No matter how much we deny it, school has already started or is going to start soon for most. Despite sounding like I might wish summer would last a few more weeks, I’m ready to get back in the classroom. I have been thinking a lot the last few days about what kind of projects I want to do with students to start the year. It is amazing how much a person forgets over the course of a few months. I find myself working hard to remember all of the cool apps that I discovered last year. Because of this, I thought it might be helpful to list a few of the apps and sites that I will consider using in the near future.
Animoto is an online app that allows students to put together videos with pictures and short video clips. Teachers can get a free account for their students at Animoto for Education. I can’t think of an easier project for students that will end with fantastic results.
This app allows students to make online posters complete with text, pictures, music, and videos. Projects with Glogster will have the students begging to do more work in your classroom.
Students live in the text/chat world, and this app brings it to the classroom. With CIL, teachers can administrate an online discussion within the classroom. I am not going to delve into the benefits here, but take my word for it; students really enjoy this activity.
Lifeyo allows students to create their own website. This is a great way for students to compile information in preparation for a paper or as a part of a project.
This is another great app for making student websites. It is a little more controlled than Lifeyo. With a minimal fee, teachers can also administrate student websites.
If you are tempted to have students make a PowerPoint in the next few weeks, let the students try Prezi. They will learn how to use the app in about five minutes and create a presentation that looks like it was made by professionals.
This app will come in handy when students are preparing pictures for websites, presentations, and blogs. Picnik allows users to quickly manipulate pictures. It contains numerous creative filters and effects.
This app is free for download and will have students recording essays, voice overs, and scripts with just a few minutes of training.
Yudu is an online publishing app that allows users to upload pages created with a word processor and make an online magazine or book. It is pretty slick and makes for a great class or group project.
This app allows students to create a fake Facebook page. It is a challenging activity that takes some major mental power, a great way to start the year.