Many kids and teens dread presenting. One way to help them get over their fear is to make presentations fun. These jazzy multimedia gems will help take some pressure off and add a layer of sophistication to talks.
ThingLink is a flexible tool for teaching and learning that can be used for a wide variety of purposes in education. At it’s most basic level, teachers and students can start with an image, define it through multimedia and pack it full of content to present knowledge and ideas. It’s a great tool for teachers at any level of tech integration because of it’s simple, flexible design.
Digital Story Telling with The iPad is a wonderful resource I often recommend to teachers in my workshops. This resource is created by a dedicated group of Apple Distinguished Educators ( Cindy Huson, Karen Bosch, Sherri Clemens, Jerome Burg, Jim Harmon, Paul Devoto ). The purpose behind their work is to help teachers transform students digital writing through the use of digital storytelling apps available for iPad. According to these educators "The iPad takes digital storytelling to a new level by making the process easier, and even more engaging for students of all grade levels as well as for their teachers."
Explain 3D is a site that offers a collection of 3D animations of simple machines. The animations use the Unity web player which enables viewers to zoom-in, zoom-out, and rotate animations 360 degrees. Recently Explain 3D made all of the animations available for free. In addition to the animations of simple machines like elevators and hand pumps, Explain 3D now offers 3D models of the universe and electrical systems.
Arthur Family Health is a new resource from PBS Kids. Arthur Family Health is designed to help parents, teachers, and students learn about common health challenges children face. Through videos, games (online and offline), and data sheets visitors to Arthur Family Health can learn about asthma, allergies, nutrition, fitness, and resilience (dealing with tragedies).
“Augmented Reality (AR) allows teachers and students to extend the physical world with a virtual overlay. Whether you have iPad, Android, or a smartphone, scanning a trigger in the physical world with an AR app allows a new layer of information to appear. This information could be a link to a web site, a video, …”
"I teach at a technical school in Verona, Italy. Last year I started converting my ESL/ESP classes to "flipped" courses, as I have found that this new methodology allows teachers to use their time and resources in the best possible way. The flipped approach has changed the way teaching and learning occur in my classes. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this teaching technique is that it allows students to review lessons anytime, anywhere on their digital devices. They can watch educational videos at home, reserving class time for in-depth discussions or class projects."
Google Drive is a powerful productivity suite from Google. The potential of Google Drive in education is immense and, in fact, has already started transforming some key and fundamental notions of learning including, collaborative team work and the principles of the writing workshop as theorized by teacher researchers like Lucy Calkins, Donald Murray, Donald Graves, Nancie Atwell, to mention but a few.
Whether you're the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you're undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.
Here is a list of some practical web tools that you can use with your students to generate discussions around videos. Using these tools, you will be able to add interactive features to your videos, create video lessons and also design video quizzes to share with the class.T