So You Think You Can Use Technology in the Classroom


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When technology integration in the classroom is seamless and thoughtful, students not only become more engaged, they begin to take more control over their own learning, too.

Integrating technology  in the classroom is more than using a laptop and a projector to display some powerpoint slides, so here are some useful resources  that you can do to make  classes more engaging.

Quizlet

Quizlet is an online learning tool that lets you create:

  1. Flashcards
  2. Short Test
  3. Spelling Quizzes

Kahoot

It is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn


Quizziz

The Quizizz editor makes it super-easy to create great quizzes in no time


ClassMarker

ClassMarker’s secure, professional web-based Testing service is an easy-to-use, customizable online Test maker for business, training & educational assessment with Tests & Quizzes graded instantly saving you hours of paperwork


Whatsapp Web

This app was created to enhance communication, you can use it to send all kinds of information to students, you also  can use it as a forum in specific moments.  You can also send dialogues so they go around the classroom talking to others.


Google Forms

You can create surveys and quizzes that students can answer from their phone browsers and you will see all the results in a spreadsheet


Microsoft Forms

You can create surveys and quizzes that students can answer from their phone browsers and you will see all the results in a spreadsheet


Your Phone Stock Music Player

Sometimes you want smart people to create that app that will do everything for you but the truth is that you have to play with what you have , when you have a whatsapp group you can send tracks so students listen and answer questions.


Your Collage Maker App

You can tell your students to describe a picture or make conversation around a collage you sent via whatsapp. Another idea is that you tell them  to make a collage with the vocabulary you just introduced.


Your Phone audio recorder

Use those things that most people don’t use, tell students to record a conversation  or to answer questions  and send it to you via whatsapp


GoConqr

GoConqr is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. There is an app, Check it out


Edueto

Edueto is a teaching tool that allows educators to quickly create customised assignments and tests that target their student’s needs. An intuitive editor with built in templates help teachers develop content that students complete within the application and the results are returned in real time.


Quill

Help your students advance from fragmented and run-on sentences to complex and well-structured sentences with Quill Connect. Using the evidence-based strategy of sentence combining, students combine multiple ideas into a single sentence. They then receive instant feedback designed to help them improve the clarity and precision of their sentences.


Crossword Labs

Create your own crosswords, don’t expect other to do them for you.  Students can solve them online.


Socrative

Socrative is your app for fun and effective classroom engagement. Get instant insight into student learning with easy-to-create quizzes, polls, exit tickets and more! Check out the features below to choose the Socrative account that’s right for you.


Plickers

This is something I have to give a try one of those days, Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices


Story Bird

Simple tools help you build books in minutes. Let the art inspire and surprise you as you write.


Powtoon

Make animated explainers for free with PowToon; PowToon – Make cool animated explainer videos; GetPowToon and make animated presentations.


Pixton

The world’s most popular and easy to use comic and storyboard creator.


Memrise

We make learning languages and vocab so full of joy and life, you’ll laugh out loud. Create your own courses of rich, multimedia flashcards.


My Free Bingo Cards

We have the best Bingo Card Generator in the world, popular Number Bingo Games to print or play online, and a growing selection of beautiful bingo cards for all occasions. All our bingo cards can be customized by changing the title, words and even the colour and background.


Duolingo for Schools 

Bring the world’s most popular language-learning platform to your classroom. 100% free.

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Teaching with Technology : Webquests


 

Webquests

 

 

Definition

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from theweb.These can be created using various programs, including a simple word processing document that includes links to websites.

Structure

A WebQuest has 5 essential parts: introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation, and conclusion. The original paper on WebQuests had a component called guidance instead of evaluation.

The Introduction orients students and captures their interest.
The Task describes the activity’s end product.
The Process explains strategies students should use to complete the task.
The Resources are the Web sites students will use to complete the task.
The Evaluation measures the results of the activity.
The Conclusion sums up the activity and encourages students to reflect on its process and results.

Examples of Webquests

Dinosaur before dark

Mrs. Chumley’s Shark WebQuest, Fact or Fiction?

Webquest: The year 2004 Magazine

Additional resources

How to make a webquests

What’s a Webcast?

Webcast about the United States

Type of Movies Project

Adjectives in English

 

Teaching with Technology : Using social bookmarking tools with students


Pinterest

How can bookmarking sites like Pinterest help  us in  using our English and  learning  more about a topic and culture?

  1. The  topic  for this task is “Film History of  the United States”
  2. You  have to  register for a pinterest account in the site Pinterest.com , you can do that  easily in a few steps by registering  using  your facebook accountPinterest Registration
  3. Pinterest  will  give you the  welcome  to the site ,you have to click next  after reading some of the site highlights
  4. You might be prompted to  create a board once you are logged inCreate Board
  5. or you can create one by clicking  your name on the right and selecting boards , once it is clicked , you’ll find something like thisBoards
  6. Once  you click on create board , you have to  type some information in the spacesAdding  info to your board
  7. once your board is created you have to  start adding pins to them by clicking  the red button on the right   and clicking ” add a website”Add from a website
  8. once the board is created  you start by adding  links  as you will see  in the video

Click here to watch the video: http://screencast.com/t/nX50VWm8f

Enough about  the hows 

Create three boards on your pinterests  and pin ten movies from sites such as imdb.com  in each one of them.

  • Movies from the 80’s
  • Movies from the 90’s
  • Movies from the 2000´s

once you  and your classmates are  finished pinning  , we´ll comment  in each other’s pins and  we´ll have to comment at least once in each other’s boards , the way to comment  is shown  by clicking in the following link

Click here to watch the video: http://screencast.com/t/UTGEzmeR

You also can watch this video where the whole process is described http://screencast.com/t/XCdGBc06nI

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