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1 ) Gynzy: Interactive Whiteboard Tools
- If your classroom has an interactive white board, like a SMART Board,
then this website is definitely the one for you! It offers a lot of tools that
are pre-created to help utilize your interactive white board to it's full
- Users can search by subject area (Social Studies, Math, Science, etc) or
by grade level to find the tools they need for their classroom.
- Some of my favourite tools are definitely the floor plan creator that allows
you to design your classroom setup or pick from pre-created options, the
traffic light (great for managing classroom noise), and the interactive
maps of the world.
- One down side is that you do need to sign up and create an account
which only gives you a trial. Perhaps if there was enough interest your
school could create an account for you or you could get a collaborative
account with your fellow teachers.
2 ) Padlet
- Padlet, previously known as Wall Wisher, is a great interactive site
for brainstorming and sharing ideas in the classroom. Teachers can
create a "wall" and students, on their devices, can post notes on the wall
that can be shared with the class.
- I've used this in the classroom and asked students to "post" their responses
when we read texts, brainstorm ideas, share prior knowledge and more. I
find that students really like it because they can engage with multiple platforms
(reading text but responding digitally) and it allows them to utilize their devices.
- Students can add their name to their post or leave it blank if you want them
to be anonymous (which can be a good feature). The wall can then be shared
if you post student work online for those who missed, gain feedback from
another class or PLN and/or share through your classroom's social media
* Check out the "wall" I created below
3 ) DS106: Open Course on Digital Storytelling
- DS106 is a mooc (massive open online course) about digital
storytelling and all of the different platforms that digital storytelling can
encompass. This course has been running since 2010 and still has many
active participants who are interested in learning more about digital
- I think it would be amazing to have students participate by completing
one of the projects or have students explore the site and complete any
project of their choosing. It can also serve as inspiration for teachers who
can create projects for their students based on what they see.
- Some projects include Photoshop projects, GIFs, lip syncs, creative
postcards, CD cover remixes and A LOT more. If you teach any of the
digital design courses this online resource could essentially plan your
* Big thanks going out to Tyler for sharing this resource with me.
|DS106. (2010). "DS106 Hall of Fame: Page Header". Screenshot. Available online at http://ds106.us/hall-of-fame/|
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