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Some of my favourite online learning tools...

Some of my favourite online learning tools...

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Okay, here's a brief list of some of the ones that I'm playing around with at the moment: Prezi - great little slideshow software completely web-based. xTranormal - great fun text-to-speech application. Again, completely web based, though you do have to sign in. Dropbox - allows submission of work online! And I can't go past Google Docs, either. Great for collaborative writing. I tried to include some links, but it triggered the spam filter. Should be easy enough to find by doing a search, anyway.

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Payam Bina's picture

Microsoft has a site called which can be used to post and share MS office documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

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Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation

Would love to hear more. Keith - sorry about the spam filter. We're looking into that right now. If you DM me the links, I'll try posting.

Donna Luna's picture

I am with Keith on Prezi. It is a wonderful alternative to Power Point.
A good site for character building is
There are inspirational videos you can use as a springboard for discussion, encourgaement, writing, etc.
For puctuation:
To encourage young people to write with purpose:
You do have to subscribe, but it is a wonderful tool. is another good online wiki you can use as a discussion board for your classes.
For all sorts of language sites:
This is awesome for PE teachers:
For virtual meetings:
for online classic books:
and finally,
has stories in all genres as well as interactive games.
Have fun exploring!

Debra Burns's picture

Just stumbled upon TeacherZone - a free math video site - has thousands of 3-5 minute math videos - perfect for sharing with kids and parents. They seem to have videos for all math topics for K-12.

Donna Luna's picture

Thank you for sharing this one. I was going to teach math, but C++ undermined me and I switched to what I do best...English. I tutor a student at home once a week and she really needs math help.. This site is a life saver! Thank you for posting it.

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Bill Powell
Retired Supt; 33 years in public ed; lives in Colorado mountains w/ family

Newspapers throughout the United States AND the World!!


Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines pop up...

Double click and the page gets can read the entire paper on some if you click on the right place. You can spend forever here.

Also, if you look at the European papers, the far left side of Germany will
pop up as The Stars & Stripes (European edition, of course). AND, this site changes every day with the publication of new editions of the paper.
Hope you enjoy this.

Leah MacVie's picture
Leah MacVie
Instructional Designer | Canisius College

Hey everyone, for current tools and tool ideas, I keep up to date with Jane Hart ( Besides the pick of the day, you may also wish to check out the year top 100 tools for education.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Wow, very impressed with the Jane Hart site - thanks Leah and Colleen. I've bookmarked that one!

Just thought I'd share this great little resource I discovered while planning lessons for environmental science. In this game, students have 150 turns to build a city where they must manage the needs of the citizens for power against the environmental impact. Do they have coal or hydro power? What effect will whale watching have on the environment? Should they build a camping ground or a dock?

And so on. Great fun. I've used it with Year 8, and to say they enjoyed it would be an understatement.

Here's the link:

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Elizabeth Currie
Science Teacher from Australia

I like brainpop (; it's good for science, but it has lots of other categories too. It's got cartoon clips, activities and games, too.

Another one that I've used is This site is very useful for learning the body systems. Allows people to learn information and then test themselves.

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