While the advent of widespread technology has left huge footprints in the education world, there are a number of ways it can be utilized that haven’t yet been implemented in most school. In fact, many of the recreational websites and services used everyday can be turned to education.
Take Tumblr for example. This micro-blogging service has been around since February 2007, and, according to their website:
“Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be.”
This can also function as a neat way to save, organize, and share notes and research for school, especially since for upper grades and college, computers are gaining ground on traditional notepads. Teachers can use it to host resources and to post class syllabi, as well.
Another great organizational tool that can be used for schools is Trello. Trello lets you track the details of anything a group is working on. It includes notes, lets you move things to different people, lets you watch deadlines – and it’s all free. The website describes it as a “whiteboard with superpowers.” This could be great for teacher to organize a whole classroom, or for students working together on a group project.
Scribblar is a multi-user online whiteboard. It lets you chat with group-members while revising images or outlines.
Wallwisher is a free website where you can post online notices – due dates, test schedules, assignments, and more. It also lets you share sites, have discussions, ask questions and get answers, and generally share or collaborate on a number of projects.
Another of my favorite tech-based learning tools is actually from a very popular video game: Portal. Teaching with Portals is a website they built in response to teacher demand. The game Portal lets you play with physics in some very specific ways to complete challenges. The website includes free lesson plans for teachers to take advantage of, as well as a teachers-forum to share information, ideas, and feedback.