Saturday, 21 August 2010

A tool for creating simple polls

If you need a quick response to some question, create an interactive online poll using  Great feedback tool!
Test it now by typing your answer in the box.

You can limit the answers to one per day or allow multiple answers. Be careful - mistakes cannot be corrected after you submit the answer!

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Classroom timer

A really simple but useful tool - classroom timer - can be found here.
You will have to open it on the screen or whiteboard.

A fantastic tool if you want to limit the time for some lesson task, e.g. a short vocabulary check. Tell the students they have got 5 minutes, start the clock and leave it on the screen for the students to see it.

The best thing is you can make the timer count up or down depending on your needs.

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Friday, 13 August 2010

A letter from the college

Something to make you smile while you are getting ready to recommence your work in September.


A student's view on the school budget (click to zoom)

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Teaching topic - Banksy

When the curriculum says "next topic - contemporary British art", you certainly cannot bypass Banksy, a notorious figure in British and world art.
Here is a video that will help you to present this artist to your students.

There is a nice online exercise based on this video at

I have prepared a worksheet about Banksy with 3 reading tasks which you can see in the preview.
You can download it here.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A new tool Iconscrabble

Despite of looking plain and even boring, this new web tool Iconscrabble makes wonders. You have to enter a word or a short phrase and the tool presents your word in a special way - it composes your word of icons/ logos which in turn are linked to their respective websites. Amazing!

You get a picture like this but its links are active only on the Iconscrabble website. A pity you cannot embed it anywhere.

You can use this tool at the lesson - ask your students to type their names and discover what websites each letter in their name represents.
Ask them to find out a website for each letter of the alphabet. There are many icons for one letter so students will have different websites for one and the same letter. A whole lesson of fun!