Tux Paint is a free drawing program for children (3 to 12) that combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. It is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity.
The program runs on multiple platforms. It’s simple interface presents a number of useful drawing tools and at the same time relieve the user of the need to think about the technical details.
Sound and visual helps are available: fun sound effects are played when tools are selected and used and a cartoon mascot appears at the bottom to give tips, hints and information.
Parts of Tux Paint have currently been translated into almost 100 languages.
Stamps, starters and brushes are stored using popular open formats (PNG, SVG, Ogg Vorbis, etc.) allowing parents and teachers to create their own content for use at home or in the classroom - even using completely free tools.
The 'Tux Paint Config.' program allows parents, teachers, and school technicians to alter Tux Paint's behaviour using a simple, easy-to-use graphical interface.
Mangahigh.com is one of the first games-based-learning sites, where students learn Mathematics via purpose-built casual games that balance fun and learning. It was founded by an experienced team of mathematicians and game specialists.
The games on this platform are adaptive (they dynamically adapt in difficulty to the ability of the student) and automatic (they have a meta-objective that the players strive to achieve by repeating a simple step (game mechanic) over and over again). They are designed to develop students' ability and curiosity to observe, hypothesize, test, evaluate, conclude and refine ideas. Finally, they provide powerful contexts often bringing out the 'real-world' application of the topic at hand, so increasing the students' interest in the content.
Games are structured with objectives: a bronze medal demonstrates a basic understanding of the key teaching objectives of the challenge. This includes a competence with typical/standard applications of the topic. A Silver and Gold medal demonstrate a secure understanding of the teaching objective and a competence with non typical/extension applications of the topic.
The educational content within Mangahigh is based on the national (UK) curriculum and is delivered through its proprietary educational games.
The site is targeted towards 7-16 year olds but is open for anyone to play. All available games are free to play and enable kids to to develop mathematical knowledge and skills in the context of total involvement. The games are grouped in numbers, algebra and shape and there is a section designed for younger children. There is also a quiz dedicated to the same topics mentioned above, with structured exercises.
Mangahigh also promote school-to-school bilateral competitions. The service is called Fai-To (read more about it on the website).
BibMe is a free automated citation creator and bibliography generator. It uses external databases to fill citation information: after that it compiles the bibliography and formats references following the guidelines specified by the most recent editions of each style guide. It is also possible to enter citations manually. A citation guided is also provided to students for them to learn about style guidelines for citing references.
BibMe provides with the possibility to save as many bibliographies as wanted and to access and edit them on the Web at any time. Bibliographies can be shared and downloaded in a .rtf file. It is also possible to assign categories and tags to individual citations in order to find them easily and filter citations across all compiled bibliographies.
It started in January 2007 as a student project with the aim to avoid passing hours on formatting bibliographies, thus saving time, better served working on the paper.
At present the web site is somewhat overloaded with advertisement and it may be less attractive to use with students.
PrimaryPad is a web-based word processor that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time. It was conceived by a teacher and is specifically designed for schools.
Pads are collaborative. This means that more people can work on them at a time (indeed that’s the point of it) in order to get ideas, collaborate on a common task, share and quickly posting pieces of information when working in a group or collaborative environment.
PrimaryPad integrates other tools giving the possibility to write sticky notes, to draw, to chat with collaborators, to make templates, to upload and insert images and text from other documents, to use a time slider to go back in time in the edition of the pad to see what was there in a previous version, etc.
The free version of this tool allows to create an unlimited number of pads that last 30 days before being deleted and can be edited by up to 50 people.
The website also contains a library of ideas for teachers of any subject.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that combines the characteristics of whiteboards and of slides. It provides a non-linear dynamic way to give information. Presentations can be viewed at different zooms in order to analyse different levels of detail: zoom out to see the big picture and zoom in to see details — a bit like web-based maps that have changed how we navigate through map books. The zoomable canvas provide a way to spatially explore ideas and the connections between them leading the audience to an easier and better comprehension of the relationships between ideas and concepts.
It is possible to share presentations online and on mobile devices and to work on the same canvas in collaboration with other people.
The website hosts a rich manual and an interesting page about the known issues so that users can read about all the characteristics and possibilities of this software.
Celly is a platform of tools that builds private communication groups called cells working with any mobile phone or device. Members can join with one text and exchange group messages, polls, reminders, and web feed alerts.
Cells function as chatrooms where people communicate instantly via text-based messaging, phone numbers are kept private. Cells can also include messages from the web or other social networks to capture your interests. Anybody can instantly create, join, and discover cells but membership and message content can be moderated for security and relevancy. Also, cells can be private or public and they are organized by name, topic, and geography and can be explored by topic, number of members or messages, etc.
Celly service is free, messages cost as normal phone messages (it depends on the phone carrier). Currently text messaging works in the United States but there are active partnerships working to open service in emerging markets such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Anyway, Celly can be used also via the web, apps, email, so basically it can be used Celly from almost any country.
On the website there are use guides, FAQ pages and it is always possible to contact the support or read about desired topics in the blog and even chat with the team, if they are available.
JogNog is a competitive quiz game for students in grades 2 – 12. Over 40,000 educator-created review questions are built on state and national (USA) curriculum standards.
JogNog quiz games are in multiple-choice format—just like standardized tests. To complete any level, the student must score 80% or higher. Missed questions are repeatedly re-presented until the student answers correctly. Educational areas are organized into: English, Math, Science and Social Studies.
On the website it is possible to play JogNog quiz games for free as a trial and the website maintains memory of the played quizzes as long as the connection lasts.
It is also possible to buy the quizzes and using the Design feature, teachers can create their own personalized quiz towers based on the class textbooks and reading materials. Teachers and students can also customize existing quiz towers using the Quick Quiz feature, as well as create personal quizzes.
The JogNog quiz game provides testing, design, and reporting features which offer teacher, parents, and students a robust and valuable educational tool. Reports provide teachers and parents with detail about students’ strengths and weaknesses. Class tools exist for teachers to easily track students’ progress.
Students can now use JogNog Mobile on Apple and Android devices.
• 2nd Grade – Spelling
• 2nd Grade Math
• 3rd Grade – Math
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - English Language Arts
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - Literature 1
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - MCAS Prep
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade – Science
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade - Social Science
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade – Spelling
• 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade – Vocabulary
• 4th Grade – Math
• 5th Grade – Math
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Additional Content 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Core Content 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Core Content 2
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Life Science
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - Literature 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - MCAS Prep
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - World History 1
• 6th, 7th, 8th Grade - World History 2
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - Additional Content 1
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - Literature 1
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - Literature 2
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade - MCAS Prep
• 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Literature 2
• ASC Science Ace - Middle School
• ASC Science Challenge - Middle School
• ASC Tech Challenge - Middle School
• Brain and Cognitive Sciences
• Jog Nog Challenge
• Local History
• Nuclear Engineering
iSEEK Education is a targeted search engine for students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers. It delivers safe and editor-reviewed results from universities, government sites and other noncommercial providers.
iSEEK understands natural language so it is possible to ask questions in normal, everyday language to find the information needed. It also allows to create customised resources libraries by a bookmark system.
An open collaborative learning environment of youth creation, supporting experimentation, creativity, exchange and production of ideas which actively promotes school communities’ projects.
The second generation of Greek Educational TV is a multimedia platform connected to social networks which offers students and teachers the environment and the tools to design and create their own multimedia projects.
Story is Adobe’s script-creation tool which can help new and experienced film and video writers to create scripts with correct formatting in various ways (film, video, 2-colum) as well as outputting it into practical schedules. Story was introduced in Adobe's Creative Suite 5 but from now on, it is available only online for free or Adobe Story Plus, a paid version that offers integrated scheduling and scriptwriting. The free version formats as you type, includes script templates, and lets you access your scripts from an iPhone. Teams should look to Adobe Story Plus, which lets you collaborate with team members, work offline, and assign roles. It also includes project management and scheduling tools that help turn a finished script into a finished video.
The collaborative paid version is part of the Creative Cloud, a subscription service that lets people access Adobe tools for a monthly price, to be released in May 2012.
The Story tool is a very handy but also a very powerful tool for script and scenario creation.