What's in my Toolbelt? My Toolbox: 1/12/2021
On Episode 52 of EduDuctTape, Jake Miller discussed how when we look at all the technology tools available to us, it can be overwhelming. It's like walking into a hardware store. With so many options, it can be hard to find what you are looking for. Sometimes, you need to narrow that search, in order to find what best fits your needs.
He discussed certain tech tools being on our toolbelt- we use them all the time. There are other tools we use less often, but take them out as needed- those tools would be in your toolbox. There are still lots of great tools out there that we might not use, but that's okay.
So with that thought in mind, I thought I'd share my toolbelt and toolbox tech tools in this post.
My Technology Toolbelt
My technology toolbelt has changed quite a bit over the years. In the past two years, I have really worked to refine it. To make "my toolbelt," a tool needs to be very versatile and provide students with opportunities to learn and process information anywhere and anytime.
Flipgrid: It is no secret that I am a huge Flipgrid fan! I love how Flipgrid's video based discussion board allows students to share their thinking anywhere and anytime. Flipgrid is not only versatile, but gives students opportunities for student to student interactions something that all of our students need in our current educational settings. In my 4/23/2019 post, I share my Flipgrid journey- check that out.
2. Google Slides: I believe that Google Slides is one of the most versatile programs out there. Not only can you use it to present, but there are so many more uses. One of my favorite ways to use Google Slides is for collaborative slide decks. I love how this use allows students to see each other's thinking and comment on it. Another great use is the linking feature. My students have used this feature to make an app like experience (Thanks Micah Shippee for the suggestion) and Choose Their Own Adventure books. Google Slides also offers a great way to share video ad free and edit as needed. These are some of my favorite ways, but there are so many more.
3. Pear Deck: Pear Deck takes the power of Google Slides to a new level. I love how these interactive questions give every student a voice. This has been extremely vital in our current educational setting. In last week's post, I shared the amazing ways my staff has been using this awesome tool.
4. Wixie: Wixie, like Google Slides, is a fantastic kid-friendly creation tool for students in elementary school. Its easy interface combined with royalty free images, photographs and sounds make it a great way for students to share their learning. Like Google Slides, it also allows collaboration and now you can even add video into your projects. In my 3/19/2019 post, I share all the great things Wixie can do!
5. Padlet: I have a love/hate relationship with Padlet. I love all the amazing things that Padlet can do, but wish that it wasn't freemium. Luckily, this year, my school has a Padlet Backpack subscription. Like many of these tools, I love how it helps students to interact with each other and see each other's thinking. Padlet allows many ways for students to respond video, audio, text, and drawings and gives students choice and voice as they respond. The variety of formats make this tool one that you can use so many different ways.
My Technology Toolbox
So many tech tools, so little time- but these tools are golden. Definitely check them out. Also, please subscribe to my blog below. There are big transformations coming to TannenbaumTech in 2021 and I can't wait to share them with all of you!