Technology Tools to Try
This week, I attended a workshop on practical ways to incorporate my school’s new net books into our Title 1 classes. Besides training on the net books, my colleagues conducting this shared some great online tools they use in the classroom. Here are the new tools I’d like to try in all of my classes – Title 1, accelerated, and college-bound. ⇒
To my followers who are not educators, these sites offer great resources for you as well. Create a Photostory with your family photos, utilize BrainFlips to help your child memorize terms, turn to Diigo if you’re taking college courses and want to bookmark and organize your online research, peruse TedTalks when you’re looking for videos from credible speakers, etc.
Diigo – a great way for students (and teachers) to organize, store and share research. This can be a convenient method to move toward paperless research that can be available on-the-go. I would like to try this with my senior expository writing class.
Photostory – I’ve heard so much about how much the most reluctant reader enjoys this. I watched some powerful examples from students who normally never turn in homework (I was told). I’m definitely using this VERY SOON with my reading students! It’s a user-friendly way for students to create slide shows that go beyond the average PowerPoint with voice narration, fun effects, etc.
Brain Flips – I may try these with both my reading students and my accelerated freshmen. Another method for internalizing vocabulary is always welcome.
Voice Thread – This could be an interesting motivator as a personable way to comment on blogs, videos, artwork, etc. Besides the usual typed comments, one can leave voice messages. Perhaps I’ll use this with online book talks.
Ted Talks – Use these video resources here to supplement discussions and units of study. More organized and less commercial than YouTube, these credible, educational speakers and presentations are categorized by theme.
TeacherTube – I’ve already been using this, but I felt the need to add it here. You will find videos specifically recorded for classroom use. (Search for “Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration” for a ‘rocking’ take on the Declaration of Independence. I never thought I’d see Ben Franklin play the electric guitar! 🙂 )
Edmodo – this social network for teachers & students looks like Facebook once you log in. I’m not sure what I’ll use this for. I’m having my students each create their own blogs (via WordPress) and the discussion threads on those blogs should be sufficient for sharing comments. We’ll see . . . there’s so much great stuff out there!!