Part A - 5 Apps to use in a K-12 Classroom
June 8 2015
EDU 210 Spring 2015
1 - VoiceThread
This would be a great tool to use for peer assessment of assignments and projects.
2 - Shmuppet
This would be a great website to use in your classroom if you are doing an activity were you give each student or a group of students a topic and they have to become "experts" on that topic and teach their peers about it. Normally in class I have done this as a jiqsaw activity, but instead of having the students explain their concept in class you could use this tool to create a podcast on the activity and have the students watch all their peers podcasts.
3 - Socrative
This tool would be a great way to administer assessments and ensure students could receive instant feedback. Using the excel spreadsheet that this tool creates would be a great way to assess whether the students understood the concept, or need further explanation. This would be a great way to do formative or summative assessments.
4 - Polleverywhere
I would use this in my classroom mostly to help facilitate classroom discussions so that I can ensure that all my students feel their input is included. I would ask and questions and have students say whether they agree or disagree then have groups of students discuss why they agree or disagree.
5 - Anatomy 4D
One way I would use this in my classroom is an introduction or review of a concept in biology 20 or 30 when you learn the body systems, have the students use the app to do a "scavenger hunt" of all the organs in that system. This would be especially helpful for systems like the digestive system which include many different organs that are hard to see such as the gull bladder.
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