Teachers are always looking for ways to improve student engagement, motivation and understanding. The recent GAFE (Google Apps for Education) Summit in Sydney offered a plethora of ideas. Here are my top 3 takeaways:
- 1:1 iPad/computer programs were introduced to give students a voice and an opportunity to make their thinking visible. Check out these tools that can help: socrative.com and croak.it . Also padlet, which I have posted about previously.
- Photospheres – Gain a 360o view of places around the world. Students can also create their own (using an Android phone or iPhone) and upload to Google Maps for the whole world to see.
- Use technology to give instant feedback to students. Try these tools: plickers.com (my class’ new favourite thing!), flubaroo and kahoots.