32 Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom
Wallwisher Brainstorm Tool in the Foreign Language Classroom | Foreign language begins with T Many of my lessons start out with a brainstorming session. Why? Because this accurately engages students with the topic that will be introduced. For instance, it is much easier to explain feminine/masculine endings after students have brainstormed and have defined similarities and differences, have divided words in groups according to their ending, and drawn preliminary conclusions. So, why not use a super simple online tool to brainstorm instead of the usual pen and paper or the board? Wallwisher is a super easy to use notice board that is excellent as an online brainstorming tool.
Yesterday, I received an email from a reader who was looking for a free tool that she and her students could use to collaboratively annotate PDFs. While you can comment on PDFs in Google Drive, you can't yet anchor those comments to a specific part of a PDF (at least I haven't figured out how to do that yet). The tool that I recommended instead is Crocodoc. Crocodoc is a simple service that allows users to quickly share and edit PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint files.To use Crocodoc just upload your file, select your marking tool, and get to work. Try Crocodoc for Collaboratively Annotating PDFs
The Best Tech for Communicative Projects | | Calico SpanishCalico Spanish Welcome back to #langchat, everyone! We hope you were able to join us for our Thursday night chat on communicative projects that also help students acquire tech skills, but if you were unable to, we’ve included a summary of the night’s discussion below. As always, thank you to all the participants, and especially to our moderators for the night: Kristy (@placido), Don (@dr_dmd) and Diego (@DiegoOjeda66). Like last week, this week’s summary is stuffed to the gills with resources and activities. If your “Bookmark” tag couldn’t keep up last night, be sure to save this page, as we’ve listed dozens of participant-suggested and approved tools and websites. Our chat focus was on communication and communicative projects, but participants shared a great deal of their favorite tech tools, especially Web 2.0 tools, that can be used in the world languages classroom to increase communication.
Any teacher who has assigned group projects to students has at some point had to help those students organize and equitably distribute work. (Or has had to listen to students complaints about other group members not pulling their weight). Here are some tools that you can have students use to manage their responsibilities when working on group projects. Pegby is a good website for organizing the tasks that you and or your team need to get done. Pegby is set up like a corkboard with index cards stuck to it. 7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects
In some of my side projects I occasionally find myself needing to share files that are larger than my email service or my recipient's email service can handle. In the past I would use Drop.io or File Dropper to share those large files. This afternoon I learned about a new file sharing service called Let's Crate that I'll try in the future. Let's Crate is very easy to use. Sharing Files
Edmodo: Online Learning Last week the Wall Street Journal had an article announcing that Edmodo had received a $15 million venture capital investment from the founder of LinkedIn and a former VP of Facebook. That article gave me the idea for this post of fifteen things teachers and students can do with Edmodo. For those not familiar with Edmodo, in a nutshell it is a microblogging system designed specifically for teachers and students. Using Edmodo teachers can create a microblogging network for their classes. Edmodo allows teachers to create a group specifically for their students and exclude those not invited to the group. Edmodo provides teachers with a place to post assignment reminders, build an event calendar, and post messages to the group.
QikPad is a new service that allows you to quickly create an online place to collaboratively create documents with one or more partners. If you've ever used a service like Titan Pad or Sync.in you'll notice a lot of similarities with QikPad. To create a collaborative document with QikPad just go to the site, name your document, and click "ok." Your QikPad document will be assigned a URL that you can share with anyone you want to join you in the writing process. QikPad provides an embed code and a QR code for your document to enable easy sharing of your documents. collaborative writing