5. Google Chrome Music Lab (https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/)
Google Chrome Music Lab is a brand-new web-based 'exploratorium' for sound! It combines music, science and art in an incredible way and it offers enormous scope for delivering different areas of the curriculum.
3. Duolingo (https://en.duolingo.com/)
Duolingo is a web and app based language programme that once again - aside from being completely free - has the quality to rival far more expensive products on the market.
2. Canva (https://www.canva.com/)
Canva turns children (and teachers and admin staff!) into design professionals! They will be creating beautiful presentations, leaflets, infographics & newsletters within minutes of logging in!
What’s really impressive about Canva that it has much of the powerful functionality of Adobe INdesign, yet is simple enough for a complete beginner to produce work that is of an extraordinarily high-quality. It also outputs to a variety of formats such as .pdf and high-quality .png graphics files which means it’s also an incredible tool when combined with class websites and school blogs. What has impressed us is that Canva helps to improve the depth and thought that the children put into their work as they know they are going to be proud of the design element of the final outcome.
1. Google Apps for Education (https://www.google.com/edu/products/productivity-tools/)
Since moving from a Microsoft PC based IT infrastructure to Google Apps (which is free for education), we have enjoyed cost savings of thousands of pounds per year and we have a much more appropriate and flexible suite of technology tools available to us.
It is so easy to administer that it’s handled in-house by teaching staff and provides unlimited file storage - again, free of charge, thereby saving a fortune in server costs. We’re going to blog in more detail about Google Apps for Education - but it is also ‘device neutral’ - which means that it works as well on a PC, iPad or Apple Mac as it does on a Google Chromebook, and will happily read and export Microsoft files. In summary, Google Apps costs nothing, it improves the quality of teaching learning and saves schools thousands of pounds each year. Google is now the leading technology player in US education - and if you take the time to explore it, you’ll quickly see why.