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Examples of Hardware that may be needed for the various software examples of use described below

Smartphone :  Is a cellular telephone with an integrated computer and other features not originally associated with telephones, such as an operating system, web browsing and the ability to run software applications.

Tablet : Is a wireless, portable personal computer with a touchscreen interface. The tablet form factor is typically smaller than a laptop/notebook computer, but larger than a smartphone.

Laptop : Is  sometimes called a notebook computer by manufacturers, it is a battery- or AC-powered personal computer generally smaller than a briefcase that can easily be transported and conveniently used in temporary spaces.

Personal Computer (PC) : Is a micro computer designed for use by one person at a time. … Normally as an operating system such as DOS or Windows that is written to use with what microprocessor is being used.

Whiteboard : Is a non-electronic variation of the traditional “re-writeable” schoolroom blackboard. White instead of black and of a material that can be written on with colored markers (known as dry erase markers).

Projector & Screen : Is an optical device that projects an image (or moving images) onto a surface, commonly a projector screen.

Speakers : Aredevices that converts analog audio signals into the equivalent air vibrations in order to make audible sound.

Audio recording equipment : Is equipment designed for sound recording, mixing, and audio production of instrumental or vocal musical performances, spoken words, and other sounds.

Camera : Is a device to capture still images or to record moving images, which are stored in a physical medium such as in a digital system or on photographic film.

Video recording equipment : A digital video recorder (DVR) is an electronic device that records video in a digital format.

Internet access : A process of connecting to the internet using personal computers, laptops or mobile devices by users or enterprises. Internet access is subject to data signalling rates. 

Software / Apps

Twitter : Instant messaging to create networks of users who can communicate regularly with brief messages, or “tweets.”

Example of use in education : Track a #hashtag on a relevant research topic (in groups or individually) and see where it leads. Discuss the original source (e.g. retweets) and its credibility.

Skype : Free internet voice and video calling between subscribers.

Example of use in education : Practice a foreign language by calling sister classrooms or volunteers in other countries.

Zoom : Internet voice and video calling between subscribers which can be recorded.

Example of use in education : Task students with roleplaying job interviews. The interview panel can be in one place with the candidates in another. Record the interviews, discuss who gets the job and reasons for the choice.

Youtube : Free Video-sharing website.

Example of use in education : Video record a dance choreography and share a private youtube link to the video for home practice / feedback exercises / to catch up absent learners.

Facebook : Free social network where users can post comments, share photos and post links to news or interesting content, chat live & watch videos.

Example of use in education : Start a competition based on class topic and post to Facebook. See which projects get most likes. Consider privacy, appearing high on people’s feeds, how regularly to post, finding groups interested in voting, reviewing results using Facebook analytics etc.

Whatsapp : Free app for voice/ video calls & sending texts, documents / images & other media over a secure network.

Example of use in education : Create a closed messaging group for the staff team to communicate, socialise and share ideas.

Moodle : Learning platform designed to provide a way of providing a personalised learning environments.

Example of use in education : Create a ‘gap fill’ exercise for students to complete on the moodle. Share with colleagues and label correctly the appropriate courses for which it could be used. Ask for colleagues’ feedback after use.

Microsoft Powerpoint : Software package to create electronic presentation.

Example of use in education : Task students with using powerpoint in groups to present a project to the rest of the class.

Google drive/ Dropbox/ onedrive / icloud : Free cloud storage service

Example of use in education : Create online portfolios of work that can be added to / edited by student(s) and teacher in real time.

Google docs and sheets : Free Web-based app in which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online.

Example of use in education : Create and share an exercise asking for examples (e.g. write the names of different fruits in French) and task students to answer in a certain colour and not overwrite someone else’s answer. Conditionally format cells to their own colour.

Google forms : Free Web-based app in which forms can be created, edited and stored online.

Example of use in education : Create a self-marking test which gives pre-written feedback on answers given or directs students to one page or another depending on their answers.

Evernote : Free app that keeps your notes organized

Example of use in education : Set a research task e.g. Find out things about Iran and take notes in Evernote. After a set time, task the students with organising their notes using folders, sub folders and #tags. Projects may be simplified or expanded upon .

Microsoft word & Publisher : Software to create electronic leaflets/Posters etc. 

Example of use in education : Task students to take a word version of information about an upcoming event and turn it into a flier using publisher.

Prezi : Free online tool to create electronic presentation.

Example of use in education : With a colleague, create a presentation as your lesson plans so that rather than moving forward in a linear way, students get a visual reminder of the overall relationship between lessons / topics / objectives /activities during the lessons as you zoom in and out.

IMovie : Free video editing app for apple devices

Example of use in education : Task students to add text to a movie showing your website, name of creator or copyright notice.

Movie maker : Software package to create and edit videos.

Example of use in education : Task students to make a video presenting their project rather than standing in front of the class. Also allows shy students to engage in a different way.

Kahoot : Free app to create quizzes

Example of use in education : Create a learning check quiz for the end of a class.

Powtoon : Software to create engaging, animated videos

Example of use in education : Create a powtoon explaining a topic and share before class. Class time then becomes more tutorial and less lecture. Search “Flipped Classroom”. Share process, product & difficulties with colleagues.

Mentimeter : Online tool to create presentations with votes, polls, word clouds, multiple choice questions, quizzes.  

Example of use in education : Start to discuss a sensitive topic with a series of interactive, anonymous polls. Philosophy, religion, bullying or sex education are examples.

Pinterest : Website where people can pin images and ideas in one place, ie a pinboard

Example of use in education : Task students to create a moodboard for a project e.g. costumes and sets for a play.

Audacity : Free software for multi-track audio editor and recording.

Example of use in education : Cut music to be a specific length appropriate to the class e.g. For dance, cut music to exactly 3 mins and teach 1 min of choreo per week for 3 weeks.

Canva : Free online tool to create electronic leaflets/Posters etc.

Example of use in education : Task students to work together creating a poster for a school open day.

Padlet : Free online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic.

Example of use in education : Task the entire class to begin an environmental project using padlet to take notes. Add parameters such as ‘each student must add 1-3 items’ or specific media types from each student.

Slideshare : Online sharing service for professional content including presentations, infographics, documents, and videos.

Example of use in education : Tutors can use this to find presentations on relevant topics rather than having to create new material from scratch. Frees time for editing and personalisation of the material.

Camtasia : Software to create video tutorials / presentations via screencast/ plugin

Example of use in education : Task students to create a video teaching lower level students how to complete a specific digital task. Use clear language and structure.

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