Sometimes students need a little help when they get home: a quick reminder about what you covered in class, a go-to list, or a heads-up about what’s coming up tomorrow. Here are 3 easy tools you can use to help them out at home.
Storify is a drag-and-drop tool that you can use to create and share a list of various inputs (links, tweets, audio clips, video) all in one spot. You can use it to recap your day or share a list of resources for students to use. Add some text, drag and drop some links and you’re done:
You can share or embed the URL into whatever platform you use. And, since the learning curve is about 5 minutes, you can even have students use it during class to gather their ideas into one list. Give it a go!
Screencast-O-Matic is perfect for screen recording and/or recording yourself talking. All you do is download the recorder then record. Seriously. It’s so easy to use that you can be up and running in minutes.
Here’s how to create a video. When you’re done, simply save it to your computer or upload to YouTube.
My Simple Show
My Simple Show is a nice tool for step-by-step tutorials for you as well as your students. As the name says, it’s a simple white board function. You add words to explain your topic, then wipe-off the screen and move to the next step. Simple Show offers other benefits too, most notably critical thinking help via templates. The templates outline the thought process so you can storyboard your presentation. Another perk: a built-in narrator for those of us who’d rather not hear our own voices. (See my Screencast-O-Matic above.)
There are a few downsides. Oddly, My Simple Show is more complicated than Screencast-O-Matic, although it does provide short explanations for each step. And, sadly, many of the best features such as being able to use your own voice or change narrators (the free narrator is a tad monotone-ish) cost an additional fee. Nevertheless, it’s a good, easy tool that you or students can learn within a single period of the school day. Here’s one I created today while I was learning how to use it:
Granted, it’s not going to win any awards. But, it does show you how easy it is to use My Simple Show to collect, organize and publish information.
Do you have favorite tools to recap your day? Let me know!