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Google Docs is ideal for using in teaching and learning. This is a quick video that shows you how to set up a Google Doc and share it with your students in seconds. Google Docs are free for anyone with a Google Account and your students do not need Google Docs to work with this tool. This is a great tool for collaborative work both in and outside the classroom.
Todays Meet is a great tool for collaboration. You can create a room in seconds, students can access the room and then you can share ideas, have discussions, brainstorm topics etc. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get students to collaborate and work together and a tool I have used extensively.
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Google Docs-Tips for using in the classroom is exactly that. It is a quick practical video that shows you some really useful tips so that you can use Google Docs with your students. It shows you how to set up a table, how to shorten the URL, how to get the students to access the document etc. Short but very practical video for any teacher thinking of using Google Docs in the classroom.
ThingsLink allows you to create interactive images that students can click on to access videos, texts, pictures, podcasts etc. So for example you could upload a map of Italy and then add clickable hotspots for different cities like Rome, Naples, Florence etc. This is a great tool that can be used both by teachers and students. It is free, easy to use and has loads of uses.
Tripline is a really fun tool that is great for writing and presentation activities. You can take a map, mark out a route and add information at different points on the route and then you can play it back like a video. Ideal for writing activities around holidays, trips, famous voyages and journeys. Great as a presentation tool too and very easy to use.
Google Slides
Google Slides are very similar to PowerPoint. The difference of course is that you make the slides online and save them on your Google Drive. This is an ideal tool for collaboration and sharing. I have used this tool extensively both in class and at home. Great way of getting groups of students working on one set of slides and combines nicely with getting the students to present the slides afterwards too. A quick introduction to Google Slides.

Quickly find out if Edmodo is right for you. This video goes through all the key features in Edmodo and shows you why Edmodo is so useful for blending, flipped and online learning. A short 5 minute video that takes you through this useful teacher technology and highlights all the key features like quizzes, small groups, polls, security, moderation, locking rooms etc.

Google Blogger is an outstanding educational technology that I have made widespread use of and in my opinion is very misunderstood by teachers. You can use Google Blogger to make your own website, for e-Portfolios, for creating a class blog for all the students, for creating student relfective blogs etc. It is a really versatile teaching and learning tool that can easily be used by both teachers and students. I have used it extensively in my work at the University of Warwick and the University of Westminster in a number of different ways. Watch this quick video and see just how easy it is to set up a blog. Ideal as both an online teaching tool or in a blended learning context.

A super quick introduction into using the excellent Google Forms. You can quickly create surveys, questionnaires and even comprehension questions. You can then share the link or embed your questions. The data is automatically created into graphs and forms when the participants answer the quesitons. A really useful tool for any teacher or student. Students for example can create a Google Form to surey other students about a topic. They can then present their work using the automatic graphs that are produced by Google Forms. This is so easy to use and has so many uses. Ideal for creating simple formative assessment too. 

JING is a free screen capture tool that is one of the most popular free tools around. Russell was actually involved in the development of this tool. Watch this videos. They take you right through from the start and shows you all the basics. A really useful set of videos for any teacher.

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