The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.
As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.
At Christmas I set up a Skype call with a two classes, one from Barcelona and the other from Ontario, Canada. They asked each other questions and then finished by singing Xmas carols from their countries. It was snowing in Ontario at the time and they even showed us what was happening through the window. Fantastic for the kids!
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot!
Have you tried Socrative and Moodle Real Time quizzes for whole class quiz activities and/or revision sessions?
If so, then you might want to give Kahoot a go: Its quiz tool allows
Multiple choice questionsUpload (by dragging) images from your own computerAllows video questions (via YouTube) which you can top and tailTop 5 Students appear on leaderboard after each questionTeacher controlTeacher can download results as a spreadtableWorks on any platform, PC, notebook, smartphone, ipad etc
A screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen with audio narration. Screencasts can include telestrator (‘John Madden pen’) annotations. Narrated slideshows include audio recordings synchronized to images without hand-drawn annotations.
Screencasts and narrated slideshows can be created with two kinds of tools:
1. Browser-based: Create an account on the website and use a modern web browser like Google Chrome or FireFox to record, save and share it.
2. Client-based: Download and install software on a computing device to record and save.
szoter is easy to use, free, online image annotation tool. It makes expressing Your ideas and thoughts easy. It can be used to share Your ideas with friends, highlight important parts of images or even to create readable bug reports. You can use szoter, to manipulate images loaded from Your harddrive or downloaded directly from internet. Want more... annotate images captured with Your webcam or simply, take a screenshot of Your desktop. szoter is an online image annotation and sharing platform.
Similar to Thinglink but your students don't have to log on. Added bonus!
Design a QR Code 'Treasure Hunt' to get students using their mobile devices to move and to learn
I have created treasure hunts a few times with this tool, both for students and for my kid's birthday party. It's great!! You can create the questions you want and it creates the QR codes and an answer key at the end. A lot of fun!
I have been using Class Dojo to randomly make teams or select partners, but it isn’t exactly the fastest way to do it. Last week, I heard about an app called, “Team Shake,” which is so much faster! It does cost .99, so I just downloaded it to my phone rather than a school iPad. Once I input the names of the students for a class (or a club), all I have to do is choose the number of groups I want and shake to sort everyone immediately. Since I have multiple classes and clubs, I am able to save each one separately and load them whenever I need them.
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