Educational technology changes perpetually, and is also changes quickly. To help keep you up to speed, we’ve highlighted three fresh and innovative new tools that extend learning beyond the classroom.
Glogster EDU is a complete educational solution for digital and mobile teaching and learning. The company’s logo reads, “Poster Yourself”, because the website empowers educators and students to create GLOGS — online multimedia posters — with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments, and more.
Glogster EDU features:
· An easy drag & drop interface
· Flexibility for use by students, teachers, and classrooms
· Sharability using embed codes, wikispaces, edmodo, social networks and social bookmarking
· Creative use for book reports, research projects, classroom projects, homework, distance learning, presentations, digital posters, and more
Kidblog is a safe and secure blogging tool that enables students to easily create — not just consume — digital content. The site offers clutter-free, ad-free design and lets students create blog posts from home or school using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Security is a highlight of Kidblog: Teachers maintain control over student accounts, preventing kids from needing to memorize usernames or provide personal information to create their blogs. The website has COPPA-compliant Terms of Service, and kids’ blogs are kept private; viewable only by their teachers and classmates.
Teachers have full administrative control on Kidblog, using Google Apps for Education for site sign-in. They are provided with the ability to assign password-protected parent and guest account information at their discretion. Finally, Kidblog offers customizable privacy settings that allow teachers to follow the technology policies of their own individual schools or districts.
ExamTime has one overarching goal: to change the way that students learn. The company provides free study tools and encourages good study habits like goal setting, personal learning styles, brainstorming, and collaborative learning — all online.
ExamTime allows students and teachers to build digital flashcards, quizzes, and notes, and to set up goals in preparation for assignments and tests that are still on the horizon. Digital study aides include mindmaps, flashcards, notes, quizzes and more.
Students can access ExamTime on any device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.), and once students have created study tools, those tools can be easily shared with friends.
How have you or your family embraced 21st Century learning skills with your students or children? Do you have a favorite tool for digital literacy? Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page — we’d love to hear from you!