Instagram in the Classroom

Dec 15, 2016 by

Instagram is a great tool for teaching and learning that we featured a couple of years ago. Below is a great example of how you can use Instagram in your classroom.

Mrs. Dieker has her students take pictures in their community of the math concepts they are learning in geometry.  For example, her students take photos of angles and shapes around their urban homes.  They then have to caption those photos with the concept covered in class.  They also use class #hastags to identify certain themes (e.g. parallel lines intersecting). This exercise establishes relevance in class.

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Sway for Innovative Presentations

Dec 14, 2016 by

sway_splashSway is a unique tool for creating presentations with a twist. Add images, videos, interactive charts and even social media to make your presentation more descriptive and engaging.  Sway will provide suggested media based on the content in your presentation.  Forget the typical, boring themes and layouts that most presentation tools have, Sway gives you all kinds of unique backgrounds to support your content.  Sway is a great tool for presentations but it is also flexible so you can create newsletters, reports and digital stories too.  This is a great way for students to do some creative reports for science, history, literature, and even math.

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eduClipper for Visible Learning

Dec 7, 2016 by

educlippereduClipper is an easy curation tool that allows users to clip content from the web using a URL or embed code, Google Drive, Dropbox, or uploads from their computer. Clips can be added to boards which can then be shared with classes. Teachers can create groups and assign content to individuals or groups. Boards are collaborative so teachers can work with other teachers to develop lessons. Students can use eduClipper to create portfolios as evidence of mastery and these can be collaborative too. eduClipper also makes it easy to share your clips and boards with your favorite social media networks including Edmodo.

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Google Slides for Presentations

Nov 22, 2016 by

apps-google-drive-slides-iconGoogle Slides is a cloud-based presentation tool that is part of the Google Apps Suite.  Like the other Google tools, Slides offers multiple levels of collaboration from view to edit.  Users can create slideshows using built-in themes and colors or create their own slides with images and backgrounds.  Google Slides makes it easy for users to add images, shapes, symbols, tables and more to tell their story.  Google slides also allows users to embed YouTube videos right in the slide for easy access during presentations.  The down side is that you cannot embed a video file in case you do not want to rely on the internet or YouTube, unfortunately.  Thankfully, the interface and menu structure are intuitive and simplify presentation development for any kind of audience.  Slideshows no longer have to be linear with the hyperlink to slides feature.  Google slides has the ability to embed a Poll Everywhere poll right in the slide for a quick formative assessment during instruction.

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Fotor for Classroom Creativity

Nov 17, 2016 by

fotorFotor is an image editing tool and then some. Upload your images or grab them from cloud storage and get creative. Use the simple photo-editing tools to auto-enhance or touch up or get creative and make a collage. Fotor also has built-in effects, text, stickers, and frames and even tools to change the appearance of the content of the photo.  Students can go as far as their imaginations can take them with this photo-editing tool.  This is a great way for students to show what they have learned with a visual representation. 

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