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2015 was an awesome year for Augmented Reality tools for the classroom. Here are “9 Amazing Augmented Reality Apps for Teaching and Learning“. This article offers videos showing how some teachers and students are using these types of apps. Then Find even more AR apps for the classroom here! www.emergingedtech.com Creative Commons licenses image source Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today. Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using
There is just no limit to the way that students can use the endless free resources available on the Web to create! You probably also have other creative applications on the computers or devices in your classroom, library, or computer lab. For lots of creative of ideas, check out this list of “60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know” from our friends at TeachThought.com. www.teachthought.com 60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know
Collaboration is a vital 21st century skill, and collaborating via the web with your students can be free and easy! Here’s a nice set of tools and ideas for using them, to help get you started: "<i>8 EdTech Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Interactive Classroom Collaboration</i>". www.emergingedtech.com A Selection of Quick, Easy Approaches to Interactive Classroom Collaboration Have you thought about trying some sort of technology for interactive, collaborative activities in your classroom but held back because you were concerned about the time it would take to
We can now bring the world into our classroom with such ease! Try a virtual field trip, like these from the Nature Conservatory (https://natureworkseverywhere.org/), or explore the world with EarthCam. Bring remote guests into your classroom with Skype, or participate in a Google Hangout with Connected Classrooms. The possibilities are limitless! earthcam.com EarthCam is the leading network of live webcams and offers the most comprehensive search engine of internet cameras from around the world. EarthCam also creates and produces live webcasts in addition to providing complete infrastructure services to manage, host and maintain live streaming video camera systems for its consumers and corporate clients.
Have you tried a Webquest yet? Webquest.org explains, "A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web." Zunal.com is a site that has a bunch of WebQuests, perfect for exploring and learning more! webquest.org WebQuest Main Page.
Yes, we’re a fan of coding as a learning tool. Unfortunately, I think many teachers may be functioning under a few misconceptions about what coding entails. The fact is, coding constructs can be fun and probably a lot simpler than you might have imagined. One of the most popular uses of coding in the classroom these days is coding small robotic devices, and it is very popular in young grades because it is not very hard and it’s fun! This article from Vicki Davis’s Cool Cat Teacher site, “Top Tips for Teaching With Robots (Using Spero)“, provides a good introduction to using one of these products in the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com Robots are everywhere, they open our garage doors, vacuum our floors and if you are lucky they even park your car.  Until recently there weren’t many robots in the classroom and now I couldn’t imagine approaching STEM without them.  Using the Sphero robots in my after school programming club has opened my eyes to both …
Kathy Schrock’s Digital Storytelling web page provides many tools and resources that both students and teachers can use to incorporate digital story telling into classroom work. www.schrockguide.net A support page for the presentation Digital Storytelling meets the CCSS
The "Exit Ticket" is a great opportunity to help students begin to reinforce learning. There are many teach tools that are great for creating Exit Ticket activities. TeachThought offers these "10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips". www.teachthought.com Snapshots Of Understanding? 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips
As long as you have their permission, sharing student work can be very exciting for students, parents, and teachers! Just think of the artwork hanging in the halls of K-12 schools all over the world. The digital equivalent of this can be accomplished through school web sites, teacher web pages, and other online means. One related tool that is gaining increased exposure in both K-12 and higher ed is the Digital Portfolio. In 2015, K-12 eportofilio app SeeSaw earned a lot of notice. www.emergingedtech.com “My students are so excited to upload their work to their portfolio and receive comments and feedback from their peers, parents, and teacher all within a safe environment.” Tama Trotti will be presenting the session “SeeSaw – A Digital Portfolio
Applications like GoAnimate, Voki, and Tellagami can be used by teachers and by students to create fun animated presentations. Students can have a blast using tools like these for assignments and projects without even realizing how they are developing writing skills and digital literacy! These platforms can also enable students to "present" without having to stand up on in front of a group, which can help younger students in particular gain skills and confidence without being overwhelmed by public speaking. www.emergingedtech.com Create Quick, Easy Avatar-Animated Videos With This Free SmartPhone App Nick Combs will be presenting pre-conference workshop, “Teaching with the iPad Grades K-6” and the breakout session “Creation Formation” at the 2015 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this
If there are devices at your student’s disposal, using them to let students provide real time feedback has never been easier. In fact, your students don’t even need devices (have you heard about Plickers?)! Check out these “Top 5 Student Response Systems that Work on Multiple Platforms” to learn more about the excellent free tools that teachers are using every day to gather feedback or give brief quizzes, etc. If your students don’t have devices at their disposal, check out how you can use free Plickers instead! www.emergingedtech.com Image Source These Multi-Platform Tools for Interactive Classroom Learning are Fun, Powerful, and Free! If there are two things that students crave, they are convenience and connectivity. These are the reasons why students love student response systems that work on
The Maker Movement and MakerSpaces got a lot of attention over the last year, and deservedly so … when students create, they learn! Here’s a fun way to give maker education a try in your classroom from Jackie Gerstein. Learn more in her article, "Reflecting on the Making Process". usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com I like and have always used games in my classrooms. One of my current educational interests is maker education. As such, I have begun creating games for maker education - see my first one, a board ...
If you have a 3D printer in your school, or maybe one in a nearby library, you consider printing something in 3D – your students will probably be amazed (mine were)! What can you print that can help fit into what you are teaching? This list of 21 Cool Things Teachers and Students Have Built With 3D Printers will probably get you thinking. Just keep in mind that if you are not familiar with 3D printing, you’ll need some help from someone who is. www.emergingedtech.com Image courtesy of Facebook, Robohand Affordable 3D Printing is Inspiring Creativity in Teachers and Students Across the Globe With the explosion of 3D printing in schools around the world, the variety and impressiveness of things that students and teachers are
One of the funnest ways to use collaborative tools in the classroom is to create with them! Google Drive is a hugely popular free solution that allows you and your students to collaborate on the creation of documents, worksheets, presentations, and more. Or try a collaborative interactive whiteboard like Twiddla or one of the many other IWBs in this article (be sure to check the comments for lots of additional suggestions from readers). These are just a few of the possibilities for creative collaboration in the classroom! www.emergingedtech.com 3 of the original apps from our April 2010 post are no longer available, but here’s 4 more free online IWBs to check out, and they’re all collaborative! The original April 2010 article, “6 Free Online Interactive White Boards” and
Giving students choices can be a significant motivator (check out Larry Ferlazzo’s, “The Power of Choice“, to learn more about this vital aspect of student engagement). When you are selecting tools and ways to utilize them, but sure to offer choices. Offer a selection of topics, approaches, apps, and techniques when creating assignments and projects, and students are sure to feel more involved and take more ownership of their learning. larryferlazzo.edublogs.org I've previously posted on the idea of giving students choices (see The Art of Choosing) and I've also written about it in my new book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. A new study re-emphasize...
The Web is full of tools, resources, and ideas that can give your students opportunities to develop their writing skills. One of my favorite techniques is Crystal Kirch’s WSQ technique, which is a great way to help ensure that students engage with learning content and also gets them writing. Here are some additional student writing tools, apps, and techniques for further exploration. www.emergingedtech.com This collaboratively written article provides some great ideas for leveraging today’s mobile technologies to help students enhance those vital writing skills. The use of smartphones in the classroom is no longer clearly something to be frowned upon. In fact, some
Creating video can be so much fun for students, it incorporates an array of skills, and it has never been easier! I love the Student Showcase we do each fall at the Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference in Raleigh, NC, where young students are always demonstrating the awesome movies they’ve made with iMovie. I vividly recall the first time I saw some of these back in 2013, from Fuquay Varina Elementary School school students. Here is one of these movies, from students Sekou, Camren, and Colin. www.youtube.com The Quest - YouTube
Students can now learn via mobile devices in ways never before possible. They can also use those mobile devices to do so many fun educational things in and out of the classroom! Consider trying a geocaching assignment, for example. The article, “R U Engaging Your Students? Strategies and Tools for the Texting Generation“, offers a broad set of additional ideas for putting those mobile devices to use. www.emergingedtech.com Students and Smart Phones Go Together Like Reading and Writing. Let’s Put Them to Use in the Service of Learning! In the U.S., and increasingly abroad, students of high school and college age require a smart phone as a standard
Group activities build all-important 21st century collaboration, communication, teamwork skills, increasingly sought in today’s schools and work places. Create group projects that let students use different talents and assume different rules. Split up responsibility for researching, designing, creating, documenting, and presenting. Partner students to create and critique each others’ work. Try some of these “7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects” to teach students how to coordinate group efforts. Group work can take many forms, and tech tools can play a role in many of those activities. www.freetech4teachers.com Any teacher who has assigned group projects to students has at some point had to help those students organize and equitably distribute work....
The Flipped Classroom is a powerful teaching and learning construct that has been made possible largely by digital technologies. Create a digital lesson, or use some of the amazing content that is already available online, and give the flip a try (just be sure to plan for how you will use the class time that you free up, which is what it is ultimately all about)! Check out this three part series of articles to get a good overview of the flipped classroom from published experts. www.flippedclassroomworkshop.com Our Take on Favorite #FlipClass Practices from Published Experts … and Tools and Techniques for Implementing Them The flipped classroom has been gaining
Tools like Newsela are brilliant examples of the powerful role education technology can play in facilitating reading comprehension (which is more of a challenge than ever, given today student’s love affair with video!). Check out this article, “Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text“, to learn about a handful of tools similar to Newsela. www.teachingchannel.org Engage your students with high-quality informational text that allows them to explore their own interests. Natalie Franzi and Steve Figurelli share five fabulous websites.
Project Based Learning does not have to incorporate technology, but tech can readily play a role in PBL. Of course, it is also important to understand the different between projects, per se, and true PBL. This quote from the TeachThought article, "The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning", says it well: "While project-based learning (PBL) also features projects, in PBL the focus is more on the process of learning and learner-peer-content interaction that the end-product itself.”" www.teachthought.com The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning
Developing and delivering presentations is a common element in many of today’s Higher Education classrooms, and they are finding their way into high schools and even lower grades, as K-12 schools further embrace 21st century skills. While Powerpoint remains widely popular, there are a growing number of alternative tools finding a place in both academia and the business world. One of those is PowToon (I’m a fan!), and they have shared 9 other alternatives in their article, "10 Best Powerpoint Alternatives". www.powtoon.com Article Review of The best Powerpoint Alternatives for creating animated prisentations and explainers: Powtoon, Prize and Sliderocket
I came away from the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad conference with two huge takeways … the power of Digital Storytelling, and an appreciation and awareness of the existence of good free comics and cartoon apps. Check out "Dozens of Ways to Use Comics and Cartoons in the Classroom" and "20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning" for everything you ever needed to know about the topic but were afraid to ask! www.emergingedtech.com Comic Strips and Cartooning can be a Fun Way for Students to Explore Learning Topics There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the web, as well as apps for tablets and smartphones. I’ve built
Ever had a student who was totally reluctant to participate in classroom conversations? Of course you have, in fact, you’ve probably had dozens or even hundreds of them. One fun way to leverage tech in the classroom is to create a “back channel” where all of your students, even those reluctant to speak up in class, can participate in the dialogue around a subject. Twitter is very popular tool for doing this. “MaggieV” explains how in this post on her “School 2.0 in South Africa” blog. maggiev.edublogs.org Day 14: 6 steps to create a twitter backchannel for your classroom | School 2.0 in South Africa
Have you App Smashed yet? You probably have and may not even have noticed it. For example, if you create content in one app and then modify or distribute it in another, this is a form of App Smashing! And you know it sounds like fun – you can envision some student’s eyes lighting up when you say the phrase right?! “App Smashing!”. Here are “6 Amazing Apps Smash Examples to Inspire Creativity“, from ThingLink. thinglinkblog.com 6 Amazing App Smash Examples to Inspire Creativity