As the end of the year approaches, I think it is only appropriate that I look back through the year and evaluate some of the tech tools I have used in class successfully. I have tried a lot of them, some were huge hits, others not so much, so let's do a quick review of what has worked for me. I am splitting it into two parts.
CLEAR RIA tools. I can't say enough positive things about CLEAR, especially the audio dropbox. it has saved me a lot of time roaming the room. I can let the kids practice, record themselves and then grade it. It is a fantastic concept.
Edmodo. My kids don't always appreciate the site, sometimes they whine when I instruct them to login and get their assignment, but, I like the many options it offers: Links, the ability to embed things (such as audio dropbox) , a library you can save and share, the capability of adding files, making quizzes that self grade, need I say more? I love the communities offered and the many people you can collaborate with. The PLN building is fantastic. I could go on and on.
Twitter. Yes, twitter. I can't live without it. I love, love, love the PLN I have built. The fantastic collaboration, weekly meetings and PD I receive from people I don't know but connect with. I enjoy the ability to make a statement and get 15 people saying how they handle it. It is wonderful. I love the diversity of my PLN. I have met some fantastic colleagues who I feel closer to than my co-workers (I am the only French teacher and the only librarian, so I really don't have a lot of people who I can collaborate with.)
Simplemeet.me. My students like this one. I like the ease, and the digest. We chat, we practice skills and then, I get an email with the final version. I grade it, we are done. I really think if you are doing any form of collaborating in your classes or are doing a chat with other schools, look at this. It is really cool.
That's it for today. I am going to continue Tuesday with part two and then, because I get to have final exams next week and holidays following, I am taking a few weeks off.