OnlineColleges.net provided this great infographic about the major Ed Tech trends in 2013. Have you seen these trends in your classroom or campus this year?
- The use of texting/SMS in class. Notify students of class cancellations or emergencies using text or tools such as Twitter or Remind101. Have students participate in class using Poll Everywhere ~ students can text in their answer. If 93% of students use their phone to text, why not use it as a tool?
- Social Media. How about creating a Google+ Community page for your class? Share links and discussions in a secure environment.
- Free online courses available. Visit OpenCourseWare or Stanford MOOC.
- 3-D printing. Well, I can’t say I’ve tried this yet. According to this infographic, I will!
Upcoming trends for 2014:
- Universities embrace eBooks. Visit HERE for Academic eBooks.
- Virtual college counseling.
- Game based learning will become more accepted and effective.
- BYOD. Bring your own device!
- Universities will become more cloud based.
My teacher education candidates researched apps and web tools for Multiple Intelligences this week. They did a great job coming up with quite a list! Here are some of the resources they found, broken down by learning style: (NOTE: varying ages!)
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I have long been a fan of claymation films – also known as stop-motion. A few years ago I took my 3rd/4th grade students to San Francisco to work at the Zeum Museum and the Claymation Studio. I was amazed at the work they produced! As much as I adore creating stop-motion films, I also realize they take a LOT of work and a lot of pictures! In fact, my students took hundreds of photos for a 3 min. or so clip.
Stop-motion films are no longer difficult! The MyCreate App helps you create films easily with your iPad or iPhone! Using the built-in camera on your device, easily capture a series of photos and immediately play back in stop-motion animation. Add your own voice or music to the background. I tried a simple (NOTE: simple!) video to test it out. It took little time, and 39 shots for this 14 second video:
If you don’t have a mobile device, iCreate to Educate has SAM Animation available for both Windows and Mac. Easily snap images frame by frame, add narration and background sounds, edit with paint tools, then share with others!
Teachers…need ideas? How about time lapse videos for math or science concepts or bring a poem to life through animation?
Grading a video project can be difficult. However, several rubrics are available online:
A+ Rubric Video Project Rubric
Digital Assignment Sheet and Evaluation Rubric
KQED Slideshow/Video Rubric
or create your own with Rubistar.
My son is studying physics and he often asks me to quiz him on his content. I must say, he is a studious worker. He strives to do his best in his college courses. Last week, he must have had 300 notecards that he was using to prepare for a test and he wanted me to quiz him. I love my son, but sitting for hours reviewing terms that I can’t even pronounce is a little difficult to swallow.
I came across this app that I think would be a great resource for any student. How about using it to memorize Bible passages!? It is called Quiz Dojo.
Save your notes as a PDF. Next, highlight, underline, and strikeout words on the PDF notes. Quiz yourself from the highlights/underlines. Quiz Dojo will track your grades and common mistakes. Share the note with/without the quiz session in Dropbox, Email, or iTunes. I have the lite version, which is free. It does limit the amount of PDFs that I can save. It costs $2.99 for the full version.
I am constantly amazed. Every time I find a new tool, I wonder what could beat it. TouchCast has done that for me (for now!). TouchCast is a simple to use, great tool to create interactive videos. Yes, that’s right. INTERACTIVE videos. Not only can you record a video, but you can insert pictures, videos, news tickers, Twitter and Facebook feeds, and web pages into the video while recording. Users can also draw on the pictures/videos while recording – and include interactive polls!
Instructors…if you have an iPad, you must test out this tool. It is FREE and easy to use. Simply load all the resources you wish to use, then record. Click on and off your resources as you are recording.
Imagine talking through a science lesson while showing the pictures, drawing and labeling, and inserting polls for students. Include in the sideline a Twitter feed with your classroom hashtag!
CLICK HERE to view my first try at a TouchCast. (You may need to wait for it to load properly.)
Finally, I want to show off the work of some of my teacher ed students. I appreciate their hard work! They have been working on sharing information regarding digital citizenship with elementary students. Here is an example of a Glogster:
Click here to view the interactive Glogster.
…and a Prezi:
Click the picture for the interactive Prezi.
Do you enjoy PowerPoint? It is a great tool – if used correctly. When poorly created, it can be a disaster! If you want to make sure you are creating the right type of slides, watch this hilarious video Don McMillan created, “Life After Death by PowerPoint.” It will bring a laugh to your day! You will need to click the picture to view it on YouTube. (I apologize in advance for the YouTube ads!)