DIGITAL CLASSROOM TOOLS
These digital classroom tools will help any private, public or homeschool teacher teaching computer technology.
Tools for Collaborative Learning
Docs: Students work on one document simultaneously from different
devices and comment on shared documents.
Students work on this digital corkboard simultaneously from
different devices by adding images, videos, text, PDFs, links, and
audio messages to a shared space.
Multiple students edit the content simultaneously and from
different devices using this concept mapping tool.
students create and share multimedia. Students can work
independently or with a team to add images, videos, text, and their
own audio, video and typoed and drawn annotations to a
Tools for Universal Design
(what, how, why?)
- Glogster: Platform that allows students to create digital posters that can include text, video, audio, photos, animations, and video from within the app/website.
- Imovie: Video-editing software that provides two options for students to create their own movies or book trailers. The book trailer feature offers storyboarding and more scaffolds for students who need additional support.
- Storybird: A story-writing site that gives students access to professional illustrations. The site allows students to select, sequence, write, and publish their work.
- Educreations or ShowMe: Digital whiteboards that allow students to record as they draw and narrate on a topic of their choice.
Tools for Accessibility
Tools for accessibility: (for those students that need accommodations or modifications in order to fully participate in a classroom)
- Read&Write: A set of tools for text-to-speech, speech-to-text, smart predictive text, highlighting to outline organization, vocabulary support, translation support, and voice commenting.
- Newsela: A searchable database that contains current events articles with identical content written at a range of lexicon levels. This means that different levels of difficulty of readability can be selected by the student or teacher.
- Readability: This app simplifies the screen by removing all distracting ads or images, making the page easier to use for a screen reader.
- Blendspace or Nearpod: Multimodal platforms that allow teachers to input content and activities for students to work through as they view and respond to questions for each segment.
The above was reproduced and summarized from an article in Literacy Today, January/February, 2016; vol. 33, issue 4; page 31
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