Concept/Mind mapping the fun and collaborative way!
Have your students brainstorm about their topic using Mind42.com. Students can work together or independently. Add web links, upload documents and add images.
Padlet is a collaborative place to share ideas, resources and gain non-threatening feedback from your students.
How to use Padlet in your classroom:
QR Codes (Quick Response) Scan the code with the camera on your smart phone. QR codes can link you to URLs, download and display documents, send an email, send a text...really display anything.
QR Code Generators: http://keremerkan.net/qr-code-and-2d-code-generator/ OR http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
QR Codes in the classroom:
-List review questions on the door, students can scan the QR code on their way out of class
-Have students create QR codes with contact information to exchange for group work
-List of additional research information for specific courses
This document sharing tool allows your students to collaborate and share files with ease.
Photo sharing sites add a visual component to your classroom, your students will love it.
Twitter can be a great way to bring social media tools into the classroom in a safe and eucational way.
Use social booking sites to have students create a collection of resources as a group or individually.
This can be a great way for groups to collaborate on a research project and comment on these resources.
Many times students have trouble finding synonyms for their topics.
Visual Thsaurus is a good way to getting them thinking about terms to search.
*This tool is only free for about 5 word maps. After that you will be asked to purchase a subscription.
Pinterest can be used as a visual bookmarking site.
Images from around the web can be pinned. These images can be categorized by the author onto various bulletin boards. These bulletin boards can be shared and are searchable.
For more ideas on how to use Pinterest take a look at this link http://www.pearsonschoolsystems.com/blog/?p=424
*Pinterest requires that you request an invite.
*All images used must link back to their source.
Glogster lets you create interactive posters. They can incorporate pictures, music, moving images and videos. They can easily be shared on Facebook and other social media sites.
-Students can use Glogster to create interactive posters rather than more traditional paper posters.
-Students can create unique posters that introduce themselves to you and the class.
-This is a new way to cover topics using a multi-modal approach.
SibeVibe: Free Basic Student and Teacher Accounts
SideVibe allows you to build activiteis such as discussion posts and quizes on top of existing web content. You can turn any website into a classroom lesson!
Ask students to discuss something.
View the results from the teacher view.
Ask students to answer quiz questions.