Summary: Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for BYOD, 1-to-1
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Summary: Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for BYOD, 1-to-1
Tech and Learning recently published a well-informed article about internet documentaries. I am enclosing this article for your reference. There is nothing that makes a subject area come to life than actual footage!
Documentaries are used in education all the time to educate and inform students about different nonfiction topics. While there are a ton of sites to choose from,
I've decide to curate this list to make it easier for educators to find what
they are looking for. This list is in alphabetical order.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment.
Here's an excellent place to find free educational videos for your student. Not only is it an easy site to navigate, you'll find everything categorized by subject and rated for age-appropriate levels. WatchKnow is an Academic Learning Coach's lifeline when it comes to topics that may not be easily explained.
"WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them
into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any
registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7.
Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and
age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are
all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new
kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive
response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can
create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the
world." - taken fro
Looking for a test creator as an enrichment tool? Then Gnowledge will be an invaluable tool to help your child in future assessments. This has to be hands down, one of the best collaborative quize/test-creation sites around. This excellent looking site should be one that doesn't fall into the inevitable Internet wasteland due to under use from its patrons.
"Everyone is a student for a time period in one's life. As a student, we
practise exercises, do coursework and sit for exams. This applies to all
students worldwide, regardless of the syllabus. We aim to democratize education
by advocating community-generated content and assessment for every conceivable syllabus worldwide. What does this mean?
We want you to be able to access our whole breadth of exercises and test papers for free! You can search by title, subject, grade, school and/or country, so finding exactly what you need to practise on is easy.
You will also get the opportunity to be an influencer! Share your expertise by creating exercises or test papers and pass these on to others so that they can learn from you too. Anything you publish can be accessed by anyone who logs onto Gnowledge.
We hope to empower you and the world to help yourselves and each other. Let us all democratize education so that we may be better students in academics and in life together." - Gnowledge
If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities.
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color
schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with
your friends." - Wordle
Wiggio is an online tool kit that lets you work in groups easily. You can send emails, text messages, and voice mails. It makes life easier to share files and poles. You can also set up video conferences and keep a shared calendar as well as keep track of your group's tasks and resources.
Wiggio is designed to be easy and straightforward, even for the least
tech-savvy members of your group - it provides everything you need to work
productively in your groups, without bogging you down with complexities and
unnecessary features. Wiggio is currently used by over 100,000 groups,
Here is a valuable site for Academic Learning Coaches. Pause for Later is a God send when trying to organize an already busy lifestyle and aiding your child's education at the same time. With this FREE website you can download videos and pause them when the need arises.
Simply sign up, and download appropriate video content. This way, you can view the material with your child, ask appropriate questions to ensure comprehension and pause it if dinner is calling. Then come back to the exact spot you left off.
Remember, being an Academic Learning Coach can be stressful. You may have added this to your already full plate not realizing the time it demands. Anything you can do to take the stress off will be beneficial to you and your child. Being there only a short time ago reminds me of all the tools I deemed necessary for my own survival. This one is tops!
Wallwisher is an online notice board maker. You can use this tool to make announcements, and keep personal notes. You can further incorporate links, pictures, music, video, and pages. You don't even have to register to do this!
This site could be a valuable resource for you, as an academic learning coach. Allowing a personal communication board between you and your student, you can:
* Make Notice Board
* Bookmark favorite sites
* Discuss in a group with other online learner friends
* Plan event
* Keep notes
* Make lists
* Share videos
* Collect feedback
You are going to love this new article from David Kapular. Flash Cards was an invaluable tool as my child prepared for tests and organization of projects in elementary school. In fact, despite he is in high school, he still completes his test preparation by utlizing one of the flash card sites below. Find your favorite, bookmark it, and use it often!
Flashcards are used by students and
educators every day and are one of the most popular ways to learn a subject or
topic. The internet makes this learning tool even easier through the use of
dedicated websites that allow for flashcard creation, collaboration, and
Qtopia is an online learning platform that offers thousands of ready-to-use
activities, motivating games, avatar features, online homework access with
automatic grading, in-classroom review modes, and the ability for educators and academic learning coaches to use 'as is' or completely customize the learning experience. And, it's FREE. I used this site numerous times as an educator when I wanted to enrich certain subject areas.
The online learning platform gives students access to thousands of ready-to-use activities, motivational games, avatar features, online homework access with auto-grading, in-class review models, and more. Judges appreciated the easy teacher and student interfaces. Just get on, type in a subject area, and learn!
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.