PingPong: Simple, Interactive, Free Q&A App For Teachers I’ve recently met with the creators of PingPong, an app that is aimed at providing a higher level of interaction between teachers and students. It works by simply letting teachers create questions either on the spot (during class), or as a series or prepared questions (exam-style) that students will have to answer, possibly in a limited time. The beauty of the app really resides in its simplicity and the fact that it is free. The user interface may appear a little Spartan, but that’s exactly why it works so well: it is extremely easy to build questions, and answering them is even easier.
Design Thinking with iPads Design thinking is a powerful tool to really get your students thinking about and tackling a problem or topic at a much deeper level. It is a structured task that focuses on giving considerable time to thinking about and empathising with the people within the situation (Target audience or client), designing and prototyping a possible solution that is immediately challenged in order to improve it. It is used much in business and the design industry but can be used as a general classroom task within any subject area. It also gets students to work quickly without much introduction. The Best Language Learning Apps For 2015 The Best Language Learning Apps For 2015 by TeachThought Staff This post was promoted by HelloTalk, a highly-rated language learning app. Skills like vocabulary and foreign language speaking are right in the sweet spot of what unattended and automated–often considered the very worst kind–can do.
30 Must Have Chrome Extensions For Web Developers - The Web Developer Times Here’s the list of must have chrome extensions for web developers. Many of these are useful to both web developers and designers. All of these help me a lot when I am working on websites. Free Flash Animation Tool – Vectorian Giotto Features We created Giotto for designers, not coders Giotto is the free Flash animation package made for you to design, not to code. With Giotto you can relax and focus your imagination on creative concepts, integrating stunning graphics and music into masterpieces of design. Create Instant Interactive Text Based Activities Creating computer based materials can be incredibly time consuming and also very frustrating as websites and web based content can change so quickly, that's why it is always so nice to discover tools like Textivate which can enable you to create instant interactivity using almost any text you find from around the web. All you need to do is copy and paste your text into the Textivate window and then click on 'textivate now'. Here you can see some text I have copied from the Goldilocks story which I found on the Project Gutenberg site. Now I get a range of different exercise types to choose from. All I have to do to generate the exercise is to click on one of the square and I instantly have an interactive activity. There are quite a few to choose from.
6 Ed Tech Tools To Try In 201 6 About a year ago, I published an e-book called the Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Over the last month, I have been updating it for 2016, adding over 30 new tools and refreshing the information I had about the original ones. I have to say, the 2015 version was excellent, but now it’s SO MUCH BETTER. Beyond the Chalkboard: 5 Apps That Will Change the Way Your Students Learn Despite technology’s onward march, the fundamentals of teaching have remained relatively unchanged. Sure, phones are smarter and software is freakishly advanced, but the role of a well-informed, caring adult is more important than ever — someone who connects to the student on a human level, shepherding the often overwhelming path to subject comprehension. In light of this, the mere notion of altering tried-and-true methods of teaching is met with skepticism, even outright hostility by many lifelong educators. Be that as it may, turning a blind eye to the unprecedented needs of digital natives benefits no one. We are, after all, talking about children that learn to use mobile apps before tying their own shoelaces. Quality educational technology seeks to enhance, not obliterate, the role of teachers.
40 Creative Navigation Menus One of the first things to do when planning out a new website is to work out all of the content that will be in the site. You then divide that up into sections and then into various levels of navigation. The result is a boring list of links. A Great Google Drive Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Videos February, 2014 One of the things I always do before I read any book I have in my reading list is to Google its author and inspect a little bit about his/her online presence, social media profiles, other publications , journal articles...etc. The book I am reading this weekend is "Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies (Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning)"for Michelle Packansky. As I Googled Michelle I found out this wonderful blog " Teaching Without Walls" that she runs. The blog is full of interesting posts and tips on using technology in class. I also came across this excellent video tutorial she made on VideoNotes which I am sharing with you below. VideoNotes is a free web tool that allows students to take notes on a video they are watching.
Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers for 2015 Technology Evolves Quickly! When I started teaching in 2004, I used any/all available technology. I had an overhead projector and a CD player. Then I scored an InFocus machine and a laptop because no one else in the social studies department had use for it. Afterwards, I graduated to a SmartBoard and “hoarder of laptop carts.” Even when I was a “floater,” without my own classroom for several years, I would wheel my own teaching cart and two laptop carts to all of my classes- without missing a beat.