Microsoft’s new presentation tool, Sway seems pretty promising which looks like a combination of a powerpoint and a Prezi.
Sway gives you a canvas where you can add content from your cloud storage, your devices or your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or OneDrive. There are many styles and layouts that you can choose from. Even you do not choose, Sway will suggest you some styles based on the colors in your presentation. When you are done, you can share your presentation with a link, or get the embed code or share your Sways on social media platforms. The best thing is that your Sway will always look perfect on all devices that you use.
The students can use this tool for submitting their projects or presenting a topic. Let’s see if Sway will replace some of the tools that we get used to seeing in conferences.
Videos are an essential part of our teaching and here is a super cool tool that will help us to make our videos more interactive.
Edpuzzle helps you to do many different things at the same time with your videos. You can find videos from different video sharing websites or upload your own videos, then you can crop them. You can record your voice over a video with your own words and in your own language and share them with your students. Edpuzzle also allows you to record audio comments or conclusion for your videos. Also, you can ask open ended or multiple choice questions or add text comments on the videos. Then you can share your videos or assign your students to watch them.
This tool is great if you are specially doing flipped classroom. Teachers can add open ended questions to explore and answer the questions as a whole class in the classroom. Students can also be asked to make some comments on different videos.
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There are many student response systems that you can use in the classroom with your students. And here is a new and a great one for me that I have learnt from great educators Yaz Bayraktar and Berna Aslan.
Plickers is a kind of clickers that you can poll or quiz your students online. The best part is that your students don’t need to have any devices or connect to the internet. After signing up, you create your class online and create a list of questions or your students. You download the app to your phone. Then, print out the plickers code cards (that looks like a QR code) and hand them to your students. You can use the same printed cards in all your classes. The code cards are four sided and on each side A, B, C or D letter is written. As you show the questions and the possible answers to your students on the screen, they rotate their cards to give the right answer and hold it up. (The right answer should be on the top) Then with the app, you can scan the codes and see who has got it right or wrong immediately!
I think this is one of the most creative web tools I’ve ever seen! You can use this tool as an exit card, to get feedback or to create class polls. Please, check this tool and download it!
Hats off for the creator of this tool!
I love storytelling and all the other tools and apps that will help our children to improve their creativity! And here is a brand new tool that we can bring to our classes: Write About
Write About includes many picture writing prompts for all level of students. After choosing your picture prompt, you can write your story or record your voice telling the story. Then you can share it or keep it private or save it as a draft to work on it later. You can also check what others have done by checking the gallery. Great for inspiring students and helping them to build their stories as well as improving their writing in English.
As a teacher, you can also create an account and give your students your teacher codes. Like that, you can give them assignments and check what they have done. You can also download the apps on your Android or your IOS devices.
Love this tool to pieces.