Technology provides an avenue to help create great 21st Century learning experiences for students. The integration should be meaningful and authentic! This week, teachers in District 13 focused on four incredible tools/resources that have potential to transform instruction.
Socrative. Socrative can be used for many different types of assessment. It allows for multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions. Recursive feedback is recorded for the teacher in real time. Imagine starting a lesson with essential questions to get a feel for where student thinking is at. Was the Civil War worth its costs? The discussion elicited from such a question can provoke thoughtful discussion and guide future learning.
Instagrok. Instagrok is a great hidden tool out there. It "groks" or searches any research topic and creates an INTERACTIVE map of images, videos, facts, concepts, and websites. Kids tend to have negative connotations about research, but not with Instagrok. Students can practice analyzing media and take their information skills to the next level!
Rewordify. Rewordify simplifies complex text. The website helps to break apart vocabulary that is difficult in a more comprehensive way, so students can find success.
Google Voice Typing. Google recently launched Google Voice Typing. To use, all you have to do is open up a blank Google Doc, go to Tools in the menu bar and select "Voice Typing." After allowing your device to access your microphone, one can speak their thoughts! This can be a game changer for many students!
Teachers out there.... Have you used any of these instructional tools? If so, what have your experiences been?