My top 11 blog posts from ’11

Magic in Education! is a blog that was created for the needs of a presentation on technology in the classsroom. Me and my collegue Makis Aggatheris were assigned to create a 3 hour workshop on New Technologies in Teaching. While we were preparing the workshop I came with an idea of having a blog where the participants can visit and see the links that I suggest them to visit. When the workshop was over, I decided to maintain the blog and keep publishing my ideas on technology in classroom. It is now 8 months amd it has been already visited from visitors from all over the world.

Here you can see my top 11 blog posts (according to the blog’s statistics) from ’11:

11. Make your own comics, Witty Comics

10. Penzu, your own personal journal and online diary

9Using Blogs in Education

8Wallwisher, Words that Stick!

7. Social Networks in Education

6How we created an interactive whiteboard with low cost!!

5. Web 2.0 apps

4. Prezi.com – Creating ashtonishing presentations

3.  How to create your own superhero comic

 2. 30+1  Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

and….

1. Glogster.com: Poster your self! (Text, Images, Music and Video)

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Create Multimedia Teaching Activities with Educaplay

   I have just discovered one of the best activity generator applications. I am talking about Educaplay.

 What is Educaplay?

Educaplay is an online application that  allows you create your own teaching activities with an attractive professional result. It is a free application and the only thing that you need is a web broswer with flash plugin. You can choose from a variety of activities to create:

 

Special Features:

  • Statistics go to the teacher (results and timing of the exercise)
  • Multilingual activities (Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Galician, Catalan, Basque)
  • Really proffessional results
  • Embed to website, blog, wiki etc
  • Create groups for your class
  • Share the exercises on social media
  • Some activities  like dictation and diologues allow voice recording

Here are some examples of the activities that you can create:

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Want to learn more about Educaplay? Here is a video tutorial: 

ESLVideo.com: Study English with fun, free ESL video quizzes

Are you looking for an alternative way of testing? ESLvideo.com  is what you are searching for. What is so special about  ESLvideo? In this website you can make quizzes and embed a video next to it. As a matter of fact, you can make listening comprehension activities and quizzes more interactive and attractive for learners. Here is an example:

Advantages:

  • User-friendly
  • Complete Guidelines
  • Teacher receives student scores
  • Instant feedback
  • Embed to blog, wiki or website
Disadvantages:
  • Sometimes the videos get disabled or removed

Got interested? Let’s see how to create your own quiz!

In order to start making your quizzes you should register with your email and create your own account. While you register bare in mind that it would be better to use your real name as the username. It will be easier  for your students to use. For example, ElindaG or MsGjondedaj.

After signing up you will see at your screen a step by step guide on how to embed your video to your quiz.


After reading the guidelines you will see a form that you should add your information like the title of your quiz, the level. In order to get the code to embed your video you should go to the Youtube video, send —> embed and the code will appear. You should copy this code and paste it in the Video Embed Code blank.

After adding all the requested information you go to step 2 where you add the questions to your activity. It is important that you should indicate properly the linguistic level of the test because your test will be categorized after creating it. The levels category that are included are: beginning, low intermediate, high intermediate, high intermediate.

 

Last but not least,  there is an element that makes this quiz maker unique. When a student decides to do one of the activities, if s/he writes the teacher code before the test, the score goes straight to the teacher. So, you can know anytime your student’s performance.

Make Easy Printable Tests with EasyTestMaker.com

Are you searching for a way to make a test for your students but the Word processor is not enough? EasyTestMaker can really help you!

What is EasyTestMaker?

Easy Test Maker is a test generator that produces printable tests. The tests that you produce can be saved in your computer. The application is user friendly and really easy to use and create. You can produce various types of quiz questions:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Fill in the Blank
  • True/False
  • Short Answer
  • Matching

How to start using EasyTestMaker?

All you have to do in order to start using this online test generator is to sign up.  You have to make a profile in order to store your tests on your profile in case you want to access them in the future.  

After signing up, your home page will appear and welcome you to the application with the option to create a new test. All you have to do in order get started is to hit: Create a New Test…

 

There is also a variety of fonts to use:

This particular test generator also gives you the chance to combine the format of questions. For example, you may choose to make 5 multiple choice answers and 2 short answers in the same test.

 

Advantages:

  • User-friendly
  • Printable
  • Downloadable

Disadvantages:

  • Offline testing
  • Lack of interactivity
  • No-frills

Want to learn more? Have a look at the following tutorial:

A Test Generator that you are going to love!

Written by Menelaos Aggatheris:

Are you tired of trying to create a test for your students through the old-fashioned way? Are you of those who cannot stand the photocopying machines? Or are you just a friend of PCs and new technologies, in general? I have the best solution for you!

Few days ago, I came up with a program for creating tests on-line, a so-called “test generator”. The application’s name is ‘testmoz test generator’ and its email address is testmoz.com. Testmoz is a simple test generating application created by Matt Johnson, an undergraduate student at Washington State University, Vancouver.

Testmoz is an easy-to-handle application. It needs no registration or log in, that’s why every teacher can use it either they have a good relationship with their computer or not. As soon as you visit its main page, you will come up with some useful information concerning this application along with the two main options of the site, “Make a Test” and “View a Demo”. Through the “Make a Test” option, you will create your own option. I will talk about this option in extent, later. The “View a Demo” option will lead you to a sample test, in order to have a first taste of how the program works and see the different types of questions (True/false, multiple choice, multiple response and fill in the blank questions).

Let’s talk, now, about the creation of your test. Firstly, you click on the “Make a Test” option. Then, you have to insert your test’s name and password (you have to remember the password in order to give it to your students). In the next page, you are given some information about the creation of your test. Again, you have to remember the test URL in order to give it to your students. The “settings” page lets you to Change the quiz name, description and what happens after the quiz is graded. In order to insert your questions, you move to the “questions page” and you click on the “Add New Question” option. Then, you have to select one out of the four types of questions (True/false, multiple choice, multiple response and fill in the blank questions as already mentioned). After you have finished, you click on the “Save and Add New Question” option till you insert all your questions and click “Save”. After finishing that, you only have to publish your test. To do so, you move to the “Publish” page and you click on the red “Publish” button. You can see the results of those who have taken your test on the “Reports” page of the application.

Before I finish my presentation, I will briefly focus on the main advantages of Testmoz (as proposed by the application’s makes, as well):

 

  • Detailed Reports

See the scores, averages and actual responses to questions. You can even export the data to CSV.

  • No Registration

Neither you nor your test takers have to register.

  • Professional Appearance

The neutral colour scheme works with any business or school.

  • No Ads

You won’t find any text ads, banners, or pop-ups.

  • Passcode Protected

Prevent strangers from taking your test.

 

I hope that all of you will visit Testmoz.com and find it as fascinating as I found it. I will be waiting responses of those who will use this application!