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This is a video tutorial on using the plugin Loom. Loom is a free plugin that works with Google Chrome and allows you to make free screen capture recordings. This quick video takes you through the basics of this tool. It is ideal for students and teachers and is a really useful teacher technology to be aware of. Screen capture technology is one of the most useful technologies in teacher education and really worth knowing how to use.

Answer Garden is a great educational technology that takes just second to set up and use. It allows you to create collaborative questions that students can all answer online and the answers are immediately created into a word cloud representing the most common answers. A superb tool for using for brainstorming, sharing ideas, vocabulary learning in language teaching etc. The video is very short and you will be using this excellent teacher technology in just a few minutes. 

Quizlet 2017 is a quick introduction into all the basics of using 2017. This is a useful technology tool for practicing vocabulary and revising words. There are thousands of pre-made flash cards, so you don't need to create anything. You just search for flash cards and then you can use those flash cards to play a variety of games and activities. Quizlet is free and to use the flash cards you don't even have to sign up. You can start to use them immediately. There are flash cards in many different languages. Most flash cards include the picture, the audio and in some cases a translation. There are 6 different activity types to choose from. 

Quizlet 2017 is a great tool to help your students to study vocabulary but what should we tell them to do?  This set of videos shows you what to explain to the students and gives you some useful tips that you can pass onto your students. This is a quick set of videos that give you a clear guide to the key skills students need to be able to use Quizlet effectively

Ted.Ed quickly allows you to build quizzes and other learning content around  YouTube videos. A great way to create Flipped Learning content or Blended Learning material for your lessons. This quick video tutorial will take you through the basics. Students can access videos and then do a range of activities including discussions, quizzes and you can also add extra links and material for the students to access. Since Ted.Ed is free, it is also a great tool if you want students to make their own quizzes for other students to do. This is a free tool that is quick and easy to use. 
Wix: Key teacher technology tool

This is a superb tool for creating a website. Whether you are a teacher, school or student you will find this tool incredibly useful. You can create a website using Wix in a couple of minutes. Watch this quick video and you will see how. This is ideal if you want to create your own teacher profile, get your students to create a website or even if you want to create a class website. Great for encouraging writing, e-Porfolios, projects and group work. Wix is a really easy tool to use that makes really professional looking websites in minutes. It is completely free

Introduction to screen casting
This Screencasting-A quick introduction shows you one of the tools that I most use. Screencasting/Screencapture is everywhere and used widely in Flipped Classroom, Blended Learning and Online delivery. Most of the how to videos you see on YouTube have been created using a screen capture tool like SnagIt. Screen capture means you can record the screen of your own computer as if you had a camera pointing at it. You can talk over pictures, tables, images, graphs etc. Whatever you do on the screen of your computer and whatever you say, simply comes out in the recording. An absolutely superb technology that I probably use more than any other technology. All the videos on this website have been created using screen capture technology.

A quick introduction to Padlet. A very popular collaboration tool that is basically like an interactive corkboard. This is a great teaching technology tool that can allow students to quickly share their ideas in one place. It can be used for brainstorming,projects, preparing ideas for an essay or even as a E-Portfolio. Teacher create a board and then students can access it via the the link. Boards can be password protected and intergrated with lots of other technologies. Teachers can set boards to read or to be edited. Quick and easy and useful for both in the classroom and for work outside of the class. 

Key teacher tech tool
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.
Key teacher tech tool
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.
If you are looking to quickly and cheaply record yourself giving a PowerPoint presentation that you can then share with your students, then this is the answer. This a  great tool, free, easy to use and super quick. Learn in less than 5 minutes how to deliver online videos of your PowerPoint presentations to your students.
This is useful trick that you can do with your email that many people don't realise. Whenever I present this, people are very surprized. It means you can have multiple email addresses that all go to one inbox. Students can use the email address when signing up to different platforms and you can also use it as a teacher. Watch this quick video and you will see how useful this is

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. 

In this video tutorial Russell is going to show you how to add images into your Google Forms.You can add images as objects, you can include images at the top of questions and you can even add images into multiple choice and other question types. Many teachers don't know this third way of adding images. This is just a quick 5 minute video that might help take your use of Google Forms to another level. 

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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