Searching for digital resources can use up a lot of precious time. It’s difficult to nail down a list of go-to tools that holds up for long before something stops working or gets replaced by something better. It's important to stay flexible, expect change, and get some guidelines in place for seeking out tools with an eye for how they are going to fit YOUR learning community and YOUR educational needs.
TODAY's GROUP TASK: "Today's Meet"
Tonight we will use the following "Room" on TodaysMeet.com to keep a backchannel of shared notes while you're exploring tools: https://todaysmeet.com/TCTools. Use this room to share how tools you're discovering connect to ideas on the media literacy planning framework (mind map).
TIPS ON THE SEARCH FOR NEW RESOURCES
Figure out a way to quickly save, share and collaborate on your list. Join or start a “Professional Learning Network” (PLN) with staff in and beyond your school. (see Tool Leads below)
FIND TRUSTED SOURCES
Seek out educator-approved curated lists. Find ones that give you ideas for how to use the tools in educational contexts. (see Collections... below)
LEARN TO BE YOUR OWN SUPPORT
Look for “help”, “support”, "knowledge base" or "forums" links within the site. Search the web for “Tool Name + Support” (example: support.google.com/, Mac App Support) OR search for your specific problem and you may find discussions on it or how-to videos walking you through issues.
Beyond these starter lists I've tried to gather some sites that fit your project ideas.
COLLECTIONS TO EXPLORE - START HERE
- Tom Barrett’s “Interesting Ways” (Google Presentation Slideshows of ideas for using popular tools)
- Chrome Web Store’s Cloud-based Education Apps
- Apple.com Education
- 30 Apps in 30 Minutes Tools (by The Media Spot)
- The Media Spot’s Diigo Bookmarks Tagged “Tools” (also try searching for “App Lists")
- MindShift's Digital Tools (lists them with descriptions of how educators use them with impact)
- AppTic Search by Subject (see Special Needs, Translation Tools, Common Core, and more)
- Diigo.com (bookmark, add your own descriptions, tag them based on uses,
- Create Symbaloo pages of apps & websites for different subjects
- Create a shared Google Spreadsheet of Apps you like with your colleagues
- Create a Blog or Google Site or with your favorite Apps and share it with your colleauges
- Follow favorite educators on Twitter and “Favorite” their best posts (get ideas from who I follow through @themediaspot)
MATH APPS & ACTIVITIES
- See Chrome App Store Education Tools (Scan for Math apps)
- Edutopia article on Virtual Tools for Math
- Khan Academy, Get the Math , 101Questions (use them as is, or have your students re-create problems like these)
- Harvard's Math in the Movies (IDEA: use a tool like Mozilla Popcorn to have students explain the math with pop-up annotations and links)
- Connect Math to Coding and Programming: Code Academy, Scratch, Code.org
- The Media Spot’s Bookmarks on Diigo Tagged "Math"
- AppTic "Math" Search
- Smart Notebook Math Tools (download 30 day trial)
iPADS & CLOUD APPS
- Blooms Taxonomy of iPad Apps
- Apple's iPads in Education Page
- The Media Spot's Bookmarks on Diigo Tagged "App Lists"
- Get the Common Core App
- Elementary in the Cloud - Documentary of iPad use for annotation and collaboration in 5th grade (password for video is tmsprivacy)
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY & SPECIAL EDUCATION
- Assistive Technology Apps for iPad (Try Dragon Dictation, Evernote,
- Apple's Special Education
- Common Sense Media Search for "Text to Speech"
INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS (SMARTBOARDS)
- The Media Spot's Bookmarks for IWBs (Interactive White Boards)
- The Media Spot's Bookmarks for "Smartboards"
- TEQ Educator Resource Center
- Smart Tech Educator Exchange
- Smart Tech Training Center (how-to's)
- 56 Interesting Ways to Use your Smartboards
- Engaging Learners the Smartboard Way
- The Media Spot's Smartboard Training Pack (includes more links circa 2012)
For next time (April 3)
- Try out what youv'e found above in your school building with their exisitng tools -- could you pull off a project or activity? What would you need?
- If you can get feedback from students about a tool or idea -- get it! Talk to them, show them things, and try to get them to give you feedback
- Keep adding notes in a media literacy planner, or on Today's Meet
- Check out the latest videos and articles added to the TR @ TC Resources & Reading Links in Diigo.