Top 100 Tools for Learning | Annual Survey of Learning Tools

Do you want to know more e-learning tools ? This is all what you need. Maybe you can count what you have know or use before. Lets start!

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The list below in case you want to have a quick look.

 

2015 Top Tools

FlipQuiz – Gameshow-style boards

FlipQuiz – it’s a new online services for teachers to create the quiz.

Just having a quick try, it satisfied for me! As Flipquiz is easy to use, sign up then all gets to work!

FlipQuiz-home

 

FlipQuiz - dashboard

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You can simply enter your board’s name. Entering the question and answer, the rest leave it to Flipquiz. All done in a second!

Then you can login in any devices PC/MAC, iPad or Android to start your board and review what you talk with students!

 

The Playground of Mathematics

The Playground of Mathematics – it’s an online service about math exercise. You can choose your language (13 types)  to do the exercises in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

playground math - home After you choose your right languages at the top of website, you can start your exercise.

playground math - typeAlso, you can set the difficulty on different types of math.

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After all the settings done, you can do your exercise via keyboard or just through the web!

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Application for Education

Just a quick try of the web. I really love this web so much. Easy to use and helpful. You can use it right on your desktop or mobile devices. And, it’s free!

DictaNote – Dict your voice in Note

DictaNote – It is an online editor to type your text , insert the pictures. But this services not just that simple, it can turn your voice into test function!

DictaNote - home

 

Before you want the system to turn your voice into text. You should change the settings before.

DictaNote - language DictaNote - chinese DictaNote - deutsch

DictaNote - testing

 

The result is really amazing: fast and accurate!

Check this out! You will love it!

 

QuestBase – online multi-platform assessment system

QuestBase  provided an online assessment platform. It supports various platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Android, IOS, etc.

Teachers need to sign up an account. It used to create the test and questions through their platform.

QuestBase - home

 

 

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This platform can let you create many types of question: MC/ True & False, Fill-in-the-blank, Essay, etc.

QuestBase - questions type

 

This platform support chinese characters(view only, not support printed version)  and the most important features: Equation!

QuestBase - equation

 

After you key in all the questions, you can output as online test (multi-platform), or print it as traditional test paper.

QuestBase - output

 

Then you can prepare to publish the online test.

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After you finished the online test. You can “double-click” the online test that you prepared. You can find the “pin” cod e for students to join in. Student can go to QuestBase website. Type in the right “Pin” code and start the online test.

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Application for Education

Teachers can be used to create an online test for student for  Free. Easy to use and can output as traditional test paper. Awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

Sketchlot – create & share sketches

Sketchlot – A new web 2.0 services that you can create , share your sketch to others. But this tool is specially designed for educational use. It can also support share student’s sketch to peer (all  or selected) or teachers!

The flow is : teacher needs to sign up account, add students account (just need name and password).

Then, teacher can create his/her sketchlot first, then pass share and choose the selected student to share. After it, students will received the teacher’s sketch or student can create their own piece and share to peer.

All flow can be done within the browser. Really good for school in teaching!

Sketchlot - home

1) Create teacher’s account, remember need to create a “class code” with letter and number.

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2) Then you will see a control panel. Now, you should create student list.

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3) Student account password can be same on saving. But I did not recommend the same password as you can’t access it except the first student.

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4) Create your own sketch , then press share sketch button.

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5) Student can use browser to login into sketchlot website (using class code you assigned and students password). If students share their own sketch to you. You will see them on the control panel( refresh the browser in case no can’t see anything).

sketchlot - login

Sketchlot - sharing

 

Application for Education

Teachers can use them inside the classroom. I just found that you can use it on “Nearpod” share function. It works well.

 

 

KS Office – shareplay your presentation

Today I test an APP which is come from Kingsoft software. This company probably a china company which is famous on Office Suite called “Kingsoft office professional 2013“. The main functions of this software can edit or create documents like doc, xls and ppt. That is doing same functions of Microsoft office – with free or cheapest price.

Kingsoft Office - home

But now, I told that APPS is used on IOS/ Android. Let’s see what it can do:

1) Video Play in PPT is unique to Kingsoft

2) support  cloud storage

3) share play function

4) High compatibility with Microsoft Office PPT

5) Optimized for iPhone 5

6) more functions

After several times to use, I really like the function of “shareplay”. This function support “play” your presentation in different devices at the same time. Some post like this said that It only support 6 devices in total. More than 6, you should need a projector. Other apps can have “share” function like slideshark. But it only has presenter vs audience mode – 1 control many. But inside this Kingsoft (PPT for IOS free) apps, all audience and presenter. That means you can control (move forward and backward) and draw note after you join the presentation. Really smooth and clever!

Below it’s a video about this function on Android:

Btw, This is a free apps.

 

Nearpod Business – Launched!

Nearpod Business launched at  July, 2013. A new and enhanced version of  Nearpod for Education.

It still free. All features can be used on Nearpod Business version. Yes! Would you  see the bright point? Yes, all features! If you an old user of  Nearpod (mostly of us less than 1-year using), you might know that both “sideshow” & “Browse the Internet” can’t use for Free user. It just provided several times to use under free account.

But now, Nearpod Business version, you can use it ! Thanks Nearpod Team.

Besides, this Nearpod Team gives us “On Demand” and “Live” functions. “Live” likes the pervious “Launch” function. You can control audience.  But this time free account only support 3 per session (like 3 students).

For “On demand” , you can share via email / pin to audience up to 100 per month. That’s really flexible for presenter. Also, the audience can view the NPP(Nearpod presentation) by themselves. i.e. no control functions like “Homework for education Nearpod version”.

This version supports “web app”. That means you can “join session” via PC/MAC. As this features only included on school account when it’s at Nearpod for Education Version. I have no idea when they switch back. Hope that this feature can keep it forever. I use it from September last year to now. Nearpod Team work very hard of it and always gives us surprise. Love Nearpod and their hard work!

 

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ExamTime – Personal study platfrom

Today, I heard about this online platform – ExamTime. Just testing in a short time, I found that it’s seems, mostly likely a self-study platform. But, of course, it supports peer-to-peer co-learning.

This platform let create MindMap, Quiz, flashcard for learning.

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As this site only in beta stage, that means not many functions can be select. Maybe give a try after it lunched.

 

Popcorn Maker – Mix online video just a second

Popcorn maker let you “mix” online video (like YouTube and Vimeo) with several tools.

All jobs can do it online. No installation needed.

Popcorn Maker - home

1) Just click ” start a project”.

2) Add “media” from online video source (like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, HTML5 videos)

Popcorn Maker - step 1

3) you can edit the video by “mute” video and audio output of this video. Amazing! I can make my own Music Video!!

Popcorn Maker - step 2

4) Then, you need to add pop-up, text, etc to your video.

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5) Be careful! If you want the pop-up or text show above on your clip. You must rearrange the “Layer” order. (I.e. Video is at the bottom.)

Popcorn Maker - step 5

Popcorn Maker - save

6) After all your creation, you can sign in and save your project.

7) You can share and email your stuff to your friend.

Popcorn Maker - share

Application for Education

It’s free to edit and mix your video. You can embed your stuff on your blog. It’s good for students to present their work!

Quizlet – create quiz to your students easily

Quizlet  is an online services which is work with mobile device and desktop.

In general, you just type the “matching words” , system will turn your words into the different type of games.

By the way of that, system can pronounce the word for you in over 60 different language (list here).

Quizlet - home Quizlet - signup

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After you create your exercise, you can play with voice on your mobile devices or desktop.

Application for Education

Can’t imagine this service is FREE! If you want to add your own image on your questions, you need to upgrade. Otherwise, free account just suitable for most users.

 

CK12 – ONE stop portal in Education

CK12 – It s a free website funded by CK-12 Foundation. It’s provide free Online Textbooks , FlashCards,  Exercises  etc.

CK 12 - home

 

You can found that in different learning topics: Arithmetic, Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry, Analysis, Calculus, Life Science, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Engineering, Technology, English, Astronomy, History, Economics, SAT Exam Prep

You can use your “Google”, “Facebook” or “Twitter” account to sign in.

CK 12 - signin

 

But, if you just  want to take a look. NO sign in required.

 

Application for Educaiton

The best thing of this site is embeded “Google Translate” that provided into 75 languages!

Faturl – Shorten your URLs into one

Faturl – This website’s concept is simple. It gives you a service to group all your URLs into one – into one shorten link.

All you have to do it input (or copy and paste) the links, give a title of the link. Then all stuff will combine into one shorten link. Not like other shorten link services (famous one is Goo.gl). You can group all into one. Really convenient to teacher when he want to tell students the several web links. Just tell them one, they get all!

FatURL - home

Now, I group 5 links into one as example. That is the most vistors like my post in my site.

1) MP3cut     2) Coggle     3) Xtramath     4) PicMonkey     5) Muzy

FatURL - Group

Then you can get the FatURL link / QRCode like below:

http://faturl.com/~enOiD

FatURL - result

FatURL - tab

Application for Education

Simple and Fast. All works with iPad. Suitable for teachers!

P.S. Other post introduce  3 ways to group URLs into one.

Picovico – makes photos to video

Picovico is an online website to give you a help if you want makes your photos to video.

It only needs 4 steps: insert photos, add music, add/ choose a theme then a title to get all stuff done.

PicoVico - home

 

You can create up to 30 photos in 3 minutes video at 360p resolution. Other questions can see this FAQs.

Application for Education

Students can use the photos to create their video as a presentation. Its  really useful for reporting use.

 

 

 

XtraMath – Doing extra Math online

XtraMath – online Math platform for free. This website is an non-profit, and no adv. It gives you your students or child an extra exercise.

XtraMath - home

At first, you need to sign up as parent or teacher. It may need to find out what the school you teach.

XtraMath - signup

Then you have a checklist to make “XtraMath” work.

XtraMath - checkin

You can add student, print flyer to parent, print the PIN for students.

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After the above settings, you can set up your classroom/ home computers with “Classroom IN”.

Simply open the website of “XtraMath“. Click “sign in” and “Classroom”. Type the “PIN” then done.

XtraMath - Classroom Sign In

Also, you can sign in as parent and student.

XtraMath - Student Sign In XtraMath - Teacher Sign In

After you set up the computer in your classroom, student only need their teacher’s email, their own PIN and their name to start doing the exercise. After that, you can see who has finished the quiz in which date and month.

Application for Education

Thanks XtraMath! It makes school has extra exercise for student. No adv and spam on the site makes school easy to handle. Why not set up the account now!

P.S. work well with iPad. You can set your iPad as one of classroom computers!

2 use your location services website

1) Forecast :

This website gives you the location weather and information.

Forecast - Home

 

It shows you today’s weather, next 7 days weather information.

It also has voice  recognition on desktop version. The special features of Forecast is “time machine” function.

Forecast - UI

 

Once you enter the year and date, it can show the weather on that day!

The earliest day that I found is “January 2, 1937”.

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2) Time.is

This website gives you the time of your entered location.

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This features really suitable for travelling. Just open your smartphone/tablet, then you can simply got the “Time”, “Forecast” of  your location. Even you can spell or know what you locate!

 

 

Typing Club – learn typing in new way

Typing Club – it is an online learning typing website. You can learn it step by step.

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Application for Education

This website has one special function: it has school version! You no need any special registration for personal improvement. As a teacher, this website gives you report to track your students process. That is really give a big help for teacher. And it’s Free!