My students will complete a pretty big project in their Technology course in the next few weeks. Administration has suggested that after completing this project, I spend a week or so introducing my students to some really neat online tools before we move onto our next unit.
I just wanted to throw it out there to see if anyone could recommend some really neat things and fun stuff they have shared with their students (or even a mini project we could do before christmas).
My students have also created e-portfolio's so it would be really neat if we could show off something they created.
I look forward to your responses,
What grade level? I teach video game design and development and my 7th graders use Gamestar Mechanic (http://www.gamestarmechanic.com) and love it. It's a great easy entry point to video game design and can be used with younger students. If your students are a little older, I have been using Portal 2 and the puzzle maker. It is offered free from Valve. Check out http://www.teachwithportals.com.
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Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9 and Grade 10 (all in seperate courses)
I only see them twice a week for 45 minutes.
Thanks for your suggestion. I have a gaming unit with my grade 6's coming up later in the year, I might explore this with them.
Depending on grade level, I think screencasting or Sketchup can work well. I have seen some great classroom projects using Sketchup and Google Earth to create contextualized maps of the school, community, or other location. Screencasts can form a repository of tutorials for your next class, with students having choice about what tool or skill they want to pass on to the next group. Both of these projects are embeddable, so should work well within eportfolios.
Thanks Molly. I love the idea of giving choice to my students and allowing them to pass on their skills. I think I have an idea of how I will orgnaise a mini activity with the screencasting.
I was recently introduced to Knovio.com. It is a free tool that requires powerpoint slides and a webcam. It is super easy to use and could be used in a million ways. I hope this helps!
This is really neat, I think I have another idea how to use this in one of my upcoming units. And I will be able to use this tool in my EDTECH 512 course. Thanks so much for sharing.
I'll take a look more closely later, however looks like there are some neat things there.
I came across an exceptional online tool recently and want to share it with you. Evernote is an amazing program to use with middle and high school students. This app allows one to write notes on research articles or pictures, and add vocal notes. The student can upload this easily to a YouTube movie if you wish them to organize their work in a culminating project.
One can work across devices, so for those using a laptop at home, and an iPad or iPhone at school, it might help keep them organized. I really like how it works on an iPad as there is even a laser pointer feature. This allows the student to point out things to his/her peers or to me. The educator in me loves the fact that now the blackboard will be at all the desks instead of being only at the front of the room. The projects one could use with this app seem endless.
Feedback on the app seems to support my enthusiasm overall. The app is rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars and is based on 4,435 reviews.