tech tools I like to use

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As part of the Edublog Teacher Challenge we were asked to write a post about our favourite technology tools. I have a few that I like to use in the classroom.   I have only just come across web 2.0 tools last year and I find that I use them a lot to jazz up my class blog and make it look more interesting.

Here are some of the tools that I tend to use the most in class.

Wordle and Tagxedo.

I really like both these tools. Wordle generates a word cloud from the text that you type. The cloud makes the words you use the most the largest.  Tagxedo also create a cloud with the text you enter however it  allows you to choose a shape either from their drop down menu or simply upload your own.

I use these tools a lot in class. I have used wordle at the end of the topic to record our reflections and thoughts, or at the beginning to brainstorm what we know or would like to know. I am also going to use wordle at the beginning of this school year to generate a discussion around what makes an engaging and productive learning environment. I will record all the key words and concepts into our class cloud.

I also like using Animoto. A quick and easy way to publish videos and pictures into your own little film with music. I find that I have used it alot on my class blog to great success. The children just love the results especially when the video is played on the IWB. We are lucky to have 4 flip cameras to use so I am I hoping to get the children to start creating their own film this year.

Polldaddy is another popular tech tool we use. It allows you to generate your own survey in minutes. We recently used Polldaddy to contact a survey of prefences for our new school uniform. Quick and easy to use.

 

 

 

The big hit with all the kids in my class is without a doubt VOKI. My Grade 1/2 children just love it. Voki allows you to create a speaking avatar. You create the avatar, the text, the accent and the gender. Last term the kids in my grade created a avatar for their ULTRANET profile. They were able to write the text, grab the code and embed it into their Ultranet express space. Great Stuff.

 

These are just a few of the tools that I like to use in class.

What tech tools do you like to use?


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7 responses »

  1. Hi, I am also enjoying the challenges! I haven’t been able to use any web 2.0 tools yet, since I am on parental leave right now and I am quite new to all of this. I was wondering how it works out having 1/2 graders working on the computer and how much computer access you have at your school.
    Best regards

    • Hi Anna,

      Many thanks for checking out the blog. I have found that web 2.0 tools have really helped me in making ICT an integral part of the day. Making the mini films with the kids has been a great success and something that parents like to see too. We don’t have many computers in the classroom. Last year I had 5 computers and I would rotate the groups. I also had the children working in threes on an activity as I still want kids to be working collaboratively on tasks. Have you ever seen Sugata Mitra talk on TED? Inspiring stuff. But it did get me thinking about having kids spending lots of screen time doing activities alone.

      Kind regards

      Jodi

    • Hi Claire,

      I don’t know Survey Monkey but I will be sure to give that one a go.
      Is it easy to put into a blog or website? What other tech tools do you like to use?

      Cheers

      Jodi

  2. Hi

    I have used Wordle a lot too. I used it at the beginning of the year. All the students did one on themselves, their interests, hobbies etc.
    They looked great up on the wall.

    • Hi Irene,

      That’s a great idea. I like the idea of getting the kids to make an individual Wordle. I bet they look great when they are all displayed or embedded into a class blog. Something that parents would like to see too.

      Thanks

      Jodi

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