Tools I Love…And Use!

Click below to access suggestions and ideas on how to use the following tools to engage your learners! The list will continue to grow, so check back or let us know what tool you may want to try but need support in doing so.

VoiceThread – great tool to use for asynchronous instruction and to create interactive presentations. Learners can respond via text, voice, or video. This is also a great alternative to discussion boards – allow students to discuss and respond to questions via VT. In addition, VoiceThread offers a great way for learners to collaborate and create presentations or portfolios!

PowToons – fairly simple way to present a short story with animation in a fun and engaging way; learners can use it to show their learning and teachers/employers can use PowToons to get across a message in a fun and engaging way.

PearDeck – excellent tool for both asynchronous and synchronous instruction. During asynchronous instruction, PearDeck allows for a way to engage students, formatively assess students, and share student responses. Learners receive takeaways and a document where they can add reflections and continue learning about the topic.

Padlet – this tool is easy to use, students do not need accounts to add to a class padlet; The padlet offers collaboration and an easy way for learners to share comments, pictures, documents with each other.

Kahoot – quick and easy way to engage students and formatively assess students. Learners can also create their own Kahoots or team Kahoots and share with each other; Learners of all ages enjoy playing and engaging in learning this way.

Google Tools – fantastic way to co-construct knowledge, share, engage, and collaborate. Learners can work between courses or sections and even continue with engaging in the content after the official course is over. Teachers can use these tools to collaborate and share ideas and resources with each other.

Synchronous Sessions and Resources – learners want to be engaged in learning and active synchronous sessions do just that. Many of the tools described above can help to make synchronous sessions interactive and engaging. Breakout sessions are fantastic to use to ensure learners have time to discuss, share ideas, and collaborate in small groups.

Universal Design for Learning – Every learners’ brain is different and learners do not have one style of learning but the brain networks work together to function and help learners learn. It is important to vary your teaching to meet the varying needs of your learners. Here are some ways to ensure you set up an environment that is universally designed.