Melissa Giddins

Exploring technology and literacy in education.

My Wonderful Wiki of Websites for Web 2.0

I have put together a wiki of all the websites that have come my way in the last 12 months, entitled Teaching Resources for Web 2.0:

I will be continuing to add to this every time I encounter a new useful website for teaching and learning, and the professional development of teachers. The wiki has an English focus as I am a Head Teacher of English, but there are many other useful links on there and other KLAs will find some of the English links useful.

Please feel free to go have a look and make recommendations for additions!


March 31, 2010 Posted by | Wikis | , , , | Leave a comment

Interesting and useful websites

A great place to start when integrating technology is on the world wide web, where there are plenty of ready-made resources. Knowing where to find them all is another thing again though, so I will regularly post useful links to websites that can help.  If you want to see the full list at any time, go to my delicious account:

1. Teacher Tube: A great resource for videos posted by teachers and students is Teacher Tube: – it is accessible through the DET portal and is like an educational version of YouTube.

2. Free Rice is a vocabulary and grammar game online that has the added bonus of feeding the world’s hungry through the United Nations Food Program, every time a student gets an answer right. Students love it, and it has the ability to change the subject to languages, art, geography, mathematics, etc so it allows variety.

3. InPics: is a great tutorial site that gives instructions for how to use various software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc using screen pictures and simple language.  A great way to learn more yourself and to use to direct students to so that you don’t have to be the expert and answer all the questions relating to how to use software.

4. Edublogs: this is a great site for creating student blogs. Students can access it through the DET portal and until the DET provides us with a blogging platform (and possibly beyond that!) this is my recommended site for students to create blogs.

 5. Celtx: – free software for writing scripts – FANTASTIC. Download it to your computer and you can then use it when you are offline – excellent free resource for writing scripts of all different types.

6. Audacity: – free software that you can download and use offline. Excellent recording software that makes creating podcasts easy.

And now for some fun ones:

7. Improv Everywhere: – a great drama company that does improvisation in public places and records it on video. The site contains videos of their improv adventures – and it is accessible through the DET portal.

8. Cue Prompter: – this site turns your monitor into a teleprompter. You paste it in your text and press go and voila! Your monitor is a teleprompter.

9. Shakespeare’s Insults: – a fun site that allows you to create your own Shakesperean insults.

10. Macbeth Rap Video: – fantastic rap video telling the story of Macbeth.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments