We all know that technology can enhance and improve student learning, but sometimes it's hard to find the time to decide which Web 2.0 tools to use. Here are some links and tutorials to assist you in your planning. As always, feel free to contact Mrs. Donovan or Mrs. Price in the media center if you need assistance.
Movie Making Tools: A great alternative to essays and research papers.
Animoto: Create easy videos and presentations using photos, images, videos and music. MovieMaker: This is loaded on the school computers (and a free download is available for home use). MovieMaker allows you to create custom videos, import and edit slideshows, and add soundtracks to videos. Click here for directions. PhotoStory 3: Turn your pictures into a movie, add narration, create music, and more! PhotoStory is loaded on the school computers, but you can get a free download for use at home. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial. WeVIdeo: An online platform to create videos collaboratively with classmates. Great for group projects! Click here for directions.
Digital Storytelling (Cartoon/Comic Tools): Use cartoons to explain concepts, deliver information, or as an alternative to oral presentations.
GoAnimate: Create a cartoon easily with a Basic Account. Click here for more tutorials and tips. PowToon: Use PowToon to create professional-looking animated presentations. Tutorials can be found online here and on YouTube. Wideo: Easy online animation. Great for beginners!
Cure for the boring PowerPoint: Tired of PowerPoints? Try one of these awesome presentation tools.
Prezi: A fun alternative to PowerPoint which allows you to organize your information visually. Here are the basics to get you started. JeopardyLabs: Create a fun Jeopardy game as a way of presenting information. Click here for a planning guide. Capzles: Create a rich, multimedia experience with videos, pictures, music, and documents. Click here for step-by-step instructions. EwcPresenter: A free alternative to other presentation tools. It has some pretty sweet options that include creating infographics, banners, and animations.
Save a tree!! Use web tools instead of Posterboard.
Glogster: Create an interactive, online "posterboard" with pictures, videos., links to websites, and more! *Click "free version" NOT student account. Popplet: Create digital idea webs or posterboards by collecting materials related to a subject. Padlet: A virtual wall that works like an online sheet of paper where students can put content (videos, images, documents, text) on any topic. Piktochart: Create fun, easy, FREE infographics to convey information visually.
Fun Activities to try...
Fakebook: Create a fake Facebook wall for a character, historical event, or famous person. Twister: Create fake tweets for historical or literary characters ifaketext.com: Create fake text conversations. Great to show conversations between historical figures or literary characters. CalculatorPro: Calculate the answer to almost any question or problem (calculators include financial, health, conversion, scientific, math, fun, and more!) Tagxedo: Word clouds created in customizable shapes (faces, countries, letters, etc.) that can be easily printed. Here's a Tagxedo TUTORIAL.
All of the tools on this page can be used for student AND teacher use; however, the links below are geared mainly to teachers for classroom management, planning, and lessons. Random Name Generator: Input your roster, save the website, and use all semester long to randomly call on students during class. Keeps everyone paying attention! Here's an EXAMPLE. Socrative: Transforms multiple student devices into student response systems for free! Results can be viewed online in a Google spreadsheet or emailed via an Excel file. It will even grade your multiple choice! Schoology: Classroom management system used by many teachers at MCHS. Organizes lesson plans, helps create and manage tests and quizzes, and provides online access to students. Great for use in flipping the classroom. Need help getting started? Clickhere. Remind 101: Safely text students to remind them of upcoming due dates, tests, important events. LearnItIn5: How-to videos for the technology classroom! Learn how to use different Web 2.0 tools in 5 minutes or less. Contains great Web 2.0 lessons.
Flipping your classroom? Here's help!
TeacherTube.com or SchoolTube.com: Since YouTube is blocked for students at school, upload your videos here for easy access. BlendSpace: Blend your classroom and make the most of class time. With BlendSpace, you can collect web resources in just one place and share with just one link. Measure student understanding with built-in quizzes, monitor student progress and adapt to student needs in real time. TEDEd: Allows educators to create and share lessons built around YouTube videos. The embedded lesson creator allows users to 1) FIND video content through an integrated search panel, 2) SELECT a video or lesson to be customized, 3) and FLIP a video by adding questions, notes, and content. TheFlippedClassNetwork: A professional learning network for teachers using screencasting in education. HippoCampus: Find educational media by subject area (especially science and math), create your own playlists, and share with students. This site even has content that aligns with some of our school's textbooks. Definitely worth checking out! Khan Academy: Repository of video lessons, sorted by subject, on topics related to math, the sciences, humantities, and test prep. BrainPop: BrainPop creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students in school, at home, and on mobile devices. Contains movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, experiments, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics in Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. All content is aligned to, and searchable by state standards, including Common Core. **Do you have students who don't have Internet access at home? Burn your videos and tutorials to a DVD on your laptop (you can provide them to students, or we can house them for checkout in the media center). Click HERE to learn how,.
Connect Online to Learn and Share
Pinterest: Not just for decorating and party themes! Tons of educators use Pinterest to share educational ideas, lessons, and more! Edudemic: Awesome comprehensive site about using technology in the classroom. Contains "how-to's", teacher guides, articles, lists of top tech tools, and much more. Quora: A question and answer site created, edited, and organized by its community of users. Post a question and get answers from people with real-world experience. Or choose from over 250,000 topics to create an information feed tuned to your interests and needs. **Don't forget the Collaborative Tools available to you from within the GCPS GoPortal. Find Communities and Forums under the "Collaboration" tab on your employee page and connect with other Gwinnett County teachers.