Give it a try – our pick of the best apps and tools, part 9

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, part 7 and part 8.

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Photo by Dušan Smetana on Unsplash

Unsplash for education
Unsplash’s collection of a million free images has always been a great resource and it’s got even better with the addition of 10 curated collections designed for education use, covering topics such as health nature, geography, history and space.

Bad news 
The ‘junior’ version of the Bad News game, created by Dutch group DROG and Cambridge University researchers, is designed to be a fun way to “confer resistance against bad online information by putting players in the position of the people who create it”. Read the educator info sheet before trying it in class.

How to find old websites that Google won’t show
Google has stopped indexing the entirety of the internet and so websites that are more than about a decade old do not show up through Google search. How do you find them? This Lifehacker article has some helpful suggestions.

Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles
This comes via Richard Byrne and his excellent Ed Tech Tip of the Week. He suggests using Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles, which can be used to create a modified version of real news story from legitimate sources, as a critical literacy tool. The Goggles let you see the code behind any web page and change that code to display anything that you want in place of the original text and images then publish a local copy of the web page. You can use it to see how easy it is to create ‘fake news’ and also to practice writing simple code.

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Google Expeditions
Use Chromebooks? Google Expeditions features hundreds of virtual reality tours that bring everything from the North Pole to Elizabethan Bristol into the classroom, exploring history, science, the arts and the natural world. Encounter Edu has some ideas for how to make the most of the app in the classroom.

Social Media TestDrive
This resource for 9-13-year-olds is very US-oriented (it was created by researchers in the Cornell University Social Media Lab) but worth a look. Designed to encourage young people to learn and practice digital citizenship skills, it provides a simulated experience of realistic dilemmas and scenarios that young people may encounter as they enter the social media world. Each TestDrive module is designed to teach a specific social media skill, such as managing privacy settings, self-presentation, cyberbullying and news literacy.

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