Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Google docs and ILT for teaching and learning

Inspired by my colleagues in #ukfechat, I've been investigating and playing with some more ILT apps for Teaching and Learning.

Here are a few easy to use examples to get started with.

Socrative: fun and super easy to use

Screencast: Captures screen and Webcam video and saves it or posts it online on YouTube or the program's Web site. With a well-designed interface and simple operation, it's a fun and useful way to develop lesson content

Reviews of similar software are here, so you can find the one that suits you best ... or try them all

Drop Box: really useful for accessing your documents and files anywhere you are and no need to carry data sticks and discs around. you can also download through iTunes for iPhone and iPad

Prezi: cloud based presentation software to make exciting presentations

Maths: brilliant collection of maths ideas

Show Me: easily produce and share lessons on iPad.  There are all minds of resources and games on the website. The UK site is currently undergoing construction but the worldwide has lots of useful stuff also available on iTunes

AudioBoo: Podcasting and audio software

Google Docs: Stunningly clear and useful site covering everything you need to know about 'using the Cloud' all Google docs knowledge is here

Pinterest: can be used to collect images relating to a topic. Great for visuals and starters such as .
"what's the connection between"

Edmodo: like a 'safe Facebook', great for creating on line closed classrooms

Alice: creates a 3D animated environment for telling stories

 Flipped Classrooms and Learning:

Using Mobile Phones for Learning: and

I find mobiles are brilliant in areas of a college with no computers and/or WiFi. Learners can photograph each others work if they're stuck and use those images for revision

You can also send them the relevant bits of their assignment brief as a quick text, so if they're out in a field or a building site, they can quickly check the criteria they're working to. Very useful for differentiating the required outcomes when there is no easy access to paper assignments or computer whiteboards.

See QR codes use below

Using video: I use video in a range of lessons; for recording discussions, for presentations (especially Functional English and A level Project equals, for recording role play, experiments, etc as evidence for Exam boards and for evaluative feedback on a learners performance.

Also useful for discretely filming your own teaching and class behaviour. Watch it back and it's so clear how many issues are easily missed in the heat of a lesson. Share it with your teaching mentor too or a colleague in Peer Triangle to identify areas which you can develop.

Put the video on YouTube, so learners can use them for revision. Even better, make a 90 second 'key aspects' video using Screencast and upload it to YouTube, then tag it to a QR code so they can scan it with their phone and revise .... fast!

There is no right or wrong way of using ILT, just pick a medium and try it.  if it doesn't work first time, try with a different group. It will work, you just need the right group and right idea to come together and once it does ... there will be no stopping you.

These are people who really know their stuff and are incredibly collaborative; follow them.










And of course @FurtherEdagogy and his fabulous

There are many, many more and the best way to find them is to type #ukfechat into the box, type a question and answers will appear. Someone will always have a fab idea.


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