In this series of exploring new trends, I thought it might be worthwhile to post an article about what’s new and what has caught my attention recently. This recent article echoed my thoughts (and a Twitter conversation I had) about how the movement from devices to the use of online space is about to happen. It might be that the Apple cloud is about to burst. It might be that people have had enough of upgrading both the software and/or hardware. In any case, I believe users now want to focus on the quality of sites and apps, rather than the quantity. As a result, I thought a quick list (with links) would show you what I have been impressed with recently. Hope you like it!
Resources = Sites/Apps
1. Using moving image is not new, but being able to crop it, add audio and basically mix it all up is cutting edge. Try EdPuzzle. View the demo to see how easy it is.
2. Want a collaborative platform for writing, you say? Go to MixedInk it.
3. Want to design video games? Gamestar Mechanic. They even offer an online course to get you started.
4. Want to turn your students into reporters? Try Stortify.
5. Interested in creating an online classroom for youself, or mini-learning environments for your students? Stoodle is worth a go. It allows you to store resources and collaborate within the platform. It started as an interactive student network and has blossomed. See what you think.
6. Want something with ‘Pod’ in the title? The award winning GCSEPod makes revision more engaging and accessible. You might also look into NearPod as a means of accessing the mobile devices in your classroom.
7. Want to create cartoons with your class? Try Toontastic. We love it.
If you would like to add any, or if you have a click-fest and want to tell us what interested you, we would love to hear from you!
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