We share a lot of information on our blog, and trust us, we know it’s a challenge to keep up with all these tools, ideas and inspirations! So, in annual tradition, we are summing up for you our favorites from 2013! Only this time, we’ve divided them into two different categories-the best tools for educators and the best tools for students. Today, we’re kicking it off with the best tools for students!
Free Digital Photos:
- This is going to sum up several tools into one, because finding access to free digital photos can be such a challenge yet necessity for students to create projects, presentations, etc. Of course, these are excellent for educators as well! Some of our favorites include Free Digital Photos and Free Tiiu Pix. For more options, check out this article!
- We talked about Symbaloo a lot this year—and for good reason! This is a great tool for students because it promotes organization and the use of various tools. Add links in a Mix that can be customized just to your liking and arranged however works best for you. Definitely a must-have tool for students.
- Video Notes allows users to pull up the video they wish to watch and take notes on. The video will appear on the left side of the screen, while a notepad appears on the right—enabling the user to take notes in the same window while watching the video! When finished watching the video and taking notes, both the video and the notes will be saved to the Google Drive account, and easily accessible for future use—a great tool for students to take advantage of.
- Ahh another tool for organization, making it a must have for students! ThreeRing is a tool that allows students to create their entire organizational system on their mobile device, and carry it everywhere—easily searching and finding the items they need, right when they need them. Input photos of different works, the board in the classroom, etc., video and/or audio of lectures, discussions and presentations, and even upload homework and other assignments into ThreeRing. As work is added, items can be tagged and associated with other items to ease searching and finding works on various topics.
- DropTask is a tool that is going to help students so much when working with group projects! It helps students organize their tasks, visualize their tasks and the bigger picture of the project, and more.
All of our followers know how big of fans we are of Google—the easy integration, quick learning curve, and tools for every need make it just excellent! One of our favorite things to share? How to use Google’s tools in unique ways that you may never have thought of! Today, we’re sharing how to use Google Scholar to create a library—personalized for your needs!
Google Scholar now has a tool that allows users to save, organize and store articles in Google Scholar to create your own collections. Simply login to Google as normal, search for articles in Google Scholar as your normally would, and click Save when an article is found that you would like to store! You can then sort and label articles to keep your library organized so everything you need is right at your fingertips.
Ahh-at last! Mobile devices come in use in in the classroom! We know this concept may take just a little bit convincing-so check out some of the ways mobile devices can be used to make your presentations even better!
Put your student’s devices to work by having them use their mobile devices for response tools! Socrative is one of our favorites. This free tool allows educators to create questions, distribute a link, and then students can log in and respond live, in class! Using methods similar to this are great to gauge how students are following along with the lecture, and can even be used as a method to quiz and/or test students.
Check out this great tool we just found: Presentation.io, which allows users to follow along with your presentation from their own device—as you switch the slides, they switch on their screen, to ensure they are on the right slide at the right time!
There are a variety of apps available (such as TeamViewer and iRemoteDesktop) that allow educators to control their desktops from their mobile device. What does this mean for you? This means you can walk about the classroom and control you presentation from your fingertips! What a great way to walk around the room to keep students on task!
Do you use free webtools to create your presentations? If so, they may have an app which allows you to work on your presentations from your mobile device! Tools like Prezi offer this, enabling users to create, edit and share their presentations directly from their mobile devices.
Today, we’re sharing a blog that’s more geared towards students—and we’re hoping you’ll share it with them! As technology evolves and becomes intertwined in just about everything we do, the way we do things is evolving too. There are constantly new ideas, new creative spins, and tons of ways to make yourself stand apart.
With so many students graduating after the Fall semester, the job hunt can be very daunting. Using technology to make themselves stand apart may be the first step towards landing that dream job!
One way to do this is by creating a presume—a resume that doubles as an interactive presentation. There are tons of free web tools that are great to create presumes—Prezi, SlideRocket, and Presenter to name a few. Making a resume interactive allows students to focus on what they want to be most prominent, show off their creativity and innovation, and stand apart from other applicants!
We love learning about ways technology is used to express creativity and inspire people to take chances and challenge themselves. This is the perfect example of doing just that! Be sure to share this idea with your students, and if you’d like to learn more about presumes, let us know and we can share more ideas!
We love free web tools, particularly those that allow users to create presentations in new, innovative ways! Our newest find is Presenter by Easy WebContent.
One of the best features of Presenter is the bang for the buck—in the sense that it is so simple, yet yields impressive presentations-and all for free!
Not only can you create presentations, but users can create infographics, ads, product demos, animations, and more!
We like Presenter for how it allows you to create your vision easily, with a variety of tools. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Check out this video we found that is a great follow up to our blog post from last week!
Ever think about how we live now in comparison to how we did 10 years ago? Facebook did not exist-nor did Skype. Google was just a search engine. Now, just imagine, what will things be like 10 years from today? It’s almost as if our brains can’t think that fast, but here’s a cool infographic we found to understand the impact evolving technology has made on our markets, and to keep you guessing how the effects of today’s technology will impact our next 10 years.
Are you a fan of Google? As big of fans as we are? If you follow our blog, you know that we love Google Apps and their endless uses in education. Google offers tools that are not only completely accessible, but serves as the center of many students’ online lives. So, needless to say, Google tools are a great way to get students interacting with class material!
This week, we’re sharing on of Google’s newest resources-Google Cultural Institute. This is a resource that really gets students hands-on and interactively exploring all things history, geography and art. Students can check out images, videos, text and audio of different exhibitions that are easily found through the search tool!
This is a great tool to encourage to explore new topics and get more in depth on topics they are already becoming familiar with in class. Also, it is a great tool to integrate into projects!
When the semester begins it seems like the ideas are flying around everywhere and inspiration is everywhere! As we approach the middle, sometimes we seem to feel like we’ve fallen into our routine and lack some inspiration and new ideas.
Let’s avoid the mid-semester slump before it even begins—with this new tool we’re sharing with you today! OpenEd is the perfect tool for virtually every educator-no matter the age group they are teaching. Users are able to access thousands of games, videos and educational resources that alight with the Common Core requirements and other standards of all grade levels.
Search the directory to find items for tons of topics, all organized to target exactly what you are looking for. Create your own Playlists of items you find and organize them so they are all in one place to easily access in the future. Users can even create courses they can share with their students! Create a sequence of topics that help students meet their goals.
OpenEd is a great resources and so simple to use—we highly recommend it!
Here on blog, we have spent a large amount of time blogging about the Flipped Classroom and sharing ideas, strategies, and resources to help get educators started. Recently, we came across this awesome article from the New York Times.
The Flipped Classroom is spreading across the country, with many schools becoming 100% flipped. Why? See it for yourself! The Flipped Classroom model greatly improves student performance, and really impacts how much they get out of their classroom time.
If you aren’t completely sold on the Flipped Classroom model yet, this article is a must read. Not only does it go through how so many schools are converting and why, but also tips they have learned along the way to get the most out of the Flipped Classroom!
Here at UIS, we have tons of ideas and resources to get you started. Follow our blog, check out our website, and contact us for more information when you are ready to get Flipping!