Digital Learning Tools

MPS Talk #3  focused on around 21st century tools to boost student engagement. Without question, one of the keys to academic achievement is active learning. According to research –  personalized, collaborative, and connected learning experiences enhance student engagement, which in turn drives student success. By integrating blended and digital learning into the classroom, educators can take learning experiences to the next level and improve student performance. In its basic and simplest definition, blended learning is an instructional methodology. It is a teaching and learning approach that combines face-to-face classroom methods with digital created activities to deliver instruction.

Below are the 21st Century learning tools that I shared I feel assist to increase engagement that educators can implement for blended learning. You can click here to watch the full video to hear about each tool and see screenshots.

VideoNotes is a free web tool that allows students to take notes on a video they are watching.

Teachem is a web service that allows teachers to create lessons around YouTube videos.

Educanon is another powerful tool that teachers can use to design lessons based on videos from both YouTube and Vimeo.

Pontoon Edu is a tool that allows you to animate difficult topics and engage your students using a wide variety of tools.

Screencast-o-maticis a powerful screen recorder that allows users to capture anything happening on their screen, as well as voice and video from the webcam for up to 15 minutes in the free version.

Write About can assist with blended writing lessons.

Periscope is live streaming tool to broadcast live online, in real time.

PosterMyWall is a fantastic tool for creating artistic, high-quality posters, collages, photo calendars and/or photo cards that can either be shared online or printed out and inexpensively shipped home.

Kahoot is an easy to use game based blended learning tool. It enables educators to assess learners in a visual bar graph meanwhile students take control of their own learning. This game-based platform is very entertaining that encourage creativity in the students.

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screen casting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments.

AudioBoo is a tool for students to record their own voice and a tool teachers can record and share audio for students or anyone else.

Slidestory allows you to combine picture slide shows with voice narration.

I believe today’s learners are experiential learners and digital natives who learn by discovery rather than being “told.” They like to interact with content to explore and draw their own conclusions. I hope you found these suggestions helpful in your digital learning lesson planning.

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