Our hope is to share some useful online tools that in some way will enhance your lessons. They will follow certain principles:
Open, free to use, and to share.
“Simple” to use, for instructors and students.
Lend themselves to creation of assignments that are meaningful and authentic, not “disposable”.
Tool: SPLOT Writer
Example: UDG Agora Comparte
Use it for: Simple blogs for groups, when you do not want to manage accounts or collect student data. http://splot.ca/splots/tru-writer/
How to get it: A WordPress theme available at https://github.com/cogdog/truwriter
Use it for: open discussions, simple course spaces, connecting with networks beyond the classroom.
How to get it: https://twitter.com
Tool: H5P Image Hotspots
Example: Kamloops Art Gallery Map
Use it for: Adding text, links, media to images (photos, diagrams, maps).
How to get it: https://h5p.org/image-hotspots
Tool: Interactive Video
Use it for: enriching videos, having students critique online media (news reports, film clips, other students’ work, etc…)
How to get it: https://h5p.org/interactive-video
Tool: Timeline Creator
Use it for: representing any set of activities over time.
How to get it: https://h5p.org/timeline
Tool: the H5P universe of tools
Use it for: all sorts of sharable, embedable multimedia learning activities!
How to get it: an account at https://h5p.org, also available as a plugin for WordPress, Moodle, Drupal.
Tool: Memes and Animated GIFs!
Use it for: fun! Processes that benefit from repeated viewing.
Get it at: http://udg.theagoraonline.net/studios/meme-media/
Tool: Free videoconferencing without software or accounts
Use it for: simple video conferences, protects privacy. Requires an open source browser: Firefox, Chrome, or Opera.
Get it at: http://appear.in
Use it for: media literacy exercises, artistic works. (And pranks!)
Get it at: http://clonezone.link/
1) By yourself, take a few minutes to think about your lesson plan, and how you might incorporate digital tool like one of these to extend the learning, to develop skills.
2) With a partner, share your idea. When you are listening, after you understand the “what” of the exercise, ask about the “why”. We recommend you ask about five “why” questions.
3) You and your partner will then join with another pair of participants. Please explain your partner’s idea to the other pair.
4) We will then discuss the ideas in open discussion.