Artefact 5

Task 2.4  Top Tools for my context

Tool name and access point Key benefits/functionality Suggested application for my context
1.  Google Docs / Drive

https://www.google.co.nz/drive/

 

– great for collaboration and sharing

– don’t have to keep saving

– links to most other tools

– easy to use

– free

As a teacher, I can hyperlink my planning, inquiry, meeting minutes, smart action goals and professional development reflections straight to my teaching portfolio.  Other colleagues can include their contributions if I share my work.

Students can easily share their reflections and work for just in time feedback from peers and teacher.

2.  Google Search

https://www.google.co.nz/

 

– indexes a variety of relevant sites

– offers a variety of file formats

– very easy to use

An excellent tool for ongoing learning, anything can be googled.  Suits students as when searching they don’t have to worry about getting their spelling correct, as long as they approximate what they are looking for.
3.  Dropbox

https://www.dropbox.com/

 

– a free services that allows users to store documents, videos and picture

– allows users to access stored information from anyy device

Dropbox allows me to store readings that I download for my post grad study, and store these for easy retrieval from any of my devices (phone, tablet or computer) even when I am not at home.

Images and videos can be stored and retrieved as well.

4.  Google Classroom

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020279?hl=en

– free web based platform that integrates Google Apps services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar

– easy to use and free

Google Classroom makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.

It saves taking up valuable space in class to display instructions.

As a teacher I can monitor work completion by my students, and provide direct, real-time feedback right in Classroom.

5.  WordPress

https://wordpress.com/

 

– a free, useful tool that can be used as website, blog or portfolio

– offers clean presentation and options to upload material such as images and videos, and link to other work

– plenty of online support is available for ease of use

WordPress can be used with students to set up blogs or webpages that can showcase work done, example with an ESOL group.

It can be used by educators for own blogs or portfolios.

6.  Popplet

http://popplet.com/

 

– a mind/concept mapping tool that allows users to display their thinking in an easy way.

-work can be saved and uploaded onto other tools.  Images can be easily uploaded onto Popplet

– this tool is free

As a teacher I can use Popplet to create simple mind mapping displays.

Popplet can be used by my students to create their own mind mapping displays as it is easy to use.

7.  easel.ly

http://www.easel.ly/

 

– a free infographic creator, with a number of templates to choose from and adapt, or the option of building own infographic

– completed infographics can be saved as .pdf documents and uploaded onto other tools such as WordPress

This is an easy tool that educators can use to create attractive infographics for classroom or personal use.  Infographics can be used to show instructions, learning, announcements, and a variety of other communications.
8.  Weebly

https://www.weebly.com/

 

– Weebly is a useful tool for creating classroom websites, student portfolios, and websites for projects

– the website editor is simple to use, with drag and drop options available

– templates that can be adapted are available

– users can include mutimedia features

Within my context Weebly is mostly useful for presentation of work done to an adult audience, or for collaborative projects and assignments.
9.  You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/

 

– a free online tool for online videos

– videos are easy to upload and share

– video topics are limitless, including music, instructions, software tips, inductions and training

– viewers have the option of sharing and commenting on videos

Within the classroom context You Tube is invaluable as a visual and auditory resource base.

The tool can be used as a presentation tool for viewing, or as a result of production that may be individual or collaborative.

10.  Pinterest

https://nz.pinterest.com/

 

– Pinterest is a social network which allows users to share and comment on visual material.  This material could include photographs, sketches, videos or web pages

– users can collate items that they ae interested in a public space similar to a scrapbook

– emphasis is on social sharing so the content on this site is not subject to copyright

Pinterest is an excellent tool for interacting with other educators by sharing own work as well as having the opportunity to use work created by others without copyright worries.  It ties in with the idea of sharing for learning.  As a user, I have created specific boards where I pin material that I am interested in for retrieval when required, all in an online environment.