Tools of the Day

Tools of the Day

In the spirit of open source collaborative design-based experimentation in the service of learning, I want to share the tools I encountered today.

I watched a Webinar about differentiation that discussed how technology can support the need for more individualized approaches, and more specifically what. The presentation was given by two teachers so the suggestions that they make are really practical and you know that they will work.

Some ideas that I have been tossing around recently are using Voicethread for students to create digital stories. This could work well as an alternative assignment in any class. I have most often seen this used with Language Arts, but I also think it can be very powerful in Science and Math.

Googlelittrips has kmz files that can be overlaid into google earth and show the highlights of major works of literature. This seems like a great activity to support the reading of one of the books. Could also be applicable to historical analysis.

Educreations is great for making videos of your lesson, or encouraging students to create videos of their own. This can be used in any classroom and even outside.

animaps is a great way to create interactive informative maps. I love this idea. I have not had a chance to use this much yet and would love to hear how others have used this.

Google search stories is also a fun way for students to engage in a short project that captures the essence of any lesson, story, process. Could be a great way to teach the story arch and have students apply this knowledge.

I also recently found this interactive whiteboard site that is free to use. Although I have yet to really test it.

In the interest of sharing, I would love to hear from others who have used these resources. Also, if there are other tools that people have come across that are useful and you have had success with please feel free to share these as well.

Written by Kiera Chase

Kiera Chase

Blended Learning Coach at Envisions Schools

2 comments

  1. cjstreeter

    Hi there, thanks for featuring Educreations! As one of the co-founders, I just wanted to point out that the link to Educreations should be http://www.educreations.com

    Thanks!

  2. Thanks for contributing. I updated the link, it should work now.
    I really like educreations a lot. I have even used it as a note taking tool in my Statistics class. I draw what the teacher is drawing and then reiterate things verbally by saying them. And I can rewatch it while I am trying to do my home work. It works well for me.

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