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Post-It Plus

Ed Tech Tours - iOS Apps

 

Join us as we check out Post-It Plus, an iOS App that lets you organize information or ideas using post-it notes and then slurp them (Tron style) into the app and onto digital board.

It’s a simple but powerful tool that bridges the gap between the analog and digital world, allowing ultimate manipulation.

Ed Tech Tours – Practical uses of Padlet in the Classroom

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Have you tried Padlet yet?

If you haven’t, Padlet is a free virtual website that works on any device.  Students can post comments, files, pictures, and video on a virtual corkboard.  A padlet takes just a few minutes to set up and can enhance student discussion and collaboration.

The two articles linked below offer practical ways for teachers to use padlet in their classroom.

In the Free Technology for Teachers blog, Richard Byrne describes 5 ways low-prep ways to use Padlet, including as a KWL chart.  Using the virtual website allows you to keep a permanent record that can be referred to again and again, and is easy for shy students, ELL students, and struggling students to contribute.

The Education World article describes 5 additional ways a teacher could use Padlet in the classroom.  I love using it for book or article reviews.  Students can post favorite quotations, summaries, ask questions, describe key details, post relevant pictures, etc.

Padlet Tour from Tech Tosa

 

Intrigued yet?  One final thought – Carrie Reckling describes how she uses Padlet in the New Tools podcast, and she also mentions a similar technology tool, lino, that offers some different features, including different colors of “sticky notes”.

Do you have a unique or effective way you use either of these tools?  If so, please leave a comment and let us know!

 

Ed Tech Tour – Newsela

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If you love news and you love having your students read the news, you should check out Newsela.com. It’s a web tool that takes articles from McClatchy-Tribune papers (like the Seattle Times) and rewrites them in multiple reading levels. Users can then easily adjust the reading level.

To help you see what it can do, we created a quick Ed Tech Tour. Check it out below.

Ed Tech Tours – Newsela from Tech Tosa