines and bullet points.
  6. You may delete your etherpad

There are also loads of opportunities for using it with staff. There are many situations where we have to put a document together with just one scribe! Well now everyone can get involved in the self assessment! It could also be used for communication!


11 05 2009

 Another great web tool! Another great way of communicating. And free!



Wallwisher is an online notice board maker. You can use it to make announcements, make notes, share opinions and resources, etc … Just think of wallwisher as your virtual post-its!

It is extremely easy to use. You don’t need to register or create an account. You just have to click on write post and that’s it.

You can add images, links, videos and music to your comments or post it.

To arrange your post its, you just need to drag and drop them where you want.

Check the wallwisher I have just created to try it out with you, and please write something to play with it. To add you comment you just need to double click on the denim background.



What do you think?

I am sure you can think of some good ways of using wallwisher with your students. You can ask your learners to give opinions on something you brought up related to what you are teaching, or you can ask them to try answer a difficult question and everyone checks all the answers and can have discussions.

All you have to do is to click on build a wall, choose a URL, pick a theme, add an image (optional), enter your name and email and edit the title (here you can type in your question). Then just click on done.

To share your wall, copy the link and send it to your students. Or wallwisher will send you an email with the link and a template email that you can use to send to your students.

Have fun!

Using Online Resources

5 05 2009

There are loads of websites that you can use with your students. I am sure that you know a lot of good online resources, but sometimes you don’t know how you can use them with your class.

The web sites can be employed for individuals, small groups or the whole class, depending in what you are trying to achieve. Or you may want to structure an entire session around one single site.

Here is a list of extremely useful online resources that are valuable for teaching and learning.

National Gallery


The National Gallery offers very good resources for educators and potentially helpful in adult education. The site contains detailed notes for teachers about particular paintings and suggestion for learning activities, facility to browse and access the whole collection, zoomable pictures, as well as biographies of several leading artists.

BBC Learning


This web site is a considerable resource to help learning in a wide range of subjects, such as health, study skills, history, geography, English, foreign languages, maths, computers…

There are several online courses, as well as information and other forms of content.

Tate Modern Gallery


The Tate website offers the opportunity to view their contents in several languages as well as BSL. This facility offers a wealth of opportunities for language classes.

The podcasts are also very good learning resources and they also offer a free online level 1 course Introducing Learners to Art.

Virtual Tour


Several websites provide access to online simulations, as for example science experiments, demonstrations of products and virtual tours.

10 Downing Street’s web site offers an opportunity of taking a virtual tour of the building. It allows one to explore the different rooms and read about their history. It also provides information about the government’s structures. This could be quite useful for teaching Citizenship, History or ICT navigation. You could set up a class discussion by projecting the tour on the interactive whiteboard and use it as a whole class resource.

Multimedia presentations


The Money matters to me site provides a series of interactive workshops, including a simulator of a cash machine or an electricity meter.

There are also loads of utility bills, case studies and interactive activities.

As this site offers a structure based on an individual’s life changes, learners can explore different financial issues relevant to their lives, which could be motivating and meaningful for them. As a tutor, in this case, you should only support your students instead of controlling what they are learning.


There are also various sites that offer resources in a variety of forms. For example:Images that you can use for educational purposes,


The NASA website offers access to 300.000 images linked to space exploration and related subjects. It is free to use their images for educational use.



This web site offers free mathematics resources. It includes discussion forums, puzzles and reviews of calculators, free software and books. This could be handy for class preparation or use of the interactive exercises.

Arts and Humanities


This site offers hundreds of links to newspapers, journal articles, book reviews and extracts, essays, periodicals, TV and radio stations and organisations. You can use this resource for preparation of discussions on philosophy, literature, language, culture, history, music or art; current affairs, media studies and international relations.

Tools and Aids

You can find an automatic translation service on the Alta Vista or Google search engine. This facility translates text from one language to another.

You can also select a whole webpage to be translated on


Google Maps is excellent for getting hold of maps as well as Multi Map and Ordnance Survey.


The Met office web site besides giving weather forecasts also has a section for teachers, even though it is primarily aimed at young learners, there are many different resources you can use and adapt for adults.


The best tips to use online learning content is by involving learners, allowing them to create their own knowledge, basing activities on “real-life” issues, varying methods, using simulators to practise something that is intimidating, thinking of your learners’ needs and contexts, integrating online resources with traditional methods, making learning fun and interesting, encouraging peer support, using the internet for specific topics to demonstrate the richness of resources and making your learners become internet confident users.


Source: Online Resources in the Classroom by Alan Clarke and Claudia Hesse, NIACE