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<div><b>Padlet</b> is a virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.</div> padlet.com From your hobby to your career, your class notes to your final exam, your mood board to your runway show, padlets help you organize your life.
<div><b>Lucidchart</b> is a web-based diagramming software which allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, UML designs, mind maps, software prototypes, and many other diagram types.</div> www.lucidchart.com Lucidchart is your solution for visual communication and cross-platform collaboration. Create professional flowcharts, process maps, UML models, org charts, and ER diagrams using our templates or import feature. Works on Mac, PC, and Linux and integrated with your favorite apps. Start a free trial today!
<div><b>Pocket</b>, previously known as Read It Later, is an application and service for managing a reading list of articles from the Internet. It is available for OS X, Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kobo eReaders, and web browsers.</div> getpocket.com When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
<div><b>Coggle</b> is a freeware mind-mapping web application. Like other mind-mapping software, <b>Coggle</b> produces hierarchically structured documents, like a branching tree.</div> coggle.it A clear way to share complex information. Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool designed to help you make sense of complex things - it's a shared workspace to help your team work more effectively together
<div><b>Popplet</b> is a tool that allows users to visualize ideas. Teachers and students can create graphic organizers, timelines, and many other forms of visual organization. <b>Popplet's</b> strength is as a collaborative brainstorming tool, and is an effective presentation tool too.</div> popplet.com
<div><b>Instapaper</b> is a tool for saving web pages to read later on one's Android or iOS device, computer, ereader, or smartphone. </div> www.instapaper.com A simple tool for saving web pages to read later on your iPhone, iPad, Android, computer, or Kindle.
<div><b>EasyBib</b> is the best online resource out there to help you generate citations and create bibliographies. Simply type in a website URL, a book title, a journal article title, or one of 59 different source types into the auto cite box, you'll receive a fully formatted MLA citation of that source.</div> www.easybib.com EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer
<div><b>Pinterest</b> is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning' on <b>Pinterest</b>) images or videos to their own or others' boards (i.e. a collection of 'pins,' usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.</div> www.pinterest.com Find and save recipes, parenting hacks, style inspiration and other ideas to try.
<div><b>Wordle</b> is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with <b>Wordle</b> are yours to use however you like.</div> www.wordle.net Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds
<div>You can use <b>Google Forms </b>to plan events, make a survey or poll, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way. </div> www.google.com Create a new survey on your own or with others at the same time. Choose from a variety of beautiful, pre-made themes or create your own. Analyse your results in Google Forms. Free, from Google.
<div>AutoSummarize identifies the key points in a document. AutoSummarize works best on well-structured documents, such as reports, articles, and scientific papers.</div> support.office.com In Word 2007, learn how to use the AutoSummarize feature to identify the key information in a document.
<div>Need a quick summary of an article? Your Mac can do that, without the need for extra software – and you’ll find all sorts of OS X features you’ve been overlooking in the process.</div><div><b>Summary Service</b> isn’t new to OS X. It’s been around since the early days of OS X, but it’s buried in the services menu, one of many contextual menus on your Mac.</div> www.idownloadblog.com Summarize is a feature that has existed in the Mac operating system for years. It has always been somewhat hidden. However, within the past few OS updates, it
<div><b>Powtoon</b> is an online animated presentation software that allows anyone to create amazing animated presentations and animated explainer videos.</div> www.powtoon.com PowToon is a brand new presentation tool that allows you to create animated presentations and cartoon style videos just by dragging and dropping.
<div><b>Nearpod</b> is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The app's concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quizzes, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on.</div> nearpod.com Nearpod is an interactive classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons
<div><b>Haiku Deck</b> is a free app that makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun. <b>Haiku Deck</b> Zuru is a powerful new application that uses artificial intelligence to instantly transform your ideas into beautiful presentations. </div> www.haikudeck.com
<div><b>Storybird</b> is a visual storytelling community. A global hub of readers, writers, and artists of all ages. Our idea: let anyone make gorgeous, art-inspired stories in seconds. It's a simple idea that has attracted millions of writers, readers, and artists to our platform. Families and friends, teachers and students, and amateurs and professionals have created more than 5 million stories - making <b>Storybird</b> one of the world's largest storytelling communities.</div> storybird.com Discover an endless library of free books, picture books, & poetry or use simple tools to create books in minutes. Storybird is a creative community where readers & writers celebrate storytelling.
<div><b>Edmodo</b> is an educational website that takes the ideas of a social network and refines them and makes it appropriate for a classroom. Using <b>Edmodo</b>, students and teachers can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips.</div> www.edmodo.com Edmodo is an easy way to get your students connected so they can safely collaborate, get and stay organized, and access assignments, grades, and school messages.
<div><b>Answer Garden</b> is a free Web 2.0 tool used to obtain instant feedback from a group or used as a form of brainstorming in an educational forum. It is a digital scribble space tool which allows students to respond anonymously to open ended questions, polls, or surveys.</div> answergarden.ch AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic brainstorm tool for online brainstorming, real time audience participation and classroom feedback.
<div><b>TodaysMeet</b> is the premier backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers, <b>TodaysMeet</b> takes great care to respect the needs and privacy of students while giving educators the tools for success.</div> todaysmeet.com TodaysMeet - Give everyone a voice
<div><b>Kwiqpoll</b> is a fast and easy online poll builder. Users can visit the homepage and begin creating a custom poll. The user submits a question with five potential response options. The user can also choose a three or seven day voting time, which indicates the number of days the poll will be available for voting.</div> kwiqpoll.com
<div>The Alpha ladder is a tool for revising or reviewing. It helps students to record information, which they can return to during the course of the project, or later, to consolidate their thinking. </div><div><br></div><div>It can be applied to almost any topic – to document events, characters in books and plays, roles, issues, factors, or specialised terms. It can be used in a formative way throughout the unit of learning.</div><div><br></div><div>The tool is also useful at the beginning of lessons, as a quick brain ‘warm-up’, to refocus the students on the topic at hand.</div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>Concept maps help enhance students’ logical thinking and study skills. It is a visual way of presenting information and showing relationships between concepts. </div><div><br></div><div>It shows different ideas and the inter-relationship between those ideas. It is effective because most sensory information comes through our eyes. </div><div><br></div><div>A concept map can help students:</div><div>synthesise information revise informationconstruct their own learning highlight any knowledge gaps.</div><div><br></div><div>It can also be used as an evaluation tool, where the teacher can judge the implementation of a topic against the original learning intentions – to inform future teaching and learning steps.</div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>The decision-making matrix is an effective tool to promote critical analysis. </div><div><br></div><div>It is useful for comparing and contrasting two or more things (analysing), in order to select one over the other (evaluating). </div><div><br></div><div>The things being compared could be plans, ideas, texts, proposals, characters or films. </div><div><br></div><div>The strategy can be used in a formative way, to encourage critical analysis during a unit. </div><div><br></div><div>It can also be used in a summative way, for assessment purposes at the end of a unit.</div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>The elimination draw is a useful tool for getting students to evaluate, from a list of things, the 3 or 4 most important items / elements / factors / viewpoints / issues / ideas / values. </div><div><br></div><div>The model used is a simple tournament draw, as used in competitive sports, where players are ‘seeded’. It also encourages them to verbalise their stance and justify their views.</div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>These strategies are effective where students are required to brainstorm collaboratively in a short space of time to generate lists, ideas, or new information. </div><div><br></div><div>Use Round Robin when the class is working on the same topic e.g. natural disasters, and Hot Potato when students are working on multiple sub-topics e.g. volcanoes, floods, earthquakes, cyclones.</div><div><br></div><div>The two strategies are useful used as precursors to other activities in this publication e.g. prior to using the Elimination Draw tool or the KWHL strategy – as a way of getting students to generate a list.</div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>This strategy uses images to stimulate creative thinking. It is particularly useful with students who are highly visual. It extends their visual imagination and helps them to:</div><div>generate new ideasfind creative solutions for a problem or issueformulate questions for inquiry-based research, anddevelop creative ideas for story writing.</div><div><br></div><div>Using images as stimuli, the teacher can also encourage both divergent and convergent thinking. </div><div><br></div><div>The former is ‘out of the box’ thinking, that is thinking that moves in different directions, leading to new ideas and solutions. </div><div><br></div><div>The latter is thinking that brings together information that is focused on solving a problem. </div> akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>KWHL is a tool that will get students to think about What they Know (<b>K</b>), What they Want to Know (<b>W</b>), How they will find out (<b>H</b>) and What they have Learned (<b>L</b>). </div><div><br></div><div>It is a tool used to activate thinking and prior knowledge at the start of a unit, to engage and motivate the learner, and to review what has been learned about the topic after the research is done. </div><div><br></div><div>It is also referred to as a graphic organiser and is used to help students organise their thinking about what they know and what they want to learn about a topic before and after the research is done. </div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>This strategy is a creative tool for repurposing or reversioning everyday items, familiar pieces of music, games or stories. </div><div><br></div><div>It requires students to redesign something by modifying an existing feature, adding a new feature, then re-sizing (to be bigger or smaller). </div><div><br></div><div>The tool is particularly helpful for those students who find it difficult to design something from scratch e.g. a new product or an original story. It provides sufficient scaffolding for students to be creative, within the comfort of familiar parameters. As a result, the task is less daunting.</div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>The Y-chart is a tool to encourage students to see beyond the obvious and to create a greater understanding of a topic. It is a great tool to use for:</div><ul><li>analysing e.g. preferred future career options</li><li>evaluating e.g. assessing this year’s school whakaari</li><li>in design e.g. what could a great noho marae look like, sound like, feel like?</li></ul> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>T-charts are useful as graphic organisers, where students must examine two aspects of a topic. </div><div>For example:</div><ul><li>pros vs cons </li><li>advantages vs disadvantages</li><li>facts vs opinions</li><li>truths vs falsehoods</li><li>healthy vs unhealthy</li><li>safe vs dangerous</li><li>objective vs subjective</li><li>actions vs reactions</li><li>helpful vs unhelpful</li></ul> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>In a world where information is so accessible from the internet there is a temptation to cut and paste and therefore a risk of plagiarism. Note taking is an important skill that students would benefit from learning. </div><div><br></div><div>It requires students to modify, substitute, delete, and select pieces of information. It also requires students to summarise and organise information, both important activities in the inquiry process. </div><div><br></div><div>Note taking is not about taking verbatim notes, it requires students to transform the essential ideas into a form that makes sense to them and that they can refer to at a later time. Students might use abbreviations, arrows, shorthand, symbols, bullet points as well as text to take notes. </div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
<div>The jigsaw is great for developing teamwork, a depth of knowledge, and personal responsibility.</div><div><br></div><div>It is a structured, cooperative learning strategy where a student from each ‘base’ group has the opportunity to specialise in one specific aspect of a learning unit. They work alongside ‘specialists’ from other ‘base’ groups, who have been assigned to master the same ‘specialist’ material. When the ‘specialists’ return to their ‘base’ groups, they present their ‘specialist’ findings and teach the material to their other team members. </div><div><br></div><div>The strategy allows students to teach others, and learn from others – Ako.</div> akopanuku.tki.org.nz
www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz Apps - Ako Panuku, Maori teacher, Professional development planning
<div>This is an effective strategy that encourages cooperative work and involves creative and critical thinking, editing and drafting. It is also useful when exploring big ideas such as ideologies, concepts or theories, particularly notions which people have moral stances on (e.g. democracy, social responsibility, commercialism). </div> www.akopanuku.tki.org.nz
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