Here are twenty tools that you can use to help you plan and teach your class. Some tools are good for organizing your class and others are good for organizing online projects. Some of the tools are good little teaching aides. The list is in no particular order, and many of them could be used by students too if they were technologically literate.
1 – Animoto
This allows you to create video-based lessons and presentations for your classroom.
2 – Capzles
You can use this to gather various media such as videos, images and documents. It makes teaching in a modern classroom a lot easier. It is also good for online projects.
3 – Creaza
This tool allows you to brainstorm, edit videos, edit audio and create cartoons. You can do all of this in order to prepare for your classes and present your class to your students.
4 – Educreations
This is an online tool that teachers and students can use on their iPad. The teacher my create videos on certain topics. The students and the teacher can show off their knowledge via this tool.
5 – FunBrain
This is full of a collection of fantastic educational games. It is good for teaching students reading and math.
6 – Glogster
This is a social site where the students are allowed to mix up photos, videos and music, so that they may show them off to their friends. It is good for teachers to encourage creative student projects.
7 – Google Docs
A teacher can store documents online and share presentations and spreadsheets. A teacher can share this information with other students and teachers.
8 – Khan Academy
A lot of teachers use this tool because it is full of science, math and finance quizzes and lectures. Teachers use this tool to supplement their usual classroom materials.
9 – MangaHigh
This is a math tool that has lots of resources for game-based learning.
10 – MasteryConnect
MasterConnect allows you to track and analyze various elements of your students’ performance.
11 – Mentor Mob
This allows teacher and students to create learning play lists. These are a collection of very high-quality materials that students can use to study and that teachers can use to teach.
12 – Planboard
This is a great little lesson organizer and planner.
13 – Prezi
This allows teachers to build presentations so that they may teach their students more easily. It is an online tool that allows you to save your presentation online.
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14 – QR Codes
QR codes are known as quick response codes and are the newest trend in education.
See how to use them
15 – Quizlet
This allows a teacher to create learning tools for their classes and for their students.
16 – Teachers Pay Teachers
This tool allows teachers to create learning tools and then sell them on to other teachers. You can even share your lessons if you like. It gives teachers access to a few high quality resources.
17 – TED-Ed
This is a place where teachers can find inspiration. It also has quite a few videos which are organized by subject. It has materials to help you teach your students a wide variety of subjects.
18 – Timetoast
This allows students or teachers to create timelines. The timelines can be used to plan projects and track the progress of projects.
19 – Wordle
This is good for language classes as it allows you to create word clouds.
20 – YouTube
There are plenty of tutorials and TV shows on YouTube which can be used to teach students things via video.
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I am so pleased that Prezi has had a revamp. I liked the end results with Prezi but the interface put me off, so I never used beyond trying it out.
Today I received an email telling me Prezi has changed. So I headed off to the site to have a look.
Gone is the horrible bubble menu, replaced by more traditional looking menu options along the top which now make sense (to me at least). Though you can go back to the classic menu if you want to.
There are also 200 new symbols (arrows etc.).
With my first look at the new interface I’m impressed, it looks much easier to use.
So I guess I’ll be giving it a go for me next presentation.
While some teachers and professors still resist the use of technology in the classroom, it’s becoming increasingly impossible to do so without running the risk of leaving students behind in a world that for the large part operates on the Internet. At the same time, you don’t have to include use of technology if you don’t completely understand how you can harness it to inspire and motivate your students.
When I was in college I took one course that focused on different ways the Internet and technology is used in various professional settings, including the classroom. Here are a few neat things that my professor used to facilitate collaborative learning:
1. Instead of a syllabus, we used a class Wiki.
Even though syllabi are standard for college and even some high school classes, there are so many limitations to the paper-based class schedule. Offering the class a Wiki instead was great for students in many ways. For one, we never lost our syllabus. Secondly, we had a centralized location where we could submit assignments. Students could create their own pages, on which they could leave comments and post additional material of their own that relates to the class. This collaborative learning environment helped all of us become more motivated to learn class materials.
2. During lectures, our professor had his notes up on a shared Google doc, so we could ask questions and share observations in real time without having to raise our hands and speak.
One challenge that virtually every teacher encounters is trying to get their students to pay attention throughout the class. In fact, this is precisely why many teachers discourage the use of technology in the classroom—because they think it adds to the distractions. Of course, this can certainly be true in some instances, like when kids are texting in class. But when you actually help technology help you, it can transform your class. Instead of just putting up your personal notes on a projector, use the projector to display your computer screen, which will have your notes listed on a Google doc. Share this with your students so that they can use their Internet-enabled devices to ask questions and make comments in real time as you go through your lecture. It’s a wonderful way to start a conversation and have the class material take on a new, interesting life of it’s own.
3. Our professor required us to use Prezi for all class presentations.
Prezi has certainly been mentioned here on the eLearning Site before. But when I was in college, Prezi was brand new. Pretty much the only thing used in college classrooms then was Power Point and maybe traditional projectors. I still believe that not enough educators and learners know what an incredible tool Prezi was. Every week, our professor had a student present part of the lecture themselves, which had to be accompanied by a Prezi presentation. Using Prezi essentially taught me the first steps in visual design and it really made every lecture that much more interesting. Students actually become more interested when they are engaged visually as well as verbally.
Of course, integration of technology in the classroom is a tricky business, because sometimes it can be used to subvert the goals of the class. But using technology in a traditional classroom setting can often have more advantages than you would think. Good luck!
This guest post comes courtesy of Mariana Ashley, who frequently gives advice on applying to online colleges to prospective students. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gone over to using Prezi, but still have a hard drive full of PowerPoints. Well now there is a solution. Prezi have created a PowerPoint import feature. Watch the video below for how it works.
For more info see http://prezi.com/pptimport/
Most people, when faced with the possibility of giving a lesson, presentation or lecture, whip out PowerPoint – but how many PowerPoints can you say really caught your attention and engaged you? Prezi is a free, web-based presentation tool that enables the creation of engaging and creative presentations using a zoom-and-pan interface. It’s worth exploring for anyone who needs to communicate effectively with their students or audience. Continue reading Prezi: Escaping the Powerpoint Grind