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Thinglink – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Presentation and Animation Tool

Website: www.ThingLink.com
Price: Free and Premium Versions available

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ThingLink is a cloud-based tool that enables educators and learners to make static images interactive by way of rich media tags. Rich media tags can be used to incorporate links to other sources – for example you can create a rich media tag to embed a YouTube video.

3 Reasons to use ThingLink in the classroom:

  • ThingLink offers important pedagogical elements as it allows students to work on skills such as their communication, research and presentation skills.
  • Being cloud based, ThingLink allows users to access the service through multiple devices using several operating systems.
  • ThingLink supports multiple languages, including English, French, Japanese, Finnish, Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, Italian, Hindi, Russian, Portuguese, German and Polish making it a diversely useful tool.

Here are just a few of the possibilities with ThingLink:

  • Create infographics and graphic organizers to visually explain a complex topic.
  • Design and share interactive digital posters.
  • Write a digital storybook
  • Curate resources for a topic or project and share with students.
  • Share out an image to students and ask them to annotate it with hotspots discussing what they see. This can serve as a formative or summative assessment.
  • Create a class picture with quick student-written information to share with parents or grade-level teachers.
  • Create a digital portfolio of learner work
  • Create a timeline of events that includes appropriate multimedia resources.
2. Read

Interested in finding out more about ThingLink 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 exemplar videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Click to watch and learn.

ThingLink EDU Demo

Thinglink Video Learning Pathways

Thinglink Introduction Video

Thinglink for Students

3 Minute Teaching TOOL torial: ThingLink

ThingLink Working with Student Groups

Create Dynamic Maps, Timelines, and Infographics with ThingLink

Using ThingLink in the Classroom

4. Get Started with ThingLink

Starting out with ThingLink is straightforward—you have two choices for accessing ThingLink: create an account at ThingLink.com or download the ThingLink app. In either case, new users have to register for an account.

5. Action – Inspiration for your first ThingLinks

Now that you have had a good introduction into ThingLink and its uses in the it’s time to give it a go!

Virtual Tour of your University: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/855809852914532354

Interactive graphic representation of your ideal students: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/592092548705550337

Piktochart – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Presentation and Animation Tool

Website: www.piktochart.com
Price: Free and Premium Versions available

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Piktochart is an online tool for creating infographics. Combining charts, graphs, text, and graphics. Users can easily assemble and present information using the drag-and-drop interface.

3 Reasons to use Piktochart and Infographics in your courses:

  • Piktochart’s use goes two ways. You, the educator, can use it in your own lesson plans and in-class presentations. You can also ask students to create their own infographics.
  • Infographics have the power to make broad or complex ideas more distilled and simplified. Rather than sifting through large amounts of information, you can get all of the data, stats, and highlights you need in one colorful, creative, and engaging infographic.
  • The grouping, organization and creation of infographics helps develop analytical and creative thinking. Learners will consider the concepts of grouping, graphing, and visually representing pieces of information. Discovering what’s visually appealing to their audience will improve learner’ awareness of how other people learn and will help them with future presentations.

Here are just a few of the possibilities with Piktochart:

  • Explain complex task by offering a visual step-by-step task guide – you can include a picture that relates to each step, such as an image of a trainee removing a part from a piece of equipment when you are illustrating a repair process. This is particularly useful for learners who are less likely to remember text-based walkthroughs.
  • Simplify complex concepts or ideas and distil information down to easily digestible pieces.
  • Enhance knowledge retention and recall. Learners remember visually compelling charts, images, and other infographic elements much more effectively than text-based training content.
2. Read

Interested in finding out more about Piktochart 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 exemplar videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Click to watch and learn.

Piktochart Video Learning Pathways

How to use Piktochart in the Classroom

How To Create a Piktochart Infographic Easily

Illustrator tutorial: The five keys to a great infographic | lynda.com

Private video

Piktochart User Story Thomas Trip from Booking.com

Piktochart User Story Becca Refford from TechGirlz

Piktochart User Story Rachelle Poth from Riverview Junior Senior High School

An Introduction to Piktochart (Make Your Own Infographics) 30 Secs

4. Get Started with Piktochart

Step 1: Create an account

Go to www.piktochart.com and follow the steps to create an account. It takes maybe 30 seconds to sign up

Step 2: Pick a template

The first thing you see when you log into Piktochart is the Templates page. The templates are organised into 4 categories, these are: Infographic, Report, Poster, and Presentation– so look for one that inspires you (or one that goes with your topic). If you’re looking for a particular idea or theme (like “sports” or “history”), you can use the search bar.

Once you think you’ve found one you like, click “Preview” to take a look in more detail.

Step 3: Start Designing and Creating

Once you’ve picked a template, click “create” to load it. Once you arrive at the editor, you can edit text by double-clicking on an item.

  • Use the colour and font selectors to make the text fit your style.
  • Use the tools to visualize your data. There are options to create charts, graphs, and maps that can be customized to beautify your data.

Step 4: You’re done – Share Your Infographic

Once you’ve reached a point where you’re satisfied with your creation, you can download your work as an image, publish it online, share it via email, or share your infographic directly to social media.

5. Action – Time to craft your first infographic!

Choosing the right type of infographic

  • Timeline infographics are great for demonstrating the evolution of things (such as technologies, philosophies, and biographies).
  • Instructional infographics are useful for breaking down the steps involved in completing a task.
  • Comparison infographics place two concepts side by side and explain the differences (think capitalism vs. communism for example).

Explain Everything – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Presentation and Animation Tool

Website: www.explaineverything.com
Price: App cost €3.95

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Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design app which allows you to create presentations and educational videos. Starting from a whiteboard or from an existing document, you can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials by adding annotations, images, videos and screen casting.

3 Reasons to use Explain Everything in the classroom:

  • Explain Everything offers detailed tutorials, in-app prompts and a really useful help section, making it easy for non-tech savvy teachers and learners to start to use it with no problem.
  • We love the fact than you can import PowerPoints – great way to make a virtual lessons out of existing course content!
  • Explain Everything offers ‘templates’ for specific curriculum areas. Instead of choosing a blank project, you can choose mathematical paper template, lined handwriting paper template, blueprint paper template and so on. Users can even make their own custom templates.

Here are just a few of the possibilities with Explain Everything:

  • Presenting: You can use Explain Everything to create engaging presentations that help you to enhance your teaching input. PowerPoint and Keynote presentations can even be imported directly into the app. The laser pointer and annotating options, coupled with the wireless mirroring, makes it a great tool to present with.
  • Peer to Peer Teaching: Learners can easily make a simple video that explains a key concept of a task. This video can then be watched back directly within the app.
  • Assessment: Using the recording function, a learner could explain an entire mathematical problem for example. The recording will pick up any and all of the learners scribing and any comments that they make throughout the process.
  • Consolidating: The app can be used brilliantly to bring everything together at the end of a course and create a digital scrap book of key lessons/learning. It could also be used to showcase learners work.
  • Teaching Assessment and Development: Sometimes as a teacher or trainer you need to stand back and take stock of your teaching delivery. Your Explain Everything recordings can help you to pick up on any bad habits you may have as well as enabling you to listen back to your questioning and help you to tighten up your teaching and lesson timings.
  • Live Collaboration: A new feature on the app enables teachers to share their Explain Everything whiteboard with their pupils through a unique code. Learners can see on their own screens what the teacher is doing in real time and they can then edit the whiteboard themselves with notes etc
2. Read

Interested in finding out more about Explain Everything 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 exemplar videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Click to watch and learn.

Explain Everything iPad app tutorial

iPadagogy App Review Explain Everything Video Tutorial

Making Flipped Class Videos With Explain Everything

Create an Instructional Video Explain Everything App

How to use Explain Everything to make a screencast

Explain Everything Whiteboard, Annotation and a Touch of Awesome

Explain Everything Teacher Example

Explain Everything Tutorial for Digital Storytelling

Explain Everything Recording

Explain Everything Tracks Editing

Explain Everything Art Gallery

Elections in the USA Explain Everything

Infinite Canvas

HOW TO MAKE AN ANIMATION USING EXPLAIN EVERYTHING

Export a comic book from Book Creator to create an animated video in Explain Everything

Explain Everything Animation Overview

4. Get Started with Explain Everything

Explain Everything is available for iOS, Chrome OS, Android, and Windows. To get started simply download it from the following Sections.

5. Action –Explain Everything Quiz