Great classroom resources and technology are hard to come by when you’re the one who has to do all the looking, testing and classroom research. We’re here to help. Here are our some of our favorites. It’s tech we like. Tech that’s aesthetic and intuitive. It’s tech that fills a classroom void. Weekends will partial focus on tech that has classroom potential. Check back with us then if you’re looking for something new or innovative.
A great free app to use with your students. They also have an iPhone app and iPad app. It looks so similar to Facebook in terms of its layout and feature. Intuitive and easy to use with great features. You can create discussion threads on everything from images, to PDFs, to topics of your own choosing. Great demo video on their home page.
- Online discussions
- Students posting writing (thesis statements, examples, etc) to receive feedback
- Creating an online community for interaction amongst students
- Distributing information and content to students
- Student’s posts becoming artifacts for a digital writing portfolio
Great presentation software tool that allows you to use an “open canvas” format. They give you a great zooming tool, the ability to collaborate online, the ability to embedded YouTube clips and images, the possibilities are endless.
Great way to introduce a unit of study or a great choice for student presentations.
- Requires students to create an argument
- By asking students to organize, order, and cluster frames of text, students are reconsidering the relationships that exist inherently
- YouTube clips load and buffer directly in the presentation instead of taking time to link to an outside page and then buffer.
This might just be one of the new applications that has the most potential. The aesthetics of the platform are fantastic and incredibly easy to navigate. Also, tumblr is a site that many students already use for personal blog creation. The possibilities are endless and the resources are enormous. The National Archives (our favorite being Today’s Document) has multiple tumblrs. What’s your excuse?
- Student-Created: students create a tumblr page that synthesizes a topic or text by providing links, texts, and information that supports a particular argument. This is very similar to a document-based question that is required in both AP English and History classes.
- Teacher-Created: to provide information that extends the classroom. For example, I have created one that disseminates information about the American literary time periods for my students. Another way is to end a novel study by providing sources to help students think more critically about the text. Here is one example for Death of a Salesman.
- We have also included a URL to our prezi presentation from the AP Annual, which includes student samples and professional models of tumblr pages that students can analyze. You do not need a prezi account to view the presentation.
Favorite Tumblr Pages:
- Time Magazine: http://timemagazine.tumblr.com
- Boston Globe Photo: http://globephototumblr.com
- Newsweek: http://newsweek.tumblr.com
- NPR: http://npr.tumblr.com