Do you know how to find copyright free images? You could try this Google custom search Search for copyright free images. 

There are many more copyright free images available from sites on this list. (Note this is a Diigo list, Diigo makes it easy to store and organise your bookmarks online which means you can access them wherever you are).

Image: Getideaka /

Note that it is usually a requirement to give correct attribution when you use a copyright free image. The above image was found by searching on flower in a Google custom search for copyright free images.

Note that one of the sites on the list is The Commons from Flickr where you can search for images you want. Suppose we want an image of a red flower, entering red flower in the search box returns many imagesthe first of which is shown below. It is particularly easy to generate code for a flickr image with correct attribution to embed in your site by using ImageCodr. Simply enter the Flickr URL of the photo you are interested in on the Get code! page and the correct html code will be generated for you. The result for this example can be seen below.

Note that you can choose the size, perhaps we might want medium size!

ImageCodr has a search page for searching Flickr for images licensed under Creative Commons.
The following slideshow demonstrates finding a copyright free image using an advanced Google search.
By Colleen Young

Writing Mathematics Online

Although this post concerns writing Mathematics – you could of course use these tools for any subject. There are some really useful tools for collaboration here – or some simple tools for pehaps just sharing a diagram.

Mathematics, Learning and Technology

I first wrote a post on the available tools online some considerable time ago and the post has been one of the most popular on this blog since then – time for a revisit and an update.

Something I use a lot. I should explain my requirements – I want tools to communicate Mathematics online, perhaps to give some model solutions or answer students’ questions. Writing mathematics can be a pain (and yes I know about LaTeX). Note that there are various possibilities – sometimes just a static picture is required, sometimes you may want to display how to solve a problem in stages as in my first example here, or perhaps you require a collaborative space. You will also need to consider if you want the examples to be permanent or whether you just want a collaborative space for discussion. A graphics tablet is essential.

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By Colleen Young

Christmas 2013

Some Christmas suggestions: Starting with TES, Christmas resources are available for all subjects and ages, browse for primary or secondaryNote the various search options, if you search by Key Stage you can then search by subject.

Christmas ImagesSuppose you want some Christmas images; do you know how to search for copyright free images? This is the result of a search for Christmas images which are free to use or share. Note that you should still check any attribution requirements and of course it is always courteous to attribute the creator of any image.

You may want to create some art work of your own. Perhaps try these online drawing / art tools.

Storybird - Carmella's Christmas
Storybird – Carmella’s Christmas

Perhaps write your own story with Storybird, there are many lovely Christmas images you can use – just drag your chosen art onto the pages and write your story! (For more on Storybird see this page.)

Christmas fontsIf you are creating any resources yourself you might want to install some Christmas fonts! (shown here: christmas lights,Christmas tree christmas tree and kingthings christmas). Windows users can find instructions on installing fonts here. If you would like some clip art as well you could modify the search mentioned above for images. Note that you can specify the type of image you would like – changing that to clip art gives these results.

Try Padlet – a collaborative online noticeboard where you can invite people to add a sticky note. Note that you can set up your wall so that any comments require moderation.

Try looking up ‘Christmas’ on some of the excellent resources on this vocabulary page. Perhaps try a visual dictionary or look it up in Wordnic. On the subject of vocabulary, why not create some Christmas word clouds?

Nrich - secondary advent calendar

Nrich – secondary advent calendar

You will find a whole collection of advent calendars on Nrich and clearly the year doesn’t matter! Calendars are available for all ages. Note the different themes available – a Sudoku for each day perhaps? Or a tangram? Maybe you want to play a game? 

If you want to create your own advent calendar you could start with this PowerPoint on TES Resources. This has been created for Mathematics but you could easily change the questions and answers to suit any subject or age.

For any Mathematics teachers reading this you will find some mathematical Christmas activities here.

By Colleen Young


The Moodle page has been updated with some useful links to documentation and videos. Note the clear video from HRDNZ on uploading files.

Video adding files

Note that you can easily add mutiple files, simply create a folder of files on your computer.
Right click on your folder and select Send to – Compressed (zipped) folder.
On your Moodle course you can then add a file and select your zipped folder.

If you upload your file to a folder on Moodle you can choose to unzip the file.


By Colleen Young

Digital Literacy

21st Century Digital Literacy by 

By Colleen Young

Mathematics – Desmos Graphing Calculator

Try selecting the image and experiment with the sliders.

For an outstanding (free) online graphing calculator which is very easy to use try the Desmos Graphing Calculator.
This is something I use regularly in the classroom. Graphs can easily be shared so I have created many graphs for my students.
For many more examples see this page on my Mathematics blog.

By Colleen Young


From TED who provide free and inspiring video talks comes a new education initiative: TED-Ed, a series of videos on ‘lessons worth sharing’. New videos will be added regularly to the Ted-Ed YouTube Channel. The introductory video explains TED’s aims.

By Colleen Young

ifttt – if this then that

To use ifttt’s own description you can use ifttt to create tasks with the following structure: when something happens (this) then do something else (that).

I think this is best illustrated with some of the recipes that I use.

I really like my Kindle and using an ifttt task I now get an automatic email when a new book is added to the top 100 free ebooks.

I have various Gmail tasks, for example if I star an email it is automatically sent to Evernote.

Always liking the idea of a backup plan – all my Diigo bookmarks are sent automatically to Evernote (I also have Diigo set up to send the bookmarks to Delicious!)

There are numerous channels to use as building blocks for tasks.

You can use the numerous supplied recipes as a basis for your own tasks or create tasks from scratch. Ifttt has worked flawlessly since I started using it  – I am very impressed!

By Colleen Young

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011

The finalised list of the 2011 Top 100 Tools for learning from C4LPT (Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies).

Compare with the 2010 List
2010 List

By Colleen Young

Twitter Report

The Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning have released a report on how social media can play an important part in teachers’ professional development.

The full report can be downloaded from this article, ‘Tweeting for Teachers‘.

By Colleen Young