Tools for Creative Writing Tasks

It is always challenging to find stimulus for creative writing tasks.  Here is a list of tools that I found on the Free Technology for Teachers website to help students develop creative writing ideas –

StoryToolz is a collection of useful tools for hesitant writers. There are three tools that students can use to get story ideas: Random Conflicts, Half Title Generator, and Story Idea Generator.

Scholastic Story Starters is a tool for students to create short, creative fiction stories. There are four story themes for students to chose from: fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, and scrambler. When students are finished their story can be printed. Story Starters will work on your PCs and iPads.

Things to Think About is an app that offers 100 writing prompts created by students for students. There are 12 different categories for students to choose from. Each prompt has a picture (drawn by a student) and a short audio recording of a student reading the prompt.

This would be a great starter for students with low literacy capabilities.

Quotes Daddy is a compilation of quotes from famous and not-so-famous people. Each day new quotes are featured on the homepage of Quotes Daddy. If your class has their own blog you can add a Quotes Daddy widget to your blog.

One Word is a writing prompt generator. Students are given one word; they then have 60 seconds to write in the text box whatever comes to their minds regarding that word. The idea is to write sentences relating to the word.

I hope you have found this useful

Yours in ICT

Nell

Reference:

Byrne, R. (2013, September 18). Seven Good Sources of Writing Prompts [Blog Message]. Retrieved from

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/09/seven-good-sources-of-writing-prompts.html#.Uj5uOBYUOfQ

The TIP Model

The TIP Model gives teachers a general approach to addressing the challenges associated with integrating technology into their teaching.

There are 5 phases in the TIP Model –

Phase 1 – Determine the Relative Advantage

Phase 2 – Decide on Objectives

Phase 3 – Design Integration Strategies

Phase 4 – Prepare the Instructional Environment

Phase 5 – Evaluate and Revise Integration Strategies

Each of the five phases outlines a set of planning and implementation stages that support the efficient and successful integration of technology into the learning process (Monroe, 2007).

The following YouTube clip gives a great overview of the TIP model.

Fundamentally, technologies do not improve learning, it’s how the teacher utilises technology that is most crucial. Moreover, the TIP model provides teachers with framework to base their pedagogical integration of technology on (Reyes, n.d.).

Reference:

Reyes, S.G. (n.d.). A Technology Integration Planning (TIP) Model for Teachers. Retrieved from http://bookbuilder.cast.org/view_print.php?book=32768

Monroe, M. (2007). The Technology Integration Planning Model [PowerPoint]. Retrieved from  http://www.slideshare.net/chadvance/tip-model-7405567

Instagram in the Classroom

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I found this inforgraphic on the blog of fellow EDC3100 learner Miss Red.

Here are some of the great ideas for the use of Instagram within the classroom:

Maths

Have students take pictures that show: symmetry, parallel lines, convex, concave, axis, vertices, adjacent, equal, even, odd, perpendicular lines, surface area, angles etc.

Science

Have students take pictures of: ecosystems, acids, air pressure, catalyst, carnivores, habitat, precipitation etc.

English

Have students post pictures of: adjectives, adverbs, their favourite book or character, something that summarises the story, a word, something the main character would like, an appropriate setting for a story etc.

Have the students use hashtags specific to your classroom and tasks so that you and your students can easily find photos that relate to their learning experience.

The options are endless……

Yours in ICT

Nell

Reference:

Lepi, K. (2013, September 2). How to Use Instagram In The Classroom. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/instagram-in-the-classroom-infographic/

Augmentation of Reality

Earlier today I recommended an app called Aurasma.  I later came across a blog post by Wendy Clark entitled “Augmented Reality”.  In her post, Wendy defines the concepts associated with augmentation of reality.

  • Augmented reality: making something come to life
  • Aura: the magic thing that pops up when you hold your device over something
  • Trigger image: the picture you want to make cooler that is just normal (probably something from your camera roll or in your photos)
  • Overlay: the thing you will apply on top of the trigger image (usually a video from your camera roll)
  • Aurasma: a free app to make augmented reality

From Wendy’s post and further exploration of the app, I was able to get a better understanding of its potential application for teaching and learning purposes.

Here is a link to a YouTube clip that shows the app being used in a real teaching and learning context.

I hope this encourages you to further explore this great ICT tool.

Yours in ICT

Nell

Web Tools Teachers & Students Should Know About!

In her blog “ Online resources that engage students!” Miss Red shared a great article “13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About”.

Here are a few of my favourites –

  • Thinglink is a tool that allows students to add content to images.  Students can add text, a link to a website or embed a code for a video to an image.  Moreover, making projects more dynamic and interactive.
  • Aurasma is an app that lets teachers turn objects into QR codes, rather than just a square barcode.  Students hold a device (iPad, iPod) up to an image (i.e. bulldog) and they are then taken to information about bulldogs (website, video, images).  I think that in the early primary years, when students are just beginning to do research assignments and find it difficult to find sources of information on their chosen topic, this tool would be very useful.
  • The Noun Project is a resource for clip art icons.  This resource could save teachers alot of time when they are searching for a specific image (of a noun).

I hope you have found these useful.

Yours in ICT

Nell

Reference:

Schwartz, K. (2013, July 8). 13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About [blog message]. Retrieved from http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/13-free-web-tools-students-and-teachers-should-know-about/

eDidaktik Pedagogical Framework

The eDidaktik pedagogical framework is a model based on the 3 forms of teaching: monological, dialogical and polyphonic.

According to the model, during the planning process, the teacher should reflect on the purpose of teaching, the learning objectives, the students’ prerequisites and the technical prerequisites.  Based on their reflection, the teacher then chooses the best form of teaching.  The teacher then chooses the teaching tools, which best support the chosen form of teaching.

Although it is not part of the course learning material, this framework may be a useful to some, when trying to purposefully integrate ICT in the planning process.

Yours in ICT

Nell

Reference:

Jakob, N. (2013). eDidakit – ICT in Education. Retrieved from http://www.edidaktik.dk/en/

eDidaktik

After following a link from Kate Dugdale’s blog “ Digital tool jackpot”, I have just been introduced to another ICT pedagogical framework and a wealth of digital learning tools.

I will elaborate on the pedagogical framework in another post, but much like Kate, I feel as though I have hit the jackpot with the eDidaktik resources.

The following are a few of the best –

  • MindMup is a mind mapping tool.  It allows students to collaborate online on a shared mind map.  It also has an option to store maps on Google Drive.
  • EtherPad is a writing tool.  It allows the teacher and students to work simultaniously in a simple document.  EtherPad is similar to Google Docs, but it does not require a login.
  • VideoNot.es is a tool that allows you to take notes while watching a movie.  This tool is integrated with Google Drive.

The eDidaktik website is definitely worth a look.

Yours in ICT

Nell

Reference:

Jakob, N. (2013). eDidakit – ICT in Education. Retrieved from http://www.edidaktik.dk/en/