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In addition to using Word and PowerPoint to present work there are other options. Pupils can use their smartphones to make video clips of dialogues or simple plays they have written. These can then be uploaded to a school web site for class viewing. There are also a number of websites that offer some interesting ways of presenting material.

Thinglink (http://www.thinglink.com/) lets you tag images with text, links and video clips. You simply upload the image and then click wherever you want to add a tag. You can use different icons for text, links to sites, links to music and anything else you want to add. The site has a section for teachers in which they can create a channel for their class and display pupils’ work there. The site can be used by pupils at all stages. Beginning learners can write a few words and add a link to a song or piece of music. More proficient learners can write a short paragraph and add links to sites with more information. Their pictures can then be used as a base for an oral presentation to the class.

Fakebook  (http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page) as its name suggests is a site where you can create a page that is the same as a Facebook page. The idea is for teachers and pupils to create a page for a historical or literary character and add friends and create posts for them. As with a regular Facebook page images and videos can be added. The Fakebook page can be saved and displayed on your school website.

Linoit (http://en.linoit.com/) is a tool for creating a group bulletin board. Members of the group can add sticky notes and images. This could be used at the beginning of the year as an introductory activity. Each of the pupils could add a sticky note about him/herself. Later on it could be used to create bulletin boards for specific topics. The bulletin board can also be used as a communication tool between teachers, pupils and parents with reminders about assignments and class events.