Saturday, January 28, 2012
10 Web 2.0 Tools for Recording Learning
I first started to think about what these teachers might be doing now to record learning, and then thinking of some ways that technology could transform this. For example with the music and language teachers I would think that being able to make an audio recording of the children speaking or the music that they compose and play would be interesting, whereas with the PE teachers they might be more interested in recording movies of the students doing something in the gym or outside. Here are some ideas of what I think the teachers might like to do, with some of the tools that I think could help them.
Photos + Audio: I could imagine this would be useful for all the specialists so that they could photograph the students doing something and then record the students reflecting on what they were doing. Tools that I will suggest to them will include VoiceThread and Fotobabble.
Graphics + Text: I've used this with our German department before with the students making comic strips and adding speech on as text bubbles. I think a great tool for this is Bitstrips.
Animation + Audio: Again I think this might be very useful for our language teachers so I will suggest a text to speech tool such as GoAnimate. I know there are a variety of accents - not sure about German though.
Presentation + Video: Many teachers might take short videos of the students performing something. This could be a particular movement in gymnastics, a musical piece they are playing on an instrument or some kind of skit in German. I'm interested in how the teachers could then have the students send these to our school's iMovie account in order to embed these videos into some sort of presentation tool. Good examples of tools that are easy for them to use might include SpicyNodes, Prezi and Glogster.
Video + Text + Audio/Music: Perhaps the teachers might like to make a video of photos that they can add text to and even voice-over or music in the background. Recently our Grade 2 students used Animoto to put all their art pieces together with the music they composed in GarageBand together. Another example of a tool we're about to start using with our Grade 4 and 5 students is WeVideo as we are having them make book review movies based on their literature circle books.
So that's 9 tools. What do you think I've missed out? What else would you recommend me to introduce to our specialist teachers so that they can better record student learning?
If you would like to read the follow up to this post and the presentation made at our staff meeting about the various tools, please click here.
Photo Credit: Rainbow in my living room by Daniela Hartmann