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What is Piktochart?

Piktochart is a web-based infographic website that is easy-to-use while still maintaining a distinct level of professionalism. Users who may not have the same skills or experience as graphic designers can use this tool to create beautiful visual presentations. Based in Malaysia, Piktochart is a freemium site that allows users to pick basic templates and customize them to fit their needs. If more assistance and depth is required, one can also purchase a premium account, which offers a greater variety of templates as well as more extensive formatting options.

How to Use Piktochart in the Classroom: A Complete Guide

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Features

Piktochart is an effective technology tool that can be used in a school environment as well as in a professional environment. One can use Piktochart for course presentations, project visuals, or promotional infographics to create awareness about a topic. This tool is most useful for students who don’t have an extensive background in Photoshop and other graphic designing software.

Creating a Presentation – You can choose between creating an infographic, a presentation, a poster, or report. When clicking on your preferred tool of choice, you can choose between free preset templates provided by Piktochart or start from scratch and customize your own presentation. If you are a paid member, there are many more templates to choose from.

Adding Icons – By clicking on the icon sections of a presentation, you can insert preset cartoons and images that further accentuate and attract attention to your masterpiece.

Adding Visual Tools (graphs, maps, etc) – Tools such as graphs, maps and charts can be added to the infographic to provide a visual representation of information. These graphics can be formatted to fit your unique needs (axis, title, colour, etc.) and add variety to your project.

Exporting Files – Given the option to share and export files through social media networks, evernote, email, or download, a free user has a variety of different ways to distribute their work to the intended audience. Additional methods of exporting are available to paid members such as downloadable PDF format.

 

Why is Piktochart so useful?

Piktochart allows users to consolidate learning through the following methods:

  • Retrieval practice – One will have to recall information previously learned and apply it on their own to fit the needs of their infographic. Creating an infographic through Piktochart may benefit a student by allowing them to further understand the material due to having had phrased it in their own words.
  • Reflection – Depending on the level of ease at which one is able to recall certain components of the learning material, one can gauge the overall grasp of the topic based on seeing which sections are more difficult. Wherever the knowledge does not come as easily to the user, they will know they need more information on it.
  • Elaboration – One can use elements of what has been learned and expand on it by creating a phrase or making an analogy pertaining to that information. By answering questions on an infographic that readers would likely ask, the creator ensures not only creating questions but also answering them in-depth.
  • Mnemonics – Use of visual aids and charts to help retain information in long-term memory and build connections. PiktoChart can also help students learn a new topic by creating visual connections. By using and forming creative connections when looking at or making infographics, the student gains a deeper understanding of the concepts.

 

How can Piktochart be used?

  1. Piktochart can teach students about a new topic by creating an infographic pertaining to new course material, for example, students can learn lessons that can be kept and used for quizzes, tests, or exams.
  2. Piktochart allows students to demonstrate knowledge on a topic in an in-depth manner by elaborating on course material. The extent of this knowledge will allow the teacher to analyze the student’s understanding of the information, able to pinpoint the exact sections where students need improvement.
  3. Piktochart encourages creative application of knowledge for any user, by implementing graphs, charts, maps, and images to the topic at hand, ensuring there is a good understanding of the knowledge and proper consolidation of the information.
  4. Piktochart can be used as a long-term resource in the classroom for key ideas and topics. It is an eye-catching tool that can last a long time and be seen by all who walk by it.

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Nearpod Cheat Sheet

 

Nearpod is an interactive multimedia presentation platform where teachers can share presentations used in classrooms. In presentations, teachers can and keep track of students’ activities and assure students are on the same page as they have the control on which slide is being viewed. Moreover, teachers have the ability to monitor, measure, and receive a better perspective of the students’ understanding by the collected data stored on their accounts. Students, on the other hand, can use Nearpod to follow along with the lesson and submit answers during various activities in real time while also being able to view the answers and results of others when shared with the classroom. Moreover, teachers have the ability to monitor, measure, and receive a better perspective of the students’ understanding.

Nearpod can also be easily accessed on various pieces of hardware such as computers, smartphones, and tablets. Thus, Nearpod provides a technology-based learning environment where blended learning is available and enjoyable amongst both teachers and students.

 

INTRODUCTION TO NEARPOD

 

Features for Teacher Use:

  • Uploading / creating slideshows
  • Embedding videos and other media tools into presentations
  • Accessing, viewing, and annotating PDF files
  • Conducting a live twitter stream
  • Browsing pre-made presentations on the Nearpod database

 

Interactive Features Include:

  • Draw it – students can be given a question and/or scenario and can write/draw on a blank canvas before submitting their work
  • Quiz – multiple choice questions can be given with a minimum of two options for every question so teachers can monitor students’ knowledge and understanding of the presentation
  • Poll – a simple one question poll where teachers can collect data from students with multiple choices given
  • Fill-in-the-blanks – short sentences where teachers can choose which word to remove from the sentence and add into the work bank for students to match
  • Open ended questions – can all be used for a variety of subjects for teachers to collect longer, well thought out answers needing more detail or description from students

Once students submit their answer to specific activities (namely Draw it and the open-ended questions), teachers have the option of sharing some of the student’s responses. This promotes class discussion through the deconstruction and in turn, analysis of the response.

 

Why Nearpod is Useful:

Nearpod provides a balance between hands-on learning through the engagement of student activity) and minds-on learning through the lecture-style presentation. So, enough information is being delivered through the presentation and, students are given the opportunity to apply what they know. In other words, it provides an appropriate ratio between learning and application.

Studies have shown that the average attention span of a human went from 12 seconds to 8 from 2000 to 2013. This is due to the advancement of technology and its stimulation to the brain becoming more frequent in students and people as a whole. Brains require stimulus to keep concentrated. Having said that, lessons used today are modelled after the brains of older generations and are not reconstructed to better suit the newer generation. As a result, Nearpod focuses on the balance between traditional learning and stimulation needed for students to learn and focus in classes

 

Information and Resources (links):

Homepage of Nearpod

Includes different tabs in which users can navigate through the interface of the website.

 

How Nearpod Works

Information page describing the basics of using Nearpod. It also includes multiple slideshows that act as a info/help resource for the many tools Nearpod offers.

 

Nearpod On Youtube

 

 

Adding Nearpod Onto Your Devices:

Chrome Extension Download

Google Play Store Download

Apple Store Download

 

Top Ideas for Use in Education:

  1. As another online presentation platform, teachers can assess their lessons online which allow them to edit/upload from their home as well as automatically save all of their content. This prevents the risk of lost/corrupted/forgotten files that would be detrimental to the lesson.
  2. Pre-made presentations/lessons/introductory activities are also available on Nearpod. Teachers can use them to either introduce the topic of their lesson or review them for a test.
  3. Nearpod is also easily accessible not only on computers, but on mobile devices. This would allow teachers to prepare lessons and have students listen to them whenever and wherever as long as there is internet access. Furthermore, students who are away can easily follow along at home if they choose to which would eliminate the issue of falling behind.
  4. Nearpod is supported by schools as well as districts and therefore has a schoolwide option that includes helpful features. One of these is a tool that allows students to write notes right on the slide that is being displayed during the presentation. This can reduce the amount of paper used to print out slides/write notes and can provide more comprehensive notes as students are referring to specific parts of the slide when they write on them.
  5. The numerous forms of interactive activities Nearpod offers keep students focused and add in diversity from the typical lecture style lesson.
  6. Teachers can assess students’ understanding of the day’s lesson before, after, and during the actual lesson. This can be done through small quizzes, drawing activities, and more. Nearpod collects the data inputted by students and displays them for teachers in real time, allowing them to see who is paying attention or understands the concepts being taught.

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Google Classroom Cheat Sheet

Google Classroom is a platform that allows teachers to host online classrooms. Within these classrooms, teachers can provide feedback, handout assignments, post interactive applications, and create a google drive for the classroom. Google Classroom enables teachers to create their own functional website without the need of outside IT assistance. The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review and mark assignments quickly, all in one place.  Students are added to the classroom by their teachers or by entering a course code. Students can post onto the classroom webpage, communicate with their peers through comments and hand assignments in electronically. Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive. Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Google Classroom creates an environment where blended learning is made possible and easy.

Features:

Google Drive – By creating a classroom, a google drive is automatically created for the class. This allows teachers to be able to share Power Points, Excel sheets, and Word documents with students. This will allow students access to all important classroom information when studying.

Google Calendar- When a student is enrolled in multiple google classrooms, the google calendar collects all the due dates and test dates from their courses, and uses the information to create a unique calendar for every student.this is particularly useful because it gives the student something tangible to see their scheduled on. Ultimately, this will help the student manage their time more effectively.

Online Assignments & Quizzes- Through google classroom, assignments can be handed in electronically and quizzes can be taken online. This reduces the amount of paper used in classrooms and reduces the changes of assignments/quizzes being lost by teachers or students.

Grading – Google classroom has a downloadable mark book for teachers which allows teachers to stay more organized and allows for backups to be made in the case that something should happen to the teacher’s copy.

Mobile Application- There’s a phone application that allows students to keep in touch with their classroom assignments and activities. No functionality is lost going from computer to phone, which allows google classroom to remain useful in different platforms.

Communication – Announcements can be posted by teachers to the class stream which can be commented on by students allowing for two-way communication between the teacher and students. Students can also post to the class stream but won’t be as high of a priority as an announcement by a teacher and can be moderated easily. Multiple types of media from Google products such as YouTube videos and Google Drive files can be attached to announcements and posts to share content. Gmail also provides email options for teachers to send emails to one or more students in the Google Classroom interface.

Resources for Getting Started:

 

App Store Download: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/google-classroom/id924620788?mt=8

Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-classroom/mfhehppjhmmnlfbbopchdfldgimhfhfk?hl=en

Links:

Resources from Google:

Google Classroom Help

Google Classroom FAQ

Google for Education Help Forum

Educator-Created Resources:

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

Remind App + Google Classroom

3 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Pros & Cons

Possible Educational Uses:

  1. Teachers can prepare all of their classroom assignments and test dates in advance. This helps classroom work stay on track throughout the school year.
  2. Teachers can post activities and educational tools that can help consolidate material that was learned in class.
    • Lesson sets allows teachers to consider their students on an individual basis. Multiple apps and links can be shown that allow students to work on different skills. This forms well rounded students and puts learning at the fingertips of the students.
  3. Allows for teachers to try flipped classrooms. Lesson sets and YouTube videos in conjunction with each other allows for students to learn a lesson at home, and then complete work and answer questions in class. Google Classroom allows for teachers to customize and try out a flipped classroom. Quizzes can even be added in after completion of a lesson to check a students understanding of the material.
  4. Students can use the website to stay organized and up to date with assignments and test dates. Since Google Classroom diminishes the need for paper handouts, students are not risking losing important work because it is all online for them to access.
  5. While there is not a live chat system, students can ask questions and comment on posts on the webpage. This opens up opportunities for collaborative learning outside of allocated classroom time.
  6. Students can allow post onto the classroom’s drive, which encourages the sharing of study notes come evaluation time, once again allowing for collaborative learning to take place.

 

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Quizlet Cheat Sheet

Quizlet Overview 

Quizlet is an online study tool that allows users to create flashcards and tests, play study games, and share their information sets with others. It allows teachers to organize their revision resources in an electronic way, and the Quizlet Classroom gives them a presence with students outside of school. Using this website, students can participate in blended learning, and access studying materials made by teachers and peers from home. There are also apps available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, as well as a Chrome extension to allow the user to take full advantage of the studying features. Ultimately, Quizlet’s mission is to make learning fun and engaging for users of all ages.

Features of Quizlet 

Creating Sets

The user can create their own study set with terms and definitions, or they can save time and find a premade set using the built-in search filters. Using the auto-define feature, the user can speed up the creating process and select definitions from other people’s sets. Content from any word processor can be imported directly into the set, and pictures can also be added for a more in-depth studying experience. All study sets can be printed in various flashcard formats.

Study and Game Modes

Quizlet offers six interactive studying modes including the basic Flashcards option, Learn, Speller, Test, Scatter, and Space Race. For high school students, Flashcards, Learn, and Space are particularly helpful. Flashcards are ideal for reviewing the material or consolidating it by listening to audio. The Learn tool allows the student to enter the definition based on the term (or vice versa), and is powerful for recall practice and tracking answer accuracy. Lastly, Space Race enhances quick retrieval by testing the user’s ability to type in terms/definitions as prompts scroll across the screen.

Organizational Features

Quizlet’s self-test features (Learn, Speller, Test, Space Race) monitor the user’s progress and record frequently missed concepts. Students can then “star” these terms (or any other ones they are having difficulty with), and study them separately. As well, study sets can be grouped into folders to allow for better organization and easier searching on the web. A bookmarking feature is available to save study sets created by other people.

Classroom Feature

Using the Quizlet Classroom, teachers and students can create a fun and educative space for their classes. A teacher can have full control over the material available in the group, and create flashcards for their students to use. Alternatively, the students can also be allowed to edit the content, and share their own sets to the Classroom. Classmates can compete against one another using the Top Scores feature available for Space Race and Scatter. A teacher who already has a Google Classroom set up can also easily link it with a Quizlet class, and invite their students directly from the Google Classroom.

Sharing Sets

Quizlet encourages students to study with one another. Using the Share feature, students can share their created study sets with friends through an existing Quizlet Classroom, Google Classroom, email, or through social media websites. Most sets on Quizlet are public and can be easily found by entering in keywords. However, sets can also be changed to be password protected, or only accessible through a direct link. There is also the option of making the set visible to only the creator.

Quizlet Plus & Quizlet Teacher

For the most part, Quizlet is a free online resource. However, upgrading to Quizlet Plus allows access to powerful bonus features such as voice recordings, uploading specific images, unlimited set creation, and an ad-free Quizlet experience. There is also the option of Quizlet Teacher for teachers, which provides a Class Progress feature to monitor where students are struggling, and unlimited class creation.

 

Links 

Information and Resources from Quizlet

Testimonials of Quizlet in Education…………………………………………………………………………………………………

 https://quizlet.com/everywhere

Quizlet’s Quick Help…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

.https://quizlet.com/help  

Quick Start Guide for teachers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

https://quizlet.com/teachers

Educator-Created Resources

How to Optimize Your Quizlet Teaching Experience……………………………………………………………………….

http://billcprice.com/futureimperfect/2013/02/11-ways-to-supercharge-your-teaching-with-quizlet-com/

How Quizlet Makes Studying Fun………………………………………………………………………………………………..

http://technologytips4teachers.blogspot.ca/2012/10/quizlet-makes-studying-fun-period-added.html

 

 

Possible Educational Uses

1).Teachers can create flashcards and find previously made sets to share with students. This can reinforce content that has been taught and replace practice worksheets for test revision.

2). Students can study for assessments with peers by sharing folders personally or in a Quizlet Classroom.

3). Students can use Quizlet as a replacement for regular note-taking. They can type the key points onto flashcards and then share the set with the teacher if necessary.

4). Teachers can ensure that students are understanding the new material by testing or engaging students using the Quizlet studying modes.

5). Students can search for Quizlet sets and quiz themselves to expand their knowledge on a certain topic or subject. This incorporates Elaborative learning into the classroom.

 

By: Alyssa Dai & Winnie Shi

 

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