Many have discovered the benefits of using the Padlet to gather ideas. Padlet is so easy to use, and it looks inviting and just lovely. One of the best things is that you don't need to log in to use it. The person who created the Padlet simply sends a link to everyone who will be using it. In other words, it's perfectly GDPR-safe to use!
Because Padlet is a popular tool, many have been invited as users at some point. As a user, you get a link and when you click it you are taken to a page that looks a bit like a bulletin board. You may collect ideas in a way that is somewhat similar to post-it notes.
These days everybody wants to be a YouTube star! My students spend all evenings looking at YouTube, and nothing can engage them more than the very idea that they might end up on YouTube! An excellent way to turn engagement up is to let the students make clips that look professional and really, really cool! Flexclip is a free tool, and the students can use their Google accounts to log in, so there is no GDPR-problem!
These days, the simple 2-dimensional ad is as good as dead. Everywhere, we are surrounded by short films that display different messages. Videos, text and audio are put together not only to display information but also to invoke a certain feeling as you watch it. Sometimes the ads provide a sense of warning and importance. Others portray a joyful announcement or an invitation. The important thing is that this is the way to express any kind of message in the future.
Writing exercises are always more fun if you know that the texts will be read "for real". It increases creativity and accuracy when the students publishing what they write. It is fun and engaging to create books with images and colours! BookCreator has taken note of this, and they offer a free internet service where you can make real e-books. The books can be collected in the school's own e-library and of course, you can send the links to the parents or whoever you want.
I recently received a tip about a service called BookCreator, and of course, I wanted to try it out with my class. BookCreator lets students create a real e-book, and now that I have tried it with the students, I can honestly say that it was a long time since we had so much fun! It was easy to use the different tools, and it was possible to create many different types of books.
I have written several times about my love for Kahoot, but I have never really taken the time to calmly and properly explain how to create a Kahoot. That's why I'm going to do so right now. Here is an easy step-by-step guide on how to make the classroom rock!
Kahoot is a tool that makes it possible to create fun and engaging quizzes in a simple way. The most common way to use it is through quick knowledge questions, but you can also use questions that require more thinking. Kahoot will automatically add compelling music to your quizzes, that makes it more fun.
Playing Kahoot is a popular way to do something fun for a while. There's some competition and laughter at the same time as it is educational. It is now possible to assign a Kahoot that lasts a week and where the students can play as many times as they want. This is a fun way to create some activity in the corridors or assign their homework in a different manner.
Create "Kahoot of the week"
If you have never created a Kahoot before, it may be a good idea to first read the post "Create a Kahoot":
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Many teachers have their hard drive full of old Word documents that were made to be printed and given to students on paper. The usage of these documents is declining at a furious pace, but that does not mean that they have become useless! They just need to be heated up a bit, and then they can be used many more times!
I recently read about TeacherMade in a Facebook group, and since I have already tested a plethora of similar tools, my expectations were moderate, to say the least. But I was actually pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to use and as a bonus, it was free for real (no hidden costs!). The idea behind TeacherMade is simple. It simply converts your old Word documents (or pdf's) into interactive and self-correcting documents that can be shared in Google Classroom.
Once you have created your interactive document, you can click on "My worksheets". You then select "assign" in the drop-down list, and you will have the choice if you want to publish the assignment in Google Classroom or if you want to send a link to the students. When the student want to work on their assignment, they are taken directly to the worksheet and may get started on their assignment.
PechaKucha is so much fun! When I started to present the idea of PechaKucha to my colleagues, it was a bit difficult because everyone thought I would be talking about some new digital tool again. PechaKucha isn't really digital at all, it is rather a format for giving presentations.
PechaKucha comes from Japan, but it has quickly spread worldwide because it is simple, fast and fun. In the original version, the speaker gets exactly 20 images to be displayed 20 seconds each. That means that the presentation will last for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Precisely!
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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