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Nothing is better than being able to create and share your images and work directly in Google Docs.

Free design tools and templates to create, modify and share images, logos, presentations, audio tracks, podcasts & more. Teams can collaborate on multimedia projects. Works directly in Google Docs.

  • Create Logos, Slides, Business Cards & Letterhead
  • Retouch photos, Make Web Templates & Banner Ads
  • Develop Podcasts, Remix Audio & More


Click on the image above to see a short video about this product.

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  • Shows what your children are doing online.
  • Sets age-appropriate ‘rules’ for every child in your family.
  • Helps you talk to your children about safe online behavior.
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  • Like most parents, you’re concerned about what your children are doing on the Internet. OnlineFamily.Nortongives you the tools to manage where they go, how long they are online, who they talk to, and what information they’re sharing with others. Best of all, it helps you open up a positive dialogue with your children about good online habits.

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iCT@C google public data explorer

​The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don’t have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.


Students, journalists, policy makers and everyone else can play with the tool to create visualizations of public data, link to them, or embed them in their own webpages. Embedded charts and links can update automatically so you’re always sharing the latest available data. Here’s an example of an embedded visualization:

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iCT@C Google Chromium Projects

This is how the new Google Chrome Tablet (g-Pad), could look:


The product is still under development, although a video has been released which gives an indication of how the tablet may function:

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iCT@C WikiP This 2008/9 Wikipedia DVD Selection is a free, hand-checked, non-commercial selection from Wikipedia, targeted around the UK National Curriculum and useful for much of the English speaking world. It has about 5500 articles (as much as can be fitted on a DVD with good size images) and is about the size of a twenty volume encyclopaedia(34,000 images and 20 million words).

Topics were chosen for interest to children, by relevance to the National Curriculum and including much of the very best of Wikipedia. The selection is vast, and covers core subjects but does not try to be uniformly detailed: for example it has more depth on Llandudno, which is featured in the curriculum, than other similar places.

The content is available for free download from the SOS Children website or as a 3.5GB free DVD. The content includes a shortened copy of the SOS Children website with details of projects in 123 countries.

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The UK’s leading website for educational innovation and inspiration.

Innovate My School is run by a diverse group of educationalists with one sole aim: to increase the awareness of innovative products and services available to improve schools. Learn more…


Innovate My School is a free independent educational research and review website run by a large and diverse group of educationalists. The site has culminated from the need to increase the awareness of innovative products and services available to schools whilst allowing them to write honest reviews for other schools to benefit.

By joining forces with suppliers and sharing their expertise, our education community will have access to a comprehensive list of ways to increase pupil participation, enrich their curriculum, improve exam results and Ofsted reports, strengthen community cohesion and much more.

Innovate My School will eventually be supported by an advertising business model to fund the administration of the site, meaning it will stay free to everyone involved.

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iCT@C Presentation for Yr7 parents information evening:

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iCT@C twitter-icon_flat Guidance and help for teachers of  ‘Other than by subject’, in using Twitter to build a personal teaching and learning network:

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So what are you doing?

This simple question is being asked by thousands of people all over the world. It is the prompt used by Tweeters that helps people with similar interests to keep up to date and in touch. I began my use of twitter back in 2009, although I never really discovered its real potential until recently. I began, perhaps, like most people, by setting up an account and posting my first Tweet. However, it was not until I started to follow like-minded people that I saw how powerful Twitter is. Soon, by carefully selecting Tweeters to follow, my personal network began to grow.

Recently prior to the annual BETT show, Twitter really came into its own. It allowed me to find out what was going on in London, at the show before I went there myself. During the show while I was there, I was able to Tweet about technologies that I discovered, in turn, sharing my findings with my followers. The power of Twitter seems to me to be about sharing, and building networks. I now follow many Tweeters, and in turn I am followed by many more, and this helps me keep in check with what is going on, locally, regionally, nationally and all over the world. The best bit, is that the Tweets that I recieve are personal to my own interests because of the Tweeters that I follow.

Many of my fellow Tweeters are related to education, or technology. It became clear that many of my colleagues (a large high school in West Yorkshire), could benefit from the use of Twitter by creating and building their own personal networks. This prompted me to ask my followers to help me create a database of Tweeters based on curriculum speacialisms. This database became know as #Tweechers.

The results came in quickly and I soon had a database of Tweechers for almost all curriculum areas. The idea is for my colleagues at my current school, and for teachers throughout the UK to be able to build their own network of followers on Twitter based on curriculum areas. In doing so, helping teachers share and collaborate on topics and information which is useful to individuals.

CLICK HERE to go to this database.

If you are a Tweecher, CLICK HERE to add yourself to this database.

Also of use to new users of Twitter, would be this helpful guide (below):

How to Twitter Effectively 09

After building my own personal network using Twitter, I saw the potential for its use as method of communication for my school. Initially, an account was created for the school, and although this is still a trial, applications and possibilities are positive. The school Twitter account has not been publicised, and Tweets posted are done so on the understanding that they may not be seen/ read by anyone at the moment. However, as the number of followers and interest grew, I decided to ask the Tweeters that decided to follow the school account if it should continue. Below are some responses gained from this survey:

@holmfirthhigh should we continue to Tweet?





The reason for the school Twitter account is to help parents, students and teachers informed and in touch with what is happening at our school. Daily the Tweets will be taken from the school bulletin, but recently on a school Skiing trip, the Twitter account was also used to help parents keep up to date with events that took place throughout the week trip in Italy. #SkiTrip2010

Other schools are also using Twitter to help keep thier community in touch. A good example is The Wellington Academy, that have also posted a Twiiter feed/ widget directly onto their school website.

A recent development in our school staff room (digital display screen), will also give scope for the school Twitter feed to be displayed inside the staff, to help keep staff informed of news and events which are published.

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iPhone Educate ikonstrukt Educate 2.0 is an iPhone/iPod Touch app designed to support teaching professionals in schools, universities and colleges. It features in-built timetabling, student tracking, teaching strategies and eLearning tools.

Track and sync student data with Google Docs

Educate 2.0 allows you to easily track, import and export student attendance/progress data via Google Docs. Use ready-made scales or directly enter any type of information you wish.

Communicate with your cohort

Email all students in a class with the tap of a button. Alternatively, phone/email an individual student or their guardian by simply tapping a name.

Access the best of the web

Educate 2.0 features customisable ‘Bookmarks’ that provide users with instant access to useful web 2.0 resources. It also features a camera that allows tagging of images, a voice recorder for anecdotal notes and a stopwatch.


Keep track of your classes

Educate can keep track of your schedule with a flexible timetable that allows you to customise the number of days, periods and subjects. Simply tap a lesson to add a note.

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