Awwapp, Spacedeck, Padlet

Application: Awwapp, Spacedeck, Padlet

Online whiteboard tools where students can collaborate online to post text, images, files, links, etc. to complete projects.

Awwapp works with touchscreen devices.  Awwapp can be used de-identified.  No login required.  Account required if you want to save projects online and return to them later.  Can be used during a single session and work can be exported safely if you don’t want to get parent permission.  Users will not be able to go back into the file and make adjustments.  If you need students to use this long-term, go the permission slip / account route.    

I have yet to investigate de-identified use of the other tools.  

Apps provide similar service with different features and feel.  Try them all and see which you prefer.

Parent permission required on all both of these.  Fill out permission form, print, and give to students.  Have them sign and return prior to use.    

Where do I get it?

 

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Mindomo & Popplet

Application: Mindomo & Popplet

Make mind maps online, share and collaborate.  Include text, images, videos, and draw connections between ideas.  Great for planning, organizing, or showing relationships between ideas.  I’ve seen tools like these used as a broader, hierarchical way for students to review all of their notes prior to a big exam or final.  Have students go into their binders and create a map of everything that’s happened in class, drawing connections and determining a logical grouping scheme.  Another use includes using Popplet to have students deconstruct a novel or historical event, identifying the major players and showing how they’re connected.

Apps provide similar service with different features and feel.  Try both and see which you prefer.  See a sample of Popplet in action (under 2 min).

Parent permission required on both of these.  Fill out permission form, print, and give to students.  Have them sign and return prior to use.    

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Microsoft OneNote

Application: Microsoft OneNote

A favorite of mine, think of OneNote as an online three-ring binder.  Organize tabs and pages, and put almost anything on the pages: images, files, text, and draw on pages with or without a touchscreen-capable device.  Pages, tabs, and entire binders can be shared.  Supports audio recording, and copying “print outs” of web pages.  Go to https://portal.office.com and sign in with @pmhschool.com username and password.  Use the menu to find OneNote (in addition to other Microsoft Office Online products).  OneNote can be used and installed as a piece of software on your Windows computer, with a more please interface and responsiveness.  Use to collaborate, collect research, or finalize notes.

Where do I get it?

Go to https://portal.office.com and sign in with @pmhschool.com username and password.  Use the menu to find OneNote (in addition to other Microsoft Office Online products).  OneNote can be used and installed as a piece of software on your Windows computer, with a more please interface and responsiveness.  Contact integrator for details.

 

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Autocrat

Add-On: Autocrat

For advanced users, convert sheets and Google Forms results into documents similar to our discipline and field trip forms.  Technology is basically a mail merge, the method by which mailing labels are generated.  Could be useful for grading/reflection/rubric purposes.  Used any time you want to create a blank template document and fill it with individual users responses that come from filling out a Google form or survey.

Where do I get it?

Installed inside of Google Sheets by going to Add-on -> Get Addons.  Then search for Autocrat.  You may want to seek me out on this one for tutorial and initial setup.

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Google Keep

Application: Google Keep

Part of the our Google Drive suite, Google Keep is an online sticky note and to-do list tool.  Share lists, notes, and get work done.  You can record audio notes, draw quick doodles with a touch-capable device, and make picture notes with a camera.  You can also color-code your post-its, or pin priority notes to the top of the screen.

Core features include the ability to make multiple notes and share those notes / to-do lists with others.  This is a great way to stay on task.  You can even drag Google Keep lists into Google Docs.  I recommend students use Keep when tackling larger projects, especially group projects.


Where do I get it?

Google Keep is accessible via any browser at https://keep.google.com  – Use your @pmhschool.com account.  Keep has apps for Chromebooks, Android, and iOS to make sure your notes and lists follow you wherever you go.


How are teachers and students using it?

Inspired by this recent NPR Hidden Brain segment, I started exploring more about the power of checklists, one of the features of Keep.  Not only can you use Keep as a sticky note / list tool, but you can turn it into a checklist, available from any platform or device, and can it can be shared.  Showing students the checklist function as a way to break down complex tasks and tackle them one at a time can have a big impact on how much is accomplished by your more reluctant learners.  This simple tool is showing up in surprising places, such as in hospitals to reduce infection and mortality rates, and air travel to reduce crashes.  Using this tool can also have tremendous benefit to keeping student group projects on task.


ISTE Connections

4. Innovative Designer – Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.

B. select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.

7. Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

B. use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
C. contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.


Triple-E Rubric

As always, take the time to evaluate your use of the tool in the context of your lesson to determine if this is a good use of technology integration and/or one that can be improved.

 

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