Over the last couple months, my peers have been delivering fabulous, tech-based lessons. Many creative ideas and uses for software, apps, and websites have emerged. This blog post is devoted to gathering those tools in one place for my own personal reference, and to share them with the blogosphere.
Without further ado, I present Tech Tools for Teachers:
- Kayak (website) – Good for developing a travel budget, finding low-cost air fair, and giving students a chance to see how much they would need to save for a trip.
- My Student Budget (app) – Gives students a step-by-step guide for how to assess their expenses, profits, savings, etc. It’s more user-friendly than using an excel spreadsheet.
- Planning 10: Finances unit (website) – Created by Perri, Amanda D, Ruth, Brad, and Alison, this site provides an excellent framework to develop a financial planning unit for Planning 10.
- Excel (software) – Students can explore how statistics can be manipulated and represented using the graphing and data display tools. Using a data set, students could try to manipulate data to make a case for opposite sides of an argument. This was exemplified by Drew, Tim P, and Alec in their presentation.
- History Pin (website) – Old photos can be pinned to locations on a Google Map. Street view allows you to see what the current location looks like. Interesting to see land use change, urban expansion, gentrification, and decay. Might also be interesting to think about how a place looked before cameras were available to take pictures.
- BC Archives (website) – Excellent resource for finding primary documents related to BC history.
- GeoGuesser (website) – Super fun and entertaining geography game. You are “dropped” to a location and can navigate through Google street view to try to find out where you are on a map. Quizzes can be created with GeoSettr to give students hints about where they are in terms of the physical geography and/or history of the place.
- SFU Sto:lo First Nation (website) – This fabulous website provides an interactive journey through a pre-contact First Nations village. The website was developed in a partnership between SFU and the Sto:lo First Nation. There are visual, text, audio, and video resources included as you travel through the village.
Julie, Erin C, Martin, and Courtney’s group used a series of apps and websites to complete dissections on a variety of species. These apps allow students to have the chance to practice a low-stakes dissection, learn about functions of body parts, and dissect a variety of animals. Links are posted below.
- Salmon: Think Quest
- Frog: Froguts
- Rat: iPad app – Rat Dissection
- Fetal pig: Carolina Science Online
- Human: iPad app – Human
Environmental Studies and Biology
- Let’s Get Buzzy: A website developed by Jen and Brandon to explore native pollinators, why they are in danger, and what students can do to help the pollinators. Good place to get ideas and resources for a pollinators lesson.
- WikiSpaces (wiki site) – Good for creating a collaborative resource. However, only one person can edit a page at a time.
- Google Docs/Drive – More than one person can edit a document at a time, but this also means things can get a bit wacky with lots of people using one document
- QR Code Generator – To get students active and using their devices, a QR code scavenger hunt can be created by placing QR codes around the classroom or school. Students work through a set of questions, finding QR codes to provide links to helpful information. QR codes can be scanned by any smart phone, linking the user to the corresponding, web-based information.
Please let me know if any other awesome tools were covered! Or if you want to share other tech tools you’ve found. Leave a comment below.