My top ten tech tools
My top ten tech toolsActivity 2.4
Google DriveKey BenefitsWork can be accessed from any portalWork can be easily sharedInteractive with peersVariety of software availableTeachers can monitor progressAuthenticity easily proven through history
Suggested useI use this with whole class activities and group work, i.e. learners brainstorm collectively (usually I put the document on the Smart-board and learners all work on it at once).Learners complete projects in groups (eliminates the issue of all the material one persons device) Learners complete individual assessments i.e. writing portfolios and the teacher can assess the authenticity, monitor progress and provide feedback with ease
2. DropboxKey BenefitsSimple use, easy to upload and share linksAccessible anywhere on any appropriate deviceCloud storage
Suggested useSharing documents that are too big to email to learnersStoring files
3. YoutubeKey BenefitsExcellent research toolGreat for visual learnersEasy platform to share learners workExcellent storage platform for visual textsHuge variety of information avaliable
Suggested useSharing/storing class productionsResearchingDelivering information to learners as a teaching toolGreat home-learning tasksGreat for lesson starters
4. WikispacesKey BenefitsSimplistic layoutEasily accessibleGreat for researching teaching ideasMultiple users at onceEasily edited
Suggested useGreat for establishing revision platforms for NCEA topics onlineExcellent for creating interactive activities for juniors especially when working with fixed texts.Can build a variety of different learning activitiesTopics can be specialised and easily separated.
5. PreziKey BenefitsEasy to buildEasy to shareAvailable anywhere appropriateLearners can access from home for revisionDifferent platform to deliver information
Suggested useSupporting the delivery of information in lessonsLearners create Prezis to allow differentiation and choices of platforms used.Accessible from home for learners to revise information.
6. GoogleKey BenefitsSearching in a multitude of platformsEncourages learners not to rely on WikipediaEasy access to a variety of different platforms such as email, calendar, scholar, Youtube, Images, translator, pages etc
Suggested useSeniors constantly searching topics and terminologyLearners use Blogger instead of a exercise bookLearners expand searching skills with ScholarClass calendars created and sharedExchange learners use translator dailyWebsites created in pages for topics
7. Microsoft Office Key BenefitsA variety of well established softwareWork is easily shared between teacher and peers
Suggested useLearners create presentations relevant to taskClasswork completed on word and easily shared (especially to learners who are absent)Outlook as a primary use of communication (I email everything to learners and print very little)
8. SlideshareKey BenefitsCloud storage of Power pointsGreat searching tool for resources
Suggested useResearching for teaching tools/informationSharing Power Points with peers.
9. Facebook Key BenefitsSharing ideas Communicating with learners and peersSimplistic use/design and information can be attached with ease
Suggested useClass pages with NCEA subjects to support the sharing of research (i.e. Youtube), home-learning etc. Learners can communicate with teachers after hours(+/_!)
10. TwitterKey BenefitsProfessional developmentInteracting with colleagues world wide
Suggested useSharing ideas with colleaguesResearching informationFollowing unfolding eventsFollowing evolving big ideas