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In August 2018, Digitalisation was added into the Swedish Curriculum with the intention that all teachers would prepare the students for the digital age. As strives to ease teachers’ workload, we have added Digital Tools. This page is designated for presenting tools, ideas, and the digital learning that the web author encounters when implementing digitalisation in her own classes. 

Right at the beginning of the school year, you can introduce digitalisation to your classes by changing some of your school start activities to include digital tools. On the other hand, Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) gave a good reminder on Twitter:

Do I want students looking at a screen individually the first day of school, filling out Google forms or even or [do I want them] interacting face to face and the students talking to each other and me?

Keeping this in mind, choose carefully, which tasks are better / quicker / more fun / more motivating done digitally and still give you time to interact face to face with the students. Here are some of my ideas to choose from:

Introducing yourself 

For several years, I have used a short video about myself (made with Adobe Spark) that I have shown the students at the beginning of our first class. After the video, they have asked me questions that the video didn’t give an answer to. These questions could be given anonymously on PearDeck, without losing the face-to-face experience and, at the same time, giving courage to the silent ones to present their questions, too. If you make your presentation on Google Slides, the students can ask their questions right there.

Student introductions

When presenting my film, my ambition has been that I would then let the students make their own films. This has, however, seemed too cumbersome and with the flow of new and improved tools coming out, there are several easier ways to let students introduce themselves digitally. Here are some examples:

Vocaroo, for voice recording, either about oneself or an interview with another student.

Flipgrid, for voice (and selfie) recording.

Google Drawings for making a visual presentation with text, pictures, lines, photos and even videos.

Integral Motivation 

I used to let students write a letter to themselves on paper, where they described what a good year they had had as if it was now already the end of May next year. I collected the papers and gave them back at the end of the year. Now there is a site that does it for me:, where anyone can write a letter to themselves and set the date when the letter will be delivered back.

Students can also make their own, digital Vision Board on any slide- or drawing tool.


The Swedish Curriculum emphasises the need to let your students be part of the planning process. One way of doing this is presented in Planning Page. Instead of using paper handouts to have students give their preferences when choosing themes, for example, you can make a questionnaire on Google Forms and let Google count the voting results instantly for you.

For an open classroom discussion, the best tool to collaborate on the big screen is Padlet, but students can also first discuss various choices in smaller groups just by sharing a Google Document. Gone are the days when one student did all the work in teamwork.

More Digital Tools

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Watchkin Youtube videos without distractions in a family-friendly environment

Better at English

Learn English conversation online : Better at English podcast lessons and learn authentic English conversation online with our free podcasts and transcripts. Archive of all previous Better at English podcast episodes.

EnglishClass 101

Learn English Online with Podcasts - EnglishClass101
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Culips ESL Podcast

Learn English for everyday use | Culips ESL Podcast

Learn English for everyday use | Culips ESL Podcast core of each podcast is an acted out dialogue between two characters. The rest of the episode then concentrates on keywords and their uses and meanings. The English is spoken at about half normal speed and is, therefore, quite easy to follow. Each podcast is accompanied by a learning guide.

Blended Play

Blended Games for the classroom using YOUR content
Blended Games for the classroom using YOUR content Play is a free online gaming portal for any classroom content. Write your questions and start playing!

Plot Generator

Story Generator

Story Generator short story generator tool. Choose some keywords and we will automatically create a short story in seconds.

Story Toolz

Story Toolz

Story Toolz

Various tools to help students start writing and improve their writing

1:1 Learning in

1:1 Learning

1:1 Learning

Links to websites, where students can practise 1:1, by themselves, at school or at home.



RedKid.Net Mad Lib is an interactive story that you add words to. When prompted, you insert a specific type of word. Once all words are added, the story is ready. The end story is usually quite funny.

Cloze test creator


Cloze test creator you paste in a passage of text, choose how you want words removed, and then generates your cloze test, with an optional word bank


FactitiousFactitious you tell the real news from the fake news? A game.


Voki - Home

Voki – Homehttps://www.voki.comA presentation tool for both teachers and students. Lessons, homework and projects have never been more engaging and fun. Easily share among teachers, students and parents.

WordArt - Word Cloud Art Creator – Word Cloud Art Creator is an online word cloud art creator that enables you to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease



DocHub, edit, and share PDFs, Word documents, and more.

10 Ways to Use Flipgrid

10+ ways to use Flipgrid's newest features in the classroom | Ditch That Textbook

10+ ways to use Flipgrid’s newest features in the classroom | Ditch That Textbook’s features include a cool new camera and player, Grid Pals, Vibes and more. (Oh, and it’s FREE now!) How can you use these in the classroom? Here are some suggestions.

BackChannel Chat

Backchannel Chat - Safe Secure Classroom Discussions

Backchannel Chat – Safe Secure Classroom Discussions Chat is a class discussion tool that was designed from the ground up to support teachers. Backchannels are great for increasing participation in classroom discussions.


Snippet | Organize your favorite book quotes
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10 Overlooked Google Docs Features

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Overlooked Google Docs Features

10 Overlooked Google Docs Features Docs has a lot of features that new users often don’t notice. Some of these features will save you time, some will give you more formatting flexibility, and others will improve the way that you share your documents.


Pear Deck

Pear Deck Deck was founded by educators on a mission to help teachers engage every student, every day.

5 Google Drawings features

5 Google Drawings features you don't know about - YouTube
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Quizalize - Pinpoint classroom progress in real-time

Quizalize classroom progress in real-time – Quizalize lets you engage your class and deliver instant assessments for personalised learning on any computer, tablet or smartphone.


Kahoot! | Learning Games | Make Learning Awesome!

Kahoot!! is a game-based platform that makes learning awesome for millions of people all over the world. Sign up to create and play fun quiz games!

Anybody can learn |

Code.org can learn | Every student in every school deserves the opportunity to study computer science.


Interactive presentation software - Mentimeter

Mentimeter presentation software – Ideas: Exit ticket, Classroom Poll

15 Ways to Use Google Keep

15 Ways for Students to Use Google Keep.pdf - Google Drive

15 Ways to Use Google Keep.pdf Students Get Organized, Track Progress, Take Notes, and more with Google Keep! [infographic] | Shake Up Learning


EF Class - English lessons. Designed for you.

EF Class http://class.ef.comEF Class is a complete set of flexible learning materials and tools to help teachers run engaging, interactive, and motivational English lessons. Sign up to get your teacher account.

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome — Pear Deck Digital Citizenship with Be Internet Awesome and Pear Deck. Every student needs to know how to safely navigate the digital world.


NoRedInk https://www.noredink.comNoRedInk is on a mission to build better writers. Assign tests to check your students’ knowledge of language form


Book Creator Creator is a simple tool to create ebooks on iPad, Chromebooks and on the web. Create a book and publish it. You can also share your book as a PDF and print it.

A Fair(y) Use Tale

A Fair(y) Use Tale (captioned) - YouTube

A Fair(y) Use Tale – YouTube min) Captioned. An educational video on copyright by professor Eric Fadden at Bucknell University. Idea: Leave out the captions first and let students decipher the text.


Learning tools & flashcards, for free | Quizlet

Quizlet tools & flashcards, for free | Create vocabulary quizzes for students to study


Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world

Padlet easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. Ideas: Exit tickets, Brainstorming


Flipgrid - Video for student engagement and formative assessment

Flipgrid for student engagement and formative assessment. Use video the way your students do.

How to make #BookSnaps

#BookSnaps w/Snapchat (Revised) - R.E.A.L. Talk w/Tara M. Martin Episode 29 - YouTube

#BookSnaps w/Snapchat – YouTube Talk w/Tara M. Martin Episode 29 #BookSnaps with Snapchat – How-To Video (with arrows)


Vocaroo | Online voice recorder
Vocaroo | Online voice recorder premier voice recording service. Very easy; Just click and start recording.

How Computers Work

Introducing How Computers Work - YouTube

Introducing How Computers Work – YouTube Gates kicks off an introduction to the series How Computers Work. A playlist

Hemingway App

Hemingway Editor
Hemingway Editor in something you’re working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button and compose something new.


Quizizz:https://quizizz.comCreate free quizzes on content or vocabulary

Write and Improve

Cambridge English Write & Improve

Cambridge English Write & Improve & Improve is a free service for learners of English to practice their written English.


ReadWorks articles and research-based reading comprehension curriculum to your students at, completely free.

Peer Grade App

Peergradehttps://peergrade.ioThis app administrates peer feedback once you have made the assignment and feedback criteria