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Some of my favourite online learning tools...

Some of my favourite online learning tools...

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Okay, here's a brief list of some of the ones that I'm playing around with at the moment: Prezi - great little slideshow software completely web-based. xTranormal - great fun text-to-speech application. Again, completely web based, though you do have to sign in. Dropbox - allows submission of work online! And I can't go past Google Docs, either. Great for collaborative writing. I tried to include some links, but it triggered the spam filter. Should be easy enough to find by doing a search, anyway.

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David Dean's picture

Hello all, my first post!!

I started using EdModo with one of my classes (I am a 6th Grade Technology and Computer Integration Instructor with 150 students in 6 total classes) 2 weeks ago.

I put up the lesson plan every day, with links and files to what we are doing. I have had mixed reviews for it with my students.

I have noticed many kids posting messages in the evenings asking about homework and assignments, which is great. This is just what I wanted Edmodo to be, and extension of our classroom, OUTSIDE of our classroom.

However, it has taken a LOT of supervision and modeling. For the most part, many of my students do not know how to be positive contributors to a social network. Many posts on Edmodo will be "Is anyone on?" and a few people will respond and that is it. So I have spent a lot of time helping them be productive on social networks and behave properly. Also, there is a core group of 5-7 kids that use my Edmodo site religiously, and the other 15 or so kids dont use it much at all, only in class.

Helping them understand and contribute effectively to a social network has been a lot more work than I thought, however, this was one of my top 2 objectives. The work will be worthwhile in the long run.

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Dr. Genola Johnson
Executive Director of G.A. Educational Learning Center, LLC Consultant


This was great information. I could see eTranormal (if not blocked at school) a great place for ELA/S.S. teachers to hang out. Teachers would be able to really expand their lessons with this website! Wonderful!

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CEO Enterthegroup.com

This is a site I built (full disclosure) for students to manage their group projects online. The site provides students and teachers with tools to manage their work, get organized and learn project management.
Pls check it out; Enterthegroup.com and let me know what you think.

pat's picture
Inclusion Teacher, NJ

[quote]I like brainpop (http://www.brainpop.com/); it's good for science, but it has lots of other categories too. It's got cartoon clips, activities and games, too.

Another one that I've used is www.sheppardsoftware.comThis site is very useful for learning the body systems. Allows people to learn information and then test themselves.[/quote]

LOVE this one, too! We started using it just for one lesson, and it is our go to when we need a short clip. The students love the characters, the core curriculum standards are given for each state, and there are activities provided for every learner, as well as things to go home.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Just showed brainpop to some of the science teachers at my school - very excited about it. I love it when teachers get as excited as the students! Thanks for sharing.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Thought I would share this little gem of an online tool that I found recently - Picnik.

Basically, it provides users with a really useful suite of online photo-editing tools - all for free! (For the basic one, at least).

Great stuff - I used it in a unit where I was teaching students visual literacy and persuasive writing. Students created their own ads by taking photos of the products they were selling then editing the pictures.

Here's the link: http://www.picnik.com

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Ida Brandão
Senior officer at the Ministry of Education in Portugal

I had not heard or tried Glogster either. I've just tried it and it seems fun for kids. Has the potential of integrating different media and sharing with common social networks.

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Shaun McMillan
Professional Web Designer, Bible Study Lecturer, & College Art Instructor

I find khan academy to be the best tutor for math.

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Shaun McMillan
Professional Web Designer, Bible Study Lecturer, & College Art Instructor

Wow, the electrocity looks really fun.
Just thought I'd share this great little resource I discovered while planning lessons for environmental science. In this game, students have 150 turns to build a city where they must manage the needs of the citizens for power against the environmental impact. Do they have coal or hydro power? What effect will whale watching have on the environment? Should they build a camping ground or a dock?

And so on. Great fun. I've used it with Year 8, and to say they enjoyed it would be an understatement.

Here's the link: http://www.electrocity.co.nz/[/quote]

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