Give it a try – our pick of the best apps and tools, part 8

Each week in our newsletter we highlight a favourite free or low-cost app/tool/resource/piece of software and give a brief rundown of how you might use it in the classroom. Every month or so we round them up here on the blog.

We’d love to hear what you think about them if you give them a go, and any others you’d like to share – leave a comment in the box below. Catch up with all the tools in Give it a try, part 1 part 2,  part 3 part 4, part 5, part 6 and part 7.

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Scratch language bot
Check out London CLC Rowan’s latest Scratch project. This one uses Speech to Text and Translation. If you click “See inside” you can change it to whatever language you like!

Emoji feedback
Ever thought of gathering feedback from your class using emojis? Here’s one way of doing it.

Green screen for free
Up until now the favourite green screen app has been Do Ink’s but iMovie has just introduced a free green screen option. There are some additional features in Do Ink that still make it good for more advanced work, but iMovie’s news is great for those schools who haven’t been trying green screen due to cost. 

The Earth, 750 million years ago…
This is fun! Put in a city, discover what the earth looked like between 20 million and 750 million years ago and track how land has moved over time.

Create a Scratch Mayan calendar
London CLC’s Rowan Roberts devised this Scratch art project for a new workshop last week and it went down a storm. Try it here

Story dice
Story dice can be a great writing prompt – you roll the dice and use the pictures as a starting point for a story – but those little dice are prone to getting lost… No chance of that with this free app that offers 40 dice (up to 10 with each roll) with a shake of your iPad. There are categories, such as mystery or Star Wars, and more than 200 dice images in total.

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