Evernote

Evernote is an outstanding application for capturing just about anything you want from wherever you want and finding it again! The Evernote search facility is awesome (here’s why), even when I don’t tag resources all that well, Evernote finds them again! I would recommend it for both teachers and students and have included it on the organisation page of the student version of this site.

Create a note using a phone or any web browser or use a desktop application.

Getting Started:
Windows Desktop   https://evernote.com/evernote/guide/windows/

As a teacher I use Evernote all the time and have a notebook for each class I teach as well as numerous other notebooks. I also use Evernote shared notebooks as a way of sharing information, for example see Mathematics videos, QR codes and very appropriately some Evernote links! Having used a shared notebook to share some useful resources with students at school, some students then created their own accounts.

The free version of Evernote is excellent and more than adequate for millions of users!

Online Whiteboards & Feedback

One of the most popular posts on my Mathematics, Learning and Web 2.0 blog is the one on online whiteboards.

This seems worthy of a mention here. I embedded a screenr recording via YouTube on a class wikipage as part of some homework feedback.
Some of the other tools mentioned in that post may well be of interest. Scribblar for example offers a chat function as well as the whiteboard so is very good for online collaboration.

By Colleen Young

Student Digital Tools

Note that there have been several updates to the student version of Digital Tools recently.
This site is a collection of resources that students may find useful in their studies or perhaps just have a little fun with!

A recent addition, Isle of Tune where you can build a layout, add sounds and drive cars around to play your masterpiece is proving popular!

By Colleen Young

Featured Sites

Wikispaces

Use this link to create a wiki which is free for educators.
The Wikis page has examples of educational use and shows how to complete the details for creating a free educational wiki on Wikisapces.
There are also links to tutorials. See this wiki for some basic wiki training.

Google Docs

See the Google page for many useful links for teachers.

Wallwisher – online collaborative notice board

See the Wallwisher page for a link to Wallwisher and examples of educational use.

Storybird

Link to read the story!

The Writing Page includes many useful links including examples from teachers.
There are also links to tutorials.

Wordle

See the Word Clouds page for further information including many ideas for classroom use.

Bubbl.us mind mapping tool

See the diagrams page.

As an alternative – try SpicyNodes.

Edistorm

Think your ideas through online with Edistorm.
Qualified Academic users
can have one private storm in addition to an unlimited number of solo and public storms.
Note there is a link to Edistorm on the Creativity Page of the Student Digital Tools site.

Try Wolfram Alpha for a new way to investigate Mathematics, Science, Humanities…….

To help always remember the learning first the links on the Bloom’s Taxonomy page provide much food for thought.

The Useful Reading page has links to many useful articles.
For directories of Web 2.0 tools see the Web 2.0 Tools page.

Use other tabs at the top of the page, ‘Research’ for example to explore other information and resources.

By Colleen Young

Wikispaces – Messages

Recently a couple of students received messages from other Wikispaces users who are not members of our wikis. To prevent this from happening an account setting can be changed. Each student should make this change for their account.

Once logged on to Wikispaces choose ‘My Account’ from the top of the screen.

Now look for the Settings section, for ‘Allow Messages From’  use the dropdown menu to select the option ‘Other members of wikis I belong to’.

Finally select ‘Save’ to save the changes.

By Colleen Young