Digital Tools to Strut Your Stuff
Janet Corder & Joan Gore
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Giving Students Choices
Today's technology tools can provide teachers with the ability to give their students choices when assigning projects. Every student may not have the same apps as their classmates, so instead of requiring the students to use a particular app or website, why not give them a choice? You will find that student engagement and creativity will increase when students are given the freedom to use different tools to deliver content.
Here are three examples of a project about President John F. Kennedy. The examples contain the same content, however, the information is presented in a different format in each project.
Sources for JFK Presentations
Examples of assignments that give students choices:
- Tic Tac Techo
- Choice Board
- Science Tic Tech Toe Board 1 - by Misty Whitworth & Julie Lyle, Argyle ISD
- Digital Choice Board Reading
Adobe Spark Video lets users record their voice, import pictures and write text to create a short video. Videos can be shared publicly or privately. (WEB or APP)
Videolicious is an app that makes it very simple to create videos from the pictures on your device. (APP)
TeleStory - Write, direct and star in your own television show. Students pick a theme and one of more than 30 animated scenes and then write their script. Next, they choose from more than 50 digital costumes and record a TV show. (APP)
Shadow Puppet EDU - Create videos to tell a story, explain an idea or send a personalized message. The app has a search tool to find pictures from the Library of Congress, NASA, and to find Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr. Students can also import pictures and videos from the camera roll on their iPads. (APP)
Flipgrid is a video response tool that is used to create discussions among all students within your classroom. Teachers post a topic or question via text or video and the students respond to the prompt. Flipgrid also gives students the ability to comment on their classmates' responses.
- All of your videos are located in one location.
- You can Freeze a Topic to continue sharing the videos but prevent new recordings.
- Student comments can be turned on or off.
Flipgrid Certified Grid (password is Flipgrid)
- Have students draw pictures of characters in a book or story then create a talking picture of their character in ChatterPix. Upload the ChatterPix file to Flipgrid.
- Use the filters in Snapchat to create a video to upload into Flipgrid.
- Explain a Science experiment.
- Tell how to solve a math equation step-by-step.
- Have teachers create a video introducing themselves and their class to new students.
- Have students welcome new students to their school.
- Exit Tickets
- Book Talks
- Padlet of Flipgrid ideas
- 15+ Ways to Use Flipgrid in Your Class
- Tony Vincent's Review of Flipgrid - with helpful tips
- Flipgrid Unplugged #2: AppSmashing with Jornea Erwin
- Using @Flipgrid in Online #APCalculus to Allow Students to Verbalize Their Thinking Process
- Teacher and Student Guides
- Searchable Help Center
- Flipgrid Blog
- Flipgrid on Twitter
- Flipgrid on Facebook
- Flipgrid help for Students & Parents
- Flipgrid YouTube Channel
- Flipgrid Response Cheat Sheet
Create a QR Code that links to your Grid or Topic! Click the Share option and choose QR Code.
Topic Discovery Library - Share and find Topic templates that have been submitted by educators from around the world. All subject areas and grade levels are included. You can find these under Discovery in the Menu Bar.
Recap by Swivl is a free student video response and reflection app developed that gives teachers and parents insight into students' learning and progress
Recap Tutorials/Blog Posts:
- Navigating the Teacher Dashboad
- Assessing Depth of Knowledge with Recap
- Recap Activities by Dr. Bryan Drost
- Recap in Preschool: Using Video to Connect with Families
TouchCast Imagine - An amazing video recording app that allows you to superimpose pictures, websites, twitter feeds, and more. (APP)
Chatterpix - Make your photos, friends, pets or drawings talk. Take a photo, draw a line to make a mouth and record your voice and then share with your friends and family. This app provides a very creative way for students to introduce themselves. (APP)
BlendSpace by TES can be used to differentiate instruction because it allows you to create personalized lessons with different online materials and assessments.
Canva is known for being a great tool for creating graphics, but the presentation design is excellent!
- Creating a Mixbook: A Guide for Teachers
- Ordering Food in Spanish for Dummies
- World War I
- Famous Americans
- Geometry Scrapbook
Book Creator for iPad ($4.99) - Create ebooks on your iPad that you can easily share with other. (APP)
Book Creator is now available for Chrome.
StoryJumper - Create, share and read books online on StoryJumper. There's no cost to use StoryJumper at school or at home.
We also offer publishing options so that parents can purchase the books their child has written. StoryJumper also has fundraising options.
Check out the Translate option!
Seesaw allows students to document their learning as it occurs, reflect on the learning and evaluate their progress. Seesaw is free, but there are paid options available.
Thinglink - Putting It All Together
- Class Reflection
- Graphing Linear Inequalities
- Algebra Problem
- Peter and the Wolf
- Google Docs for Learning
- Bloom's Digital Taxonomy & Web 2.0 Tools
- Virtual Manipulatives for the iPad
- My Texas
- Sewing Machine
- School Map
- Keyboarding Activities
- The Balance Sheet
- College Tour and Information
- Favorite Chrome Extensions
- Google Drive
- 500+ ThinkLink Educational Examples