If you're short on time but looking to learn about some of the coolest and most engaging web 2.0 tools, you're in luck! From Today's Meet to Socrative, there's plenty here for a teacher on the go but in the know.
T.H.E. Journal asked Leslie Fisher and Hall Davidson, presenters at FETC’s popular Tech Shootout session, to share some of the tools they’re still excited about. From apps to gadgets, here are their must-haves for educators.
Each activity-creation tool helps students develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians. Choose one of the tools below to begin. Then find and insert primary sources and customize the activity to fit your unique students.
Using Blubbr you can create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips. Your quizzes can be about anything of your choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip. Viewers know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.
The media tends to love a story of some Cheeto-dusted, Mountain Dew-chugging troglodyte landing in rehab because Everquest or World of Warcraft more or less encompassed every millisecond of their lives and they, like, totally thought they were a Blood Elf mage in real life or something. Except MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role-playing games, actually benefit society when applied to certain situations, but nobody ever talks about it. Academics have seized upon these games in order to better illustrate classroom lessons, build necessary character skills, and other lovely things you’ll find out if you keep reading.
"Often students are called upon to make presentations for class projects, and many are eager to break out of the mold of the standard PowerPoint and do something really special. These are 8 unique online presentation tools that will help your students do exactly that. From zooming presentations to animations to timelines, there's a little something for every great idea here."
September is National Literacy Month, and what better way to celebrate and promote literacy than focusing on the tools that students own and love: their cellphones! Using cellphones to enhance learning does not require that they be used in class. If you are in a school where cellphones are banned, the ideas shared here are also applicable outside of class.
There are numerous options for recording a video of one’s computer screen but only a few that allow you to record your iPad's screen. Find out how the Disp Recorder app is providing new opportuinties on the iPad.