Tools Reviews

Adobe Spark Video

Review by Shaun Pepper (March, 2017)
What it is: Fast and effective way to create explainer videos that visually get across an idea.

How I use it: I use it to communicate quick ideas on social networks that get a message across more visually than a post. It also works great as a hook at the beginning of a lesson. I have students summarize there knowledge when doing Project Based Learning (PBL). It lacks many design decisions which I believe helps the students quickly create something rather than a polished product. I use this in my design class a lot when students have done a STEAM challenge and I want them to summarize what they have learned.

GeoGebra

Review by Meril Rasmussen (March, 2016)
GeoGebra is an amazing and free tool for exploring dynamic geometry and much more. Check out this GeoGebra Tutorial for Beginner Elementary School Teachers.

Kahoot!

Review by Donna-Marie Hamilton (March, 2017)
Google says “Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages! ” That’s true. You can copy and paste questions into Kahoot to make quizzes (or create the quiz right in Kahoot). The questions are projected on a single screen (like a large whiteboard that everyone can see) and then players answer or respond on their individual device. At the end of each question, a score board is displayed on the main screen. Its great for students who like competition. Great for parties, too.

OneNote Class Notebook

Tips from Justine (March, 2017)
One Note Class Notebook is an add-on for OneNote that has the best tools for organizing a class of students. If you can get the ClassNotebook app and use it along with the web version, there are some excellent tools available. Specifically the ‘distribute’ tool.

 

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