Edtech tools to engage your students

Hello friends and welcome to another article of technically speaking. Today I am going to share with you several tools that you can use to engage your students in creating content for the class. It is important during this time of need that we provide our students with choice and voice and to show what they know in different ways. So, without further ado let's jump into some edtech tools that will give your students the opportunity to create and conquer their knowledge!



Adobe spark

With Adobe Spark students can create website pages, posts, videos, graphics, collages, presentations, and more. I enjoy using adobe spark to create videos and informative pages. Students can start from scratch or use a template and create a beautifully designed product. For example, in my college course, students use Adobe Spark to create an about me video. Where they bring their teaching philosophy to life through images, video, music, and words. It is a great way for them to stand out on their digital portfolios. I have created Adobe Spark pages for book study questions and review along with resources for my students. To see an example check out this one about a five-day teaching philosophy teaching challenge: https://spark.adobe.com/page/N9Ax834fu5kbP/


Wakelet

Wakelet has been around for a while but I just caught the wakelet wave this summer. This is a fantastic tool to collect resources and share them out with your class. I use Wakelet as space for students to find content related to class and they use it to learn from. I have used Wakelet to engage my students during class. For example, instead of me presenting about different court cases and laws related to special education via PowerPoint I assigned a pair of students a case and they created a wakelet about it. With wakelet students could collaborate on the topic add images, links, videos, PDFs, text, and more. They then presented their wakelets to the large group. This was a great way for students to dive deeper into a content area and share what they know. It was also a more engaging way for them to learn the topics. After they created and presented their content they shared their wakelets with one another to study for an upcoming test. To see an example Wakelet check out this one about self-care https://wke.lt/w/s/W3KaSS


Flipgrid

This tool is a great way for students to show what they know because they can make a video based on a prompt that you provide! With Flipgrid all you need to do is set up a group (or a class) and a topic for your students to respond to. After that you share the code with your class and students can respond via video with the click of a button. They can record themselves speaking or they record the screen of their device. This tool allows for flexibility and a way for students to demonstrate their knowledge in new ways. For more information on flipgrid check out https://www.sfecich.com/post/you-ll-flip-for-flipgrid


With any tech tool that you try friends, I recommend that you try one tool and master it. Try it with your students and see how it goes. Take small steps in adding these tools into your classroom. Remember that you can do this. By providing students with different ways to engage in materials and show what they know will give them more opportunities to shine in your class.


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