Promising Web Tools

This week in CEP810, we’ve been delving in to some of the most popular web tools that have been trending in the education space. After reviewing who knows how many, these are the few that I saw the most potential in.

join.me

For me, this simple screen sharing tool seemed like could make some long distance tech support dead simple. A quick download, and then you’ve got an instant link to share your screen with students or colleagues.

Twiddla | Groupboard | drawonthenet

These are three collaborative drawing tools. They all seem to have their pros and cons. I haven’t had a chance to use them in the classroom yet, so I’m not sure which will work the best for my situation. I’ll have to give them each a try in the upcoming year.

WeTransfer

Ever try to send a video file by email? It doesn’t take long to get over your message’s data limit. It’s a problem I’ve had to work around several times in the classroom. WeTransfer seems like it could simplify the process of getting video files out to students.

popplet

I realize that everyone in class has used this tool by now, but I thought I would put it down anyway. I like to do some mind-mapping in my science classes, and I think this would be a great tool for students to work on in groups.

Incredibox

This is my favorite new music app. Why? Because I know nothing about music. I wouldn’t even know where to begin composing a song. The simplicity of Incredibox is evident, because I am able to make some pretty cools tunes in a matter of minutes with zero musical knowledge or talent. I could see this being a great tool to get students interested in composing or mixing music.

Check out this little diddy I just mixed together.

Or, here’s another one I just whipped up.a

Or, another.

Last one, I promise.

ujam | JamStudio

Here are two more music mixing / creation tools. Again, I’m no musician, but these seem like they would be powerful tools to have in a music teacher’s bag. Maybe there could be some cross-curricular applications?

Explain Everything

Out of all the tools I looked at today, I thought Explain Everything could possibly have the greatest potential. It seems like it is a very powerful presentation tool that will allow for a  lot of creativity. Images, animations, voice-over; there are a lot of possibilities.

Poll Everywhere

This is just a dead simple polling tool. You never know when it might be useful. PD? Exit card? Review?

Canva

For me, this tool is right up there with Explain Everything. It maybe doesn’t have quite as much capability, but still could be used in a variety of applications. I’ve fought to get students to produce nice looking flyers / posters with image editing tools too long. I can’t wait to see how they do with this simple graphic design tool.

Piktochart

Another superb graphic design tool. However, there aren’t very many templates available for free, and it seems more complicated that Canva.

UNU

I’m not quite sure what to call UNU. It is basically a polling app, except instead of selecting an answer multiple choice style, you have a magnet, and you try to drag a central “weight” over to your preferred answer. I think it could be interesting to use to launch discussions, settle disputes, or reach consensus. I’m sure there could be some other interesting classroom applications out there.

Google Sites

I know what you’re thinking, “What!?! Is this guy living in 2008!” But Google just announced that it is getting ready to release a refresh of their anyone-can-create-a-website tool. The update is long overdue, and I have high hopes for their new platform.

 

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m sure I’ll be coming across lots more great tools this summer. I’ll try to do a new post every now and then to cover some of the tools that I will definitely be trying out in the coming school year. I’m really excited to see what tools everyone chooses to use in their lessons. I’m thinking about some sort of evolution animation on Explain Everything, but I’ve got to think on that a little more…

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