Jan 25 2011
5 Sites to Infuse (FREE) Technology Into Your Lesson Plans and Engage Your Students
So, you are supposed to be teaching using technology, but you just don’t know how? You say you were born before 1985 and you’re freaking out because you think you don’t use technology effectively or as well as your students? I have a few suggestions on sites that I have used to let students create their own learning using new technology that only requires a laptop and a little thought on your part. Breathe and know that any teacher can use the sites I recommend and…they’re all free; all you need is an e-mail account.***P.S. I am just a teacher that happened across this technology a little at a time…I am in no way reimbursed or paid for my recommendations=-)
Let Students Publish Completed Writing on Figment:
~Important pieces to the writing process are peer review and,arguably the most important part–publishing, can be easily accomplished through the writing site Figment. It is a newer site aimed at young adult writers…the format is appealing to them and is very, very easy to use; all that is needed is a valid e-mail address. *Warning-Figment can have very racy material so you may talk a little about appropriate school usage.
Use Voicethread For Book Discussions or a Sort of Podcasting:
~ This amazing tool lets students record their voices for unlimited uses. It is free (30 minutes of air time) for you and your students and can be used for limitless activities, projects, and tutoring. Just write scripts and record–awesome. Play with this technology for a few minutes and you’ll be hooked.
Try Glogster for a Book Report:
~I have blogged on this site before, but I can’t say enough about it. Who wouldn’t want to dump the markers and glitter pens to make all of your book reviews 2.0.? Students get so engaged in trying to fill their Glog with information, pictures, videos, and animation that they forget how much work they are completing…LOVE it!
Create a Wiki for Storing and Creating Class Information or a Class Page:
~Creating and editing wikis is a skill that I think all students need. I have created class wikis several times and it is an invaluable tool to keep all of my classes up-to-date with assignments and dates, vocabulary terms, and general reading and writing information. This is a very common use of technology in the classroom and very easy to update and use–very little training required.
Make Animated Videos on Go! Animate:
~Have students create videos on any topic under the sun. My students researched everything from literary terms to Spanish verb conjugation. It is quite easy to use (step-by-step instructions pop up with your first use) and like most of the other technology, only requires a valid e-mail. My kids love it and can create the most comical and interesting videos you’ve ever seen…especially when you’re talking about fun stuff like grammar (tongue firmly in cheek).
I hope this helps a teacher in need of a developing a lesson utilizing technology…your students will thank you for it. Happy teaching=)