In May I set up an online community of Dutch and Flemish educators. Every week we test an application, trying it before we use it with students. After each test we communicate the results with our online networks. Our mission is to promote the use of digital tools in Dutch classrooms. We work with Minigroup and Tricider for communication between the 55 members. Together we discover new tools and applications.
I teach: Social media, Trendwatching, Creativity
To ages: 22+ to 22+
Great road navigation tool. A couple of weeks ago I used it as the organizer of a conference in combination with Facebook:
– make an event in Facebook and invite participants
– Waze automatically syncs with Facebook and on the day of the event, asks if you want to navigate to the event
– when you accept, Waze shows where other participants that use Waze and Facebook are (on the way, arrived)
You might use it for a GPS-quest, but this is not a top 10 tool for education, I think.
An easy tool to make and play interactive quizes. You can make a public quiz or a quiz for a group. Webbased or with app. While playing the player gets immediate feedback.
I use TodaysMeet in all my workshops for teachers about the use of social media in the classroom. Of course you can gather questions and remarks, but a great feature is the quick distribution of clickable links. So if someone says something like ‘I know this website where you can…’ I tell him/her to immediately share the link on TodaysMeet. Furthermore I answer questions for which there is no time in the session in TodaysMeet and share my presentation afterwards with a link. It feels like a save environment, apart from more public channels like Twitter and Facebook.
Slottr makes it easy to define ‘time slots’ for scheduling appointments with students or parents. Just add slots, for instance for 10 minute talks, in the hours that suit you. Then send the link to the students or parents and let them choose the time that best suits them. Your slots fill automatically, so you save time scheduling your appointments.
Very simple to use tool for online collaboration. A bit like Google documents but without the need to have an account. Just start a new pad, share the URL and write together, even simultaneously. Collaboration can be done anonymously or by name. Every author gets his own background color, so the teacher can see who wrote what. In a chat channel you can share thoughts, questions etc. Great fun is the time slider function: see how the text evolved over time. Export the results to multiple formats, such as Word of pdf. Check the deletion policy: if the pad isn’t visited for some time the pad gets deleted.
This is a tool that is as good as the creative ways in which you use it. I just started a ‘best social media for education tool’ list (in Dutch), schools can use it to put more democracy in their decisions (what will be our next project) or you can even prepare a discussion online before class on difficult questions, such as: what is the best political system to organize a country.
Browser based FTP-program. Browse the files on your web server, replace them, rename them, even change the contents of text and HTML-files. Very easy to use.
Browser based audio recorder. No account needed, quick and clean. Save recording offline or use the URL to refer to it.
Very easy to use tool to make video’s interactive and add real time content. Would be even greater if you could combine fragments from different videos, at the moment it allows just one video to enhance.
Free speech recognition working from your browser. Can be used to train pronunciation of words in foreign language (If the machine doesn’t understand you, do better!). Or to ‘type’ by talking of course. Text can easily be copied to clipboard.