Wednesday, January 22, 2014

3 Tools for Students to Show What They Know

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When demonstrating knowledge in an area of study, students are often required to make connections, provide resources, embed videos, and provide instructions.  They can do this using online tools that not only provide the information, but allow for creativity, self-expression, greater depth and provide for a wider audience. 

These three tools have different capabilities, so depending on the content and the expectations, one may be better than another.  As an alternative to digital storytelling, these tools are fun ways for students to show what they know!

Snapguide: A creative way to make a “how to…” with images, video and captions.  This is web-based or iOS (free).  As always, take care as this is a public site (nothing dicey there yet, mostly recipes). Consider having students use this site to illustrate a math solution, walk through a lab, provide step-by-step instructions (an ELA standard), or demonstrate cause and effect.

Meograph: We shared this site with you awhile back.  Meograph is a timeline creator that allows students to narrate understanding and add images, video, text and Google Map links to their timeline. The Causes of the Civil War and Moses are nicely created student works that demonstrates how it can be used in a social studies classroom.  Free and premium accounts available.

Thinglink: A teacher favorite. Thinglink allows any image be interactive by attaching live links to it. Students studying the Industrial Revolution can select an appropriate image and attach links that illustrate early inventions, pioneers, the working class, maps, documents, and more. These might be self-created documents, resources, other images, etc.  It’s very easy to use, and saves the created work as an embeddable link or jpeg. The picture frame on the Thinglink home page shows many ways how it can be used in education.

Know of other tools that fit this criteria?  Let us know and share with our readers!

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