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This guest post is written by teacher Zoe French.
- Learn about Classtools.net
- Choose a resource to use with your students
- Discuss with the community about how these could be used
Classtools.net is a free flash tool website that allows you to create quizzes, diagrams, and educational games. You can then host them on your own site free of charge.
You can sign up for the premium version of the website if you want access to more tools or ad-free templates.
Here’s a quick video overview from youtube:
Even if you don’t have the time to create something, Classtools.net also has a variety of templates you can use on the go.
I have listed my favourite tools below:
- Venn Diagrams– Instant interactive Venn diagrams for your smart board.
- Post It – Upload an image or piece of text and add notes.
- Random Name/Word Picker– Do you find yourself picking the same students to answer questions? Simply input a class in order to randomly select people to answer questions or input a list of keywords and get students to quiz each other!
- Countdown timer – This is a great behaviour management tool. Use the timer to add pace and structure to your activities or lessons. You can even upload songs for the timer to countdown to, or choose a song from the list.
- Arcade Game Generator – Create your own flash games/quizzes!
Beginner: Head over to Classtools.net and explore the site. Then pick your favourite template and blog about it. In your blog you should:
- Provide an overview of the site
- Describe your favourite template and provide links, you should also include illustrations.
- Discuss applications to teaching
- If you are feeling adventurous why not try and create your own flash game or diagram?
Follow the step by step process below to create your own tool. Helps and tips below!
Step 1: In the top right hand corner there is a sample box. Select your subject area. Browse through the examples and see what other people have done.
Step 2: Choose a template for the list in column on the right hand side of the page. If you are still not sure where to start I would suggest you pick the Arcade Game Generator and create a quiz for one of your classes.
Step 3: Once you have finished creating your tool create a link to it or embed it in your blog. See hints and tips below if you are not sure how to do this.
*Note – the option to embed is in the bottom right hand corner of the frame
Help & Tips
Not sure what to do? Make sure you watch the video tutorials on the homepage at the bottom. I have also provided some tips below:
Don’t know where to start? Check out the sample files in the top right hand corner. Simply click on your subject area to see samples of activities created for your subject using Classtools.net
How to save your tool.
There are few ways you can save your web tool.
Click on the floppy disk image to save as a webpage. You can then save it on your USB or folder and click to open.
Click on the cog/gear image if you want to embed your tool on a webpage. A yellow box will then appear and you can either copy the url or the embed code. From there you either create a link on your site or embed your tool. If you don’t know how to embed a tool I have found this website to be helpful.
*Note – not all tools will let you embed as they are designed to run in the browser:
Leave a comment on this post and discuss:
Question 1: Classtools.net is all about providing tools to help enhance your teaching. What makes this site great is that it is not focused towards specific subject areas but instead is useful for all teachers. Do you know of any similar sites? Do you have a favourite tool that you like to use in the classroom? Why don’t you share below!?
Question 2: If you have created something using Classtools.net why don’t you share it below?
About the Author
I have been teaching for four years and I have recently moved from Australia to America. If you are interested in discovering other free web based tools please visit my website: www.digitalenglishteachers.com
I also have a blog: http://digitaleducationforenglishteachers.blogspot.com/.