I have been an on again off again fan of SNL, but will admit I like the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy thus the title. However, I always wonder if my humor is too old for the #sstlap crew. My answer may lie in the fact I took a few sentences to explain the humor of the title...
This week I want to focus on creation tools. How do we allow students to present their ideas and thinking? How do we stretch our thinking to go beyond the typical methodologies that we have have done when we were in school.
I came across a post by Ryan O'Donnell this week that I have shared with my colleagues and wanted to share it with you as well. I will share the post and resources in a bit. Tonight's topic isn't just about his set of tools, but rather looking at a variety of tools and coming up with ways we can use those tools to create products. So I will give you a list of tools and resources, some you may know, others maybe new and you will brainstorm projects that you could see your students using this with. This topic is kind of a combination of my exposure to Ryan's post and having read Quinn Rollin's book Play Like a Pirate and all of the great ideas in there.
1. How can your students use Google Slides to present what they know? What projects would you use the following: a. Time Magazine b. Facebook c. Comic Books d. any of the other templates
2. How can students use voice recording software like Twistedwave.com, Vocaroo, Voki or audacity to create a product of learning? What specific project(s) would you create for them?
3. What project(s) would you have students use a video editor like iMovie or WeVideo to create products of their learning?
4. What content would you connect to a storybook creator like storybird or storyjumper or a comic strip creator like toontastic?
5. What project would best fit the use of animated video like a Telagami or GoAnimate where students can have animated figures act out their ideas?
6. How can you incorporate things like Legos, action figures or dolls, or other toys to create a learning opportunity? Be specific in topic and activity that you could use - steal from Quinn's book if necessary!
7. How can you update the idea of Maps and Timelines? What are some ways you can use upgraded maps like Google My Maps or one of the online Timeline products in your curriculum?
8. What other tools have you used and how have you integrated them into your content to provide students with engaging learning opportunities?