Monday, November 24, 2014

From My Amazing Colleagues

Here are some of the great sites and tools being used by the amazing educators that I work with:

Thinglink and Kahoot are two sites being integrated by a large number of our teachers. What makes these sites popular? Thinglink is all about making an image interactive with hotspots; something that is easy to use in any academic area. And Kahoot is just plain fun. Reviewing content in a game-based platform is so appealing to teachers and students.

Google Classroom has taken our high school by storm. This past week when I was helping a teacher to get his students onto Google Classroom, I asked the students in 5 different classes if any of them were not already using Classroom and not one hand went in the air. Teachers and students love the simplicity and interface of this LMS.

Keegan is having his students create videos using WeVideo and Screencastify. Did you know that you can use the Webcam option on the extension Screencastify to record a video and then edit that video in WeVideo?  Make sure to check the box to show the preview window for Screencastify.

Catherine had her students create children's books in Spanish using the site Story Jumper.  Even though this site is geared towards younger students, the high school students found this tool to be just the right fit for their needs. Catherine knew to have the students keep the tech simple, in order to focus on the larger task at hand, writing stories coherently in Spanish.

John's ELL students used Animoto to create a personal dictionary video.  One of the useful features of Animoto is the option to include a caption with an image. The students wrote sentences using the words in their video to show meaning.

I shared a presentation with our teachers on QR Codes. These scannable codes are an easy way to provide students with new information in a more interactive way. 

One of my favorite new audio tools is Audioboom. Students can record up to 10 minutes with a free account and then there is the option to create a QR code with an image to play back the audio recording.

Our World Language teachers were impressed with QR Voice when we discovered that we could have text read to us in many different dialects. The other amazing feature of QR Voice is that the text can also spoken in any of the featured languages.

A special thank you to all of the educators out there who are making an effort to use technology on a daily basis with their students. Your efforts to give students a rich technological education are appreciated!!

No comments: