October 14th, 2014
Each week I will be sending out a newsletter with additional Web 2.0 tools that can be used in the classroom. Technology is rapidly changing, and I want to inspire you to implement the tools to enhance learning.
One of my new favorite tools is Plickers. It is a formative assessment tool like Kahoot.it and Socrative, but can be used in a 1 iPad classroom. Students are given a card with a specific shape on it. They then hold it up to match the answer on the screen. The teacher holds up the iPad/iPhone, etc. and uses the Plicker app (it's FREE) to scan across the room. The app will pick up answers from every student. It will take about 15-20 seconds depending on your class size and card visibility. You do have to set up a classroom ahead of time, but I definitely think Plickers is effective for gathering data. I have a full set of cards that are laminated and can be used anytime. Feel free to come grab them and check out Plickers. Check out the video below, and let me know if you need any help, or have any questions.
Several of you have asked me how the students created the "digital footprints" that are outside my classroom. I used a FREE tool called tagxedo. Tagxedo is a lot like Wordle, but more user-friendly, and customizable.
Students can type in words, choose a shape, and customize the colors.
This is a great idea for spelling centers, listing adjectives on a certain topic, etc. The possibilities are endless!