When I think about tech tools, I try to integrate the tools that will grow writers to not only write, but also motivate and allow them access to a greater audience. I am trying to cultivate creators not just consumers. I have pulled together tools and sites so you can explore tools to use with your current & future students.
There are six questions to consider:
- Consider the terms in the Wordle below and these questions: How do you live your tech life–personally? academically? How does that compare to your students or your former teachers?
2. Tech Tools to Enhance Student Learning: Follow the links below and some of the tools that I have used with my students- just a small sample. Think about how you might use each one to reach out to students, parents, or the community. Choose one and write about it.
- Screen-Cast-O-Matic: Record Screen Shots
- My Screencast Lesson on the Creating A Ning Account
- My Friend’s Screencast Modeling an Essay
- VoiceThread: Respond to Images & Documents
- Check for Understanding
3. Authentic Tasks for Students: Here are a list of a few tools that you can use with students to write virtually. Why is this important? What are the benefits? The risks? Write about your favorite discoveries.
- Create a Moving Presentation
- Word Images
- FlipBook Maker
- Live Binder
- Check out my livebinder for my students: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?present=true&id=1480651
- Make it Look Like a Newspaper
- More Tools (Scroll down the page!)
4. What Lies Ahead? Check out what is going on in the teacher-tech world. Review Jane Hart’s Top 200 Tool’s for Learning and see what teachers are using around the world. I like to click on the tool’s that are “new” to the list. What you notice about the tools that educators are using around the world.
5. The Thinking Matters aka Choose Your Tools Wisely: Review this digital tool version of Bloom’s Taxonomy below. Based on what you have done today and what you understand about Bloom’s Taxonomy, explain what teachers need to consider as they integrate technology?
6. Based on your exploration, what do you want to try next? I only try to get good at one tool at a time. Currently I have been working on HaikuDeck and my next is FlipGrid.