Forget 15, Try 5 Max Learning Technologies

What’s The Bare Minimum of What Could Be Considered the Bare Minimum of Learning Technology? asks TeachThought?

  1. Create a class website
  2. Create a class YouTube Channel
  3. Create a class twitter account and make international accounts
  4. Get your students blogging
  5. Find other classes to collaborate with on projects
  6. Do mystery Skypes/Google Hangouts
  7. Invite expert guests via live video conferencing
  8. Code with your students
  9. Do Genius Hour with your students
  10. Gamify your classroom
  11. Strive for a paperless classroom (here are 26 iPad apps for a paperless classroom)
  12. Create digital portfolios
  13. Automate quizzes with Google Forms
  14. Use Google Forms for student check-in and exit slips
  15. Let students use their device in class


Instead, why not try these five?
  1. Co-create digital narratives that blend audio, video and text. 
    1. Audio:
      1. iPad: 
        1. Recording: Voice Record Pro 
        2. Editing: Hokasai (Free but requires in-app purchases to do anything worthwhile)
        3. Screencasting: Reflector for your Mac/Windows computer and Quicktime for computer
      2. Chromebook:
        1. Recording/Editing: Beautiful Audio Editor
        2. Screencasting: Screencastify (makes HTML5/webm files), TechSmith SnagIt (need extension and app; makes MP4s) 
    2. Video:
      1. iPad: Explain Everything app ($2.99), Keynote (free, easy to embed videos), 30HandsLearning (in-app purchases), iMovie (free)
      2. Chromebook (or any computer): GoogleSlides, Haiku Deck web, WeVideo, ExplainEverything Chromebook app
  2. Share those digital creations online with a global audience. Publish outlets include:
    1. GoogleSites+GoogleDrive for free unlimited storage for GoogleApps for Education users, 
    2. Blogger
    3. KidPub.
  3. Co-facilitate online and face to face learning that is person to person, group to group, person to group. Take advantage of any of the following: 
    1. Google Hangouts, 
    2. Adobe Connect (if you have it), 
    3. Voxer EDU, or any other technology, like 
  4. Create digital and classroom learning spaces that engage, inspire and nurture learners.
    • GoogleClassroom
    • GoogleSites
    • Wikispaces.com
  5. Model respectful use of personal technologies for academic learning.
Lists are easy, right? We could spend time focusing on apps–YouTube, Skype, Google Hangout, Games, iPad apps, GoogleForms, Google Keep–or try something different.




Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin’s blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

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