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Copy of 20 cool tools for teachers that take 3 mins to learn

A presentation of 20 cool web tools that all teachers should know about. They can all be introduced to teachers in 3 minutes or less. Teachers may not use them everyday but they may help when a tough topic appears or it is a struggle to engage certain stu

Bill How

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of Copy of 20 cool tools for teachers that take 3 mins to learn

Do your students learn with technology as they live with technology?
Is the gap getting bigger? What are you doing about it?
20 cool tools for teachers that take 3 minutes to learn
“Students lead high tech lives outside college and decidedly low tech lives inside college. This new ‘divide’ is making the activities inside school appear to have less real world relevance to kids.”
- Illinois Institute of Design think tank on Schools in the Digital Age (2007)
The issue...
Online comment walls
Such as Wallwisher or LINO
Student digital leaders
- Inclusion - over 20 roles identified
- Supports teachers with embedding technology
- Develops student leadership, communication, etc.
SSAT Student Digital Leaders network
Supports schools setting up a group
Supports students in developing roles
Offers accreditation for students
Sharing practice events
Microsoft PhotoStory
Free download - creates video montages to music
Free online treasure hunts for any topic - just do a web search for your topic and the word 'webquest'
Flickr or Picasa allow you to share and annotate photos
Podcasting with Audacity
Free simple audio recording software to produce podcasts
QR codes
The code image is setup as a shortcut to a webpage, video, audio file or document
Any number of free QR code generators such as bit.ly or Kaywa
Free QR readers for most phones and any computer
Screencapture videos
Free software such as Jing allows you to capture video of whatever is happening on your screen
Online quizzes
Create free online, self-marking quizzes using Hot Potatoes or your school VLE/learning platform
A blog is an online journal that other people can comment on
Try setting up an 'edublog' or use your VLE
Google Earth
Link your topic to physical places
An example would be 'Lit trips' which follow the path of a journey in a book but include educational activities along the way
John Davitt's Learning Event Generator
Neat online tool for getting activity inspiration
You can edit the activities and topics to suit your own needs
Free chat, voice and video calls to anywhere in the World
Lots of education ideas
A website anyone can edit without specialist skills
Great for collaborative working
Try wikispaces.com or your school VLE
Great free online presentation tool
Create the presentation like a mind-map rather than in a linear fashion
Can collaborate with others by inviting people to edit
Can be used offline
Great free and intuitive website for sharing news
Some schools have their own Facebook page to share news with staff, students and parents
The quickest way to share news and ideas
Try Wordle or Tagxedo
Jorvik Viking Centre, York
Poll Everywhere
Free, simple polls from mobile phones
Task - in small groups
Consider the activities that were discussed in the 'Unpacking lessons' sessions.
Explore the tools seen in this presentation and analyse there use in 2-3 of these forms of activity. Be ready to feed back.
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