Tuesday night’s class brought even more cool technology to incorporate into my teaching 🙂 Learning about and watching a few examples from Vlog brothers, Crash Course, Smarter Every Day, and maybe even a few others had me taking notes on where to check them out and in which classes I think they would best fit.
The assignment for this week is to check out and play around with an app or site that is listed on our schedule or another one that we find on our own. The only one on the long list that I had ever experienced before was Animoto! I love that app as it is so easy to use and free and I ended up with these beautiful little themed slide shows complete with music in a matter of a few minutes, all from my phone! If you have never used it before, I would highly recommend it!
I was instantly interested as I am currently teaching Social Studies and we are looking at timelines. I saw this and thought the students would be likely more engaged to create their timelines on something like this rather than just using paper and markers!
easel.ly has over 2 million templates to create or adapt to make your own customized graphic organizer of any kind. You can take ones that are already created and customize font, colors, or move things around to make it your own, or, you can clear off all that is on the original graphic and completely create your own graphic.
Getting set up was fast, and free. At first, I wasn’t sure on how to change the text in existing graphics but went over to YouTube and found many how-to videos like the one I’ve posted. There is also a free E-book found off to the side of the main page, so I found the site to be quite user- friendly overall. I made some changes to text and graphics of an existing timeline and was very happy with how it easy it was to be able to save and show the start to my own timeline here in my blog.
As a teacher, I plan on using this tool right away in my classroom as I think it will quickly engage my students as they get much more enjoyment playing around with new tools rather than doing the same old paper and pen activities. How might others incorporate this into their classrooms?