Here are some of the tools I use to get away from traditional handouts, worksheets and presentations. By using them over time, and reflecting on pedagogical successes and failures, I can go to them when something needs to be changed in the learning experience.
Although I have categorised them by tool type, they cross over. For example, Nearpod and Quizlet could be used for quizzing on PCs and phones, while mind mapping tools and mood boards can be swapped around.
Furthermore, the majority of these tools are very powerful in students’ hands. For example:- Instead of finishing the lesson by asking students about take always, LearningApps and other quiz tools can be used by students to create their own quizzes and plenaries – Office Mix and Toondoo can replace, or add to, assignments, e.g. students make their own comic book or interactive presentation instead of relying solely on essay submissions- I have also witnessed Childcare students using Tarsias to make activities for their placements
In this way, they cross the levels of challenge (think Bloom’s Taxonomy), making the much-referenced “padagogy wheel” a starting point not a definitive list.
What tools do you use and how? Can they be rethought?
Click here to see this article freely in Issue 45 of the UKEdChat Magazine
@EddieMConlon Lecturer – Belfast
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