Tech for Teachers

September 16-30, 2012

Use Technology To Allow Students to Create!

So often technology and computers are used to allow students to play games or quiz themselves on information. Try to use technology to allow students to create something. Maybe they can shoot a short video or make a movie out of still images. Have them use comic making apps to create a comic strip or comic book for a project. My daughter, when in middle school, made an animated movie using Alice ( and had a blast. Many times creative projects require the students to spend more time with the information than a paper word. Allowing the student to use technology helps those students who aren't as artistically gifted as others. Next time you have project or assignment in class, consider using those computers in a more creative way.

Quick Multimedia Examples and Demonstrations for History, Math and Science

The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. However, more than half the use of HippoCampus occurs during classroom hours, when teachers go online to project topic lectures and show simulations launched from the HippoCampus site. Teachers can use the site as is, or can create custom playlists of topics in their custom HippoCampus page by creating a free user account.

Hippo Campus has even gone to the trouble of correlating their videos and simulations to sections of a wide variety of textbooks. This helps both you and the student easily find a simulation or tutorial that matches what they are learning in class. It uses videos from Khan Academy as well as the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) and various other resources. You are free to use these resources in your teaching and for student studying and they are absolutely free. You can also view most of the items on the site without even creating a login!