Dropbox is a great tool for educators as a method of saving and sharing your documents in the cloud. The basic version is free. These videos take you through all the essential features and how to navigate the software. Great if you want to share files with your students or easily have access to your content anywhere. Folders can be shared or links can be given to access certain content. There is a desktop app which can be used to drag and drop items and manage your content or you can acces via a browser.
Pinterest is a website that focuses on social bookmarking. It is a visual way of bookmarking or sharing bookmarks, like you would use a corkboard, and it can be useful for project work and collating content. It is a very useful tool for teachers but also very useful for higher level studens, especially those doing EAP, higher level or university level courses. These videos show you how to create boards, add pins, use the Pinterest button and how to follow other pins of interest.
Popplet is a mind mapping tool that students can use collaboratively. Students can create their own mindmaps with images, videos, text etc. It is a great educational technology for organising ideas, getting students to brainstorm and share ideas. The mindmaps can be printed, embedded or shared as links. A great tech tool to use both out of the class and in-class. Students are able to make an account and create up to 10 popplets for free. The first part of these videos take you through the basics. If you are looking for more detailed information then watch the second part too. If you like Popplet you might like other sharing and collabating tools. I also recommend Padlet- Key Online Tool for Teachers
ScoopIt is a curation tool that allows you to collect content from Facebook, Twitter, SlideShare and many other places all into one curated magazine format. It is a fabulous tool for educators which I really recommend. It is a very useful tool for any teacher involved in CPD and can generate a lot of followers. It can also be useful for higher level students too as a way of showing an interest in particular content on one topic.
Slide share is a great resource if you are looking for PowerPoint presentations, handouts and content that other authors have shared and put online. A great technology tool for any teacher involved in CPD, research, publications, presentations and also very useful to higher level students.
One key aspect is finding interesting content, screencasts, PDF files and other work that users have allowed to be made public. Used a lot for conferences and at university settings as content can be quite academic. Embedding of videos is also possible. The other key aspect is uploading your own documents and sharing these with an audience. These videos cover everything you can do with this tech tool.
Today's Meet allows you to have live feeds in lectures, conferences and lessons and is so easy to use. It is one of the easiest technologies to start working with and I have used it extensively in my own teaching and teacher training. It takes just a few minutes to learn to use it. Ideal for higher level classes and adult students. It is useful teacher tool for the classroom. It can be used in the class to collect together student's opinions and ideas all in one place. These can then easily be shared and used for discussions, writing etc. A simple but effective teacher tech tool.
This is a great educational technology tool that allows students to create interactive maps where they can plot the places they have visited and then write about them and add pictures. So ideal for writing but also for getting your students to give presentations based on their presentations. This is a really easy tool to work with. Students can write about a recent school trip, a holiday, a fantasy trip or even track the route of a famous explorer or a rock concert tour. There are loads of ways this tool can be used. Students simply write in the places they have visited and Tripline automatically creates an interactive map. The students can then write about the different places and also add links and pictures. After students can present their maps to the rest of the class. A good fun tool but also a serious and nicely personalised set of writing and presenting opportunities.