Here is a very simple list and brief overview of MUST SEE tools available for advancing student achievement thru the use of 21st Century learning.
1. Mixbook – a wonderful tool for digital storytelling. Add text and photos to tell your story. 3rd gr and up. You can even order a hard cover bound version of your creation.
2. Voicethread – A gift to education. Online Web 2.0 tool that allows students or teachers to upload images and tell their story. So much more. Voice recording ability to go with your project – even a ‘doodling’ tool to draw on the image. And, visitors – if permitted – my comment on your work.
3. Glogster – think ‘online poster’ – really, with all the markers and stickers and pictures and cut-outs for text – Glogster is amazing for providing a unique presentation format. Instead of doing a research paper – think of using Glogster.
4. Voki – Create an Avatar (a caricature or icon to represent yourself or a virtual character) and type or record your voice to make the Avatar speak. Use it to give directions to your class…have students become a character in a book…take the opinion of a debatable topic…lots more. Embed the Voki in your wiki and lots more.
5. Authorstream – It may not seem, at first, that this is ‘all that,” however, with Authorstream – or Slideshare which is a similar tool – you can PUBLISH powerpoints online. Just upload the powerpoint to one of these sites and then it gives you the embed code to let you put your powerpoint in your wiki or blog. Now that really is amazing. This offers a way for 1st and 2nd graders creating powerpoints to publish their efforts.
6. Podcasts – specifically podcasts at the iTunes Education site. For example, check out ‘Math Dude’ who offers ‘quick and dirty tips for learning math’. Go to the website at: http://mathdude.quickanddirtytips.com/. But, subscribing to this podcast or others like it could be a great way to add content to your classroom. Other great educational podcasts at iTunes are ‘Grammar Girl,’ ’60 Second Civics,’ and, how-to’s to learn any language. Just go to iTunes > podcasts > education and search for a topic.
7. Animoto – a short and sweet way to tell a story. Allows for creativity – great for a simple digital story-telling project. They describe their product as ‘the end of slide shows.’
8. SlideRocket – create Powerpoint-like slideshows online. Access them from any computer – very streamlined.
9. Be Funky and Picnik – image editing tool. Just upload an image and you can change the effect or add text bubbles, text, color or graphics. Get the code to embed into a web page.
10. Sketchcast.com – record your voice and/or drawing. Online tool that provides lots of learning possibilities. Students can create sketchcasts to teach other students about math, science, art…