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WordPress – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Course Creation Tool

Website: www.wordpress.com
Price: Free (but may be costs involved depending on themes/plugins used)

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Originally best known as a blogging tool when it was first established, WordPress ranges from simple websites, to portals and enterprise websites, and even mobile applications; many of which include useful educational content. Given the versatility of WordPress, it has endless possibilities as an educational tool.

3 Reasons to use WordPress in the Classroom:

  • Easy-to-use administrator panel. When it comes to WordPress, you don’t have to be an expert. Every element is arranged on the sidebar as menus and submenus. All you have to do is choosing the right one and acting accordingly.
  • Better Search Engine Visibility – Unlike any other CMS, WordPress holds the first position for better search engine friendliness.
  • Availability of Plugins and Themes – You can customize your e-learning site as per your needs. Choosing the right theme minimizes your effort in personalization of your site, meanwhile you can use plugins to enhance the functionality of your website.

Here are just a few of the possibilities with WordPress:

  • Drag and drop uploading of photos
  • Using responsive themes makes your website mobile ready for teachers and learners on the go
  • Teachers can also use WordPress mobile applications to create and publish course content from wherever they are.
  • WordPress is fully integrated with popular social networking sites, it’ll be easy for your social media savvy students to share your information across the internet
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Interested in finding out more about WordPress and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.

3. Get Started with WordPress

For 95% of users, it makes more sense to use WordPress.org also known as self-hosted WordPress. Why? Because it is free to use, you can install plugins and customize your site design etc

4. Action - WordPress plugin demo

Now that you know all about WordPress – here is a little quiz which demos the quiz tool and will also help you text your knowledge of the tool !

Ted Ed – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Course Creation Tool

Website: www.ed.ted.com
Price: Free and Premium Versions available

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TED is a global community that is passionate about the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. TED Ed is the education wing of TED and is committed to creating lessons worth sharing. It has an extensive library of lessons where carefully curated educational videos are available.

The TED-Ed platform allows users to take any TED Talk, TED-Ed Lesson or educational video and easily create customized questions and discussions around the video. Users can then distribute these lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class or an individual student.

3 Reasons to use Ted Ed in the classroom:

  • Educators can choose lesson videos from a bank of videos on Ted Ed -subject categories include Arts, Literature and Language, Business and Economics, Health, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religion, Social Studies, Psychology, Science and Technical subjects and Thinking and Learning.
  • Ted Ed offers a complete lesson plan structure – the THINK feature offers educators the opportunity to ask questions and test learners comprehension of the lesson topic, DIG DEEPER offers educators the opportunity to provide extra reading and resources while the DISCUSS feature facilitates class discussions and peer learning
  • One of the most powerful features that TED-Ed offers is the ability to track and measure various forms of engagement within each TED-Ed lesson over time. Learners can track all their completed lessons, answers etc. and educators can provide direct feedback via email to individual learners

Here are just a few of the possibilities with TED Ed:

  • Implement flipped classroom pedagogic approaches which that sees the typical lecture and homework elements of a course reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by learners at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions with the teacher acting as a tutor, mentor and guide
  • Create personalised learning experiences where learners can rewatch videos as many time as needs be to grasp topics and can then progress though the rest of the lesson at their own pace
  • Encourage peep learning and discussions
  • Open up lessons to students across the world or specific classes for shared learning expereinces
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Interested in finding out more about TED Ed and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.

3. Learn From Others

We collected and created some explainers videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Watch and learn.

3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd

TED Ed Website Tour

The Flipped Classroom Model

Let s use video to reinvent education | Salman Khan

Online Video in the Flipped Classroom: TED Ed Creating lessons

Why I Flipped My Classroom

What a flipped classroom looks like

Introducing TED Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

21st Century Techniques Flipping a classroom using the TED ED platform

4. Get Started with TED Ed – how to create a flipped lesson

Step 1: Go to ed.ted.com

  • First head over to TED ED and Click on ” Find and Flip “

Step 2: Find YouTube Videos for your lessons

  • You can search YouTube for a video to build a lesson around. Choose carefully – this video will be the centrepiece of your lesson.

Step 3:

  • Click to select the video then click on ” Flip this video “

Step 4: Listed /Unlisted

  • Now you can choose whether you want your flipped lesson to be discovered by TED community or not simply by clicking on Listed/Unlisted button. You can also customize whether you want to allow others to flip it or not.

Step 5: Title/ Description

  • Now you can provide a title and description to your lesson

Step 6: Customize your video lesson

  • Next you have the choice to customise your video lesson and make it more engaging. Start by working on the sections featured in the right hand column. Click on:

A- Think

  • Clicking on “Think” button enables you to add questions around on the video. The questions can be either multiple choice or open answer or both.

B- Dig Deeper

  • Here you can provide more insight or questions to get learners thinking deeper.

C- Discuss

  • Here you can open a new discussion, view old discussions and create new ones.

D- … And finally

  • Within a limit of 250 characters, you can add more food for thought for your learners around the video they have watched or why not use this section to link to another follow on lesson.

Step 7: Click on ” Finish Flip” when you are done.

  • You can also preview it before saving it

Step 8: Share

  • When you click ” finish flip” a pop-up window will be displayed showing a synopsis of your work and providing you with links to share it either via email or through social media websites. There is also an edit button that you can use to edit your lessons

Step 9: Lessons stats

  • When you share your video lessons with learners, they will be to watch the video then engage with the content and questions you provided on it. All they have to do is click on each category: (Think, Dig Deeper, Discussion, and Finally) to get started .
  • You will be able to track how many learners answered the questions and how many discussions are created and all the other stats about your lesson right from your TED ED account
5. Action – Take our TED Ed Flipped Learning Module

Now that you have had a good introduction into TED Ed – why not test it out for yourself and learn more about the flipped classroom pedagogy which works very well with this tool

Start the module: https://ed.ted.com/on/i8Pk1e3C

Go Conqr – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Course Creation Tool

Website: www.goconqr.com
Price: 3 plans (basic, basic+ and premium)

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GoConqr is a web-based service that offers specifically designed learning tools for your iPhone and iPad. Educators and learners can use Mind Maps, Flashcards, Quizzes and Notes to for more engaged learning. The course builder allows educators to create media-rich study materials that help display information in dynamic new ways, as well as combine resources and schedule delivery for a fluid learning experience.

3 Reasons to use GoConqr in the Classroom:

  • Active Learning – GoConqr makes engagement easier by providing students with apps to create their own study content
  • Flipped Classroom – By creating content through GoConqr and sharing, teachers can present information outside of the classroom for initial review.
  • Upgrade your Materials – With GoConqr any Mind Map or Note you create is instantly turned into a presentation by simply clicking the ‘play’ button.

Here are just a few of the possibilities with Go Conqr:

  • Mind Maps: Brainstorm and outline any topic
  • Flashcards: Learn facts, formulas, dates, vocab and other types of information
  • Quizzes: Test understanding and knowledge retention in a fun and engaging way
  • Notes: Compile and manage info and resources in one place
  • Study Planner: Create a study planner to prepare for success!
  • Groups: Share resources, start discussions and even conduct polls
  • Discover over 1million free learning resources
2. Read

Interested in finding out more about Go Conqr and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.

3. Learn From Others

We collected and created some explainers videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Watch and learn.

Go Further With GoConqr

How to Create a Mind Map with GoConqr

GoConqr Tutorial

How to Create Flashcards Online with GoConqr

How to Create Quizzes with GoConqr

How to Create Slides with GoConqr

GoConqr Campus For Institutions

Technology in Literature Classroom

Creating a drag and drop activity in GoConqr

Creating flashcards using the GoConqur website

Welcome to GoConqr

4. Get Started with GoConqr

Tips to get started!

  • Sign up using your email account to begin using GoConqr’s features.

 

Step 2

  • Be sure to watch the video tutorials for creating resources for your personal page.

Step 3

  • Use the search feature to find and access resources already designed and shared on the site
5. Action –time to take our GoConqr review quiz

Now that you know all about Go Conqr – here is a little quiz which demos the quiz tool and will also help you text your knowledge of the tool!

Ed Puzzle – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Course Creation Tool

Website: https://edpuzzle.com
Price: Free

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EdPuzzle enables students to learn through videos, voiceovers, audio notes and embedded questions and quizzes. Educators can take any video from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion etc. and can adapt them to suit the educational content of a course.

3 Reasons to use EdPuzzle in the classroom:

  • Given the increasing importance of assessment in education, the quizzing feature of EdPuzzle provides teachers with the potential to create tests and assess pupils through digital technology (e.g. iPad); helping to reduce the time devoted to marking and tracking.
  • Possibly EdPuzzles best feature is the fact that it enables educators to add their own voiceovers and audio notes to existing educational videos already online, this allows for lesson customisation and time saved making original video clips!
  • EdPuzzle has its own inbuilt LMS functions, educators can track learners progress on lessons and reset the lessons again if they aren’t happy that certain students didn’t fully comprehend

Here are just a few of the possibilities with EdPuzzle:

  • Crop – lets you use only a section of you need. No need to force your students to sit through an entire 15 minute clip, just crop to the relevant section. To crop, just drag to start and end points.
  • Audio Track – is used if you want to use your own voice on the video instead of the embedded audio. If you use this option, you have to record audio for the entire video clip. Click the microphone button and the video plays at the same time you are speaking.
  • Audio Notes – lets you record your own commentary at a certain point of the video. Drag the playhead to the point in the video and click the microphone button. You can have multiple audio notes throughout your video.
  • Quizzes – Click on the point in the video where you want to embed a quiz and click the question mark. You can add an open-ended or multiple choice question, or embed your own written comment. The question editing box gives you basic formatting tools as well as the ability to embed links and images into the questions. When students are watching the video, it automatically stops at the quiz and students are forced to answer it before continuing on.
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Interested in finding out more about EdPuzzle and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.

3. Learn From Others

We collected and created some explainers videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Watch and learn.

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4. Get Started with EdPuzzle

Step 1: Start with 1 EdPuzzle video in the classroom

  • Show your learners how they should engage with the video and how to answer the questions.
  • Show them the analytics you collect

Step 2: Let the students use their own devices

  • You can also organize different stations in class in case you don’t have a device for every student

Step 3: Go ahead & flip your classroom!

  • Choose a topic you are familiar with and create a few video-lessons.
  • Learners will watch the videos at home and get feedback in the classroom
5. Action-Take our EdPuzzle Lesson

Now that you have had a good introduction into EdPuzzle – why not test it out for yourself, we’ve created a short demo lesson.