Monday, 15 April 2013


Cloud tools AnswerGarden is a feedback tool, I use in my classroom. You can use it as an educational tool or as a creative brainstorming tool, or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook. I often starts my lessons with a question. You create an AnswerGarden by entering a topic on the “Create New AnswerGarden-page”. Then you'll be redirected to your newly created AnswerGarden. Since no-one has posted an answer yet, your AnswerGarden will still be empty. The next step is to share your AnswerGarden. Use it live in the classroom,or place embed your AnswerGarden on your blog, site or social network page, using the provided embed code or post a direct link to your AnswerGarden on email it to friends. As your AnswerGarden draws attention people will start posting their answers to your question, either by entering their own answers or by clicking on and submitting existing answers. These are then represented in your AnswerGarden in the form of a growing “word cloud”. AnswerGarden is for anyone interested in using an easy and powerful way to get feedback from a group. AnswerGarden is used by teachers to establish the knowledge level of a class on a certain topic. It is used at to break the ice with the audience in a fun and interactive fashion. AnswerGarden is used by teachers for digital brainstorming sessions. Teachers who maintain websites and blogs use it to poll their visitors in a brief and to-the-point matter. You can also import your AnswerGarden into a beautiful wordcloud in WORDLE. The pupils are anonymous and that’s the best part in communication. SOCRATIVE is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. The apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Teachers login through their device and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Students simply login with their device and interact real time with the content. It is very engaging. You assessment with: Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file. Present students with a Multiple question and see the results populate the bar chart as students select their answer. Ask a True/False question, see the results, and discuss the choices as they come to life on the screen. Gather open ended responses to any question you ask, called Short answers. Instantly project the student responses and then let students vote on the content. Storybird is a visual storytelling tool. Used by writers, of all ages. It is easy to sign up for a free account. Story Bird provides an opportunity to create the most imaginative written stories alone or jointly with others on a number of images. These stories are a kind of virtual books which can then be shared with family, friends or the whole world if you want it. You can also choose not to share it with anyone at all. It is currently only enjoy books on Story Bird through a web browser, but soon will be able to print the books, or read them in a smooth way of their mobile phone. As a teacher you can create an account for that your pupils can use altogether, and you can work with their stories written to pictures along the process. Teachers find Storybird inspirational. The fine illustrations inspire students to write. The more they write, the more they read. It is simple and easy, making Storybirds. Students focus on writing as a result and teachers, in turn, can focus on teaching. The social point of view, students can share and comment on each other's work, bolstering confidence and skill, within a private and safe environment. And it is shareable, stories can be embedded on blogs, shared via email, downloaded, printed. Storybird just works for teachers and pupils, from the art to the written text. Everything works so easy because your work is so fun. Quizlet is a learning, memorization tool for language. It is easy to create an account as a teacher and share it on your blog with your pupils. In the mode Speller, he pupils can type what they hear from an automated text-to-speech voice. The pupil types the answer and if it is correct they move to the next answer. If the answer is wrong the program spells it for you and tells you to type again in the correct spelling. You must type the word two times before you learned it. Flashcards, this mode is shown automatically on the main page and it is a simple flash card study method. One side of the card is shown, and clicking on the “flipbutton” which shows the other side of the card. You can show both sides at the same time in two divided screens. If you want to shuffle the order of the flash cards, you can too. In the Learn-mode the definitions are shown on the same page. You can see the flash cards feature in full screen define the other. Pupils are tested to find one with the other. Incorrect answers are recycled until the user gets it right. The Test-mode lets the pupils create randomly generated tests through selecting options to customize a test so that the pupils learn. The Scatter is a matching game where terms and definitions are randomly scattered around the screen. The Spaece-race is a mode that allows players to test their typing skills while memorizing. The object of this mode is to kill the matching word before the scrolling word leaves the screen. The teacher embed the Quizlet on for example a school-blog and the pupils can practice language learning from any computer at any time because they only need a browser for the rest is in the cloud. I use quizlet and recommend it to other teachers in language learning. Pupils enjoy quizlet and these kind of exercises because they can practice in many different ways at any time they want.

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