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5 teaching tools to try this summer

May 7, 2012

Under the Docks in California - Trey Ratcliff

Under the Docks in California – Trey Ratcliff

The summer is an excellent time to start a Technology Learning Cycle by exploring one of the tools you have been hearing about. This post highlights technologies that can be very effective. These are not the newest tools; they are ones that have not yet been widely adopted by faculty. Each item links to one or more articles on how it works and how it can be used in teaching and learning.

  1. Poll Everywhere – an easy way to pose questions in class and let students to respond with a laptop, cell phone, or tablet.
  2. Document Camera – for items you can’t scan – or don’t have time to before class. You may be surprised how simple it is to operate.
  3. WordPress – consider the possibilities of using a blog with your next class or as your professional website
  4. Tablet – there are many things you can do with a small mobile computer, be it an iPad or an Android-based device.
  5. Prezi – a great alternative to PowerPoint, and there are lots of ways to use it

Bonus – Five More!

  1. Wordle – make word clouds
  2. Animoto – make video from images
  3. Slideshare – share presentation slides online
  4. Pocket – save articles to read later on a computer or mobile device
  5. Google Forms – gather data or administer a survey

Are any of these on your list for summer exploration? Do you have other recommendations?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2012 3:36 pm

    Reblogged this on teachingandlearningatmsu and commented:
    Summer fun for educators! Try out these top technology tools, or, let us know if you already use them and your thoughts on their use in the classroom. Personally, would love to try the Poll Everywhere and Wordle.

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