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New tools for teachers that take 3 mins to learn

A presentation of new web and downloaded free 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 en

David Willmot

on 25 April 2012

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Transcript of New tools for teachers that take 3 mins to learn

Do our students learn with technology as they live with technology?
Is the gap getting bigger? What are we doing about it?
New tools for teachers that take 3 minutes to learn
“Kids lead high tech lives outside school and decidedly low tech lives inside school. 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)
Thanks to Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for allowing me
to copy and adapt their Presentation.
The issues...
Online comment walls
Such as Wallwisher or LINO
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Student digital leaders
- Inclusion - over 20 roles identified
- Supports teachers with embedding technology
- Develops student leadership, communication, etc.
ICT Register - a free database of school expertise
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 Fronter
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
Try Wordle or Tagxedo
Jorvik Viking Centre, York
Poll Everywhere
Free, simple polls from mobile phones
mind-mapping using bubbl.us
Shared IWB with Twiddla
Graphical dictionary showing links between words
3D Modelling that can be used in a wide variety of ways
Versatile illustration tool
Explore Virtual Castles, or
cities, or anywhere!
Different Subjects can take a very different approach
So can individual teachers
Different departments have different needs for different tools
Teacher training @ Blackfen School for Girls
Aim - To examine new technological tools and use
them to extend student's learning.
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