18 June 2013

Apps are Not the Only Fruit

Make no mistake - I love my iPads. And I love exploring new apps, considering their range of classroom practices  and personal possibilities. However, they are not the only tools which I find of interest to use in classrooms. There continues to be a wealth of online tools and platforms to explore for learning. 

Zeen, for example, is a fun and quick way to share information in byte sizes. From images to text to videos, it's simple to upload content and share with others. With Zeen, you can easily upload images from Google or connect with Instagram, Facebook, Flickr or Picasa, creating a curation magazine. 

Some may argue that there is little learning in creating and sharing visual content - to which my reply is: in an age of selfies and memes, images have indeed become a social currency.  Integrating them into the learning process is just another aspect of digital literacies. 

Zeen can be used for group projects which are then easily shared; for example, learners can create a magazine which reflects what they have learnt throughout a semester and what they enjoyed the most. 

memofon  is another online tool for mind-mapping and great to use in the classroom. In today's world of multi-tasking and challenges to focus closely, mind-maps are one way to have students focus more closely on a task, especially reading. 

There is a wealth of options to publish content online. PRESSBOOKS is yet one more, with a wider scope of publishing options in 4 simple steps.  

Learning is not a one-size fits all process. Nor are digital tools. 

Introducing digital tools into classrooms does not need to be a complex experience, but one which will indeed enhance the learning process by captivating the  learners' attention. Digital tools provide options which may be tailored to students' needs and interests, giving them a space to interpret information, thus making it meaningful to them.  

Which digital tools will you be considering over summer?

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