Technology in Education:
Examples, Tips and Ideas
Interactive Whiteboards refer to capturing ink and/or voice annotation in video format. Interactive Whiteboards can be used by teachers to:
- Create instructional videos
- Assess student work
- Communicate with students, parents and colleagues
Interactive Whiteboards can be used by students to:
- Capture their own learning
- Create presentation/walk through videos
- Efficiently collaborate remotely
Learner Management Systems
Office 365 Mobile Apps for Students
Mind Mapping / Discussion tools
Mindomo is a Peel approved tool that uses a student's @pdsb.org account.
Students are able to make large, vector based mind maps and produce PREZI style slides.
In Mindomo, a teacher may create a course list and give out 'assignments' for students to complete collaboratively OR individually.
Padlet is a powerful tool that creates a newsfeed or cork-board style discussion.
Padlet operates in real time across multiple devices
Padlet is embed-able in either D2L and Office365. The creator of a padlet has full control over comments posted (position AND content)
Padlet is also able to export all information into a conveniently formatted PDF document
Online surveys are great ways to gain insight into your classroom with minimal effort / photocopying.
- Create QR codes for your survey (http://www.qrstuff.com/)
- Try developing a consistent survey that may be used every week. Results can be used to inform what needs to be covered, revisited or skipped the following week.
- Have students develop surveys to quantitatively analyze products/ideas in class.
The Virtual World
Web Logging (Blogging)
Have students publish their own work, reflect on in class ideas and extend their thinking by creating and maintaining a blog. Blogs can be a way for students to take ownership over their own learning outside of class time.
TIP: If you are interested in having your students blog, give them some time in class to create their blog sites and make posts. Making this a semi regular practice encourages reflection and does not come across like a 'one off' activity.
Both of these platforms have mobile apps on all devices (Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows).
TIP: If you decide that you want all your students to blog, have each student send you the address of their blog and post them on your class website. This way students are able to see what each other are doing without needing a teacher to intervene.
Citing work and giving credit where credit is due (in the correct format
Citations can often be overlooked (or ignored by students). These websites make citing sources easy and quick.
Whether students are citing sources for a blog post, a presentation or another type of assessment, citation skills are important and should be considered by students throughout their academic careers. Consistent citation pushes students to find reliable sources and make decisions based on traceable evidence.