Diigo

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What is Diigo?

Diigo is a free social bookmarking, research, and knowledge sharing tool that allows both teachers and students provide a network for sharing and discovering information. One can access a Diigo from any electronic device connected to the internet.

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Diigo’s Features and Uses:

Diigo can be used as an educational review. Diigo allows us to take personal notes, highlight important information on different websites, bookmark and save the information for further review, while adding tags to keep everything organized. In addition, you can also share your information with other people (students, group members). In addition, all information is saved online and anyone can read it from any electronic devices such as computers, cellphones, ipad and so on.

-Highlighting important information:

 

-Bookmarking websites

 

-Writing personal notes:

 

-Annotation, saving and sharing information with other people:

 

-Accessing from any electronic devices:

 

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Why is Diigo so useful?

Diigo uses a variety of learning strategies:

Spaced practice: This can be used by students to take notes for material learnt in class. Therefore, we are able to go and review the same material anytime to store it into a long-term memory.

Elaboration: Students are able to make connections between new acquired knowledge and notes written on their Diigo page.

Mnemonic (both visual and verbal):

Visual- Students can look at pictures uploaded with other information for better understanding. It is also easier to remember the information.

Verbal– Reading written information out loud from Diigo page to remember the material well.

Generation: Applying written notes in different contexts.

 

 Top 5 Educational ways to use a Diigo:

1)Taking  personal notes about class material that will later help you to get ready for assignments, tests and quizzes.

2)Sometimes students are confused about material learnt in class. However, by using Diigo, we can do more research about the same material, highlight them and save it on our Diigo page for better understanding the lesson.

3)If one of your classmates missed a day and need notes, you can help them by sharing  your notes  througth Diigo.

4)Sometimes, students lose some work, because of having many papers. However, Diigo saves all our work. Therefore, we will never be afraid to lost our notes.

5) Students are able to access from any electronic devices and this is very important, because we are not always able to use computers during , especially when we have 5 minutes before the test and we want quickly read our notes.

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We Heart Piktochart!

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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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Moovly!

What is Moovly?

Moovly is an interactive online platform that allows individuals to create intricate animated videos and presentations. “Moovs” can be created to a voiceover or simply timed in correspondence to a speech or lesson. Moovly provides an extensive library of animated visuals which will keep an audience engaged. Moovly is accessible by computer and can be shared to other Moovly users, Facebook, or YouTube.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of how Moovly can be used!

 

To create an account for Moovly (https://www.moovly.com/en/login)

2) How to use Moovly effectively?

Watch this video to learn the basics of Moovly! 

3) Features & Uses

Moovly can be used by students and teachers in order to present using a visually creative and engaging presentation. It allows educators to create presentations that embrace minimal text and include animations that enhance the learning experience. Telling a story, representing a statistic, and explaining real world scenarios becomes much more engaging with the animating capabilities of the program. The potential  to pre-record a voiceover offered by Moovly creates a complete video presentation that can be shared and viewed anytime and anywhere. Moovly also offers a user friendly interface that does not require any multimedia skills to use.

→ Moovly and Learning Strategies

  • Reflection- Creators must reflect on the content of their presentation when they create their Moov and add engaging and relevant visual elements.
  • Elaboration- Creators will have to elaborate more specifically on the main topic of the presentation in order to find suitable animations which will represent components of the main topic. Presenting visual organizers such as tables, graphs, or charts also require further elaboration since Moovly focuses on a visual approach and makes verbal explanation of the visuals extremely important
  • Mneumonics- The visual heavy approach to presenting allows audience members to recall visual cues which correspond to the verbal explanation given by the presenter. This enforces knowledge and creates retrieval cues.  

4) Top 3 educational uses for Moovly

  1. Moovly can be used by teachers to create an enjoyable lesson on any subject matter. By illustrating important topics with animations and graphics, students will be more engaged and will be able to recall the lesson’s material better as a result. Students will also be able to generate more ideas about the topic with the help of visual aids and they will be able to create stronger connections with the topic.
  2. Moovly can be used to create a short animated video as an introduction to a presentation. By creating an animated introduction with the help of a variety of animations and themes provided by moovly, the attention of the entire class will be captured and the rest of the presentation will be more effective – having a longer lasting effect on students.
  3. Moovly can be also be used to turn typically boring information into a fun learning experience by making infographic videos, which can communicate facts such as statistics, formulas, and scientific theories through animation.

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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:

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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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The Ins and Out of Kahoot

What is Kahoot?

Kahoot is an online platform which can be used to create assessments such as quizzes, polls and discussions. Kahoot is interactive and engaging. One can access a Kahoot from any electronic device connected to the internet using a pin code, which can be found on the presenter’s screen. Kahoot is a customizable and fun tool that can be used in various group settings.
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The Basic Guide to Using Kahoot (Cheat Sheet: an informative guide on how to use basic Kahoot features)

To log onto the Kahoot dashboard

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How to use Kahoot effectively?

Kahoot’s Features & Uses:

Kahoot can be used as an educational review, either at the end of a lesson or on it’s own. As Kahoot is interactive and competitive, it allows students and teachers to gauge their understanding through the learning strategy of calibration. As well students who are typically too shy to answer or are not engaged will want to participate since the results are based on a user name and only highest scores are shown.

Kahoots can be used by presenters in poll mode, to reflect on how students are comprehending their lessons. Teachers can see anonymously how the class is feeling about the lesson and use it to adjust their lessons to the needs of the masses.

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Ghost mode can allow students to repeat the same assessment (possibly before and after a lesson) so students can see their progression in timing and accuracy. Teachers can also use this mode in between classes to compare similarities.

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The person who conducted the Kahoot can download the results, by doing so they can see general trends in learning as well as see who is struggling without accessing them for marks.

Kahoots are fun for all! Who doesn’t love to compete? They are also a great way to make students pay attention during presentations.

Review with Kahoot! Did you know you can do more than just make Kahoots? You can find them on the web as well! To do so just search under public Kahoots the level, category or topic and you can access thousands of Kahoots.

Kahoot encourages learning in a collaborative setting. Although students are competing many will work together and teach each other when there are gaps in their understanding.

Why is Kahoot so useful?

Kahoot uses a variety of learning strategies:

  • Generation Learning – In the age of technology learning on the web is the only way to maintain the attention of the young. By using one’s phone it prevents students from using their phone for other devices in class, keeps the audience focused and entertained and allows students to demonstrate/practice their knowledge. Additionally with thousands of Kahoots online, students can use this website as a study tool for practicing many different questions.
  • Calibration – The art of judging where you are at. As humans, we suck at this. However with the test students can see how well they would do in a mock test trial. At the end the student’s results are shown and they can compare their ranking to the rest of the class. This exercise will also help students understand where they can improve.
  • Reflection– This can be used for both the teacher and the student. The students can reflect on how they felt taking that test. Was it easy? Did it feel natural? Were there areas you struggled in? Teachers can use it to get feed back about their presentation and see what they need to improve upon.
  • Retrieval Practice – Kahoots cause students to recall the information that they have learnt and apply it to answer questions. By using a Kahoot it allows for retrieval practice to better prepare students for assessments. Additionally as Kahoot is similar to the style of a typical assessment, students can create ques to help them recall consolidated information.

 

Top 5 Educational ways to use a Kahoot:

  1. Kahoots are useful for teachers to test students prior knowledge, judging on time and results (which can be further analyzed after downloading). By starting off a lesson with a Kahoot teachers can see what skills need to be built upon and later use the same Kahoot to see how much information was absorbed
  2. Kahoot can be used before a test as an engaging form of review. This will allow students to use calibration to see which topics they need to further expand upon. Additionally it allows students to see similar questions to the ones on their test.
  3. Kahoots can be used for teachers to gather feedback. By creating a Kahoot survey teachers can get anonymous feedback, with controlled options. This feedback can be used after a lesson or unit to ask about students preferences, enjoyment, engagement, or confidence in a subject. This is useful for teachers when they offer extra help.
  4. Kahoot can be used to encourage participation. Many students too shy to participate by raising their hands can feel a sense of security when they answer online. Additionally Kahoots are fun and competitive so everyone can get involved.
  5. Kahoot can be used for student collaboration, again by assessing students in groups some students who are too shy or do not feel they need extra help can work with others to solve harder problems. These harder problems will allow the “stronger” students to practice and the students having more difficulty to learn how these problems are solved and work with others if they have any questions.

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