This is the next post in #EdublogsClub. It came at a very appropriate time, as this morning I was running a refresher course on blogging for teachers who have either been blogging for a while or just starting out.
I showed them three different web tools they can embed on their blog. You can read how I ran the Refresher Day course here!
The first tool I showed was Padlet which is like sticky notes but online.
The Padlet below was embedded into the Refresher Day post so the teachers could add a sticky note to share what they wanted to learn while allowing them to see how easy it could be used with students.
Add your own note to the Padlet below to share your favorite tools you use with students.
The next tool I shared was Symbaloo which you can use to gather resources or websites you often use in class.
In the top right corner of this blog there is a drop down menu under Tools to Use.
This links to the following three Symbaloo:
- Coding Sites – from an Irish friend of mine who I met through blogging.
- Digital storytelling – a symbaloo webmix which I created from lots of resources from other teachers.
- Image and sounds symbaloo – I use with the blogging challenge as it has links for using images and sounds on your blog.
I’ve embedded my avatar creator symbaloo below:
The third web tool I showed them was Voki where you can create a talking avatar. Great for text to speech book reviews and children soon realise punctuation is important.
If I make a free version without signing in I can only add a link to the Voki, but if I join and sign in, I can use the embed code.
I’ve embedded a Voki below:
Terms of Service and Education Versions
If you are working with students under 13, it is always a good idea to check these as you might need to get permission from parents for students to use these sites. (Good way for parents to see how kids can be creative on the web.)
Also you will notice that both Padlet and Voki have school versions. If your school prefers to keep control of what students create and don’t like them having their work out in public, then you might be able to opt in for the education version.
Always check for a special education version whenever you look at new tools.